Ask DN: Where do you draw the honesty line?

over 4 years ago from Chris Arnold, Partner at Authentic Form & Function

  • Aaron SagrayAaron Sagray, over 4 years ago (edited over 4 years ago )

    I would be very honest, with the goal of being helpful.

    But don't insult them.

    DeVry is a for-profit "college" with a large advertising budget. It targets the lower income population with a promise of "better than minimum wage" jobs. By going to DeVry, despite the poor quality of the education, the applicants are probably working very hard to get from where they are now to where they want to be. It's much harder to educate yourself when in poverty, without the benefit of a middle class support system.

    Make it about the work. Give concrete examples and provide a list of resources that will help them be truly prepared for the workforce. Suggest internships (or if you have the resources, provide them).

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    • Chris ArnoldChris Arnold, over 4 years ago

      In total agreement here. We're never negative, always constructive, and the goal is to remain honest when a specific designers asks us what they can improve upon.

      I don't disagree the initial premise of the program isn't necessarily in line with more well known design schools, but as I noted in another reply below, at least provide students with a realistic expectation of what the program is preparing them for. Also of note, I'm not advocating that "poverty" conditions or not everyone's got a fair shot or starts from the same place.

      In the end, it's the work that matters, and I'm on board with that notion. I think, too, it's educating on general awareness and an understanding of what kind of job they're going after with such experience.

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