Community, Networking, and Career Approach

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A talk on Madison's web/design/tech/startup community, networking, and career tips suitable for aspiring design professionals by Ben Seigel. If you're a student, shifting into a design career, or just want to avoid getting burned on projects, this talk is worth your while.

• Meetups
• Co-working
• Professional development

Networking: a necessary evil
• Presenting yourself
• Becoming a connector
• Problem solving vs. pitching your skills

Approach to your career
• "It's all about the deliverables" (the newest hip hop jam)
• Standing firm against the horror of scope creep
• The beauty and magic of follow up

Veteran web professional Ben Seigel has designed, developed, coded, and project managed. He remembers Photoshop when it was just a baby. Occasionally clients let him do cool stuff. He is currently marketing manager at Machinery Row Bicycles, where he plots world bike domination and longs for spring. In his spare time, Ben enjoys music, travel, spirited conversation and pretending to do Parkour. His best Halloween costumes are "Your OKCupid Nightmare" and Mr. Clean.

Location and Parking Info:
To park, enter the Visitor's Parking lot off of Hoffman St. (The Visitor's Parking Lot is labeled with a V on this map: ). To enter the Visitor's Parking lot, just push the buzzer and let the attendant know you are attending the Madison PHP meeting). We will meet in the Health Education Building, which is the blue building labeled "C" on the map. We will be on the third floor in Room 309.