Career Development

Gain a competitive professional advantage

Take the next steps to advance your career

Looking for opportunities and areas for exploration and growth? We’ve partnered with professionals and institutions to help you develop new skills.

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DDFC matches design professionals with industry specialists for personalised, one-on-one mentorship.

The one-on-one sessions are laser-focused towards tangible career and personal development goals that are completed in a 5-month period.

Designers meet with mentors 8 times over the course of the mentorship, and are required to submit a finished project or career-focused deliverable aimed at kick-starting and enriching their career or practice.

The mentors’ role is to guide designers, offering invaluable advice and perspective to help them achieve and exceed their goals.

Designers can focus on topics such as business planning, creative development, portfolio building or innovative design thinking.

The mentorships run through a series of open calls. For each open call, different specialties are offered depending on the availability of mentors. Members may apply for multiple specialties throughout the year.

Who is eligible: Emerging Designer  Established Designer

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DDFC connects Students and Emerging Designers with UAE-based companies in the design sector looking for talented and ambitious interns.

Most of these internships are open to DDFC members only, and are facilitated by the DDFC team to give members the right opportunities to build up their CVs and gain valuable experience in their field.

Who is eligible: Student  Emerging Designer

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Members have access to a variety of professional workshops and training sessions for design sector professionals developed by DDFC and its partners.

Apart from career development and skills-honing, these workshops, trainings and gatherings offer networking opportunities and time to connect with fellow creative peers.

Who is eligible: All membership types

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Open Calls & Sponsorships

DDFC works with its partners and key local and international stakeholders to offer members-only sponsorship opportunities and open calls.

Who is eligible: Student Emerging Designer Established Designer