By Carson Deveau
To Paul Guardia, applying for the IDEA Sandbox boot camp was a no brainer.
“You get great hands on experience learning about how to design, and the process that goes into it, get exposed to the way other disciplines think, and you get paid. There wasn’t a reason me for not to do it,” he said.
Guardia is an interdisciplinary design student at NSCAD University and heard about the boot camp from his professor Glen Hougan, who is one of the instructors at the boot camp.
Guardia originally wanted to apply for the boot camp to work on his design thinking skills, as well as wanted the opportunity to work with students with engineering and business backgrounds.
“Working with other disciplines was probably one of my favourite aspects about the boot camp. Being exposed to their different perspectives and seeing how they looked at a problem compared to me was very interesting.”
As he continues to work towards getting his interdisciplinary design degree from NSCAD University, Guardia is unsure what the future holds for him once he graduates. Though he has never truly considered a career in it, Guardia said the boot camp exposed him to aspects of being an entrepreneur that he enjoyed, and now he could maybe see himself becoming one later on in life.
“I could see myself becoming an entrepreneur for sure. There is still a lot of knowledge and skills that come with being your own boss that I have to learn, like management, sales, communications, etc., but at least I now know it’s something I like doing.”