Welcome back Fine Arts students! Though we all may still have memories of summer on our mind, it’s time to kick it into high gear and begin thinking about the academic year ahead. What are you hoping to achieve over the course of the next two semesters? How will you challenge yourself to learn a new transferrable skill or become more involved on-campus? How many steps closer will you become to reaching your career-related goals?
At the CCD, we can help!
Much like you, I have a goal for the academic year – to dispel the myth that the Center for Career Development does not help Fine Arts students. No matter what your major is, our professional staff is dedicated to working with you. If you are a Communication Design major, having a well-written, eye-catching résumé will be crucial when applying for internships and jobs. If you are an Acting major, one of your focuses may be on perfecting your elevator pitch. For those art history majors, learning how to utilize HuskyCareerLink, UConn’s online recruiting system, will help you search for internships and jobs (and, they are not only located in NYC and Boston). Yes, there are opportunities in Connecticut at places like the Wadsworth Atheneum, the New Britain Museum of American Art, and the Hill-Stead Museum! For all of you whose majors I have not identified, I have not forgotten about you. I encourage you to stop in or drop us a line too. Whether you are going for an audition or are applying for an internship or job, you will need to be prepared to market yourself in-person (yes, that scary word – interview). I invite you personally to visit our office to schedule a practice interview. Past students who have taken advantage of this service give it an A+, and in many cases, have shared with us that they believe they were offered a position primarily because they came in to practice and learn how to effectively interview.
In the coming weeks, I hope to share with you many resources and tools for reaching your goals while continuing to prove that we are here for you too!
-Jennifer Grunwald, Career Consultant – School of Fine Arts