My 5-10 Minute Pitch

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of speaking to over 200 parents and high school students at the School of Fine Arts Annual Discovery Day. At this event parents and prospective students immerse themselves in the arts and discover what it’s like to be a student in the UConn School of Fine Arts by spending a day with current students, and meeting faculty and university staff. When asked to attend, I wondered what I could say in 5-10 minutes to help prospective students and parents understand the wealth of resources on the UConn campus.

As I think back to some of the specifics I mentioned, I realized that existing fine arts students may not be fully aware of how much the CCD can really help. So, I wanted to share in this blog the ways we can specifically help you and the resources that are unique to your needs as a student in the School of Fine Arts:

1. We have résumé samples geared specifically towards Fine Arts majors for students interested in dramatic or visual arts. While you will have portfolios and websites to showcase your work, a résumé is still necessary for both the job search and applying to graduate school. Don’t forget to have it critiqued by our center.

2. Thinking about an internship? Maybe you are looking to live in NYC over the summer while interning? The CCD has a comprehensive list of websites which include relocation options to help you not only find potential internships, but consider where you might live as well.

3. Don’t forget about the company and organization relationships that the CCD maintains. Utilize our office to meet with a career consultant to brainstorm some possible internship or job sites. It’s as easy as that. In the meantime, refer to HuskyCareerLink for the most updated internship and job postings.

4. Lastly, remember that the career staff is immersed in finding ways to help students so we are constantly learning of new resources and strategies to help you. Findspark is an online community that I refer to often in my blogs which offers year-round events and resources. One event I have my eye on is the Career Conference in NYC. Could be a great time to grab a friend and venture off to meet some noteworthy companies in NYC.

We hope you will stop over to WCB to meet with us. Walk-in hours are offered every day from 12-4 so no appointment is needed.

By Jennifer Grunwald
Jennifer Grunwald Career Consultant, School of Fine Arts