Developing a Professional
is an Art
School of the Arts Career Consultant
Meet your career consultant
• Jeanette Waterman
– Master of Science
– Counselor Education: College Counseling
– Emphasis on Career Advising
– Over six years of training in the field of career advising
Meet your career consultant
• How can you reach me?
– The classroom
– Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
– Facebook: VCU.University.Career.Center
– AIM: VCU UCC
– Website: www.jeanetteknowsjobs.com
– Phone: 828-4846
How can you and the UCC
• Defining your career and future
– Choosing a graduate program
– Choosing a career path
• Developing your professional image
– Resume, cover letter, and portfolio reviews
– Interview skills
– Networking and resume referral resources
Criteria for choosing
a graduate program:
• Accreditation • Multiculturalism of
• Admissions standards campus/program
• Career assistance • Physical facilities
• Cost/financial aid • Reputation/ranking
• Culture • Resources
• Degrees offered • Size
• Faculty • State regulations
• Focus of program • Surrounding
• Location community
Choosing a career path
• Most common career paths for
Graphic Design alumni
Author/ Editor / Content Provider
Multimedia artists and animators
Graphic Artist / Illustrator
Multimedia Systems Analyst
Producer / Publisher
Sound Technician / Musicians
Are these your only
Want to look for more
• There are several different ways for you to conduct your
research. However, here are a few links to help you get
started in the process. They are based on the Dictionary
of Occupational Titles (DOT). This resource was
designed to answer the question of "What do they do?"
• CHECK THEM OUT!
• Job Summary/Profile Sites
Where are the employers?
• Publishing agencies
• Entertainment industry agencies (film,
television, recording industry)
• Medical and Science Employers
• Any other ideas from the class?
So how do you reach them?
• Network, network, network!!!
– Speaker series
Helpful resources for
• School of the Arts Opportunities Site
• All Graphic Design
• American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA)
• Graphic Artists Guild http://www.gag.org/
• Graphic Design: Real World After College
• International Opportunities: The Riley Guide
Now apply your research and
• How to be ready as a professional
– Resume writing
– Portfolio development
– Cover letters
– Interview skills
Building your portfolio
• Remember that your portfolio is a work in a
progress. You don't need to upload everything at
once. Shoddy work won't reflect well on your
candidacy for employment.
• Keep your portfolio current. Check to make sure
everything is in working order on a regular basis.
(i.e. broken links)
• Add a link to your portfolio to your resume and
mention it in your cover letters.
Sample online portfolios
• Portfolio.com Samples
• Art Portfolios
• More Samples
• Finally, remember that your portfolio, if you
have done an excellent job, could be what makes
you stand out in a crowd of candidates!
• Cold cover letters for non-advertised positions
– "Most positions are never advertised. A cold cover letter is an
uninvited inquiry to an employer, recruiter or other hiring
manager regarding possible job opportunities.
– Cold cover letters' potential advantages include creating a job
that didn't previously exist, gaining early consideration for a
position that hasn't yet been advertised and expanding your
network of contacts. By sending a letter to an employer who's not
soliciting candidates, your resume will not be buried in a pile of
hundreds of others.“ Kim Isaacs, Monster.com
• Here is a good sample:
• Cover letter tips for an open position
– These tend to be a bit easier to write because
you know that the employer is hiring.
– Remember to write specifically to what skills
they are asking for in the position and then
• Here is a link to the UCC Cover Letter Guide:
• We have several resources to help you
1) Use the web-based Interview Guide
2) Signing up for an Interview Stream account .
3) Conducting a mock interview with me.
What is Interview Stream?
Looking for some focus for your
The University Career Center and
InterviewStream can help YOU!
Review Your Technique
Get started TODAY and put
yourself one step closer to the
career you have been looking
We’ve covered a lot today
From finding career paths to
establishing the proper credentials
when you’ve found a career …
Keys to remember
• The most important thing to remember
when looking for a career is:
• There is no ONE right career path. It takes
exploration to see what is out there.
• The University Career Center and the
School of the Arts are making great
strides to help better prepare you for
careers in your field or outside your field.
• The University Career Center in
conjunction with the School of the Arts
has drafted Career Planning information
tailored to each department.
• There are copies available on
JeanetteKnowsJobs of those resources for
the Graphic Design Department.
Words of Advice
Quote for Adrienne
• UCC University Career and
– Wednesday, October 7th, 10am-3pm
– Student Commons, 2nd Floor
*Keep your eye on the RR Calendar
Thanks for your attention!
• Please keep in mind that there is no one right
career path. The information I have presented to
today will give you a start in identifying your
• I encourage you come see me in hopes that we
can approach your career path on a more
tailored and individualized level
• Please feel free to contact me with any questions:
email@example.com or 828-4846