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2005 NACADA National Conference Presentation Code: Concurrent Session/518. Title: A Career Program for Fine Arts Majors without asking, “Would You Like Fries With That?”

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2005 nacada national conference presentation code concurrent session 518
2005 NACADA National ConferencePresentation Code: ConcurrentSession/518
  • Title: A Career Program for Fine Arts Majors without asking, “Would You Like Fries With That?”
  • Presenters: CAROL POLLARD and BECKY KING College of Music, Office for Academic Advising University of North Texas AL POLLARD, Countrywide FinancialTM
  • For further information, email:
  • bking@music.unt.edu or cpollard@music.unt.edu
how not to say
How Not To Say…..

“Would You Like Fries With That?”

Presenters:

CAROL POLLARD and BECKY KING

College of Music, Office for Academic Advising

University of North Texas

AL POLLARD, Countrywide Financial TM

planning a career night program for fine arts students the elements of success
PLANNING a CAREER NIGHT PROGRAM for FINE ARTS STUDENTSThe Elements of Success
  • UNT College of Music

1000 Undergraduate Majors

  • Initial Plans and Goals

Dream Big

Be Flexible – Smaller Can Be Better

  • Money Isn’t Everything, but It Sure Does Help!
why have career night

Why Have CAREER NIGHT?

CHANGES

Students

Careers

Advising

students have changed
Students Have Changed
  • More involvement in activities related to their studies such as rehearsals, lessons, performances, extra curricular and academic core requirements, multi- majors
  • Desire more long term assistance from advisors
  • More outside responsibilities: maintaining a private studio, meeting financial needs, family
  • Career options are changing very quickly
careers for musicians
Careers for Musicians
  • Musicians have many important job skills in addition to the obvious–

problem solving

ability to work in groups or alone presentation skills

  • Student creativity in the job market
  • Students must learn how to present themselves to a potential employer.
advising has changed
Advising has Changed
  • Students are asking for:

- Assistance beyond classes

Increased student services available partially funded by student fees

- More programming beyond freshman year

- More connections with faculty

- More connections with other offices

rationale for fine arts career night
Rationale for Fine Arts Career Night
  • Fine arts majors unique talents and goals
  • Traditional career fairs typically skirt non-traditional career areas
  • University recognition of need to commit more resources towards career development
  • Advisors’ desire to increase information on career development to students
  • Interest within faculty and on-campus resources to contribute to student career development
how to build a career night for fine arts students
How to Build a Career Nightfor Fine Arts Students
  • Start with the Obvious

- Date, Time, Place

- Who and What

- How, including the schedule

  • Long-Range Planning 3 to 6 months out

- Set the date and time

- Reserve the rooms

- Brainstorm for presenters and topics

brainstorming in detail
Brainstorming in Detail
  • Dream Big
  • Consider the Resources at Hand
  • Faculty and Local Professionals, Degree Areas or Specialties
  • Keep a Planning File - - Learn from other Career Fairs, Collect Newspaper and Magazine Articles
  • Learn from prior year’s experience - - What worked? What didn’t?
  • Input from participants’ survey
  • List suggested topics for beginning discussions with presenters
preliminary budget
PRELIMINARY BUDGET
  • Determine Fixed Costs 3-6 months prior to Career Night, including:
    • Room Rentals, Equipment
    • Print Materials & Advertising, Brochures,
    • Invitations, Handouts, Hall Flyers, Mailings, Postage
    • Speaker Fees (Yes or No)
    • Refreshments (Keep it Simple)
  • Refine your Budget 2-6 weeks prior
write presenter rationale
Write Presenter Rationale
  • Invitation to Present
    • Letter, Email
    • Make them WANT to be Part of this Special Event
  • Personalize
    • Hint at the Presenter’s Specialty
invitation to present fine arts career night wednesday october 26 2005
INVITATION TO PRESENT:FINE ARTS CAREER NIGHTWednesday, October 26, 2005
  • PRESENTER’S NAME: _______________________
  • Presentation Title (Brochure goes to print on: (date) ___________________________________________
  • Brief Summary of Your Presentation:

_______________________________________________

  • Length of Presentation: (20 min. suggested)__________
  • List Equipment Required: (electronic, audio-visual, etc. )

… A Word of Caution ______________________________________________

  • Handouts?___ (suggested quantity) ___
2 4 months before career night
2-4 Months Before Career Night
  • Send Invitations
  • Contact Potential Presenters on Wish List
  • Provide Rationale
  • List Topic Ideas
  • Confirm Participation and Title of Presentation
  • Contact and Confirm Additional Presenters
develop event schedule
Develop Event Schedule
  • Preliminary format
  • What makes sense ?
  • Number of confirmed presentations
  • Rooms available
  • Adjust schedule as needed
event brochure and timetable
Event Brochure and Timetable
  • Simple DIY (Microsoft Publisher TM )

Minimal cost, time requirement

  • On-Campus Print Shop
  • Time Saver: email brochure to printshop
  • Colored Paper vs. Colored Ink
  • 1 Brochure = 2 Uses

Advertising and Event Program

general topic suggestions
General Topic Suggestions
  • Resume and Interview Tips
  • Taking Care of Business

(Example: professional music studio, taxes, etc.)

  • Considering Graduate School
  • Careers Outside of Music
  • Building a Portfolio or CV, or both
  • Thinking Outside the Box
arts education topics
Arts Education Topics
  • Researching districts on the internet
  • Large vs. Small Districts
  • Questions to ask in the Interview
  • Questions to not ask in the Interview
  • Relationship of Feeder Schools

Your Responsibilities to those Schools

  • Does a Masters’ Degree Help?
  • Professional Organizations
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More…
  • Dealing with Parents, Principals, PTA
  • Fundraising
  • Taking Students to Competitions
  • Grad School Possibilities
  • Grad School & Teaching
  • Budgeting issues – Fund raising, instrument purchases, music budget
  • Cooperating with other Fine Arts Faculty – combination programs
topics for performance majors
Topics for Performance Majors
  • Auditioning for Professional Performance Organizations
  • Auditioning for Graduate School
  • Masters, DMA or just a Bachelors’ Degree?
  • Why they say to not earn multiple degrees from the same University (rumor has it..)
  • Operating a Private Studio
additional opportunities for post bacc students
Additional Opportunities for Post-Bacc. Students
  • Different options for Graduate Degrees – MA, MM, MME
  • Graduate Fields other than Performance
    • Music History, Theory, Composition, Librarian
  • Financing Graduate Study – Financial Aid
  • Grad School Scholarships
    • Fulbright, Rotary, how and when to apply
  • Resume Writing & Interview Skills
  • Entrance Exams: GRE and others
  • Choosing a Topic for Thesis or Dissertation
  • Teaching at a Community College
  • Choosing a Grad School – Some Things to Consider
    • Faculty & Specialization
off campus resources taking care of business
Off-Campus Resources:TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS
  • Free-Lancing/Private Studio/ Composition/Publishing
  • Business Setup
  • What are work-related expenses?
  • Record Keeping
  • Copyright Information
on campus community resources
ON-CAMPUS & COMMUNITY RESOURCES
  • Career Center
  • Student Leadership Office
  • Local Arts Professionals
  • Related Professional Contacts
evaluations
Evaluations
  • Honest student reactions
  • Good source of ideas for next year
  • Construct questions to provide useful, honest replies
  • Feedback for thank you notes - A great way to show presenters how much they were appreciated by the students
student evaluation form
Student Evaluation Form
  • Did this program meet your expectations? Y/N
  • If not, please tell us why.
  • Of all the sessions you attended, which was the most helpful to you?
  • Which was the least helpful to you?
  • Which mini-sessions did you attend?
  • Please list other topics you’d like to see added to this program next year:
  • How can we improve this program?
results expected and unexpected
RESULTSExpected and Unexpected
  • Our faculty and students felt connected, appreciated, and needed in new ways.
  • We learned new ideas and approaches to getting information to our students.
  • Publicity gained within the College of Music and throughout the university paid dividends all year long.

LAGNIAPPE

lagniappe
LAGNIAPPE
  • Appearances Can Be Deceiving
  • Do not be Too Quick to Judge
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NOW…..

When we discuss careers for music majors, we no longer have to include

“Would You Like Fries with That?”