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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?”



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
  • 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






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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Free-Lancing/Private Studio/ Composition/Publishing
  • Business Setup
  • What are work-related expenses?
  • Record Keeping
  • Copyright Information
on campus community resources
  • Career Center
  • Student Leadership Office
  • Local Arts Professionals
  • Related Professional Contacts
  • 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.


  • Appearances Can Be Deceiving
  • Do not be Too Quick to Judge

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

“Would You Like Fries with That?”