Careers in Creative Arts & Technology

By Sarah Holliday, Assistant Director for Career Development, Programming, & Technology

Looking for a job after graduation or an internship in the creative arts or technology fields?  Well, we have a solution, The Career and Professional Development Center will be hosting an Arts & Technology Night on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 in the BC Atrium from 3pm-6pm. Stop by and learn from employers, network, present your resume, and learn more about your industry.

Need help with finding out what you can do within your industry? The Bureau of Labor and Statistics has posted a very helpful article. Take a look! https://www.bls.gov/careeroutlook/2015/article/creative-careers.htm

 

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October Career Book of the Month: FuelForward

FuelForwardBy: Lori Moss Bielek, Career Specialist – Arts and Sciences

Feel like your work life is at a standstill? Concerned that you might not know what it takes to succeed in your chosen field? FuelForward® by Vivian Hairston Blade could be one solution to help you jump-start your career.

Leadership consultant Vivian Blade states that hard work can only get you so far.  You also need to utilize her well-researched strategies to fuel your career forward.

Ms. Blade uses relevant real world examples and goes into detail regarding each of her FuelForward® Model Principles.  She discusses what goes into building a strong foundation (expertise, experiences and execution) and then what accelerators will help propel your career forward (reputation, reach, and professional relationships).

Vivian Blade’s FuelForward® solutions are complementary to the UB Career Cycle phases and action steps: newcareer_cycle_2016_nobullets

  1. Know yourself and what your goals are (Discover your Direction)
  2. Be aware of what to expect and what your chosen career field expects of you (Explore the World of Work)
  3. Fully display your skills and experience in the workplace (Communicate your Brand)
  4. Engage the accelerators that will help you achieve your career goals (Create Your Opportunities)

 

Does this book sound interesting?  Pick up a copy online at Barnes & Noble or at the UB Langsdale Library.

UB Arts and Sciences students can schedule a career coaching session with Lori by logging into UBworks (accessible through the MyUB portal).

 

Creating a Strong Professional Pitch

By: Jennifer Spencer Heilman, Career Specialist – Business Industry

With several campus career fairs approaching, I thought it would be appropriate to share tips for creating a strong professional pitch, aka your elevator speech. It’s key that we are prepared to sell ourselves at any moment. You never know when you’ll encounter your next employer (or someone who will connect you to your next employer). The elevator speech is your personal spiel describing who you are, what your interests are, and where your experience lies. This speech should be succinct, yet inform the listener of why you are the perfect person for a specific job or industry.

Please click the link below to read more on: “The Perfect Elevator Speech to Land a Job” presented by Forbes.com.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/nextavenue/2013/02/04/the-perfect-elevator-pitch-to-land-a-job/#2ccd4fc71b1d

Business students can schedule a career coaching session with Jen by logging into UBworks (accessible through the MyUB portal).

Book of the Month: Designing Your Life

By: Derrick Scheetz, Graduate Assistant

Feeling a little scared about life after your college years? This nervous feeling is very common among college students, from freshmen to seniors. One book which might help alleviate some of these anxious feelings is New York Times #1 Best Seller Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life. This book, written by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans of Stanford University, provides readers with some surprising realities about entering the “real world” following college.

One point the authors make is about deciding on a college major and how it might not be so important what you decide to study. In fact, Burnett and Evans claim that few college graduates wind up in jobs that are even related to their field of study. This book also keeps things pretty interesting throughout its entirety. Readers are shown a “dysfunctional belief,” or a myth many believe about solving problems in their life. Instead, the authors direct the readers to “reframe” their belief by providing ideas and methods to work on major life events.

Not only does this book provide some great thoughts behind building a strong academic and career background, but it discusses developing a well-designed and balanced life as well. Whether you are an incoming freshman just trying to figure out where class is or you are a student returning to school looking to advance your career, Burnett and Evans leave all readers believing that it is never too late to begin working on your goals. Whether you are alright with how your life is going or if you feel like you could use some extra motivation, Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life provides some helpful hints anyone can use while going through their lives.

Three Body Movements You May Have Misinterpreted

By: Brittany Walker, Graduate Assistant

“The Body Language Handbook” by authors Gregory Hartley and Maryann Karinch unpacks the power of nonverbal language. The authors maintain that barriers, adapters, regulators, and illustrators are the “four parts of speech” that comprise a non-verbal sentence. Barriers allow us to protect ourselves and create a natural space. This may be physical space from an intimidating person or space to gather one’s thoughts. Adapters are seen as evolutionary habits to quell nervous energy and is often done out of habit. Regulators are typically commanding actions that hold the same value if verbal language were to be used. For example, holding up one’s hand to signal someone to stop an action. Lastly, illustrators “punctuate” our words by signaling which aspects of speech should be accentuated. These four elements are crucial when interpreting body language. The handbook proved valuable in interpreting the meaning of common nonverbal poses.

 

1.    Arms Folded

a.    Having one’s arms crossed is the general example used to convey aggression or anger. But what if it also conveyed annoyance, fear, or confidence. Individuals may use the arms are a barrier to protect the physical body from unintentionally signaling harmful messages. In addition, folded arms can serve as an adaptive response to providing space for reflection. A conversation may necessitate time to think and folding one’s arms provides the time needed to properly respond.

2.    Rapid Eye Movement

a.    Many believe that the moving of the eyes quickly serve as a predecessor to being dishonest. However, the authors maintain that eye movement is simply a signal of thinking. Eye movement aligns with how an individual processes and stores memories. Whether the thought is associated with a visual cue, reasoning, or creativity the eyes will redirect themselves into the brain region that processes that information.

3.    Drooping Shoulders

a.    Generally, the action is associated with being bored. However, the action can serve as a regulator to command aspects of the conversation to end or shift to another topic. Drooping shoulders can also signal defeat and illustrate one’s internal feelings of sadness.

It is important to avoid viewing body language in a narrow sense in the professional world. In order to continue to meet workplace standards and accomplish goals, one’s body language intelligence needs to be elevated to include the multiple meanings that are being expressed in a simple gesture.

Resources:
Watch Career Advice Video: First Impressions

 

Prepare for your opportunities!

By: Anthony Moreira
Job Development and Recruitment Coordinator

You may have heard of getting your “Summer Body” ready for the summer (defined muscles, appearing svelte, and healthy) during the wintertime when outdoor conditions are not so desirable. Well I am here to encourage you to get your summer opportunities ready!

What does this mean? While open to interpretation, I believe this means getting your career/ internship search tools in order and exercising those “career development muscles”!

Tools include:

  • Scheduling a career coaching appointment
  • Preparing your resume
  • Understanding your professional pitch
  • Building online presence
  • Seeking out career fairs/ internship opportunities

This list is not inclusive, however NOW is the time to secure your opportunities for the spring/summer & post-graduation.

“Summer Career Opportunities are built in the winter”

Engage Your Network

By Brittany Walker, Graduate Assistant

 

So, you are new to the job search process? Stuck on how to transition into a career straight from earning your degree? Look no further than…who’s around you. That’s right, the individuals you are already connected with could serve as a fundamental resource in securing your dream job.

 

As career coaches, a frequent sentiment shared between students is for them to connect more with their network. Individuals of previous and/or current professional experiences, professors, colleagues, or even former business acquaintances can prove helpful in raising one’s awareness to available job opportunities. The necessary steps to engage your network can be found below:

 

  • Update Your LinkedIn
    • Take a new profile photo: Research shows that an inviting photo attracts 14 times more viewers to your profile. Choosing an image that is as close to your likeness as possible and appropriately fills the frame helps improve one’s likeability to potential employers. In addition, inviting, solid colors and a warm smile contributes to one’s branding techniques. Don’t be scared to invest in just the right photo to increase your chances of catching a recruiter’s eye.

 

  • Profile reflects your resume: Don’t think of your LinkedIn and resume as two completely different tools. Maximize your effectiveness by accurately displaying your professional, education, and/or volunteer experiences by mirroring information on your resume. One should be updated the same time as another as you are constantly involved in building skills and accomplishing tasks at your current experiences.

 

  • Notify Your Network
    • Update your summary on your LinkedIn profile! Make clear that you are seeking experiences in your industry of choice. Drop hints to those in your network and send them your resume to check over. This way, others are knowledgeable about what you have accomplished and what you would like to achieve in your field. They are now more likely to send any opportunities your way because you’ve advocated for yourself.

 

Lastly, remember to always engage your network. Find creative ways to stay in contact with individuals even after you have obtained your desired position. If there is anyway for you to provide your expertise or assist a fellow professional, be sure to extend yourself. Always remind your network of your appreciation for them and by doing so, you’ll remain at the forefront of the employment conversation when your interests and job searches are concerned.