Recently we collaborated with the Arts Council and the McMullen Museum to host Career Week in Arts and Entertainment. Throughout the week we had 23 panelists share their insights about their career paths and tips they have for students. Panelists ranged from Emmy winning designers, actors, and journalists, to photographers and artistic directors. Here are some key takeaways we learned from Career Week:
It’s okay if you’re still figuring out your path.
Almost every panelist spoke about how their majors or career aspirations changed throughout their time at BC. Marc Franklin ’12 Principal Photographer/Assistant Photo Editor at Playbill shared that he and his friends “felt a little lost at different points in our education because we weren’t in linear tracks like CSOM or nursing.” Marc went on to share some valuable advice, “I wish I had known to relieve some of that pressure, really don’t stress out over the lack of a linear path.”
You can pursue a career in arts or entertainment after BC…even if you feel like you didn’t have the “right” major.
Multiple panelists shared that at times they felt at a disadvantage as undergraduates because BC didn’t have a specific academic program in their area of interest. Kristina Rex ’15, Reporter at WBZ-TV, talked about feeling that she was going to be under qualified to pursue a career in television news since BC doesn’t have a TV news program. She found that she was plenty qualified and said, “Don’t let a specific degree type deter you. The skills you learn at BC that will directly pertain to your future job are those like critical thinking and research skills.”
Networking is really important.
We talk about networking a lot here in the Career Center, and so do our alumni! Kris Meyer ’91, producer, and co-founder/CEO of MuddHouse Media summed it up, “Networking is key. The more relationships you have, the more opportunities you get.” Julian Kiani ’10, comedy writer, spoke about how he went about networking when he was at BC, “I would cold email people that I found who were doing things that I wanted to do or who were working at places I wanted to work at. I was very fortunate that most people were nice and receptive to that outreach. It led to a couple of internships, including one with The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien.”
For tips on how to network, visit the networking page of our website, and to connect with alumni like these, be sure to check out Eagle Exchange. If you’re interested in attending future events or want to make an appointment with our CAM coach to talk about arts and entertainment careers, visit Handshake.