Exploring Careers in Arts, Communications, and Entertainment Winter 2024

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Join the ’68 Center staff for an immersive career exploration course focused on professions related to arts, communications, and entertainment. Students will have a chance to explore potential avenues to funnel their creativity into a variety of paths within design, fine arts, media, publishing, journalism, performing arts, fashion, art administration, and more. This course is broken into three stages: During the first stage, students will identify and reflect on their skills, interests, values, and motivations and apply this self-knowledge to their career exploration. Students will develop and practice lifelong career development skills, from identifying and building their network of mentors, to uncovering the hidden job market, to crafting compelling stories in resumes, cover letters and interviews, and more. During the second stage, students will dive deeper into the different roles in arts communications, and entertainment, meet industry professionals, identify industry specific skill development opportunities and interview techniques, and learn about DEIA opportunities in the workplace through alumni panels and informational interviews. During the third stage, the students will travel together to New York City (for three days and two nights) to meet with alumni and employers in a variety of creative settings, such as advertising firms, media companies, art museums, theaters, and more. The course will conclude with a reflective session back on campus at Williams. For this immersive course, the group will meet for two hour sessions 5 days/week and will have some preparation to do between sessions. Interested students will complete the following application to articulate their interest in the course by 11:59 pm on November 20: https://airtable.com/appLN37taapdMaZ7V/shrZs46Fmm9NH98Ch Preference will be given to first years and sophomores who are eager to explore.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 10
Expected: NA
Class#: 1311
Grading: pass/fail only
Requirements/Evaluation: Other: Participation and a career-related document portfolio
Prerequisites: Interested students will complete a brief application process to articulate their interest in the course during the fall semester to aid in selection.
Enrollment Preferences: Preference will be given to first years and sophomores who are eager to explore.
Unit Notes: Janine Oliver, Director of Career Education, is a high energy idealist. Her background as a special education teacher, mental health counselor, experiential/outdoor educator, and confused college student informs her work as a career educator.
Materials/Lab Fee: $250
Attributes: EXPE Experiential Education Courses
SLFX Winter Study Self-Expression
STUX Winter Study Student Exploration
WELL Winter Study Wellness

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