For the last two Wednesdays, we’ve been featuring some advice from our very own students on their experiences with both finding, surviving, and thriving in their internships. A marketing major at Columbia, Jessica Kantak has these words to offer:
"Internships can seem very ominous. If you have yet to have one, you may know what I’m talking about. There’s a certain standard we set for ourselves in thinking we need the absolute biggest and best one right off the bat. For some, that may happen, but for many of us it won’t—and that’s okay! Despite all of the planning you may do, things will never turn out exactly as you thought they would, but it’s often for the better.
I know I couldn’t have planned for all of the opportunities I have had. Believe me, your own opportunities are going to pop up spontaneously and unexpectedly, and my greatest hope for you is that you have the bravery to embrace them. Work hard, be proud of the work you do, and always give it 100 percent. “
Thanks Jessica! We appreciate your words of wisdom! If you missed our other posts, you can read them here.
Production Designer Gregory Van Horn visited Columbia on Tuesday! He gave a wonderful and insightful presentation about the Art Department for film and television.
Gregory received a degree in architecture from Princeton, and fell into set design in Los Angeles. His first job was on a Jean Claude Van Damme film “Double Impact”. He then worked as an Art Director on a David Lynch series called “On The Air”. Other credits include “Frost/Nixon”, “Private Practice”, Lucky Louie, Wild Hogs, and “Jersey Girl”.
Currently he is in Chicago working as a Production Design on the freshman series “Chicago PD”.
Gregory spoke about breaking down scenes, and how important it is for students in the art department to know about rendering, and to know Illustrator, Photoshop, and he also suggested AutoCad and the free program called Sketch Up.
Designers spend so much time creating beautiful work and preparing their portfolio very thoughtfully; they shouldn’t forget the importance of having prepared questions as well—related to our customers, products, team or anything else that shows considered thinking beyond their presentation,” Chris Heimbuch, director for creative operations at Square, via Fast Company
On Wednesday afternoon, our Creative Worker Series tackled the ever exciting topic of career research.
Successful creatives are resourceful. They are curious. They know where they are headed, and how to get there.
Wednesday’s session addressed questions like:
Knowing the answers to these questions helps you walk into interviews and networking conversations with confidence, and they help make your job search efficient and effective.
Talking to people and attending events can be great ways to start learning more about where you are headed. Online tools are also a rich source of information. Here are a few to know about:
Portfolio Center Career Research Pages
Glassdoor: Interview Questions and Company Reviews
LinkedIn: Researching Careers and Contacts
Journey: Career Assessment and Research Tool
Library Research Tools and Databases
Join us on February 26th for our next Creative Worker Series session: The Check is in the Mail
You may have noticed that we’re a little focused this month on resumes, cover letters, & internships. Last Wednesday we posted some excellent Internship advice from student Michelle Graven. Today we’re featuring the wise words of marketing communication student Luke Crawford.
Luke’s Helpful HInts:
Remember, you’re performing from the moment you send in your application/resume - From your social media presents, to you cooperation on the job, you are performing and being analyzed as part of the team. Don’t tweet rude comments about your colleagues, arrive late to the job, or do the minimum amount of work to keep the internship.
Ask to do more, and prove your abilities - It never hurts to offer your assistance and back up your offering with your previous experience. You might be in the mail room, but if there is a corporate even on Saturday, and you don’t already have plans, offer to help!
If you’re passionate, show it - Show your employer that you care. If you work hard and have a standard for work quality you are more likely to enjoy yourself and your employer will likely notice.
Use your internship as a networking opportunity - You and your colleague are both at work, and you both work at the same place. That’s two similarities already! Don’t be scared to get to know your colleagues and foster relationships with the people in the office. You never know when your new-found friendships/relationships will help you on your professional trajectory.