Arts, Media, & Communications
The Arts, Media & Communications Career Cluster is the cluster of industries primarily associated with creative expression. From the visual arts to the art of writing, if it involves the art of human expression then you will likely find it in one of these industries:
- Journalism (Broadcast and Print)
- Public Relations
- Television and Radio Broadcasting
- Visual and Performing Arts
- Culinary Arts
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How Do I Make the Most of Total Access Events?
1. Have a pen/pencil and paper available for notes.
2. Bring resumes and a folder or portfolio to hold your materials.
3. Research information about the participating panelists and their companies prior to approaching them during the networking phase of the event. Panelist Bios will be available to all students attending, however, it's important to research their companies ahead of time. You will impress the panelist by knowing about his or her company and having possible discussion points.
4. There will be 15 minutes for networking designated after each of the two panels. Focus on one or two of the panelists who interest you the most. You may end up speaking with them in small groups or the panelists may give each of you a minute or two individually - it depends on their preference. This is the time for a quick face-to-face introduction. Your follow-up will make all the difference.
5. Prepare a two- to three-line script for yourself. Keep it short. Walk up confidently, smile, say hello, introduce yourself, and remember to use good eye contact and a firm handshake. Make a general statement about yourself such as, "I am Mary Smith and I'm a senior majoring in Communications. Last summer I completed an internship in Public Relations at Ketchum in Atlanta. I was particularly interested in what you said about ____________."
6. Be aware of the time demands on employers. Do not monopolize their time. Ask specific questions and offer to follow up after the event, as appropriate. You could offer to take them to coffee sometime and discuss a point they mentioned in more depth - only if it's convenient for them.
7. Send a thank you letter within 24 hours of the event. This should be a formal, typed, business letter on quality paper. E-mails are okay for the AMC fields, but remember to keep it as professional as possible. Be sure to remind the panelist that you met him/her at the Total Access event, include a brief statement about your interests/background, and indicate that you appreciate having the opportunity to discuss that career field with him/her.
Job Search Websites
Listed below are a number of job search websites directly related to Careers in Arts, Media, and Communications. Use these types of websites as research tools to identify potential employers and available opportunities. Note: these sites are listed only as a service for students; no particular endorsement of any site or organization should be inferred.
Advertising, Marketing, Public Relations
AdAge - Talent Works
Advertising Career: Collegegrad.com
Advertising Agency Resources
Careers in Marketing: Advertising and Public Relations
Myths about Advertising Careers
U.S. Department of Labor BLS: Advertising
American Association of Advertising Agencies MAIP
Advertising Club of New York
Advertising Women of New York
Association of Women in Communications
Princeton Review Career Profile for Advertising Executive
Talent Zoo Lounge
San Francisco Advertising Club
Advertising Educational Foundation
American Advertising Federation
Public Relations Society of America
Careers in Public Relations
Media Job Market
Creative Arts: Music, Dance, Photography
Student Photographic Society
American Institute of Graphic Arts
Graphic Arts Information Network
Americans for the Arts
Art Resources Network
Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts - Arts Management Internships
Playbill.com - Theatre Jobs
American Theatre Wing
About.com Music Careers
Artists House Music
Bureau of Labor Statistics
National Association of Record Industry Professionals
Network of Music Career Development Officers
Music Publisher's Association (UK)
National Music Publisher's Association
City of New York: Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre, and Broadcasting
Art Deadlines List
Career Alternatives for Art Historians
Career Transition for Dancers
American Music Therapy Association
New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA)
Entertainment: New Media, TV, and Film
Screen Actors Guild
Actors' Equity Association
Film, TV, and Commercial Employment Network
International Film and Television Production Directory
Nashville Film Festival
New England Film
Hollywood Creative Directory
Fiction and Nonfiction Publishing: Writing, Journalism, and Illustration
American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE)
Society of Professional Journalists
Ed2010 Magazine Internship Bank
The Write Jobs
Associated Press Jobs
International Center for Journalists
International Reporting Project
International online newspaper listing
Scholastic/Children's Defense Fund Fellowship
Television and Radio Broadcasting
International Radio and Television Society
American Federation of Television and Radio Artists
Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
Corporation for Public Broadcasting
National Public Radio
National Association of Broadcasters
American Sportscasters Association
Broadcast Education Association
Announcers from the Occupational Outlook Handbook
News Analysts, Reporters and Correspondents from the Occupational Outlook Handbook
Television, Video, and Motion Picture Camera Operators from the Occupational Outlook Handbook
Radio and Television Broadcasting from the Occupational Outlook Handbook
Museums, Galleries, Auction Houses
Smithsonian Museum Studies Directory
Art Dealers Association of America
Association of Art Museum Directors
Museum Employment Resource Center
American Association of Museums Job HQ
Museum Resource Board
World Wide Art Resources
A Master of Architecture degree is necessary for a career as an architect. The National Architectural Accrediting Board has a list of graduate schools on their web site: http://www.naab.org/architecture_programs/
American Institute of Architects
American Institute of Architecture Students
Architectural Record Job Postings
Guide to Architecture Careers
Society of Architectural Historians
American Society of Interior Designers
Interior Design Jobs
Dezignare' (interior design information)
Architects from the Occupational Outlook Handbook
Urban and Regional Planners from the Occupational Outlook Handbook
Landscape Architects from the Occupational Outlook Handbook
Culinary Institute of America
French Culinary Institute
Le Cordon Bleu
Institute of Culinary Education
Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne (Switzerland)
James Beard Foundation Scholarships
Chefs and Cooks Job Descriptions
How to Break Into Your Food Writing Career
What is Freelance Food Writing?
International Association of Culinary Professionals
World Association of Chefs' Societies
American Culinary Federation
International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association
Association of Food Journalists
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