Friday, March 4th, 5:00pm
When Practicing Isn't Enough: what else can you do with a Music Degree
The career trajectory of an undergraduate music major is not an easy one, and students often worry about job prospects upon graduation. To help students find their way to a successful career path involving music, in her role as Performing Arts Librarian at Towson University, Lisa Woznicki and another faculty member from the Department of Music have teamed together to provide undergraduate students with career information that allows them to consider occupations beyond the traditional path. This program will describe the approaches Woznicki and her partner used to help students explore career options well before graduation day, providing occupational information as well as mentorship. This initiative started as a simple booklist distributed to students at masterclass but has now expanded to include presentations to parents at audition days, speaker panels at convocation programs, internships, and web resources. Examples of each of these components will be described along with web documents including a careers directory with links to professional organizations, booklists of print and electronic titles, and a blog. Woznicki will also describe her work as a career mentor, showcasing her individualized sessions with students analyzing job requirements, editing resumes and cover letters, and conducting mock job interviews. A few key titles for individualized career planning will be highlighted, along with suggestions for improving library collections within this topic. A newly created course, “Entrepreneurship and the Arts” will be described, as well as the Music Librarian Internship program. A “Best Practices” list of suggestions will be shared.
- Lisa Woznicki, Towson University
Can Your Students Get Jobs? Library Help for Music Students’ Career Preparation
Your campus career center may not have the insider knowledge to help music students with their job hunts. Enhance and update your knowledge of industry information, techniques, and resources that support performers, music business professionals, and students pursuing other types of music careers as they enter the job market. Topics covered will include self-promotion for musicians, form contracts, resources for understanding standard contract terms, and locating company profile and industry trend research to identify potential employers and prepare for interviews.
- Rachel Fox von Swearingen, Syracuse University
- Marci Cohen, Boston University
- Veronica Wells, University of the Pacific
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