What is the Arts and Culture Career Fair? Do I really have to go to Chicago for it?

Arts and Culture Career Fair banner headingPNGWhy do thieves rob banks? Because that’s where the money is. Why hold the Arts and Culture Career Fair in Chicago? Because that’s where the art and culture is.

Big corporations and organizations that recruit large numbers of students at events like  the Business Career Fair and All-Campus Career Fair can afford to pull staff members away from their regular tasks and send them down to Champaign-Urbana for a day of talking to students.

Arts and culture organizations don’t usually work like that.  They have shows to put on, musicians and artist to represent, galleries to staff, donors to cultivate, events to plan, workshops and performances to organize, not enough people to do it all, and shoestring budgets to pay for it. But they need employees, too: dedicated, arts- and culture-centered people who want to make a living working with and supporting those who perform, create, teach, and inspire.

Therefore, we’ll bring you to them, at this joint venture with UIC.  There’s even transportation available (see details at the bottom of the graphic).

Eager to work in the arts, but not sure how to make the case for yourself to an employer? Michele Plante of the College of Fine and Applied Arts will lead a workshop on resumes and elevator pitches on Monday, November 30, 4 – 5pm, in 149 English Building.  In time for Winter Break, you’ll get tips on creating and polishing a perfect first impression, so that you’re ready to go on February 5.

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Save the Dates!

The Department of English Alumni Career Panel will take place on October 7, from 5pm to 6:30pm in 213 Gregory Hall.  Come!  Six English department alumni will describe their work and the paths from their English department BAs to successful careers.

While you’ve got your calendar out, mark down these additional dates:

September 30, 2015: The Graduate and Professional School Fair.

October 6, 2015: The Law School Fair.

February 5, 2016: the Arts Administration Career Fair will take place in Chicago, hosted by UIC and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Fine and Applied Arts, College of Media, and Department of English. Learn about jobs and internships with Chicago area organizations involved in the creative arts.

March 9, 2016: The Illini Career and Internship Fair, which used to be known as the All-Campus Career Fair, brings a wide range of employers to Champaign-Urbana to recruit students from all over campus for jobs and internships.


Save the Date! Arts Administration and Non-Profit Career Fair

Calder_FlamingoThe date has just been set for the 2016 Arts Administration and Non-Profit Career Fair in Chicago, hosted by the College of Fine and Applied Arts: February 5, 2016.  For students and employers interested in running arts organizations, theaters, galleries, museums, and other Chicago area non-profits. Connect through opportunities in arts education, collections, development, marketing, outreach, event planning, audience development and more.

Stay tuned as the day draws nearer for information on place, times, and carpooling to Chicago.