CFA Career Connections
Thursday, October 24, 2019 | 7-9 p.m. | Roski Dining, UHall
Join esteemed alumni from the College of Communication and Fine Arts, Dean Bryant Keith Alexander, and fellow students to learn about the many ways you can forge a career with your CFA degree. Alumni working in performance, entertainment, public relations, multimedia, and non-profit arts industries will share their stories of perseverance, resilience, and authenticity. It is completely free and food and beverages will be provided!
- Where: Roski Dining, University Hall
- When: Thursday, October 24, 2019; Event begins at 7pm
- Who: Open to all class levels
- What: Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments provided
- Cost: Free to students and alumni
Who will be there?
Accomplished alumni, CPD career coaches, and proactive students - just like you.
Why should I attend?
- Connect with CFA alumni working in performance, entertainment, public relations, multimedia, and non-profit arts industries
- Identify new professional avenues that leverage your passion
- Gain clarity about next steps for launching your creative career
- Practice informational interview skills with understanding alumni
- Mix and mingle with other CFA students now so you can have strong working relationships in the future
How should I dress?
Business professional attire is recommended for this event.
Know who’s in the room
- Review the list of alumni located inside your folder and strategize who you would like to meet
- Set a goal (“I want to gain information about career opportunities that come with a degree from CFA” or “I plan to speak with four alumni to grow my network as I apply for internships”)
- Start circulating by walking up to an alum to introduce yourself
- Leave your top alum as your last conversation as you strengthen your networking skills
Deliver your pitch
- Be confident as you walk up to an alum and introduce yourself by first and last name
- Lead with a firm handshake, eye contact and smile followed by “nice to meet you”
- Share your class year, major and objective (“My goal is to work on the business side for a studio”)
- Build rapport through questions and commonalities (“I see that you were a dance major. I’m a dance major. What student projects did you work on at LMU?”)
Listen more than you speak
- Engage in a conversation and allow for give and take. Ask questions and be curious.
- Recognize who is in your conversation circle, extend a handshake and introduction to all
- Create space for others to join the conversation and ask questions
- Listen intently to remember key points from your conversation to include when you follow-up
- Take notes throughout the evening for future reflection and follow-up
- What did you do during your time at LMU that prepared you for your career?
- What recommendations do you have for gaining experience or knowledge of your industry?
- Can you describe the culture at (company name)?
- What types of skills are needed for someone to be successful in your role?
- May I follow-up with you after tonight to discuss your position and company?
- Which industry publications do you read? Who are the industry influencers you follow? Which professional affiliations or groups do you belong to?
Move along to build another connection or two
- Ask if you can follow-up with questions or to potentially meet for an informational interview
- Thank the alum for his/her time and advice before excusing yourself
- Move on to the next alum speaker working your way up to your ideal alumni conversation
- Recognize that the staff, faculty and students in the room are also part of your network
Take the next step
- Follow-up 24-48 hours after the event by email or LinkedIn (ask the alumni’s preference)
- Include a highlight from your conversation to remind the alum of who you are
- Build a relationship by requesting an informational interview with alum
- Schedule an appointment with a CPD Career Coach via Handshake to gain support on next steps (i.e. updating your LinkedIn profile, practicing interviewing or crafting follow-up communication)
Karlie Carbone ’17
Young Musicians Foundation
Pete Corona ’05
Sr. Manager Original Series
Mara De La Rosa ’14
Community Engagement Coordinator
The Music Center
Sean Eckhardt ’16
Executive Assistant - Marketing
Jasmine Larkin ’10
Special Collections Project Archivist
Getty Research Institute
Cassandra McCook ’11
Bonhams Fine Art Auctioneers
Ian MacPherson ’09
Carly Nelson ’15
Katherine Tash ’11
Founder & Creative Director
Katherine Tash Bridal
Candace Williams ’16
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