The Media School’s third annual Career Day, which takes place Nov. 10, will connect students with more than 35 alumni working in the media industry.
The all-day event, hosted by The Media School and the Walter Center for Career Achievement, will take place from 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Franklin Hall. Students will sit in on panels, take part in informational interviews and network with alumni.
It will allow students to learn from alumni and their experiences, said Sarah Cady, associate director of employer relations for the Walter Center.
“It’s really important for students to learn from folks that were in their shoes,” Cady said. “It’s important for them to be able to learn from their experiences.”
One of the biggest changes this year from past events is the way students can network throughout the day, allowing students to network after each panel and class. In the past, students and alumni were invited to attend a networking reception at the end of the day. Now, however, panel sessions will be an extra 45 minutes long to allow students to meet with panelists and make connections.
“It’s new this year to help students gain additional perspectives and chances to network,” Cady said.
The day will start at 8:45 a.m. with a Women in Media Networking Coffee Hour in the Franklin Hall commons. Students can network with women in the media industry over coffee, tea and pastries.
Afterward, students can attend one of four different panel discussions or master classes: a panel on production careers in TV, a panel on digital media advertising, a gaming roundtable discussion and a digital journalism master class.
Panels, classes and discussions will continue throughout the day, focusing on everything from careers in writing, sports media, public relations and journalism to how to make a film.
“There’s really a wide spectrum of the types of careers,” said Emily Harrison, director of development and alumni relations.
Students can begin preparing for Career Day on Wednesday at a prep session hosted by Walter Center staff members. It will be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in Franklin Hall 215 and will teach attendees how to network and how to give a 30-second pitch.
Cady encourages students who attend Career Day to dress in business or business casual attire. Although not required, students who wish to attend Career Day can RSVP online at go.iu.edu/1JXZ.
Harrison has worked on Career Day since The Media School started it three years ago. She coordinates the alumni who come back.
She called the day a win-win for both students and alumni. For alumni, it’s a great engagement opportunity.
“They want to get involved and come back,” Harrison said. “They then go back to their workplace and talk to their coworkers about The Media School and its students.”
Students get exposure to alumni in all different fields and careers. Each year, more and more students attend, she added. It also gives them an opportunity to see different perspectives and different success stories, which could help them find their perfect job.
It allows students to build an IU network, because a lot of times, getting a job is all about who you know, Harrison said. The day isn’t a career fair, and alumni are not actively recruiting, but many times just creating a connection can help students in the long run.
Cady said it will help students gain a better understanding of the industry.
“Students are able to get media advice as they build their careers,” Cady said. “They can get feedback from people in the industry.”