From Dream School to Dream Job: Career Development at Full Sail
Published on May 2, 2018 by Amy Cassell
A college degree is one of life’s most rewarding accomplishments – especially when it’s in a field you’re truly passionate about. But, that degree doesn’t guarantee that the minute you leave school, someone will hand your dream job to you. While you’re in college and mastering a skill, you need to learn how to make yourself an ideal candidate too.
Full Sail’s Career Development department helps you grow professionally, from the minute you step foot on campus or log-in online. Ask any Full Sail alumnus – there’s a good chance he or she tapped into Full Sail’s Career Development expertise to polish their résumé, get a lead on an internship, or even connect to a coveted gig on a film set or in a design studio. Career Development is a readily available resource throughout your time at Full Sail. Here are a few ways they can help you focus on your future career:
Portfolio projects come with a side of Résumé Fundamentals. Throughout each of Full Sail’s bachelor’s degree programs, students complete seven career modules –focused, one-credit courses that cover everything from personal branding and networking to résumé writing and interviewing. Since they’re spread out throughout the course of the program, you’re always making sure to dedicate some time to your professional development.
Practice makes perfect. Beyond those modules, if you want some one-on-one help with your résumé, or you want to put your job-interview skills to the test in a simulated setting, Career Development staff members are there to help. The department frequently hosts guest speakers on campus (which stream for online students too), who bring with them an arsenal of pro tips on how to brand yourself and ace the job-search process.
They say it’s all about who you know... Career Development has a team of Industry Outreach employees whose main goal is to stay in touch with companies that need candidates for internships, temporary gigs, and full-time jobs. They’ll help you with your job search too, connecting you with these and other opportunities. Recently, for example, the department arranged a Full Sail-exclusive job fair with sports companies at Miami’s Camping World Stadium, and hosted a Career Expo with recruiting managers from IBM Design, Universal Orlando, and more during Full Sail’s annual Hall of Fame celebration.
To graduation … and beyond. The career help doesn’t stop just because you’ve graduated. Career Development at Full Sail comes with post-graduation help. Grads have access to an online alumni network and to CareerSync, an online portal of job listings and other opportunities. (You’ll get access to CareerSync three months before your graduation date.) You can always reach out to the department for career advice and job transition help as well. Once a member of the Full Sail family, always a member of the Full Sail family.