Creative Campus and the Career Center will host the first ever Creative Career Fair at the University of Alabama on March 6 from 6-8 p.m. in the Heritage Room of the Ferguson Center. The fair aims to provide students with the resources to pursue successful creative vocations.
At the Creative Career Fair, students will attend two professional development workshops and participate in a speed-dating activity with creative professionals and other students.
Students will choose from four professional development workshops: Crafting a Creative Resume, led by Filmmaker and TCF Assistant Professor, Rachel Raimist; Delivering an Effective Elevator Speech, led by Career Center Assistant Director, Mary Lowrey; Budgeting for a Sustainable Arts Lifestyle, led by Certified Financial Planner and Assistant Professor in Consumer Science, Jan Brakefield; and Choosing the Right Career for Your Personality, led by Career Specialist Chris Chirino. The workshops will last 25 minutes each, with a ten-minute break between to switch groups.
From 7-8pm, students will sit in groups as creative professionals take turns giving 10-minute pitches. In these pitches, they will explain their careers, how they achieved their current position and the skill sets necessary to obtain a creative occupation. These professionals will be available to talk to and network with following the event. The speed-dating portion of the event will feature Ann Powers, NPR Music Critic and Correspondent; Rick Asherson, Executive Board Member of the Alabama Blues Project; Sandy Wolfe, Tuscaloosa Arts Council Director; John Miller, Poet and Professor, New College LifeTrack; and Chloe Collins, Executive Director of the Birmingham Sidewalk Film Festival.
Following the workshops and speed-dating event, there will be an open mixer and refreshments.