Success Stories: Eric
How have you benefited from using the Career Center services?
The Career Center helped me take the right steps in finding my career path, as well as assisting me on my resume. I feel more confident now that my resume is more approachable to employers whenever they come across it. The people at the Career Center are also really nice and they go the extra mile to help me find other careers that are related to what I want to do, they’ve helped me realize that there are so many options for me with my Film major.
How did working with the Career Center impact your internship/job search?
It’s because of my visit with my Career Consultant and support staff that I could find many places that I could apply to. Most importantly, they taught me the importance of networking, especially in the Film industry. These little steps that I am taking now, such as reaching out to people in the industry and building my resume, may seem small but they will contribute to my success in the future.
What was the most helpful advice given to you by the Career Center?
The most helpful advice I got was to definitely reach out to people in the industry. I think a lot of people tend to get upset when they apply to a job and don’t hear anything back, but reaching out to employers, whether they are or are not hiring, makes you stand out because you took the initiative. It makes me more confident for when I apply to other jobs. Having a short conversation with employers in advance also makes me feel more prepared if I get an interview with them in the future. There’s some sort of a relationship established already.
What challenges were you facing and how did the Career Center help you solve them or motivate you to solve them?
Definitely my resume. I have a lot of experience that I did not think was relevant, but it actually is. I did not think to put it on there, but the people at the Career Center helped me form it in a certain way for each job. They helped me organize my resume based on each position I was applying for to highlight the experiences that the employer would find most relevant.
What advice would you give others facing the same challenges you did?
You should make an appointment with the Career Center, because most likely if you’re having a tough time with it, you’re not going to figure it out by yourself. The Career Center can help you.
Where there any specific events you went to that were beneficial? If so which one and why was it helpful?
I went to a networking event where I met award-winning screenwriters, and I learned how to construct award-winning screenplays. At the event, I networked with a recruiter for Lone Star Film Festival, and I will be interning for them this summer.