Friday, August 19, 2016

SMFA & Tufts: Art Resources for Creative Careers - PART 3 - Arts Education

SMFA Joining Tufts: Combine Art and Education

Thank you to those who have been following the past two blogs for The SMFA Joining Tufts.

This is the last blog of the three-series blog posts. As a recap, our first blog was on Job and Internship Resources for the Creative Industries, and our second post in the series was on Residences. This last blog is on Jobs and Internships for Arts in Education and in Museums. Besides these wonderful resources, the Tufts Career Center can be another useful tool in your career development. Just call to schedule an appointment with an advisor to work on your resume, cover letter, interviewing preparation or networking skills! Learn more about upcoming career fairs. Drop-in hours will become available again when the fall semester starts.

For those who are looking into education with your arts major, use the job search tool in the resources below. Read about the research performed on the impact of arts on education.

Arts in Education Resources
Arts Education Partnership
Arts-in-Education Research
K-12 jobs

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Museum curators obtain artifacts and organize exhibitions. They also plan events, tours and workshops. If you’re interested, check out this resource: The Association of Art Museum Curators. In addition, you can find more art education, arts administration, and museum career resources such as Careers A -Z, Spotlight on Careers, and What Can I Do With This Major, on our website, under "Resources Especially for Jumbos".

The Tufts Career Center is here to provide you with the support to succeed! We will help you identify your career goals and gain the skills, resources, contacts, and tools necessary to achieve them. Whether you are deciding on a major or career, looking for an internship or job, or considering graduate school, we can help. Stop by the Career Center on the Somerville/Medford Campus in Dowling Hall, or visit our website!

Anna Wang, Tufts '17

Kristin Casasanto, Assistant Director, Tufts Career Center

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

SMFA & Tufts: Art Resources for Creative Careers - PART 2 - Artists' Residencies

Hello again!

For starters, if anyone is new to this series of Creative Career Resources, I just wanted to let you know that our previous blog was on the Creative Job Search. This time, this blog features resources for Residencies.

Artists' residencies provide time and space for creative work. They foster diverse, creative communities through different styles of support. Residencies can be rural or urban, international or national, and can range from serving one person to fifty!

Monday, August 15, 2016

SMFA & Tufts: Art Resources for Creative Careers - PART 1 - Job Search Resources

As you may have heard, it’s official: the School of the Museum of Fine Arts is now part of Tufts University School of Arts and Sciences. The Tufts Career Center is thrilled to welcome the SMFA faculty and staff and students to Tufts.

The Career Center at Tufts will continue to ensure that all Tufts students at the Somerville/Medford campus as well as the School of the Museum of Fines Arts at Tufts in Boston have the necessary career services support to navigate their evolving path from an art student to a creative professional. Students from the Museum School and in Arts, Sciences, and Engineering can visit the Tufts Career Center for career development, graduate school advising, and more.

Come by during daily drop-in hours this fall, or schedule an appointment to speak to an advisor- we’re open all summer! We can help you with your cover letters, resumes, networking, internship search, job search, and more. The Tufts Career Center offers career resources specific to SMFA students, including information on art careers, residencies, and the creative job search. Come in and see how we can help you identify your career goals and gain the skills, resources, contacts, and tools necessary to achieve them. Whether you are deciding on a major, exploring careers, looking for an internship or job, or considering graduate school, we can help.

This is part 1 of a 3-part series featuring creative career resources for students. In this series, we will review the following art career topics:
  1.   Job Search Resources in Creative Industries
  2.   Residencies
  3.   Careers in Education and in Museum
For now, start out by learning about job search resources in creative industries.

SMFA and Tufts: Creative Career Resources

The Career Center provides resources for job and internships in many creative fields including advertising, graphic design, fine art, museums, art administration, and more. SpotlightOnCareers can help you explore more career options, offering a deep dive into many career paths and industries. In addition, you can meet with a career advisor at the Tufts Career Center to learn about more specialized resources. Advice on resumes, cover letters, and career exploration is also available through appointments as well as on our website. And daily drop-in hours start again in the fall semester!

If you’ve just graduated and need some inspirational stories from other artists, check out our Creative Futures Blog and our SMFA Internships Blog. Read about how other artists got their internships and rose to their current positions. Not only do they feature current and past projects, but also provide useful advice for career development. Be sure to check out the current events, job fairs and spotlight internships!

If you’re looking for a job, the creative industries offer a wide range of options for students from any major. You can find creative jobs in the music, arts, design, architecture, theater, and fashion industries. Whether you’re looking for an internship, full-time job, part-time job or freelance opportunities, these resources can help you get started! You will also find resume and cover letter tips, galleries, and exciting events!

Here are additional Creative Career Resources:
American Association of Museums
American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works
Americans for the Arts Job Bank
Animation Blog (SMFA)
Art Deadline
Art Libraries of North America
Behance Network: The Creative Professional Platform
Chicago Artist's Resource
College Art Association
Creative Hotlist
Creative Pool (UK)
Fashion Net
Film and TV Jobs
Massachsetts Film Office
Massachusetts Production Coalition
MA Innovation & Technology Exchange (MITX)-Career Exchange
Museum Employment Resource Center
National Art Education Association
New England Film
NYFA Source (New York Foundation for the Arts)
Student Conservation Association
The Institute of Conservation
Tip Top Jobs
Worldwide Internships

Reminder: Stay tuned this week for the next blog in our Creative Career Resource Series: Art Residencies!

Anna Wang, Tufts '17
Kristin Casasanto, Assistant Director, Tufts Career Center

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Professionals in residence: who will be on campus this fall . . .

Exploring different careers can be hard. I hear this a lot - “I’m interested in different things, but I don’t know how I’m going to learn about what I like and don’t like because I don’t have time to try all the things I want.” This seemingly impossible problem is usually expressed with a tinge of hopelessness and an appeal for realistic, actionable advice.

The Professional in Residence Program at Tufts

Fear not friend! If you want to explore career fields, one great option is the Career Center's Professional in Residence Program, which brings professionals to campus so students can meet with them and learn what it's like to work in their field.

Professional in Residence = Easy Way to Network with Alumni

Connecting with alumni and professionals who are working in a field is one of the best ways to get insider information. We call these conversations, informational interviews, where you can get your questions answered and build a relationship at the same time.  It's good to do a few informational interviews within the same field so you can get more than one perspective. While the PIR Program is a convenient way to network with alumni right here on campus, there are many ways to connect to professionals, like through LinkedIn or by attending panel discussions and career events on and off campus.  

What career fields do the alumni represent?  

Over the last two years we've hosted alumni as professionals in residence from many different fields including healthcare, non-profit management, environment, marketing, urban studies/planning and many others:
  1. Moises Cohen (A11, IR), Director of Development, BUILD
  2. Margot Schwartz (A06, Psychology & Community Health), Research Public Health Analyst, RTI International
  3. Amy Cotter (J95, Political Science & Environmental Studies), Director of Strategic Initiatives/Regional Plan Implementation, Metropolitan Area Planning Council
  4. Dana DiNino, PhD (J96 Biology, MG02 Cellular and Molecular Biology), Senior Principle Scientist, Pfizer
  5. Johanna Neumann (J01, Biology & Environmental Studies), Donor Development Director, The Public Interest Network
  6. Erin Allweiss (A05, IR), Founder and Partner, No. 29 Communications
  7. Rita Reznikova (A08, IR), Senior Data Insights Manager, Forrester
  8. Gillian Galen, PsyD (J01, Child Development, Community Health & Spanish), Program Director of 3East Intensive Adolescent DBT Residential Program, McLean Hospital
This fall we have two alumni scheduled to come to campus and we're in the process of adding others:
  1. Jason Bauman, JD (A02, IR & Quantitative Economics), Policy Manager (North America), Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (JPAL)
  2. Sarang Sekhavat, JD (A98, History & Anthropology), Federal Policy Director, Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition

If I sign up for the PIR Program, what can I expect?

Students sign up in Jumbo Jobs to meet 1-1 with the professional for 20 minutes in  the Career Center. We also host an open discussion over lunch for anyone to participate - munch on some pizza and salad and ask questions.

During your 1-on-1 time or over lunch you might ask questions like:
  1. What kind of projects do you work on? 
  2. What are some ways that I can break into this field?
  3. What kinds of experiences are good for me to get while I'm at Tufts so I can get a job in your field?
  4. Is graduate school necessary for me to get ahead in this field?
You likely have a lot of ideas about what you could do for a job and the number of options can feel overwhelming. In order to feel confident weighing options, you have to feel good about the information that you're getting. Aside from internships and work experience, informational interviews are a great way for you to learn about a career, and the Professional in Residence Program brings experienced professionals right to Tufts so you can easily access them.

Check out our calendar throughout the semester to stay updated on who is coming to campus. And don't be afraid to reach out on your own to talk to alumni. If you have any questions about how to do that, we are here for you and there is great information available on our website, here! Until next time! 

- Jim McCarthy

Jim McCarthy is a Career Advisor in the Tufts Career Center and manages the Professional in Residence program. He also specializes in internship and LinkedIn programming a liaises with the Film and Media Studies, Environmental Studies, English, Chemistry and Biology departments.

Friday, July 8, 2016

9 Jobs in STEM Available Right Now on Jumbo Jobs

With all the wonderful science, technology, and engineering majors offered at Tufts, our student body consists of a plethora of qualified analytical thinkers ready to enter the work force. However, it’s not always easy to find the right fit when looking for a job. That’s where Jumbo Jobs comes in.

The Tufts University Career Center has a massive amount of employers looking to hire Tufts graduates as well as current students, and you can find all their postings on Jumbo Jobs. Here are a few highlights to get you started.

1. Domeyard LP – C++ Gateway Developer
Location: Boston, MA
Domeyard LP is a hedge fund focused on high-frequency trading, leveraging advances in high-performance computing and data analysis to implement trading algorithms across a diverse range of assets, including equities, futures, fixed income, energy and commodities. They are currently hiring a C++ Gateway Developer to work with them on the cutting edge of low latency trading technologies. See more here: Jumbo Jobs

2. Yelp – Associate Product Manager
Location: San Francisco, CA
Since 2004, Yelp has been connecting people with great local businesses, and they’re looking to grow their team with folks who are passionate about that mission. They’ve got offices across the country, as well as a few in Europe, and have been rated a top employer by the San Francisco Business Journal. Yelp is looking for an Associate Product Manager to think creatively about how to make Yelp a more useful and fun place to be. This job combines techie credentials with design chops, and Yelp is looking for someone with the whole package. See more: Jumbo Jobs

3. BlazeTech – R&D Engineer
Location: Woburn, MA
Blazetech is a leader in providing R&D, product development and computational services in environmental safety and energy for civilian and military applications.  Over the years, BlazeTech has developed innovative and cost-effective solutions for many problems of national importance. Now BlazeTech is looking to hire a Tufts students as an R&D Engineer in Mechanical or Aerospace Systems; they would work with prototype development of technologies developed in-house by BlazeTech. See more here: Jumbo Jobs

4. Sam’s Club – Decision Sciences Manager
Location: Bentonville, AR
Since 1962, Sam’s Club has been dedicated to helping people in their communities save money so they can live better. As Sam Walton once said, “Our people make the difference.” Sam’s Club has been consistently redefining the industry, and they rely on their employees to do so. Sam’s Club is looking for a Decision Sciences Manager who will analyze and interpret data, consult on business strategies, participate in cross-functional collaboration, and provide and support the implementation of business solutions. See more: Jumbo Jobs

5. CareDash – Quantitative Data Analyst
Location: Cambridge, MA
CareDash is a rapidly growing, cash-flow positive, venture-backed startup focused in the health and family services spaces. They apply cutting edge data analysis to the health and fitness marketing space and publish their own websites. Now CareDash is looking for a Quantitative Data Analyst to apply sophisticated analytical techniques – the days of manipulating boring Excel spreadsheets are over if you join the CareDash team. See more here: Jumbo Jobs

6. iZotope, Inc. – Software Engineer
Location: Cambridge, MA
iZotope is a research-driven audio technology company whose products and audio technology are used by millions of people in over 50 countries. iZotope focuses on developing innovative audio technology for professional and consumer applications. They are looking to hire a Tufts student as a Software Engineer, in charge of developing, monitoring, maintaining, and optimizing their top quality automated build and release system. See more: Jumbo Jobs

7. Starwood Capital Group – Summer Internship Program
Location: Greenwich, CT
Starwood Capital Group is a private investment firm with 11 offices around the world. Its primary focus is on global real estate and energy. Since its inception in 1991, the firm has raised more than $31 billion of equity capital and currently has $42 billion in assets under management. Now they are looking for a Tufts student with superior analytical, quantitative, and technical skills for their 2017 Summer Acquisitions and Asset Management Internship Program. See more here: Jumbo Jobs

8. Museum of Science – Interpretation Presenter
Location: Boston, MA

Or maybe you just want to play with spiders and frogs and get paid for it? The Museum of Science in Boston is looking for someone to provide hands-on, inquiry and design-based learning experiences for museum visitors in the exhibit halls and the Spiders and Frogs temporary exhibits. See more: Jumbo Jobs

9. A123 Systems - MotorSports Development Engineer (New Grad)
Location: Waltham, MA
A123 Systems, LLC develops and manufactures advanced Nanophosphate® lithium iron phosphate batteries and energy storage systems. From motorsports to mainstream, A123 provides high power and high energy cells that perform at world class levels. The Porsche 919 Hybrid above, which recently won the 83rd running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, is powered by A123’s custom engineered batteries. A123 is hiring for several entry-level positions, including this one for a MotorSports Development Engineer (New Grad), who will focus on process improvements on several cells for the Motorsports division.  See job listing in Jumbo Jobs

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Still Standing After Sophomore Slump

TRUTH! source
It wasn't until the end of this semester when I was sitting in the Career Center's office reflecting on every tough decision I had this spring that I realized I was going through the sophomore slump.

Family, friends, academics, career--these all became connected points of pain and progress throughout the year. However, when I think about it, this time of frustration and subsequent self-reflection can hit anyone at anytime--freshman, junior, or senior year. So whether you have gone through the slump and survived, are going through it now, or feel you may never have to, I hope you find some part of this blog post as helpful!

So what is sophomore slump, anyway?


Most people would say that sophomore slump occurs this year because, for most, it's the first year when reality hits. There's a kind of shiny newness to freshman year that makes everything seem amazing--the new people you meet, the new organizations you join, and maybe a new way you present yourself offers a lot of hope and excitement for the future.

While I'm not saying that all of these things occur to every freshman, there is a level of excitement, hope, and almost a relief that "it's only freshman year"--most freshman aren't expected to have the best GPA, figured out their major, or have an internship at this point.

In that case, what makes sophomore year so pivotal is that some harsh realizations may be setting in. Consider these scenarios:

• You and your friends aren't getting along the same way that you did freshman year
• You're gaining more responsibility in the clubs/organizations you're involved with
• You're regretting some grades you received or classes you took freshman year
• There's more pressure to do something impressive over the summer
• You thought that you'd feel at home on campus by now
• You're confused about your major
• You realize that after this year, you're half-way through college

Sorry if I bummed you out there, but these are all things that I've grappled with this year and what many sophomores I've spoken to have dealt with to some degree. As you become more critical of your choices, including who you've chosen to spend your time with and what you've chosen to spend your time doing, it's completely understandable to feel frustrated, sad, or anxious during the year, making it harder for you to work on the problems that are affecting you.

However, these realizations can also be inspiring. After this year, I've been forced to ask myself: what do I want from myself, my friends, and my college experience?

But now, I think it's time to apply this to the career world. During the midst of all this confusion, frustration, and realization, how can you make sure that your professional growth doesn't overwhelm you but empowers you?

Learning to say no

This was a tough one. As a perpetual "nice person," it's always been difficult for me to turn down an opportunity or say "no" to someone who needed me. However, when thinking about my career decisions in the context of "What do I want from my college experience? Will this really help me and make me happy?" I had to learn to be a little selfish and do what's best for me. Learning to say "no" is a really important skill to help you prioritize what's important and make sure you're not spending time on things/people that maybe aren't worth it.

I needed to put myself and enjoying my time as a higher priority than it normally was if I wanted to continue being involved and working hard.

What makes you happy?


For me, this is the same way of asking "what are your priorities?" but thinking about it this way helps me way more.

Part of how I learned to finally say no to some things going on in my life was when I asked myself "Am I happy with my college experience right now?" And honestly, between classes, jobs, and being a part of two publications, people definitely weren't seeing a lot of my happy side. With only two years left a Tufts, I decided that I needed to put myself and enjoying my time as higher priorities than they'd normally be, if I wanted to continue being involved and working hard. If anything, sophomore slump taught me that what I really wanted from college was a balance, and I could achieve it if I was a little easier on myself.

There's more than one way to get to where you want to be

THIS may have to be a priority...and I'm okay with that! source
Again, that pesky, threatening realization that I'MHALFWAYDONEWITHCOLLEGEAHHHHH! (*regains composure for beloved readers*)

It's really tempting at this point to keep going on the path that you know will get you from point A to point B--whether that means continuing a major you're bored of, being involved in organizations you want to get out of, or moving up in clubs that you feel hurt more than help you.

However, remember that you always have an opportunity to say no or prioritize what makes you happy, and if that means trying something new, doing something unexpected, or taking a step back--do it! It's not too late to make a DETOUR and take a new course of action. There are so many ways to get that dream job or internship--and in the end, it's important to figure out your own path, and not one that you feel pressured into.
Come on, Junior year! source

In my first blog post, I talked about the etymology of a sophomore being "wise fool." I correctly predicted the difficulty of dealing with the unanswered questions that I would face this year. However, I didn't expect the excitement of being able to make my own decisions and forge my own path.

So thank you sophomore year for (painfully) teaching me these invaluable lessons. It's been a very eventful year not only thinking critically of myself and my decisions, but also being able to cover other students and professionals' success and advice as they navigate the career world. Now that I know that dealing with new decisions and different kinds of change will just be a part of life and moving forward with your career, I *think* I'm ready to take on more--JUNIOR YEAR: LET'S GO!

Thanks for readings!
Nina Joung
Class of 2018

Monday, May 16, 2016

The Year-End: Reflecting Back, Looking Forward, & Running Away

How has another year already come and gone?

I've mentioned in past posts that I often identify with old people. Usually this is in comical reference to my knitting habit or love for naps and warm weather, but this sentiment has never been more true than at times like these, where I start to feel so, so old. In a year's time, I'll have to say goodbye to this blog, to the Career Center, and to Tufts - but how can this be true if I just got here yesterday?

Before Sarah McLaughlin starts playing in the background, I'll drop the sappy tone and replace it with an optimistic one. My final post last year was very much a "year in review" - I talked about the strides I'd made professionally and personally, the topics I'd covered in my blog posts, and so on. This time around, I think I'll look to the future instead of the past (TBD for next year's finale post - it'll probably just be lots of overemotional professions of love for the Career Center's fridge).

I'll start with my summer plans, which I know you've all been anxiously awaiting to hear. I'm thrilled to be working in the Starks Lab for the second summer in a row, this time as a fully-funded Tufts Summer Scholar. I'll be conducting a study that investigates paper wasps as cryptic vectors of disease in grapes - a project that has great biological, ecological, and economic importance. I'm so excited to be sticking around Tufts this summer, and to be pursuing my passion for scientific research. I'll also be preparing for, and hopefully taking, a certain four-letter standardized test that rhymes with shmem-cat; I'm less excited for that, but it'll be a great learning experience.

And now onto the big thing: senior year. It looms before me like a terrifying wave of emotions - from excitement to melancholy to nostalgia to complete confusion (the last one is basically my normal mental state at this point, so at least there's some familiar territory). I'm excited about a lot of things - reuniting with friends currently abroad, rounding out my time at Tufts, and making every moment count. But, with senior year comes the dreaded post-college planning. After years of blogging about it, it's time to put my money where my mouth is and figure out what I'm doing after the cap is thrown.

Don't worry - I have a few ideas. One route that I'm very seriously pursuing is time abroad, whether it's to earn a master's degree, teach English in another country, join up with the Peace Corps, or something I haven't even thought of yet. Everything is still in the very early planning stages, but going abroad is something I've always wanted to do, and not doing so while in college has come to be one of my biggest regrets. There will surely be more posts to follow on this subject!

I'm also considering my local options. One of the greatest parts about going to Tufts, in my opinion, is the easy access to Boston and all of its perks. For me, these perks include Boston's world-renowned medical-industrial complex, which boasts job after job for someone looking for experience in the sciences. While going abroad is definitely on my priority list, I'm also strongly considering working in the city for a year or two before transitioning into grad school. There are a lot of pros for this route: it'd definitely be a smoother transition into the post-college world, I'd be close to family and friends in the area, and it'll make applying to American graduate programs much easier (I'm not sure that I'm prepared to apply to med school from the other side of an ocean). I'd also be able to chip away at my student loans, and save up for the next crippling wave of debt once I start school again.

Overall, there's a lot to which I'm looking forward, and a lot from which I'd rather run. It's certainly been a roller-coaster ride so far, and as I lurch upwards in preparation for one final loop-de-loop, I'm feeling lots of things. For now, I'm excited to be staying on with the Career Center, again as both a blogger and a Career Fellow, and to be keeping you all updated on my trials, tribulations, and awkward social interactions for one more year. Stay tuned for posts, gifs, well-timed Friends references, and the gripping conclusion to a story now two years in the making.

Until next time,
Sean Boyden
Class of 2017