Orangenius and Creative Circle have created a college guide. Below, you’ll find an excerpt and instructions on where to download your copy.
Let’s face it: The thought of leaving your parent’s house and living on your own in college is probably one of the most exciting things to happen to you since…well, ever. But college isn’t just a place to let loose – it’s also an opportunity for you to figure out how to be an adult, and a large part of that process includes choosing a career path and getting a sense of what you want to be when you grow up.
Determining what to study will largely depend on where you see yourself post-college. Though it may be wildly cliché, “Where do you see yourself in five years?” is a question you must be able to answer before you get into the nitty-gritty of your college career. Having a sense of where you see yourself working – whether that’s in an ad agency, on a film set, or behind a computer screen – will help you determine your course of study and ultimately, arm you with important tools for landing that dream career.
Whether you are a current college student, are continuing your education, or recently entered the workforce, we’re here to help. Orangenius, a comprehensive online platform designed exclusively for creative professionals (and the parent company of Artrepreneur!), and Creative Circle, the country’s largest creative recruiting agency, have designed a college guide to help you get from college to career. Inside our handy college guide, you’ll find resources to prepare you for your college years and your career beyond campus.
Read on to learn more about what’s inside, and where you can download our college guide!
From Freshman Year to Graduation’s Here
There’s plenty to navigate in college – so much so that you might be wondering what some of the most important goals for each year should be, which is why we created this college guide. During your freshman year, transitioning into college life without losing your mind should be the enough to have your hands completely full. Gaining that much-craved independence seems less glamorous when you realize you’re officially in charge of making sure you have everything you need to survive. But in making new friends and finding your community, adopting a study routine and forming good habits, you’ll be able to make the transition a little smoother and a lot for fun.
By sophomore year, you should start stepping out of your comfort zone – personally and professionally. Now that you’ve become more acquainted with your college or university, it’s time to begin exploring what else is offered. Join some new clubs, try some classes that may not have been on your radar, and begin looking further to settle upon a major by the end of the year.
Junior year is the time to start planning for those amazing internship and post-graduation opportunities. If you haven’t already considered how your college work experience might support your larger career goals, now is the time to start. Speak to your career advisors, start researching internship opportunities, or find a summer job that can help you gain useful real-world skills.
By the time you hit senior year in our college guide, you should have already found a creative community and have a targeted game plan for your career. Those visits you’ve been making to the Career Development office? Time to kick them into high gear. Thinking about your career and pursuing opportunities with the support (not to mention the connections!) of your university is a huge asset that you won’t have next year. Talk to your classmates, professors, your community, and find out what they’re doing to seek employment and prepare for post-grad life.
So, how do you make sure you achieve each year’s goal while setting yourself up for success post-college? It’s all about making yourself look good on paper – and the Orangenius/ Creative Circle college guide will show you how.
The Orangenius | Creative Circle College Guide: Portfolio, Resume and Interview Success
If you’re hoping to land that coveted job right after college, there are a few things you’ll need to get in order according to our college guide. Your resume and portfolio are two of the most important documents you’ll carry throughout the life cycle of your career. As you progress, you’ll have to keep your resume and portfolio up-to-date, and getting into the habit of doing so while you’re in college is a great step in the right direction. You’ll also want to learn some communication skills while you’re in school, which will help you manage those sometimes stressful interviews.
Orangenius and Creative Circle spend quite a lot of time focusing on resumes and portfolios. These two tools, which often go hand-in-hand, are essential for landing your first job post-college, and any job throughout the course of your career. Use our college guide to learn habits that will be extremely important throughout your working life.
Whether you’re applying for your first internship or a job after graduation, you need to start thinking about the portfolio process and building a proper portfolio. The point of your portfolio is to show the employer (or Creative Circle recruiter!) your work, your resume, and your personal brand. As you create your first portfolio there are several things you should consider: Does it begin to highlight your best work, and does it represent your full potential as a creative?
Orangenius | Creative Circle Pro Tips:
- Go digital – It is quick, inexpensive, and available to view 7 days a week, 365 days a year. We highly recommend Orangenius, which allows you to build multiple portfolios and attach each work to an individual work experience.
- Embrace the technology – You have so much knowledge at your disposal. User experience key – Ask your professors or peers about the latest technology if you are not in the know.
- Express yourself – Whether you are a writer, graphic designer, or a general studies major trying to figure it out, a brief summary to introduce yourself and explain who you are and what you want to do will capture the audience.
- You are your brand – Develop a personal brand (logo, theme, color scheme) that is a great representation of you and your personality. Incorporate your branding throughout your portfolio for continuity.
The transition from high school to college to the workforce is a big one. At every stage, you want to put your best foot forward. Your resume is your running history of apprenticeships, internships, and entry-level positions that will help boost you into the right career. Your resume tells a story about who you are – it’s important to document every milestone, from that dean’s list award to the community service you volunteered during your freshman or sophomore year. These experiences contribute to your perceived success beyond your college years.
Orangenius | Creative Circle Pro Tips:
- Tell your story – Paint a picture. You want employers to get a sense of who you are and what you’ve accomplished thus far. Have you made it into an honor society or dean’s list? Go ahead and list those accomplishments; they will contribute to the bigger picture. Remember there is a fine line between confidence and arrogance.
- Be consistent – We know you are tired of writing papers, but you have to make sure your resume stays clean and consistent throughout your college years. Keep it simple and pay close attention to things like spacing, indentation, bolding, font type, and size.
- You are your brand – You are just at the beginning of establishing your brand. Make sure you keep a running list of all your skills, experience, and accomplishments. Your resume will be a direct reflection of who you are as a creative and individual. Consider how you want your brand to look and feel, then ensure that your resume reflects that as you continue to grow as a creative.
It’s super intimidating, and many of us don’t know how to properly interview post-graduation. It is important to start building these tools whether you are transitioning into your freshman year or your senior year. Always be confident about the position you are interviewing for – internship or not, every interview will be a major learning experience.
Orangenius | Creative Circle Pro Tips:
- Be present – Are you interviewing for that amazing internship at your dream company? Make sure you are listening actively throughout the interview by showing your confidence with direct, natural eye contact with the interviewer.
- Plan for success – Remember that every interview from an internship to an entry-level position will be unique. Plan how you want to present your skill set or portfolio ahead of time.
- Be confident, but not cocky – Employers like interviewees with confidence. But be careful not to be cocky: Start the interview by greeting the hiring manager with a firm handshake, a smile, and strong eye contact. Remember to be sincere and express interest in the position while highlighting what makes you the right person for the job.
Need More In-Depth Advice?
We thought you would! Orangenius and Creative Circle have partnered to bring you an in-depth college to career guide that will help you navigate each year of your college experience. Chock full of proven resources sourced through interviews with creative industry experts, How to Adult: Getting From College to Career will be your college savior. Click each link to download our college guide, with year-by-year timelines and strategies for freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior years.