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Career Services

About Us

Career Services, housed within The Patty Disney Center for Life and Work, provides individual career counseling, services, programs, and workshops for both undergraduate and graduate students to supplement existing métier-specific professional practice opportunities. We help students and alumni artists understand how to sustain their art practice for the long term—which often means multiple tracks of employment and unconventional thinking about managing art, life, and work. We cultivate relationships with recruiters and practicing professionals as well as develop internship, employment and recruitment partnerships on and off campus.

Employers may post career opportunities on CommonSpace. Only CalArts students and alumni are able to view postings listed on CommonSpace. You can register as a student or alumni to begin viewing jobs and internships. Once you've joined, you can also build a portfolio, participate in the workspace, and network with other CalArts students and alumni.

Upcoming Event: 2017 Career Fairs

Design & Technology Career Fair

Wednesday, March 1 from 12pm - 2pm in G201 & G202

Employers Scheduled To Attend:

Media, Entertainment, & Non-Profit Career Fair

Thursday, March 2 from 12pm - 2pm in G201 and G202

Employers Scheduled To Attend:

If you are planning to attend, please complete this form. You will receive both a name tag and a gift from Career Services upon check-in.

Prepare for the Career Fair

The CalArts Annual Career Fairs are excellent opportunities for you to network with companies recruiting for internships, full-time and part-time positions. Your efforts to secure an interview and get that dream job is greatly enhanced by how well you prepare before the big event. Here are a few quick tips to prepare for the upcoming fairs:

Before the Fair:

  • Research Employers: Learn about the career fair and participating employers (listed below or by downloading the "CalArts Career Fair Plus" app on your iOS or Android smart device). Take the time to investigate these employers before the fair including products, services, employment needs and current company news.
  • Prepare Resume: Having a solid resume is critical when attending a career fair. Bring several copies of your resume and paper/pen for taking notes. Some students also bring a portfolio for carrying handouts. 
  • Plan Appropriate Dress: The first impression you make at a career fair is critical. Make sure that you look professional, dynamic and put together. 
  • Prepare Your “Introduction Pitch”: Develop a quick 30-60 second statement introducing yourself to the recruiter. Check out the How To Create a 30 Second Introduction guide on the Career Services website. 

During the Fair:

  • Talk with Employers: Prepare one or two questions in mind for each employer. As soon as you leave an employer table, jot down notes on the employers of interest so you can follow up later. 

After the Fair: 

  • Follow Up: Send thank you notes to those recruiters whom you spoke to at the fair. Some employers prefer to interview those candidates from the fair who take the initiatives to follow up. Don’t be discouraged if you are not offered a job right away. Sometimes recruiters will collect resume and keep them on file for up to a year after a career fair. That is why following up with them is essential. 

For more information, please stop by Career Services, G204 (located in the Generator Building), email careers@calarts.edu or call 661-291-3419.

Last edited by cmartinez on Feb 23, 2017
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