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SEA's 1st Virtual Summit

We are excited to launch our first virtual summit focused on a topic near and dear to our audience, graduating and starting one's professional career. This year in the midst of a pandemic, there are more concerns, uncertainties, and questions than ever before. The goal of this summit is to tackle these issues head-on and remove the fear and replace it with resources, knowledge, tools, and actions steps. While this event has concluded, you can still sign-up to access all of the recordings for FREE.

About this Event:

Who Should Attend: College students and recent grads seeking skills, tools, connections, and tips to help them prepare for their career after college during these unprecedented times. (Students seeking internships in the creative fields will also benefit from this event.)

Cost: FREE


When: Pre-recorded sessions will be made available March 12th (possibly sooner). Live sessions (Q & A, mentoring, industry chats, and more) will be held March 19th-21st. All pre-recorded sessions and available recordings of the live engagement sessions will be accessible through the end of April


Where: All sessions will be held virtually primarily over Zoom and Google Meets. Pre-recorded sessions and links to sessions will be available through our event page for registered attendees. This link will be provided in your registration confirmation.

Resume Reviews: In addition, all attendees will have an opportunity to receive written feedback on their resumes from a variety of professionals including HR, Career Services, and various creative fields.

Tentative List of Presenters (Updated March 20th)

Tentative List of Pre-Recorded Sessions (Updated March 17th)

Tentative List of Live Engagement Sessions (March 19th-21st) (Updated March 20th)


Topics Covered:

  • Acing the Interview: Resume, portfolio, and interview strategies, tailoring your resume to specific industries, negotiating the job

  • Translating Your Creative Skills to Job Skills: Soft skills and creatives skills/where they meet, how to showcase your creative skills in your resume and interview

  • Is Grad School Right for Me?: Pros/cons of grad school for various majors/career paths

  • Advice for 2021 Grads: General advice on what to do and what not to do pre and post grad, tips on how to prepare for graduation based on individual industries

  • The Wait for The Right Job: How to adjust yourself while waiting for the dream job, letting your side hustle compliment your career goals, staying on the right path to your goals, innovation in your down time

  • Taking a Job That's Not Ideal, What Now?: How to adjust your mindset when the job isn't your dream job, how to stay on track/always think ahead

  • Mental Health Post Grad: How to Deal with Post Grad Realities: Tips on coping with post grad ups/downs, coping with rejection or forced change of career paths

  • Plus additional sessions on topics like portfolio development, the business model canvas, art non-profits, live/work artist communities, and more.


Event Activities:

  • Pre-recorded sessions and panel discussions that you can watch at your convenience starting March 12th (possibly sooner)

  • Pre-recorded Session follow up: Live Q&A sessions which will be held over Zoom March 19th-21st

  • Live Industry Chats over Zoom March 19th-21st

  • 1-1 Virtual Mentoring March 19th-21st

  • Virtual Office Hours with support professionals

  • Resume Reviews

  • Recordings accessible through the end of June



Sponsors & Collaborators:

This event is being made possible through grants from The Coleman Foundation and The John E. and Jeanne T. Hughes Charitable Foundation. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. Additional support has been provided by North Central College and Beloit College. Program support has been provided by Columbia College Chicago, Future Founders, The Adecco Group, and North Central College Enactus.

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