Plan Your Steps
Our overall focus is on music career management rather than on a one-time job link, and on helping students access resources and activities available to them as well as helping them apply these resources to their own individual career paths.
Students can make unlimited appointments to speak with a career adviser. Alumni are limited to one visit per semester (spring/summer/fall). Appointments are available in person, over the phone, or via Skype.
Popular topics to discuss include:
- Exploring music career options
- Goal development
- Self-assessment, interest inventory, and values clarification
- Academic major choice
- Resume, cover letter, press kit, and portfolio development
- Use of internet for career visibility
- Personal branding and self-promotion
- Performance booking strategies
- Job search strategies
- Mock interviewing and negotiating
- Copyright mechanics
- Relocating to a new city
- Music marketing and promotional tips
- Entrepreneurial business planning
- Networking and alumni connections
Peter Spellman: director, Career Development Center
Julia Bingham: assistant director, Employer Relations
Erik Privert: assistant director, Career Resources and Programs
Walk-in hours with our career advisers are convenient for quick conversations or to get a feel for what the CDC has to offer above and beyond what the front desk staff can provide.
Resume tune-up hours are time dedicated specifically to resume and cover letter review. They take place in a group format with clarification about what to include, what employers look for, and feedback (if you bring a draft). Sign in to view our for Resume and Job Search Guide for instructions if you're unsure about where to begin.
The Berklee Career Network is a database of over 500 alumni managed by the CDC. Alumni advisers are referred to students after a one-on-one career advising appointment.
The BCN should be used as a resource to ask alumni for advice and to build connections, not to ask for jobs.
Common topics to discuss with an alumni adviser include:
- What's happening musically in his or her area
- What to expect when transitioning from college to the professional world
- How his or her career path has evolved to where it is currently
- Advice he or she would give looking back on personal experience
- Realistic career goals based on your interests and experience
- Resources he or she has found most useful (for networking, finding local employment, or even finding a place to live)
- Referrals to others who can help you expand your music opportunities
How it works:
- Make an appointment for career advising so that we can discuss your goals and provide an appropriate match.
- You'll receive an email from the CDC with a few advisers' profiles and contact information.
- You reach out to the alumni, letting them know how you heard about them, referencing points of interest from their profiles, introducing a bit about yourself, and asking a few good questions to get the conversation started.
- It's up to the alumnus as to how much time he or she can give each person, so please be prepared, courteous, and use his or her time wisely.
- You can always come back to the CDC for more referrals after you've taken the time to contact the ones you've received.
If you're an alumus who would like to join the Berklee Career Network, please contact Julia Bingham in the CDC.