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Resources for exploring yourself, your major, and possible occupations:

Pathway U: Got 25-30 minutes? Why not use that time to explore your values, interests, personality, and workplace preferences? Exploring yourself and what you value in life can be so helpful for finding potential occupations. Pathway U uses your answers as well as scientific algorithms to give a nice, long list of occupations that you might enjoy. For best results, discuss Pathway U with a Career Counselor or Advisor!

Explore Careers in Art: The Art Career Project covers all aspects of the art world, from culinary arts to music, film, and fine art. Explore some of your favorite art modes and see potential careers doing what you love.

A Career Guide for Theatre Majors: This resource guides you through the many skills and opportunities that Theatre Arts and Performing Arts majors provides. (Note: this resources is about 5 years old, so some of this information may or may not be up to date)

Majoring in Music: Want to major in music but aren’t sure what to do with it? Look no further! This resource provides occupational information as well as how to get started on creating the music career you’ve dreamed of.

What Can I Do With This Major?: Unsure what careers you can do with your major? Or even just exploring different major possibilities? Then this will be a great resource for you. What Can I Do with This Major breaks each major down by industries/fields, providing you with tons of ideas and occupations to explore. At the bottom of each major page, you’ll find resources including industry-specific professional associations, alternative job search engines, and further resources on exploring occupations.

My Next Move: Whether you know what you want to do or are still exploring, My Next Move can be a useful too regardless of where you are in your search for a career. Explore industries, take the My Next Move Interest Profiler, or enter keywords to discover occupations that interest you.

To explore other occupations and resources, see this Art, Design, and Visual Studies Career Guide or visit Career Services to find more information on career exploration.


Resources for finding experiences that speak to your creative soul (or that can at least help you learn about yourself):

Boise State Opportunities

Work U: Gain valuable experience while earning credit and building connections in the community! Work U is career preparation with a twist, giving you hands-on professional work experience, clarity on your career goals, an opportunity to be mentored, focused classroom time, and a chance to build your resume and network – all while gaining three upper-division credits. Keep a lookout for the many Work U opportunities that involve creativity and production!

On-Campus Jobs: On-campus jobs provide more than a paycheck; they provide opportunities for professional development experiences and network connections. On-campus jobs can be a great way to explore your interests and values as well as gain a sense of belonging on campus. Plus there are plenty of jobs where you can flex your creative muscles!

Other Potential Opportunities

Internships: Paid or unpaid, internships can provide crucial career-related experiences that can give you the opportunity to grow as both a professional and a human. If you need any help finding internships or networking with organizations in the community, chat with one of our Career Counselors or Advisors!

Backstage – Casting Calls and Auditions: Find open calls for auditions all over the country.

Ideas for Getting Started in Music: Want to try your hand at working in the music industry, but aren’t sure where to start? This website provides ideas on where to look for potential opportunities in music that could be right in your backyard. Try volunteering to host a show on campus radio or maybe even interning at a local music venue. Anything you try could be helpful in building up contacts within the community!

Try Freelancing: Use Upwork and other freelance sites to find quick projects to make a little money and build your portfolio! Opportunities could include voice over work, design, video production, and more.

5 Ways to Jumpstart Your Art Career: Now is a great time to start thinking about how you want to jumpstart your art career. Whether you are looking to sell your art, getting a position as a graphic designer, or working in a museum, it’s going to be helpful to get your name out there. This resource provides easy ways to start developing your work and your career through creativity, inspiration, and business.

Express Your Story

Resources for expressing and articulating your story through your resumes, cover letters, interviews, etc.:

Boise State Resources

Resumes and Cover Letters: Crafting solid resumes and cover letters is an artwork in and of itself! Use this resource to help you articulate your experience via effective resumes and cover letters. For additional assistance and feedback, chat with one of our Career Counselors and Advisors or visit our Virtual Career Center!

Interviewing: The interview is where you get your chance to shine! If you have landed an interview, the employer sees potential in you, and you have already cleared a lot of the hurdles in the job search process. In addition to determining whether the company and position fit what you want, the interview is your opportunity to confirm for the employer that you have the right skills and qualifications they need, AND that your personality fits the organization.

Building Your Personal Brand and Networking: Telling your story and sharing your work through your online presence is important for building connections in the community. Use this resource to build your LinkedIn profile, show off your work, and connect with employers or peers with similar interests.

Other Resources

Building a Resume for the Entertainment Industry: Resumes for theatre and performing arts can be a little different than the resumes you’re probably familiar with. This resources guides you through what can go into a resume for the entertainment resume as well as what these resumes usually look like.

Tips for Writing Performance and Composition Resumes: Learn what you can include in your resume, get a quick guide on formatting and content, and more! Music resumes can be tricky; this guide can help.

The Muse – 43 Resume Tips That Will Get You Hired: A Career Counselor in a listicle! This is a quick and easy resource for when you are starting your resume or if you just want to make sure you are on the right track.

The Balance – How to Write a Cover Letter: Use this as a complementary tool to the cover letter tools above in Boise State Resources. This resource provides extra details for making your cover letter the best it can be. Your cover letter is a little sample of who you are – make sure you are authentic, detailed, and excited about the position.