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Frequently Asked Questions

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  1. What do I wear?

This is an informal networking night, so there is no particular dress code, although it stands to reason that when networking, you want to look clean, polished, and presentable.

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  1. Do I need to bring anything with me?

No – this is not a job fair, so you don’t need resumes or handouts. However, you might want to bring a pad of paper and a pen to jot down notes or information that you receive from alumni. 

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  1. How will I know which alumni I want to talk to, and how will I find them?

When you arrive at the event, the Arts Council will provide you with a handout that includes bios and pictures of all the alumni. Alumni will be wearing name tags, and you will also have their photos for reference. Ask Arts Council staff if you would like any help finding the alumni you are looking for.

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  1. How long can I talk with each alum?

As much or as little as you’d like. You can join conversations already in progress or just listen in, move on when you determine you need to, or wait for your opportunity for a one-on-one conversation.

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  1. I’ve never been to a career event before. I don’t know what questions to ask.

This is precisely why we have created a pre-Career Night for the Arts "Networking 101" session with representatives from the BC Career Center. If you would like information about how best to present yourself in informal networking situations like this one, come to the Newton Room (right next to the Heights Room) between 6:00pm and 7:00pm on the same night (November 17th) in order to get some valuable tips to make the most of your evening at Career Night for the Arts. As a bonus, snacks will be provided at the "Networking 101" session so you can fuel up before your alumni conversations. 

You can also stop in at the Career Center ahead of time to think about what you would like to get out of this event. And remember – it’s not a formal event and there is no “interviewing.” This is an opportunity for you to learn about various careers in the arts. You can always ask about the alum’s experiences as a BC student, how they made their decisions to pursue their careers, what a typical day is like . . .

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  1. How long should I plan to stay?

The event is from 7:00 to 8:30 PM – you can stay for as short or as a long a period as you like. Take your time, though, and get as much out of the event as you can.

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  1. What time should I arrive?

We will have a buffet dinner for all the alumni beginning at 6:00 PM, so you don’t need to eat dinner before you come to BC. The food will be available until 6:55 PM (the event begins with students at 7:00 PM), so you can grab something to eat whenever you are able to arrive. But come as close to 6:00 PM as you can to meet and network with other alums – and to catch up with old friends. Representatives from the Alumni Association, the Career Center, and the Arts Council will also be available during dinner to talk with you about other opportunities to get involved and “what’s going on at BC lately.”

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  1. Where should I park?

You can park anywhere on lower campus. You will find plenty of parking in the Commonwealth Avenue garage, which is across from the Robsham Theater. If you park in the garage, you will need to take a ticket, but be sure to ask one of the Arts Council staff for a validated ticket at the event. You will not have to pay for parking, but will receive a validated ticket from the Arts Council to use as you exit the garage. More information about Visitor Parking can be found on the Transportation page.

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  1. Where do I go after I park?

Go to Corcoran Commons on Lower Campus. Once inside, ascend the stairs to the second floor to the Boston Room, which is right next to the Heights Room – that’s where we will have dinner and you can check in with the Arts Council, Alumni Association, and Career Center staff.

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  1. Should I bring anything with me?

Bring business cards if you have them – to share with fellow alumni, University faculty, and/or students as you wish. If you want to promote your organization, feel free to bring promotional materials to hand to students.  If you have a portfolio or samples of your work that you would like to review with students, feel free to bring them.

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  1. Do I need to prepare anything in advance?  Will I have to speak publicly?

No – you do not need to prepare anything at all. You will be speaking to students in small groups and one-on-one.

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  1. What kinds of questions will they ask me?

Everything! They will want to know about your career path, your work, your time at BC. . .They will ask for your recommendations on web sites and resources – and “what to do first.” They may ask you if they can contact you after this event – or visit you for an informational interview. 

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  1. We don’t have any jobs available in my company right now. Does that matter?

No – this is not a job fair, and they know that when they arrive. They need your advice, your guidance, and your enthusiasm. 

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  1. How will it work? Will students just gather around me and I will talk?

It varies from year to year. Sometimes students will gather in a large group around a couple of alumni and everyone benefits from the conversation. Other times, they might form a line and wait their turn. If you have a large group waiting, we find it works best if you reach out to the group, encourage them to gather ‘round, and then all the students can benefit from listening to your answers to questions. Sometimes, they will need encouragement to ask questions, and you may need to begin the conversation.

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