Frequently Asked Questions
boston college arts council
- What do I wear?
- Do I need to bring anything with me?
- How will I know which alumni I want to talk to, and how will I find them?
- How long can I talk with each alum?
- I’ve never been to a career event before. I don’t know what questions to ask.
- How long should I plan to stay?
- What time should I arrive?
- Where should I park?
- Where do I go after I park?
- Should I bring anything with me?
- Do I need to prepare anything in advance? Will I have to speak publicly?
- What kinds of questions will they ask me?
- We don’t have any jobs available in my company right now. Does that matter?
- How will it work? Will students just gather around me and I will talk?
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.
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.
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.
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.
You may want to 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 . . .
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
No – you do not need to prepare anything at all. You will be speaking to students in small groups and one-on-one.
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.
No – this is not a job fair, and they know that when they arrive. They need your advice, your guidance, and your enthusiasm.
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.