Student Career Development

Overview

Career Development is an important part of student life at Columbia College Hollywood.  The Career Development Office understands the unique expectations entertainment companies have when it comes to hiring film and television artists.  We therefore offer a variety of individual services including career counseling, career workshops, resume development and interview preparation, internship and full-time job assistance and graduate school application review. In short, our mission is to assist you in putting your training and degree to work in the entertainment industry.

 

Career Counseling

In-depth assistance is provided for students who want to clarify career direction or determine occupations of interest in film and television production. We meet with you one-on-one to determine what interests you, what motivates you and what inspires you in order to tailor your personal career strategy. You may think you already know the answers to these questions but our meeting can often help you clarify your interests, which in turn helps to point you in the right career direction. Together we discover the optimum path, from which internship to pick to what networking events to attend, in order to help you to begin building your career even before you graduate. Ultimately, our goal is to help you connect what you know about yourself to potential careers and to help you make an informed choice about where you want to start your life after CCH. 

Career Workshops

In addition to individual career counseling, the CCH Career Development Office offers informative, extensive career workshops every quarter that help you learn how to build and maintain your resume, craft a winning cover letter, create your sizzle or “demo” reel, network to build your contacts, and even how to fundraise for your student films. 

Resume Development and Interview Preparation

The Career Development Office also offers assistance to current students and alumni by reviewing the content and quality of your resumes, cover letters and sizzle reels of your film work. Your sizzle reel serves as your visual resume for employers in the entertainment industry and is an essential part of your career portfolio. Our goal is to help you make your portfolio stand out form other applicants when applying to internships, crew positions, or full time jobs.  

In addition, The Career Development Office provides you with guidance on how to prepare for job and internship interviews. You can also participate in a "Mock Interview" that will help you practice your responses to frequently asked interview questions. 

Graduate School Application Review

If graduate school is in your future, we help by assisting you with the application process.  We help by recommending schools to apply to, recommending grad school test prep services, reviewing your personal essay, helping you pick the best people to write your letters of recommendation and reviewing your overall application.