Summer? Really??

The semester’s just starting, but now’s the time to think about, and plan for, summer! Whether this is the year to audition for a summer festival, take on a resume-building internship, or work and build up your bank account the OECD can help.

JSoM students are in demand, and our partners keep us posted about new opportunities! Here are some things to check out:

  • Musical America published their FREE 2020 Guide to Summer Camps, Institutes, & Programs
  • National Repertory Orchestra recently posted their PAID summer positions and Fellowships
  • Sweetwater internships are posted (they have other openings too – including in their recording studio!)
  • Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival posted their PAID internships
  • ZipRecruiter has thousands of music-related postings including for interns, music teachers, church musicians, audio engineers and more
  • Indiana INTERNnet Online Internship Fair is January 30 – learn more here

As always – the OECD career advisors are here to help you prepare your application materials for these summer opportunities!

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2020 and Beyond

The Jacobs School of Music wants you to graduate with a plan – including the tools and materials you need to launch a productive and sustainable professional life. MUSIC CAREER DEVELOPMENT (U250) is here to help!

This 2-credit class (taught by OECD staff at the beginning of next semester) is a fast-paced eight-week course designed to help you create an on-ramp to life after IU. 

The course increases professional self-awareness, helps you communicate more effectively, and assists with preparation of a competitive portfolio including:

  • A career action plan that matches your professional goals
  • A resume, CV, cover letter, and a biography
  • A professional digital portfolio using appropriate tools
  • An ability to execute a job search using relevant databases and resources
  • A basic understanding of business skills necessary to pursue your professional life 

You’ll find course info here. Be sure to reach out if you have any questions!

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You know you need a resume, but just can’t make it to an OECD workshop. Sometimes, you’re ready to tackle that bio statement or rep list at 11 o’clock at night. We understand!

The OECD is producing a series of short videos on topics you need – available when you WANT them (even over Thanksgiving Break…) These videos, shared on the Project Jumpstart YouTube channel, along with resources in the JSoM Career Development 2.0 site (in Canvas) provide 24/7 access to information and support for your professional development.

The first video? Resumes, of course!  Watch for more coming soon…

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Innovation Season

Marching Hundred season is wrapping up and Nutcracker season is right around the corner. Here in the OECD, we’re preparing for the most wonderful time of the year…Innovation Competition season!

This year, teams will compete for $3,000 in prize money – the highest awards yet! Watch for more details coming soon about timelines, workshops, resources, and mentorship opportunities. But here’s what Innovation Competition Prep Season looks like so far:

  • Info Session: November 20
  • Letter of Intent due: December 6
  • Drop-in Project Workshop: December 13
  • Mentorship available throughout December and January
  • Proposal Deadline: January 24
  • Innovation Competition Saturday, February 1

Not sure if you have the “right” idea or can be ready in time for this year? We can help you figure that out, too. Stop by to talk with an OECD staffer or Jumpstart Team member today!

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Grad School Applications!

Are you applying to Graduate School?  If so, here are a few important announcements:

  • December 1 is (typically) the deadline for grad school applications
  • November 1 is NEXT WEEK
  • The OECD is here to help

In addition to preparing pre-screening videos and audition repertoire, you’ll be asked for a variety of materials in support of your grad school application. These might include:

  • Resume (or CV)
  • Personal Statement (or Statement of Purpose)
  • Recommendation Letters
  • Biography
  • Essay (or writing sample)
  • Repertoire List
  • Transcripts (IU transcript information)
  • Other components unique to individual programs

Don’t count on an all-nighter to pull these together – work with an OECD coach to decrease your stress and increase your confidence!

The OECD is available by appointment (or drop-in) to answer questions, help strategize timelines, and review drafts. We can coach you toward creating materials that best represent you and your educational/professional goals.

In addition, we have two important grad school prep sessions coming up:

  • Nov 6 | 4-5PM | MU011 – Planning for a Possible Gap Year (panel of guest experts)
  • Dec 4 | 4-5PM | MU011 – Preparing for the Grad School Interview (panel of guest experts)
  • Reserve your seat in the Career Portal today!
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October is National Protect Your Hearing Month

Did you know that performing musicians are at extreme risk for hearing loss?  Take action this month to be sure that you’re doing all you can to preserve your hearing health. 

Our neighbors at the IU Speech and Hearing Clinic (right next to the lower entrance to Sweeney Hall) offer a series of services to Jacobs School students and faculty:

  • Baseline hearing tests are just $20 and can be added to your bursar account.
  • Walk-in hours are on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8am-12pm
  • Relatively good earplugs are available at the clinic for just $20.  Higher quality earplugs, which minimize the loss of acoustic fidelity, are also available on order.

Visit the IU Hearing Clinic website for more info:

The folks there would love to see you and support your good hearing health habits!

PS: Check out this cool chart outlining Levels of Noise and how they permanently damage your ears. Spoiler alert – rehearsals and concerts can be DANGEROUS

*additional facts about Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

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Table Tennis, Anyone?

The OECD is now THE go-to place for play and stress release – via an awesome new ping-pong table!

Relaxing with a friendly game of table tennis is the easiest form of networking there is. Come on in to unwind for a few minutes. Tell us about your day as you smack a tiny hollow ball around.

You can challenge Jumpstart – or the OECD staff – to a game. Better yet, form teams and challenge a “rival” department to a best-of-five match! We’ll provide the snacks for all scheduled smack-downs.

And watch for information coming soon about a Table Tennis Masterclass and Exhibition with our very own Luke Gillespie from the jazz faculty! A former tournament champion, Luke’s moves aren’t limited to the piano.

Drop in any time and try out the new table! To discuss planning or scheduling a tournament, email Nathan Fischer in the OECD:

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“What I Didn’t Learn in Music School”

By popular demand, the Brownbag Lunch Series, “What I Didn’t Learn in Music School” returns! This semester we feature faculty new to the Jacobs School of Music, and ask them to riff on their music, their careers, and lessons learned along the way.

Our first featured guest is jazz saxophonist and composer Greg Ward.  In October, we welcome Grammy Award-winning multi-percussionist Joe Gramley.

The Brownbag Series provides the opportunity for all students to engage with and learn from faculty across Jacobs, in an informal setting. Bring your lunch, your curiosity, and your questions! Sign up in the career portal.

Greg Ward: Wed, Sept 25, 11am-Noon, OECD (MU011)

Joe Gramley: Wed, Oct 9, Noon-1pm, OECD (MU011)

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New Canvas Resource Site!

JSoM Career Development 2.0

With a major shout-out to Career Specialist and all-around good guy Nathan Fischer, the OECD is pleased to announce a relaunch of our resource site in Canvas: JSoM Career Development 2.0. The new site is streamlined and reorganized to bring you the most-requested and most-relevant information – at a glance and in 2 clicks.

2.0 includes templates and examples to get you started on the documents you need most – when you need them. Then stop by the OECD and meet with a Career Specialist to review, edit, and complete your drafts!

All JSoM students received an email invitation to JSoM Career Development 2.0. Accept the “course” invitation today and have access to this site for the entire academic year – and beyond. Watch for new information and examples as we continue to build content and value for you!

And what information do you want/need to see here? Bring us your ideas to help make this resource more valuable to you! We’re listening…

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Planning for Your Future!

Welcome to (or back to) Indiana University Jacobs School of Music! The Office of Entrepreneurship and Career Development (OECD) is here to assist you as you prepare for life AFTER IU. Throughout the year, we’ll bring you special programming, guest artists, and information about campus and community opportunities to build your custom tool belt of professional skills and confidence.

Graduate School application season is upon us, so this semester the OECD will host special programs focused on grad school preparation. Beginning in October, our First Wednesday Workshop Series will feature faculty and campus guests experts who will answer your questions about:

  • Writing the entrance essay (personal statement or statement of purpose)
  • Planning for a possible gap year
  • Preparing for the graduate school interview

In addition, the OECD and Project Jumpstart are partnering with the student chapter of the Audio Engineering Society to bring you important pointers for creating your best application recordings or videos!

Watch for more information – Activate your profile in the Career Portal – Drop in the OECD any time!

(and visit the IU Career Development Center’s Preparing for Graduate School site for additional resources)

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