Creative Industry Days Student Information

Event Schedule


February 27, 28, and March 1
Virtual

1:1 Portfolio Reviews 
Feedback, networking, and/or virtual recruiting
9 a.m.-6 p.m. EST

Virtual Career Panels
7 p.m. EST
For Zoom link: Login to RIT Career Connect/Events/Workshops and keyword CID


March 2
In-Person – Gene Polisseni Center

Career Fair for Creatives
Creative industry professionals actively seeking to fill co-op/internship and full-time job openings have the opportunity to meet with students interested in working in the creative field
1-5 p.m. EST

Virtual Career Panels


Monday, February 27, 2023
7-8 p.m. EST

Promoting Yourself and Your Work
Link to recording

Our panel of experts will provide tips for being memorable and suggest how best to showcase your work to prospective employers and clients. You will learn how to strengthen your portfolio/reel and polish your image in order to “tell your creative story.”

Moderator:
Keli DiRisio
, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design/Interactivity, RIT (RIT Alum)

Panelists:
Chris Chapman
; Lead Artist, VFX; NetherRealm Studios (RIT Alum)
Kyleen James, Digital Anthropologist, Elite World Group (RIT Alum)
Taylor Canby, Design Manager, New Balance (RIT Alum)
Josh Klenert, Chief Design Officer, Bakkt (RIT Alum)


Tuesday, February 28, 2023
7-8 p.m. EST

Becoming Your Own Boss
link to recording

Do you have an entrepreneurial spirit? Would you like to be in charge of your own business? Learn what it takes to be successful on your own as a freelancer or business owner. Find out how to promote your business or services, deal with clients, and navigate the inner workings of being your own boss.

Moderator:
David Long
, RIT MAGIC Center Director, RIT (RIT Alum)

Panelists:
Aaron Gordon
, Founder and CEO, Optic Sky Productions (RIT Alum)
Greg Cunneyworth, Co-Founder and Creative Director, Makeway Agency (RIT Alum)
Jeremiah Gryczka, Founder and CEO, Mountain House Media (RIT Alum)
Lindsay Connelly, Owner and Digital Marketing Strategist, Linden Digital Marketing (RIT Alum)


Wednesday, March 1, 2023
7-8 p.m. EST

Young Professionals Panel
link to recording

What is life like after RIT? Hear from recent RIT alumni on how they navigated their path from student to professional. You will learn how best to set yourself up for success and what to expect in the working world.

Moderator:
Nan Burgess-Whitman
, Career Services Coordinator, RIT

Panelists:
Abby Dye
, Interaction Designer, Digital Hyve (RIT Alum)
Aimee Spisak, UI Designer, SAIC (RIT Alum)
Alex Hazen, Simulation Development Lead, Shadow Health (RIT Alum)
Clare Mahr, Interactive Designer, Threespot (RIT Alum)

Virtual 1:1 Portfolio Reviews

These 15-minute time blocks with industry professionals are a great opportunity to network and receive feedback. Once you sign up, please be professional and show up for each of the times you have signed up for.

Participating Organizations:

29 Design Studio
Activision Blizzard
Avkin, Inc.
BZDesign, Inc.
Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
CJS Architects
David Yurman
Dixon Schwabl + Company
Eaton Corporation
Gannett - Part of the USA Today Network
General Electric (GE)
Google
GreyBox Creative
Growler Interactive
Helen & Gertrude
Iron Galaxy Studios
ITX Corp
Johnson & Johnson
LaBella Associates PC
Lippincott
McCann Worldgroup
Melissa & Doug
MG Lomb Advertising, Inc.
Mother
MSM
NetherRealm Studios
Nickelodeon Animation Studio
Paramount Technologies
Partners + Napier
Paychex Inc.
Procter & Gamble (P&G)
Scholar
Sony Pictures Entertainment
Spotify
Stryker
Truth Collective
Vargas Associates
Vivint Smart Home
VOX Global

 

Sign Up

February 13-14: Starting at 8:30 a.m. Sign up for one time slot with one industry professional (this allows for as many students as possible to have a portfolio review).
February 15-20: Sign up for any open time slot (be careful not to double-book yourself).

Sign up through RIT Career Connect.

  1. Log in to RIT Career Connect. Go to Events > Info Sessions > keyword search CID. The list of companies/agencies whose areas of expertise/interest match up with your major will be listed.
  2. Sign up for a time slot (February 13-14) – Select your first choice 
    Signing up for one slot for the first few days gives as many students as possible the opportunity to meet with an industry professional. Unfortunately, if we see you have signed up for multiple companies, we will remove you from other sign-ups at our discretion. 
  3. Sign up for any time slots you are interested in and are still available (February 15-20)
  4. Check your schedule. Each portfolio reviewer is providing their own virtual meeting links (Zoom, Microsoft Teams, etc.). The description for each info session will contain the link you will use to connect with them at the time/day you signed up for. You can check RIT Career Connect > Events > Info Sessions > “Attendance” drop down, select “Attending or waitlisted” to see what you have signed up for at any time. Pay attention to system emails that will confirm your sign ups and provide the virtual meeting link.

After you have signed up -- your schedule of reviews:
The most reliable way, other than you noting what you signed up for on your personal calendar, is to look for the system messages that confirmed your sign up, and the second reminder system email message you will get the day of your review(s). 

After sign up ends you can see what day(s) companies are conducting reviews, but not individual sign-ups:

  1. Log into Career Connect
  2. Click on Events
  3. Click on When
  4. Click on Coming Up 

To cancel a review:
By signing up, you are expected to follow through and meet with your reviewer. They are giving their time, so good to be respectful and not be a "no-show". Once sign-ups have ended, you do not have the ability to login and cancel your own sign up. After February 23, please email ocecid@rit.edu to let us know if you are not able to meet with your reviewer because they have received their schedule of reviews and we will need to alert them about cancellations. The system does not allow you to cancel your own after sign ups have ended. 

Before Feb 23, 2023

  1. Login to Career Connect
  2. go to Events
  3. from “Attendance” drop down, select “Attending or waitlisted”
  4. click on the session you wish to cancel
  5. from results you will see a green banner with the link to “cancel”

In-person Career Fair for Creatives

This event is a great opportunity to meet with industry professionals regarding co-op/internship and full-time job openings.

  • Dress professionally (first impressions matter)
  • Bring your RIT ID to check in, no need to register
  • Bring your portfolio to show your work (if applicable)
  • Have a supply of resumes to hand out

A list of companies attending and current job postings will be available on February 17 in Career Connect and the Symplicity Jobs and Careers App (AppleAndroid). Log in to RIT Career Connect, and go to Events > Career Fairs. The list of companies/agencies whose areas of expertise/interest match up with your major will be listed. We recommend downloading the app to manage your day – you can filter on companies, majors of interest, type of job they are recruiting for, and table numbers. 

Note: If you do not get a chance to speak with whom you wanted to you can reach out to your career services coordinator and they can either share their contact info if we have their permission and talk about other strategies.

Confirmed Companies

Ashley McGraw Architects, DPC
Baxter International Inc.
BCI Buckeye Corrugated, Inc
Beast Coast Custom
Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
ChaseDesign
Design Space Studios
Flynn
Helen + Gertrude
ITX Corp
LeChase Construction Services, LLC
Linden Digital Marketing LLC
Mountain House Media
Orange Sparkle Ball, Inc
Paychex Inc.
RES Exhibit Services, LLC,
RIT MAGIC Spell Studios
RivetCX
Threespot

 

Get Ready for the Events

Prepare your Portfolio

Increase the odds of creative professionals seeing your work and contacting you about future opportunities. Register to have your work included in the official Student Portfolio Site where your work remains for up to one year. Your work may be reviewed by professionals prior to the events or by those who are unable to participate in this year’s events. Check out our Portfolio Preparation page for help getting started.

Resume Reviews

Bring a paper copy of your resume to be reviewed by the experts from Career Services. If you cannot attend, you can schedule an appointment with your career services coordinator to review your resume.

Thursday, February 23, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Gannett Hall Kasok Lounge, Golisano Atrium, Saunders Atrium, and Gleason Erdle Commons

Friday, March 3, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Golisano Atrium, Saunders Atrium, Gleason Erdle Commons, and Engineering Technology McGowen Commons

Creative Industry Days How-to Session

View the Creative Industry Days How-to Session recording to learn about the event format, how to register for the portfolio site, how to sign up for virtual 1:1s, career panel topics and participating career experts, and how to prepare for the in-person Career Fair for Creatives. You will also learn resume and portfolio development tips to make a positive first impression.

Watch the Videos

View the Career Talks and Panels recordings from past Creative Industry Days available on our Virtual Career Series page.

Apply to Job Postings and Interviews

Check out RIT Career Connect to search for creative opportunities.

Interpreting Services

If you need an interpreter, please request one through https://myaccess.rit.edu.