Virtual Career Series for Creatives


A new virtual career series where you will pick up tips and strategies to help you adapt and prepare for future opportunities. College of Art and Design faculty, alumni, career services coordinators, and creative industry experts come together to offer students and alumni advice, feedback, and insider knowledge. This program is for College of Art and Design students, recent graduates, and alumni. Visit Career Connect for all upcoming events. 

(Interpreting Services: Unless otherwise noted, students are responsible for requesting interpreting services. To submit requests go to

Zoom Career Conversations


Stay tuned for workshops and programming scheduled for winter break and spring semester.

PAST EVENTS with recordings

Virtual Watch Party: “Developing and Improving my Portfolio”
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 

Join the CAD Career Services Team to watch this Zoom session – pick up new advice, ask questions, share your own tips! A fun way to learn about selecting your work, the importance of storytelling, re-working projects, and promoting and publicizing your work.
Chris Petescia, Kessel Run Ventures, Business Owner. Advisor/mentor/investor. RIT Alumnus.
Melissa Warp, RIT Professor, School of Design
Keith Watson, Xerox - Senior Manager User Experience Group. RIT Alumnus
CAD Career Services Team: Jim Bondi, Gretchen Burrito, Shauna Newcomb, Nan Burgess-Whitman

“Deconstructing the Creative Resume”
Thursday, October 15, 2020 
Link to recording

Whether you already have a resume you are satisfied with, or you are just starting to draft one, our team of professionals will walk you through what makes a creative resume effective and attention-grabbing. For all College of Art and Design majors, all year levels. Visit our Resume and Cover Letter page for more info, download a handy Resume Checklist.

“Virtual Advertising Pros Panel” Rochester Ad Week hosted by the Rochester Advertising Federation
Monday, September 21, 2020 Link to recording 

The path from college to a career today is a long journey of the mind with no map. The transition to a first full-time job has always required a mental shift. The career landscape is changing with dizzying speed. Most new hires get little or no career-planning help from their employers, forcing them to make it up as they go. Join us for an interactive panel discussion with seasoned industry pros as they discuss the “transitional bridge” between college and the professional advertising world and how you, as students with amazing raw talent, can be prepared and not scared about your impending deep dive into the postgraduate Advertising world. Open to all majors. 

Moderator: Aaron Gordon, Founder & CEO, Optic Sky Productions (RIT Alumnus)
Becca Post, Founder & CEO, Helen & Gertrude (RIT Alumna)
Jeremy Schwartz, Chief Creative Officer & Founder, Truth Collective
Jen Rampe, Group Creative Director, Vine Creative Studios @ Partners + Napier
Pete VonDerLinn, Chief Creative Officer, Flynn

This R/ADWEEK event was conceived in a joint effort with the Rochester Advertising Federation and RIT School of Communication. If you have ideas for additional events that would be valuable for RIT students, please reach out to

“Developing and Improving my Portfolio” 
Tuesday, June 16, 2020 Link to recording

Chris Petescia, Kessel Run Ventures, Business Owner. RIT Alumnus.
Melissa Warp, RIT Professor, School of Design
Keith Watson, Xerox - Senior Manager User Experience Group. RIT Alumnus

  • Selecting work
  • importance of storytelling and grammar
  • re-working past projects
  • how to publish and publicize it

“Networking, Personal Brand and Social Media - Making Meaningful and Useful Connections and How to Shine Online”
Tuesday, June 23, 2020 Link to recording

Lara Cardoso Goulart, RIT alumna, Industrial Design -Visiting Lecturer
Mitch Goldstein, Professor Graphic Design, RIT
Ruba Tadros, RIT alumna, Creative Director, Monolith Design Collective
Ricardo Figueroa,  Motion Picture Program Chair, RIT
Mary Golden, Program Chair Interior Design, RIT

  • Hidden LinkedIn Tools, how to set up a searchable profile, and the best way to ask for and use a connection.
  • Nurturing your network and making it real
  • Getting advice, insight -- Informational interviewing. Now may not be the time to ask for a job but a connection that will pay off later.
  • What platforms are right for me?
  • How do I make myself, and my work, look good
  • How social media can supplement my portfolio and make me a competitive job candidate

“Job Search Strategies - During Usual and Unusual Times”
 Details TBA

Keli DiRisio  RIT professor Graphic Design, RIT
Josh Owen Co-chair Industrial Design, RIT
Ilana Schwartz  Animator/Director, Graphic Artist at Walt Disney Television, RIT alumna

  • Sources of jobs: public and hidden
  • Researching and targeting companies or agencies
  • Using Social Media to uncover openings – hashtags, keyword searches
  • Importance of follow up

(Interpreting Services: Unless otherwise noted, students are responsible for requesting interpreting services. To submit requests go to

One-on-one Appointments with Career Services

Meet with your career services coordinator to improve your resume, cover letters, and LinkedIn profiles. Develop personal job search strategies, and more. All services and resources remain available to alumni. All year levels. Make an appointment via Handshake or by contacting contacting your career services coordinator directly to set up a Zoom meeting or call. Visit our Staff Directory for contact information.

RIT Portfolio Partners LinkedIn Group

A group of RIT College of Art and Design students, faculty, alumni, and career services coordinators dedicated to helping each other elevate their personal portfolios/reels. Submit a request to join today!

Portfolio Reviews

Portfolio Reviews by creative industry professionals, alumni, or professor volunteers.
Upcoming Dates: TBA

Past Dates: Thursday June 18, Friday June 19, Thursday June 25, Friday June 26 2020