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Creative Industry Day | For Students

Portfolio Reviews | Professional Networking | Career Speakers

March 5, 2020


Creative Industry Day is an event for creatives by creatives: portfolio reviews, career speakers, and professional networking. This event brings experts (many of them alumni) from various creative fields with advice to help you launch your own career. It is an amazing opportunity to talk with professionals about their industry and make valuable connections that may lead to improved self-promotion and potential job opportunities. 

RIT Creative Industry Day is geared towards College of Art and Design students (and alumni) and related majors in the Golisano College of Computing interested in working in the creative industry. Open to RIT students and alumni only. Bring RIT ID to check in. No need to register. 

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PLEASE BE AWARE: There may be cameras and videotaping going on during the event. 

PreparationCreative Industry Day in the Field House

  • Get your Portfolio ready! Ask for feedback from your professors to get is just right.
  • Update your resume. A resume can serve as a great leave-behind and a quick way for the reviewer to remember you. If you need your resume critiqued, contact your career services coordinator in the Office of Career Services. Call 475-2301 if you wish to make an appointment. Don't wait until the last minute!
  • Read through the Essential Guide to Creative Industry Day (PDF)
  • Look Through the List of Companies and Reviewers

Complete list of companies/agencies is in Handshake, login through our student page, under 'events' select Creative Industry Day. You will find list of participants, profiles, areas of specialization/majors of interest, if actively scouting for talent or just reviewing work. This info will help you plan your strategy for the day. 

OFFICIAL APP: Just before the event, you can use the CareerFair Plus app. Find Career Fair Plus at the App Store or Google Play. There is also a web version. This allows you to have event information on your phone.

Portfolio SiteStudent Portfolio button

Want to give industry people the chance to preview your work? Register here to have your work included in the official Creative Industry Student Portfolio Site.

You may get looked at prior to the event and also by industry folks who may be unable to attend this year's event -- it is great exposure. Check out our Portfolio Preparation page if you need to know how to get started. 

Event Schedule

Pre-event Company Talks Wednesday, March 4th

Come and see company representatives, their work, and what they look for -- a great way to get an inside look into the industry. All creative types are welcome to attend. More details TBA

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Career Panels Thursday, March 5th
Gordon Field House

How to Succeed in Your First Job 11:00am - 12:00pm
Our panelists will give tips on: your first day on the job, managing expectations, communications, working with "older" generations, receiving feedback, how to ask for what you want, and setting yourself up for success. Based on our panelist’s personal experience, you’ll get advice on mistakes to avoid and practices to embrace. Plus Q & A.

The Art of Self-Promotion 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Panelists will tell you how to be memorable – in a good way – and suggest how to showcase your work most effectively to a prospective employer or client. Pick up tips for strengthening your portfolio and polishing your image. Get advice about how to do well in an interview or networking situation. Plus Q & A.

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Portfolio Reviews | Networking | Opportunities
1:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Thursday, March 5th
Gordon Field House

Getting that job is inevitably going to come down to your work. Get feedback on your portfolio from a working designer, photographer, or artist. Learn how to showcase your work most effectively to a prospective employer or client.

This is an informal atmosphere where you can learn about the skills required for success in the industry, what career paths are available, and get feedback on your work. This is your opportunity to meet and talk with industry leaders.

It is up to you to bring your work in a format that is easy to review -- laptop, tablet, print version. Read our Portfolio Preparation article for more info. Do bring copies of your resumes or a leave behind for companies who have indicated they are actively scouting talent.

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Optional On Campus Interviews
Friday, March 6th in the Office of Career Services and Co-op, Bausch and Lomb Center

Planning/Invitations to Companies

Invitations have gone out to hundreds of contacts in a wide variety of studios, and companies related to the creative industry. We are happy to add organizations or individuals to our invitation list. Feel free to email us by January 1st with contact/company suggestions and we will include them. Use "Suggestion for Creative Industry Day" in the subject line. (Do be realistic and invitation does not necessarily mean they will attend).

This event is sponsored by the RIT Office of Career Services in collaboration with College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, Golisano College of Computing and Alumni Relations.

Past Participants 

Adobe, AKQA, AnalogFolk, Antithesis Advertising, BlackBox, Blue Sky Studios, Biometrics, Bose, Brault & Barnes Design, B-Reel, BrokenMyth Studios LLC, Buffalo Games Inc, Butler/Till Media, BZDesign, Capital One, Carrot Creative, Catalyst Inc., Central Intelligence Agency, CHESS Mobile Health Inc., Clever Method, Crispin Porter + Bogusky, Crowley Webb, DMI, dPost, Fisher-Price, Forbes Media LLC, FSD, GEICO, Global Printing  (Global Thinking), Google, Gupta Media & Verylike, Hasbro, Helen & Gertrude, Helios Interactive, Instrument, Iron Design Inc, ITX Corp, Livadas Consulting, Luke Copping Photography, ASMP, Makeway, Martino Flynn, Melissa & Doug, Merkel Donohue, Microsoft, Mirror Show Management, Mission Data, MullenLowe, Optic Sky, Paley Studios, Paychex, R/GA, RES Exhibit Services LLC, RISING, Saatchi & Saatchi, Staach, Staples, Stink Studios, Taylor Design, Tekton, The Mill, Vargas Associates, Workplace Interiors, Xerox Corporation