January 24, 2021
Given the change of course that has happened in the world, we wanted to provide expert opinions on what aspiring graduates can do to start off their careers in an uncertain economic climate. We wanted to know what skills will be more important, where the economy is doing relatively well, and if there will be any lasting effects on the job market.
Companies are looking for candidates that can handle the new responsibilities of the job market. Recent graduates actually have an advantage because they are comfortable using newer technologies and have been communicating virtually their whole lives. They can take what they've learned and apply it immediately.
We spoke to professors and experts from several universities and companies to get their opinions on where the job market for recent graduates is heading, as well as how young graduates entering the industry can be adequately prepared. Here are their thoughts.
Fairleigh Dickinson University
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Cynthia Loewus: Since the pandemic: video, on-line, virtual, and site specific work has become the outlet for theater makers.
Self-generated work, all forms, plays, musicals, comedy, cabaret work, dance have risen in popularity and product.
Social media platforms like TikTok, YouTube, Zoom, and Facebook, have given artists "stages" for their expression. Knowledge about these venues until the stages reopen is helpful.
Once we return to the stage, I believe there will still be virtual work opportunities, as it reaches so many people and is affordable for many. Therefore acquiring these skills now is important.
Cynthia Loewus: Resumes for graduating theater makers should show solid training, project completion for technical and writing students, for actors: a clear understanding of their branding and strengths as an artist. Your headshot and resume is your introduction. Make sure it's the best it can be. Also keep social media and website posts up to date.
Credits in virtual work are a must now.
Cynthia Loewus: Post pandemic, I believe there will be lots of new opportunities for the arts to thrive in many cities and towns. People are hungry for the arts, but might not want to travel to NYC to see shows right away, small towns will have opportunities for self-generated work and work written during the pandemic.
TV and FILM is in high demand and filming has continued through the pandemic, so cities that hire for these jobs are places to look for work: Atlanta, Chicago, LA., NYC.
VOICE OVER work for commercials and industry is another place to job search, you can live anywhere and submit virtually all your work.
Theater skills are very useful in event planning and theme parks. Learn how to market yourself to apply for theater related jobs.
Broadway will re-open and there will be a lot of auditions for singers and dancers.