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Ten Things to Consider When Completing your Interactive Media Degree

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Centerliners Brenna Mickey and Cait Smith spoke at their alma mater Elon University to students completing their Master of Arts in Interactive Media. This presentation provides helpful tips and things to think about when venturing out (or back) into the real world.

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Ten Things to Consider When Completing your Interactive Media Degree

  1. 1. Brenna Mickey Graphic & Interactive Designer iMedia c/o 2014 | @BrennaMickey Cait Vlastakis Smith Executive Strategy Director iMedia c/o 2011 | @caitvsmith
  2. 2. as you’re about to complete your Master of Arts in Interactive Media degree at Elon
  3. 3. A well-rounded “specialist”is hard to find 1
  4. 4. SAVE YOUR PROCESS DOCS They could serve as jumping off points for other projects 2
  5. 5. Reference your “thinking-out-loud” artifacts (sketches, wireframes, etc.) during interviews 3
  6. 6. SPEAK TO YOUR ROLE In your portfolio, mention what you did specifically during group projects 4
  7. 7. In your portfolio, mention what you did specifically during group projects John Lane, Chief Strategy Officer 4
  8. 8. REACH OUT TO YOUR NETWORK Tweet, stalk, email 5
  9. 9. Tweet, stalk, email 5
  10. 10. KEEP YOUR RESOURCES Books, blogs, notes, connections: You’ll want these in the working world 6
  11. 11. RESEARCH COMPANIES The better you know them, the easier it will be to position yourself and your skill set 7
  12. 12. FOCUS ON DESCRIPTIONS NOT JUST JOB TITLES The same title means different things to different companies 8
  13. 13. The same title means different things to different companies 8 3 1 2
  14. 14. EVALUATE FULL POTENTIAL Think beyond the role you're being hired for. How could it evolve? 9
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  16. 16. Q&A

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