How to Avoid the Career Mistakes People Make in College

Breaking into the entertainment industry requires hard work and a plan – but it also requires taking advantage of all the resources you have at your fingertips.

Brian Clapp, WorkinEntertainment.com Director of Content explains in this short video how to avoid the career mistakes people make while in college. If you think this video can be useful to people in your network, please share on social media!


Video Transcript: “How to Avoid the Career Mistakes People Make in College”

Brian Clapp, WorkinEntertainment.com Director of Content:  I’ll be completely honest with you – I’ve made a lot of career mistakes. Matter of fact, it’s where I get a lot of the inspiration for the articles I write and the videos I host on the WorkinEntertainment.com blog.career mistakes people make in college

I figure if it’s a mistake I made, it could very well be a career mistake you will make, so why not share what I would have done differently if I had the chance to go back and do it again. One of the things I always go back to is the fact that I never used the resources at my university to their full potential:

Those are huge career mistakes – fatal flaws in some ways – sometimes I look back at my career and think, man I was really lucky to get started at all.

So lets theoretically ‘start over again’ and avoid these career mistakes. If I was going to start over, I would say your senior year of college you should really focus on building relationships with alumni. Reach out to these people set up an informational interview and learn what they are seeing at that moment in the industry, they are the ones on the front lines who can tell you things like:

  • What skills you need to know
  • Where opportunities might be
  • Where the industry is headed and
  • Where you need to be to get hired

So start setting up those conversations – maybe you need to reach out to a professor to find out who those alumni are – great do it!

Maybe you can go to your career center and find a list of alumni in the are in your section of the entertainment industry and get their contact information – great do it!

Those are the connections you need to start building, and they are the things I didn’t do, career mistakes that luckily didn’t hurt me but could have. If you are more aggressive in using the tools available at your school, it will make your pathway to getting that first job in the entertainment industry that much easier.

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About Brian Clapp

Brian Clapp has worked in the broadcast media for over 14 years as a writer, editor, producer & news director. After beginning his career in Atlanta at CNN/Sports Illustrated, he switched coasts to Seattle to work at Fox Sports Northwest. In 2010, Brian began pursuing a new found passion on the digital media side, launching a successful website and then taking on the role of Director of Content for WorkinSports.com & WorkinEntertainment.com.

Recently Brian has become addicted to Google+ and LinkedIn so add him to your circles and make him a contact. No seriously, you should.

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