There are several adages that those seeking to work in the entertainment industry would do well to heed, but one of the most prevalent is definitely “it’s not what you know, but who you know.” Creating and maintaining interpersonal relationships and connections with professionals working in the business plays a crucial role in helping individuals succeed in their field, and is a key component in the curriculum of every degree program at Full Sail University. Students recently had a chance to brush up on these skills during a three-week Networking Boot Camp Lecture Series.
The Networking Boot Camp made its debut in February, and resonated with so many students that the event is now scheduled to take place twice a year. This installment focused on three distinct topics – Thinking on Your Feet: The Power of Improvisation, Mastering the Interview, and Managing Your Career. Held in the Entertainment Business Auditorium, the events were also open to online students via a Wimba Professional Development classroom. The lectures were presented by Full Sail’s Career Development Industry Outreach Manager Rob Coble and Game Design Fundamentals Department Chair Michelle Wess. The third installment also featured special guest lecturer/attorney/entrepreneur Jim Randel. Randel is also an award-winning author behind books such as Street Smarts: Behind the Diploma and The Skinny On Your First Year in College. Throughout the series, students from all degree programs were able to learn about various ways to improve communication as well as networking tools that can be utilized in school and after graduation in their career fields. They were also able to pick up on tips and tactics regarding making a good impression to potential employers, being able to adapt to many different kinds of scenarios they might encounter in their professional paths, and progressing as a professional even after landing a job.