The Communication and the Arts Graduate Student Association (CAGSA) hosted a Professional Development Workshop for graduate students within the College of Communication and the Arts’ Museum Professions, Public Relations, and Strategic Communication programs on March 22.
The workshop featured a discussion led by Gina Hernandez, assistant director of the Career Center, who works with the College’s graduate students and alumni. Hernandez shared resume and cover letter writing best practices and introduced the Career Center’s new digital platform, Big Interview, for mock interviews.
Claudia Preza, a Museum Professions student and the CAGSA Museum Professions Steward, shared how she benefited from attending the workshop. “I appreciated how the discussion was personalized to fit individual needs. Mrs. Hernandez did a wonderful job of tailoring her advice to students across all three of the College’s graduate programs.”
John Snow, a Public Relations student in his final semester, was also in attendance. “I found the resume creation tips and the information about the online resource, Big Interview, to prepare for job interviews via video chat the most helpful. I feel more prepared to enter the workforce now.”
Graduate Student Appreciation Week was the CAGSA’s latest initiative. It hosted a welcome luncheon for Spring 2018 incoming students in January, an interactive discussion for prospective students at Graduate Open House in February, and the Professional Development Workshop in March. Looking ahead, the association hopes to implement a range of programming and initiatives throughout the Spring 2018 semester including a mentoring program for dual-degree students and an end-of-year gathering.
Formed in Fall 2017, the CAGSA works to facilitate a fellowship of students who share solidarity in the common endeavor of earning a graduate degree in the communication- and arts-related disciplines. To that end, the CAGSA serves all Communication and the Arts graduate students with three essential foci: social, academic, and networking.
The College currently offers three Master's-level programs, including Museum Professions, Strategic Communication, and Public Relations. In addition, four dual-degree options, including three accelerated B.A./M.A. programs and a dual M.A. degree with the School of Diplomacy and International Relations are offered. A Ph.D. program is currently under development.