So, it's Spring Break and we are officially halfway through the semester, and your internship. Looking back at the last eight weeks, can you honestly assess your performance? Can you identify areas in which you can improve? Have you received any specific feedback from your supervisor or co-workers?
The Curb College does not ask employers to provide a mid-term evaluation on your performance. Now would be the perfect time to ask your supervisor for a few minutes to receive some constructive feedback. Here are a couple of tips for that: 1) Don't expect an immediate discussion. Give them the opportunity to think things through a couple days so they can give you valuable feedback. 2) Phrase the request in a manner that shows you want to serve them better not necessarily to improve your own skills. Serving your employer will lead to an improvement of skills. 3) Try not to get defensive. Listen to the feedback critically. Go home and process the comments and determine what has value.
And remember, feedback is crucial for us to grow. Even if you've been with the same company multiple semesters, there are always things you can do to be a better intern. But you have to listen.
Check out our new volunteering directory on the Career Planning page. We feature year round events in major entertainment cities and how to get involved!
Let us know if you need anything!
March 11 | 6:00 - 7:30pm | Vince Gill Room
An opportunity for Curb College students to connect with 2 industry professionals in their field of interest. The goal of this program is for students to make connections in the industry that they can continue to develop over time to help with internship and job searches.
Students who participate will select their top 5 industry professionals they would like to meet with on the form below. They will be assigned 2 out of their top 5. On March 11th , students and industry professionals will be given 30 minute periods to meet with their matches, there will also be a 30-minute period for all participating students and professionals to mix and mingle.
Questions? Email Katie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here for a list of all industry professionals.
One week away from Spring Break… If you are graduating in May, your Spring Break will involve several people asking you one question:
If you are hoping to have a job, here are some things you can be doing now to set yourself up for success (and to have something to say when you get the dreaded question):
- RESUME - Update and have several people proofread your resume. Upload your now perfected resume to your LinkedIn profile. Complete your profile.
- LIST AND ADD - Make a complete list of your contacts, and email your close industry mentors to catch up over coffee. Include your internship supervisors and anyone you have met along the way. Everyone knows someone and everyone shares information when you are face-to-face. Add all contacts (people that you actually know) on LinkedIn.
- RESEARCH - Research everything there is to know about your contacts’ companies, career paths, etc. Make a list of questions to ask in your meetings. For example – “how did you know you wanted to go into tour management?” “What do you love about your job?” “What are some of the challenges?”
- MEET – Meet with your current contacts for coffee or lunch. Then after meeting with those current contacts, go beyond the circle and reach out to the next layer of contacts. Do an “advanced” search through LinkedIn to see how you can get in touch with the industry professionals that are working in your desired niches. If you don’t know what you want to do – even better! – Reach out to people from all areas, and gather information to start zeroing in your goals. (Hint - Offer to take people coffee to see the culture of the office and to minimize the time they have to spend away.)
People will drive your journey. You will share your goals, and they will give you advice, or another person to meet, or a temporary job to get started, or maybe even a blueberry muffin. Regardless, you are going to walk away from the meeting wiser, better connected, more self aware, and less tired/thirsty.
Enjoy the break and let us know if we can help you with your journey!
Award winning writer, producer, speaker and journalist for Music City Roots, Craig Havighurst has just been announced as moderator for the February 25th Producers Panel.
Date: February 25, 2014
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Nashville AIMP Producer's Panel
A casual conversation with a few of Nashville's top music producers: Paul Worley, Jeff Stevens, and Brett Beavers.
Reservation Cutoff: February 21, 2014
Place: View Map
1907 Division St
Nashville, TN 37212
Appetizers (Cutoff: February 21, 2014)
AIMP Members - $15.00 per person
AIMP Non-Members - $25.00 per person
Student Rate - $5.00 per person
Moderator: Craig Havighurst will lead the discussion!! Craig Havighurst is a writer, producer and speaker in Nashville who has won awards for his work in print, radio and television. He's now senior producer and show journalist for Music City Roots: Live From The Loveless Cafe, a weekly Americana radio show and webcast. Craig has been a regular contributor for WPLN in Nashville and National Public Radio. He is the author of "Air Castle of the South: WSM and the Making of Music City," which was published in the fall of 2007 by the University of Illinois Press. He's contributed to the Encyclopedia of Country Music, The New Grove Dictionary of Music and The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture. And recently he completed production of three short documentary films for permanent exhibition at the Earl Scruggs Center in Shelby, NC. Between 2000 and 2004, Havighurst was a staff writer covering music and the music business for The Tennessean. For his feature writing there, he was the recipient of the 2004 Charlie Lamb Award for Excellence in Country Music Journalism. As a freelance writer, Havighurst has contributed to The Oxford American, Entertainment Weekly, The Wall Street Journal, Country Music Magazine, and No Depression. He was the lead writer and researcher on "Hairdos and Heartache: The Women of Country Music," which aired on the A&E Network in the spring of 2006, and his short documentary on the history of WSM radio for Nashville Public Television won a regional Emmy Award.
Additional Speaker Information
Paul Worley began his career in the late 1970s as a session guitarist in Nashville, Tennessee. On the recommendation of record producer Jim Ed Norman, he first played guitar on albums by Janie Fricke, Eddy Raven, and Mickey Gilley. Worley's first production credits included Riders in the Sky's Three on the Trail (1976) and Gary Morris' Why Lady Why (1983). Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Worley has produced or co-produced several country music albums, primarily by country music artists. Through his association with the Dixie Chicks, Worley earned two Grammy Awards for Best Country Album, both times for albums recorded by the Dixie Chicks: 1998's Wide Open Spaces and 1999's Fly. Worley also played guitar on the Chicks' debut single "I Can Love You Better". After becoming chief creative officer at Warner Bros. Records in 2002, Worley helped to sign Big & Rich, a country music duo composed of Big Kenny and John Rich. In early 2011, Worley shared with Lady Antebellum in four of the 2010 Grammy Awards: Best Country Album, Record of the Year, Song of The Year and Best Country Song.
Jeff Stevens, named a 2012 Billboard “Hot Country Producer”, has produced all four of country superstar Luke Bryan’s albums. Luke’s third album “Tailgates and Tanlines” has gone double platinum selling more than 2 million copies since it’s release. The project has been nominated for “Album Of The Year” by the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music, won “Album Of The Year” at the American Country Awards, and spawned the smash hits “Drunk On You”, “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye”, “I Don’t Want This Night To End” and “Country Girl (Shake It For Me).” Bryan stands at the top of Billboard and Aircheck’s 2012 year end charts as most played artist on country radio and is the reigning Academy Of Country Music’s Entertainer Of The Year. Jeff has written seven #1 singles, including George Strait’s “Carrying Your Love With Me”, Tim McGraw’s “Back When” and Luke Bryan’s “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye”.
Brett Beavers attended Baylor University where he earned a bachelor of science degree in secondary education in 1985. He spent the next four years playing bass guitar with a small country band throughout Central Texas. Shortly after arriving in Nashville, Beavers began touring with Martina McBride as bass player and bandleader, from 1992–1996, and then with Lee Ann Womack from 1997–2005 in the same capacity. During this time period he started a publishing company and began getting his songs recorded by such artists as Tim McGraw and Billy Ray Cyrus. In 2005, he stopped performing and touring to pursue songwriting and producing on a full-time basis. Much of Beavers' success has been with Dierks Bentley, for whom he produces and writes most of his songs, a collaboration that began in 2001. The partnership has produced several number one Hot Country Songs, including "Sideways", "Come a Little Closer", "Feel That Fire", and "Every Mile a Memory". In addition to chart-topping success, the pairing has led to a SOCAN and NSAI Achievement Award for "What Was I Thinkin'", a BMI Award Most Performed Song for "Trying to Stop Your Leaving", and Grammy Award nominations for Best Country Song, "Long Trip Alone" and Country Song of the Year, "Every Mile a Memory". The songs that he has written and produced for Bentley have also led to Beavers being honored at the BMI Country Awards every year from 2006–2009.
So, you’ve memorized your top five strengths, you have a pretty solid understanding of what they mean, but how do you use them to your advantage in an internship or job interview?
The first thing to remember is that not everyone is familiar with the strengths language. So when they ask you the inevitable, “Name your top three strengths,” you can’t just rattle off “relator, achiever, and consistency.” You need to be able to translate these strengths into identifiable and transferrable skills. For example, my number one strength is relator. So in describing that, I might say something to the effect of, “I’ve found that creating deeper relationships with co-workers and students gives me energy. I don’t need to know everyone’s name in a room, but when I am working with someone one-on-one or in a small group, I want to feel a sense of connection. This allows me to better understand the needs and strengths of the people I am working with.”
See how I’ve used the defining characteristics of that strength and combined it with a real, identifiable situation?
Here’s another idea that I find fascinating. Some of the hardest questions to answer in an interview are behavioral questions. An example being, “Describe a time you had to resolve a conflict with a colleague or supervisor.” They are obviously looking for a specific story, but it can be difficult to come up with something on the spot. So here’s a strategy you might find useful.
Create a grid with two columns. In the first column, list each of your five strengths. In the second column, write about a specific scenario where you displayed that strength. When you are done, you’ve got five specific stories that you can pull from to answer those pesky behavioral questions. If you’ve got some notes jotted down in your professional portfolio, you can take a quick look, pick one of those stories, and relate it to the specific question.
There are so many ways that focusing on your strengths can better your professional habits. So think about them often, talk about them often, but most importantly, act on them often.
Jamie L. Stamey
Mike Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business
Join us for a special ACM Sessions performance by Jerrod Niemann at Nashville's legendary recording studio The Tracking Room. Come be part of the excitement as Jerrod counts down the days until the release of his new album "High Noon." Stick around for the Q&A session as Jerrod shares the stories behind the songs with Lisa Lee of the Academy of Country Music.
Where: The Tracking Room (2 Music Circle East, Nashville, TN)
When: 2:15pm, Wednesday, February 19th