The end of another quarter is upon us. As students hurry to get their campaigns finished before the end of the classes (read: End of Quarter Party), our 4th quarter students will make the transition from full-time students to full-time job seekers. Much like the transition from little baby caterpillars into beautiful butterflies, it can be a scary emerging from the cocoon CPS provides into the perilous world of looking for work.
That’s why CPS offers not just one-whole-year of instruction from real-life, honest-to-goodness industry professionals, but also a full extra quarter – for free - to help students polish their books, get contacts, get interviews, and ultimately, land sweet ad or design gigs.
During the 5th quarter, students still have access to all of the school’s resources, like printing, nice computers, and the library of award show annuals, industry magazines and reference books. They can also get feedback from visiting creative directors and teachers in a periodic portfolio review.
Finally, CPS offers a class specifically for 5th quarter students with our Director of Learning, Christine Barrett - a former creative recruiter with Wieden+Kennedy and Leo Burnett, among others. In her weekly class, called Marketing Your Book, students learn to promote themselves, make contacts, and thrust their books into the laps of the right people who can get them work.
It’s not mandatory to stay all 5 quarters, but this isn’t college, and there’s no such thing as a CPS diploma. So until you’ve got a job, there’s no pride or money lost as a super senior. And unlike the others before it, in the last quarter, you’ve got a full ride.
Good news, these students no longer need jobs. Gotta love their positive vibes. http://vimeo.com/66065802
Written by David Mattera