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The Radio Connection Stay Connected Program
One of the hallmark differences between the Radio Connection and other schools is our commitment to job assistance through our one-of-a-kind Stay Connected Program. This unique program goes above and beyond to assist our graduates in making the transition from student apprentice to radio industry professional.
Thanks to our on-the-job training approach, many of our students easily find paid employment in radio upon graduation, and sometimes get hired even before graduation. However, the job market is not always immediately open at the stations where we place our students, and some of them need additional assistance in locating job openings. This is why we set our Stay Connected Program in place.
For up to a full year after graduation, your Job Assistance Coordinator will contact radio broadcasting facilities and related businesses on your behalf, to help you form connections to the industry and get your foot in the door. You supply the passion and determination; we provide helpful instruction and connections, all geared toward positioning you as an employable working professional.
The Stay Connected Program actually begins with the 10th week of your apprenticeship in order to give you an early start to preparing for your career success. You will complete a series of lessons given to you every two weeks by our Job Assistance Coordinator; these lessons are specifically designed to help you hone your employment skills so you can make the most of every opportunity.
Here’s what you will accomplish during this supplementary course:
- Write a one-page report about entry level positions available in your industry. Entry-level jobs in radio are the quickest way to get your foot in the door and help you build your future.
- Write a one-page report about the various options available to you in your career. Your newly honed radio skills may be useful across several industry platforms, not just in radio stations. Explore your options and you might be surprised.
- Create a “Strategy For Success,” a 5-year plan for achieving your career goals in the industry.
- Create a demo and portfolio of your prior work.
- Design and write a professional cover letter and resume. Be sure to talk to your mentor about giving you a letter of recommendation.
- As you approach the end of your apprenticeship, discuss with your mentor the possibility of continuing to work together after graduation. Your mentor may have a job opening, or he/she may know of some job openings. If not, research five potential places in your locale where you might like to work. What are their achievements? Who is their target market? Why would you be a good fit for that organization?
- Delve further into your research about the five companies you identified in the previous step. Find out a contact person at each business, and learn the application procedure for each.
- You will now make your application to all five companies!
- Follow up the next week with a phone call to each company where you applied. Persistence pays off!
- We now follow-up the second week by calling these places on your behalf.
Throughout this transition process from student to working radio professional, your Student Services department is always available to lend support where needed. Whether you need career counseling, help with your resume/demo, or just a voice of encouragement, we are only a phone call or email away.