Columbia College Chicago

FAQ’s for Students

1. What are Industry Events?

Industry Events are a series of networking events designed to put graduating seniors and their talents in front of industry professionals in their fields of interest. This is not a job fair. This is an opportunity to meet with industry professionals to show your work (if applicable) and to network with them. This is an opportunity talk to the creative people of Chicago and surrounding areas.

2. What should I wear?

This is a networking event so you will want to look creative and clean - neat and casual somewhat like you’re going to a gallery opening.

3. What should I bring?

This depends in part on the structure of your event, so check your Event Info page for details on whether your event is seated or a reception. Regardless, all students should have the following materials prepared for the event:

4. Where do I get stuff?

The Portfolio Center has Graphic Design appointments for Business Cards and Leave Behind Items: These sessions allow 45 minute appointments with a graphic designer for your own unique business card or “one sheet” leave behind.

Once it's time to print your materials, check out our Where to Get Stuff page for vendor recommendations.

5. Will I walk away with a job?

Industry Events were created to expose you to professionals in your industry. Since it is not a job fair, and more of a networking its a bad idea to assume you will walk away with a job. What you WILL get are connections, feedback on your work and a more solid strategy on your job and internship search.

6. Can you tell me which professionals will attend?

We do collect RSVP's from professionals, but we can't guarantee who will be in attendance. Check back on our site as your event gets closer - when it's possible, we try to include a few highlights. You want to be ready for anything- companies big and small, as well as individuals seeking freelance talent. Instead of researching specific companies who might be attending, spend your time researching your industry so you know the major players, the language, and the skills companies look for.

7. Do I have to sign up?

Yes! Many events have limited space, so sign up quickly to avoid missing out. If you are eligible, you should have received an invitation to your loop email account. If you think you are eligible, but have not received an invitation, please email us at portfoliocenter@colum.edu, along with your name, Oasis ID, and the event you want to attend.

8. If I’m not a junior or senior can I attend?

YES - as a VOLUNTEER. The Portfolio Center is looking for volunteers to help with check in and running each and every events. This is a great way for you to also meet professionals, get a behind the scenes look to the event you will attend in the future, and help out the folks at the Portfolio Center. Fill out this form to get started!

9. I have questions. Where can I get more information?

Event-specific contacts are listed on individual event pages, so quick questions can be directed there. But for the full rundown, join us for an Industry Events Prep Session. These are held in 623 S Wabash, Room 311.

March 3rd 1:00pm-1:30pm
March 19th 11:30am - Noon
April 4th 3:00pm - 3:30pm
April 17th 12:30pm - 1pm
May 2nd - 10:00am-10:30am