Career Night for the Arts is this Thursday, Nov. 7th, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. in McMullen Museum. Join the Arts Council and the Career Center in welcoming BC alumni with successful careers in the arts for an evening of networking and conversation. Talk to professionals working in fashion, photography, music, theatre, writing, visual art, and arts administration; ask the questions you really want the answers to about forging a career in the arts after graduation. All majors welcome!
For the last couple of weeks, we have been firing questions at our alumni guests for a sneak preview of their insight and advice. Today, we got the lowdown from Alison Davitt, ’07, who, of all our alumni guests this year, has the most unusual occupation: Music Therapy. We’re delighted to have Alison join us for the event, as she represents the sheer breadth of arts careers available, and is living proof that the arts and the sciences aren’t from different galaxies after all. Alison talked to us about her experiences with therapy, the importance of music in our lives, and how to find a fulfilling career.
After I graduated from BC, I used my biology major to obtain a job in a transplant laboratory at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. During this time, I was in a rock band with two other BC graduates. We met frequently and wrote original music that we eventually recorded and played in several Boston venues. Initially, my involvement with the band was enough to satisfy my musical cravings and make me feel fulfilled. However, I realized quickly that the position at BWH did not utilize my full potential. I needed to find a way to combine my scientific background, my desire to help people, and my love of music. After researching the Masters in Expressive Therapy program at Lesley University, I knew that it was exactly what I had been looking for.
Finding a career in the arts is always a scary thought for students, and it was for me as well. I took comfort in the degree at Lesley since it provided not only Music Therapy licensure, but also Mental Health Counseling licensure. For me, the dual licensure provided some practical insurance that I would have options following graduation. In reflecting on my job searching after graduation, I would advise students that there are opportunities for careers in the arts for those who actively seek them out. There are also ways of incorporating the arts into other job roles. Often this requires perseverance, networking skills, and personal assertiveness. If there is something that you would like to do in the arts, you will most likely need to market yourself for it!
What’s your best memory of BC?
My best memory of BC is watching the Red Sox win their first World Series in many years. As a freshman, one of my first activities was a game at Fenway park. Sitting in Vanderslice Watching everyone stream out of their dorms onto lower campus was really exciting.
For students interested in finding out more about music therapy, there are expressive therapies information sessions at Lesley University: Friday, October 25th 10:00 am and Friday, November 15th 10:00 am. The next Open House is January 15th, 2014.