No matter where you go in the world, you’ll likely find people working in careers related to the arts and entertainment. These careers are great for creative people. Other useful skills in this field include an ability to adapt, appreciation for other cultures, and knowledge of a foreign language. There is a broad range of careers in this field ranging from fashion design to museum curation. Read on to see a sample of careers you could pursue in this exciting field.
Whether you're studying Renaissance Art in Florence, Italy or Fashion Merchandise in Paris, France, a degree in Visual and Fine Arts, automatically has an international context because art is a global phenomenon. You can be a performing artist on stage on Broadway or in London’s West End theater district or you can work in some of the world’s most prominent museums and libraries. The professional options for pursuing a career in Visual and Fine Arts on a local or international level are limitless.
Does a career in fashion sound exciting to you? Fashions careers can have an international scope; after all, fashion magazines and trends are seen around the world. In addition, working in this field may give you the opportunity to travel to or work in major international cities.
To excel in this field, you should be creative, have a solid understanding of fabric, and know your market. In addition, you might need to be able to strike a balance between aesthetics and function, although in some fashion careers, functionality is less of a priority. Furthermore, you need strong communication skills to do well in a fashion career, because you will be working with many different people.
Some additional skills you’ve acquired by studying abroad that will be useful in a fashion career include:
The field of fashion is full of many players. Just a few examples of jobs in fashion are designing, pattern making, fashion merchandising, modeling, marketing, consulting, fashion photography, stylist, sales or brand representative and visual merchandiser . All of these careers play a role in the fashions you see on runways and in stores.
Art is an important part of cultures throughout the world. If you like to create art, you can become a painter, sculptor, illustrator, or another kind of artist. Most likely, you’ll specialize in a certain type of art, working with a particular medium and technique. Your work can be exhibited at museums and galleries, perhaps even internationally. Furthermore, your experiences abroad can serve as inspiration for your works. However, not all artists are able to fully support themselves by creating and selling their work. You might have to take on an additional job to support yourself; you can teach, work at a museum, or have a career that is unrelated to your art.
In order to do well in this field, you need to be skilled at art and persistent. You should have a good eye for things like composition, color, balance and weight, and light and shadow. In addition, technical training will give you a good foundation for producing your work. Besides being a talented artist, you must be motivated and persistent, since you have to make an effort to get your work out in the public and you may frequently face rejection. Because it can be hard to make a living in this career field, it is important that you feel driven to create your art.
Remember, your study abroad experience has given you many skills. The following ones will be helpful in your career as an artist:
Throughout the world, museums are important institutions that both educate and entertain their visitors. Museums can specialize in history, art, science, or cover a range of subjects. Like museums, libraries offer insight into a culture. If you want to pursue a career in library work, knowledge of a foreign language is useful, regardless of whether you want to work in the U.S. or abroad. Librarians, library technicians, and library assistants can help patrons find information. They often have to work with others, both their co-workers and the public.
In order to succeed in a museum or library career, you should have strong research skills and be analytical. In addition, you should be organized, work well with people, and be knowledgeable in a variety of subjects. Alternatively, you might specialize in a particular subject or area of your workplace. In many museums and libraries, you will need a master’s degree in an appropriate subject in order to advance.
Study abroad skills that can be applied to museum and library careers include:
If you are obsessed with literature and art then choosing to work at a museum or library is a smart choice. Careers in the field require you to be very knowledgable about your subject matter as you are there to educate the public on works of art and pieces of literature. Some job titles in this field include curators, conservators, and museum technicians, librarians, and library director.
There are careers in the performing arts both at home and abroad, and your job might involve travel to places around the world. As a performing artist you have a plethora of job opportunities, depending on what your specific interest are but either way there is likely to be a position that meets your needs.
In order to succeed as a performing artist, you should be creative, expressive, and talented. In addition, you must be perseverant, patient, and accustomed to criticism and rejection. In fact, you should be determined and willing to practice until you get it right. In performing arts careers, you should have a good memory and feel a desire to please your audience. As with many other career fields, it always helps to know people and have strong networking skills, which can open up many future opportunities.
Some additional skills that you developed while studying abroad that can be applied to a career in the performing arts include:
There is a great variety of careers in performing arts. For instance, you could become an actor, musician, singer, or dancer. In addition, putting on a performance involves a lot of behind-the-scenes work, so you could be a choreographer, director, or costume designer, just to name a few examples.
“I wanted to study Arabic in order to connect with my family, history, religion, and culture. I previously lived and worked in an Arabic-speaking country and wanted to learn Arabic more formally in order to maintain personal and professional...”
American Councils for International Education