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Entrepreneurship and Career Development

The Office of Entrepreneurship and Career Development (OECD) educates, inspires and supports Jacobs School of Music students as they prepare for innovative, creative, and successful lives in the arts. Offerings include expert guidance, education programs, extensive resources, project mentoring, as well as a wide variety of events.

In collaboration with the graduate and undergraduate offices, the OECD provides one-on-one career advising, multiple online tools, an alumni mentorship program, departmental career days, mentorship to student organizations and projects, and digital publications. An undergraduate Certificate in Music Entrepreneurship (15 credits) is offered by the OECD in partnership with the Kelley School of Business.


The OECD is the home base for a student-led initiative called Project Jumpstart that promotes entrepreneurial action among students by offering high-impact career development and entrepreneurship workshops, networking events, peer support for projects, mini-conferences, and coordination of the annual Innovation Competition.


Meet one-on-one with a career advisor to identify and locate information about specific music careers, prepare and optimize your resume and professional cover letter(s), and plan your career path. Appointments can be made through the Career Portal, or in person at Jumpstart Central (MU011) in Merrill Hall.


Throughout the fall and spring semesters, the OECD provides workshops on key skill sets such as resume and cover letter writing, website development, video editing, photography, health and wellbeing. Most workshops take place at Jumpstart Central (MU011), which is located near Clouse’s Lounge.


The Jacobs School of Music’s new Career Portal provides a comprehensive web-based career planning tool for students, faculty, alumni, career counselors, and employers. Click here for more information >


A Kelley School of Business Certificate In Entrepreneurship is available to all Jacobs School of Music undergraduate students.


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Jumpstart Entrepreneur of The Month:
Nikita Haduong - Innovation in the Gaming Industry


This month, Project Jumpstart interviews Nikita Haduong, co-founder of Argent Games, a consortium of IU Bloomington students who have just produced their newest game, Requiescence.  

Requiescense is a gothic fantasy BL visual novel set in an arcane, mysterious cathedral. It chronicles the story of a young mage, as he ventures into the cathedral’s dark depths in an attempt to unravel the mystery surrounding his uncle’s death. Nikita is currently Junior pursuing a BSOF with degrees in violin performance and computational linguistics.  

She is a member of the violin studio of Alex Kerr. Her company, Argent Games is an officially registered company of Indiana with Requiescence being its first published game.  

Read About Nikita >