Being a work-study at Berklee definitely has its advantages. I’ve learned about many services offered by the school I would not have known about otherwise. One of my favorites is! It is a web site that offers different tutorials and many different types of software.

After spending months at my internship updating the extensive File Maker Pro database the company uses, I decided that I wanted to learn more about how FileMaker works. Since I’m going to be an official college graduate in less than two weeks, I wanted to make sure I was taking everything Berklee offered for the last time. I started looking up FileMaker tutorials on While many people may find this boring, I was completely enthralled by everything that was available to me in FileMaker. When people say it’s Excel on steroids, they’re not joking! I wanted to think of a way to apply my newfound skills in a way that would benefit me.

After about a week of job hunting I was overwhelmed by all of the job openings I had found. Granted, things are still competitive but I am applying for anything and everything. I decided that the best way to keep everything straight would be to make ye very own FileMaker job database.

Screen shot of job hunt database

I made the entire database from scratch. It includes boxes for the job title, the company, and even check boxes for a written cover letter or application status. It has been extremely helpful to me. Not only do I now know how to create a (very basic) FileMaker Pro databases but I also feel more in control of my job search.

Berklee students, staff and faculty can access training for free via their accounts.

  • Log onto
  • Click “Campus Services”
  • Click “”
  • Using your Berklee Username and Wireless Pin, log in.
Arielle Schwalm is a Music Business / Management major interning in Boston for the Fall 2010 semester.
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