Archive | August 2012

It’s Who You Know

Submitted by Kelly Sheldon, Class of 2013

Networking, networking, networking. The word can seem a bit daunting and vague, but if you haven’t heard it already, I guarantee that you will at some point in your job search. But what exactly does that entail? Well, pretty much exactly what it sounds like—to network is to build up a web of connections and relationships with various business people from a wide variety of industries. Everyone you ask will tell you that this is an important skill to have, and I can’t stress enough the importance to take this seriously—it just may land you an internship or maybe even a job.

My story with networking actually begins with my major: sociology. All of the professors will tell you that in the real world, it is not so much what you know as it is who you know. I never realized the true scope of this statement until I began my job/internship search in the spring of 2012. Now, at the time I was a junior, so naturally I was in my “freak out about graduating and senior year” mode. Earlier that semester I made sure to join all of the clubs and societies on campus that had to do with my desired career field: editing/publishing and journalism. I became a writing consultant, a tutor, and a copy editor for the Sandspur. I also asked professors and advisors about any opportunities around campus that may also be of interest to someone wishing to break into that field of work. I wanted to make sure I had experience, another extremely important factor when searching for jobs. Read More…

Four Year Plan for Career Success

Submitted by Career Services Staff Writer

“The journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.”
–Lao Tzu

Did you know that Career Services outlines a four year plan to help you stay on track in achieving your career goals?  Whether you are a Freshman seeking to explore major/minor options, a Sophomore or Junior seeking internships/part-time work or a Senior wishing to land your first job or entrance into Graduate School, Career Services can help you at every step.  Career Services offers a multitude of resources, self-assessments, internship/job search preparation programs as well as online tools.  You can meet one-on-one with a professional staff member as well as attend workshops, networking events and career fairs.  Check out the Four-Year Approach and see how you can Explore, Educate, Experience & Enact!

Are You A Student Looking for Part-Time Work?

Submitted by Career Services Staff Writer

Depending on the type of position you are seeking (on-campus or off-campus) there are two different methods for identifying and applying for part-time positoin openings.  Read through your different options below to learn more about how to search for part-time work. Read More…

My Internship Sucks!

Submitted by Leah Nash, Class of 2000
Chief Innovator at Trusted Source

I hope that your internship opportunity never truly sucks.  But I do want you to know that it is okay if your internship is not great.  Internships are the perfect way to figure out what you really like and what you really don’t like about your potential career field.  After all, your time in college and internships help you determine what you will be doing for your career (at least your first one – and it is okay to have multiple careers in your life but that’s a topic for another day.)

So it is okay if you don’t L-O-V-E your internship and what it entails. You may go into an internship believing that you are going to love event planning and realize that you absolutely hate it.  THAT IS OKAY.  So you don’t love event planning and it took one semester of your entire life to realize it, you’re fine. Read More…

Job Choices Magazine is Now Accessible through the Career Services Website

Submitted by Career Services Staff Writer

Job Choices 2013 is now an interactive, digital publication available to you via the “Career Resources Online” page of the OCS website.  This publication will be updated monthly with fresh job search tips, resume and cover letter samples, as well as employer perspectives and top interview questions you will need to know.  If you are looking to gain an edge in your internship or job search, Job Choices 2013 is the resource for you!  Students and alumni may view either the Job Choices or the Job Choices Diversity Edition.