Our trusty Career Services director, Sonja Simpson works hard to ensure that our students find jobs within their chosen career field: but did you know that there are steps you can take so you are better prepared? Things that you can do to set yourself apart from the other potential hires graduating with degrees in the same field as you?
It is said that you need experience to get a job, but sometimes it is tough for students to gain experience in their career field while in school. Many students are balancing responsibilities outside of school: families, part time jobs, schoolwork and all the other things that life throws our way. So how can you gain experience while managing everything else on your plate?
1) Volunteer: This is a way to get an inside view of the area that you want to work in, plus many volunteer opportunities can be fit into an individual’s schedule based on when time allows. Volunteering within your career field can open up many doors by helping you network and giving you the inside scoop on what your career path could look like.
2) Job Shadow: Wouldn’t it be amazing to see what a professional in your field does on a daily basis? By being aware of what a typical day entails, you are able to focus on what skills you need to hone to travel the career path you want to travel once outside of school. When you are knowledgeable about what your responsibilities could potentially be when you enter the workplace, it gives you a chance to focus your studies on perfecting those skills you need.
3) Internship (paid or unpaid): Be willing to accept either a paid or unpaid internship during your program! This is another great way to get experience within your program field. You can work with Sonja to identify potential opportunities.
In addition to meeting with Sonja, the Career Services department is offering seminars on Wednesday evenings for the rest of Fall Quarter 2011. See flyers on campus for more details, but remaining topics include writing cover letters, interviewing, networking and mock interviews!