It’s done! Spring 2016 semester is now behind you. Congratulations to those of you who graduated and are moving on to life beyond the UST arches. Whether you graduated or will be returning to UST, the Career Development Center reminds you our services are available and we ARE open during the summer months for pop-in sessions and appointments. Call 651-962-6761 for available times.
Seminars for the month of June include a variety of topics:
Resume Writing & Cover Letters– June 2nd at noon or June 16th at noon
Interviewing Skills: June 2nd at 12:30 pm (following resume seminar at noon)
LinkedIn: Building Your Profile (Part 1): June 6th at noon or June 24th at noon
I’m On LinkedIn, Now What? (Part 2): June 6th at 12:30 pm or June 24th at 12:30 pm
Job and Internship Search Strategies: June 9th at noon
Evaluating Offers and Negotiating Salaries: June 20th at noon
Graduate and Advanced Degree Seekers: June 30th at noon.
Out of State Job Searches
Are you looking for an internship or job opportunities in another city or state? Relocating can add an extra hurdle to your search. The Career Development Center has an affiliation with the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), giving you access to a database of national opportunities. Login to your Tommie Careers account, use the Job Listings tab, drop down to “NACElink Network” and use the search functions to sort for the city and/or career field/title of interest.
Some tips to keep in mind as you anticipate an internship experience:
- Establish goals for the experience: personal, skills, and career knowledge
- Learn the company culture and dress and behave accordingly.
- Be on time. Being late is inconsiderate. If it is unavoidable, contact your supervisor.
- Carry a notepad and pen with you at all times. Write down instructions and questions.
- Ask questions until all instructions are clear, then follow those instructions carefully.
- Before asking questions, think through a possible solution, then when presenting your questions, explain your thinking process and where you got stuck.
- Communicate – let your supervisor know where you are in your tasks, when they are complete.
- As a newbie, expect to do some of the less desirable tasks (i.e. paying your dues!).
- Always proofread anything you are to submit at least twice before passing it on.
- Ask ‘Why?’ and be observant of both people and methods. An employee is valuable not only for the work he/she can perform, but also for knowing why things are done in certain ways.
- Reach out – ask people to have lunch with you; seek ways to learn what people around you do.
- Do not make/receive personal phone calls, texts or conduct personal internet searches on company time – no matter how bored you are. This is a fast way to ruin the respect people have for you.
- Ask for More – When you are ready for more challenging tasks, or if you don’t have enough work to keep you busy, tell your supervisor.
- Say Please & Thank you. Express appreciation for courtesies and considerations shown to you.
- Avoid getting sucked into office-gossip or being drawn into departmental politics.
- Maintain a positive attitude. Unconsciously, you influence the attitudes and general morale of others.
- Track accomplishments – keep a log of projects you’ve worked on and skills you’ve developed; ask if you can distribute later, examples of your work (LinkedIn, job interview portfolio).
- Reflect – how does the environment feel to you? Do you enjoy the people, work, culture? If not, think about what you want to do in your next internship!
- Ending – have an exit interview with your supervisor, leave a Thank you note, ask about future opportunities there, ask for job references, and stay in touch!
Wishing you success for your finals and the last week of spring semester 2016. To end the semester we thought we’d share some inspiration and humor to lighten the stress load of finals week, or provide you with a procrastination option, whichever way you want to use it…
Have a laugh….
We are open throughout the summer months to provide services for students and alumni after graduation.
The Late Night Breakfast is tonight from 9:30 to 11 pm in the View…free for all UST students with ID.
ENJOY your summer and wherever the next adventure takes you.