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October is packed full of Career Development events – #USTCareerScoop

Published on: Monday, September 29th, 2014

Career Scoop from the UST Career Development Center

…from the Career Development Center

The coming week leads us into October, which is typically one of the busiest months in the Career Development Center with seminars, on-campus interviewing, employer information sessions and appointments and pop-ins to address individual questions.  We invite you to find a service or event to attend this month.

The coming week offers several seminars and events. For additional dates, details, and to RSVP, visit our seminars and events website.

iExplore and iPlan (First-Year and Sophomores)

Charting Your Career Path, a free, five part seminar series is being offered beginning Tuesday, October 14 from 5:30-7:00 p.m.  The focus of the series is to assist you in learning about yourself and exploring major and career field options.  Advanced registration is required and space is limited.

iFocus and iExcel (Juniors and Seniors)

Virtual Career Fair and Graduate School Fair registration is now open with an opportunity to post your resume in advance for employers to screen. The event will take place on Friday, October 17 with time for you to chat with employers.

Employers are still adding positions to On-Campus Interviewing.  Be sure to keep checking the available positions in your field of interest.

 

Senior Year Checklist

Published on: Thursday, September 25th, 2014

As much as you may not want to admit it, the real-world awaits. The Career Development Center is here to assist you in the transition from college life to career. We would strongly suggest that somewhere between your studies, activities, and social life, you find time to complete the following steps to prepare yourself for success in life after St. Thomas.

1. Figure Out What You Want To Do NEXT

You don’t have to have the rest of your life figured out today, but it would be beneficial to start thinking about what you want your next step to be. Is it graduate school? A long term service program? A job? If you are unsure about what you want to do after graduation, rest assured that you are not alone. The Career Development Center has inventories you can take to help narrow down your options, and career specialists are available and armed with resources to assist you in the career decision making process.

2. Update, Tailor, and Polish Your Resume

Most likely you haven’t looked at your resume since last spring when you were searching for internships. Start by updating your documents to include whatever experience you had this past summer. Reorganize the sections of your resume to tailor it toward whatever career field, industry, and/or company you are interested in. Then bring your new draft into the Career Development Center to have it reviewed by a career specialist. Continue to ask other people to look over your resume (faculty, family, connections) to get as much insight as possible into what people notice and what advice they might have for improvement.

(if you have not yet started a resume, we hope to see you ASAP!)

3. Buy a Suit

You are likely to have to wear a suit many times, not only throughout your senior year, but throughout your career. Think of it as an investment for your future. This investment will get you through on-campus interviewing, career fairs, networking events, employer site interviews, and your first day of work, in addition to many other business days and meetings down the road.

4. Practice Interviewing

Your resume and cover letter are what get you in the door for an interview, the interview itself is what gets you the job. Make sure that you are well prepared by taking time to reflect on your skills and experience, develop and practice answers to common interview questions, and research the positions and companies that you are applying to. Attend an interviewing skills seminar or schedule a mock interview with a career specialist in the Career Development Center.

5. Create a Profile on TommieCareers

TommieCareers is our online job and internship posting board. Develop your profile to automatically receive information that relates to the what you are interested in, and check the site often or create an email search agent to stay on top of the new jobs and internships that are posted daily.

6. Participate in On-Campus Interviewing

More commonly known as OCI, on-campus interviewing allows you to apply for jobs and internships and interview with employers right on campus in the Career Development Center. Although OCI may not be for everyone, there are a lot of great opportunities that are posted from a variety of companies throughout the fall and spring semester. For more information visit the OCI page on our website.

7. Attend Career Fairs

Career fairs are a great way to network with employers to learn more about companies and entry level positions or internships they might have available. There are a number of career fairs that take place throughout the year including the Government and Non-profit Career Fair, the MN Private Colleges Job and Internship Fair, the Education Fair and the Virtual Career Fair. For more information visit our seminars and events page.

8. Thinking Graduate School?

If graduate school is your next step, be sure to complete the GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, or whatever standardized test is required for application to the programs you are interested in. You will also need a resume or CV for most graduate programs as well as a well written personal statement.

9. Collect References and Letters of Recommendation

Most applicants will only need professional references, while graduate school and jobs in certain industries (i.e. Education) may require letters of recommendation. Build and maintain relationships with faculty, advisors and supervisors that you can ask to be a positive reference for you. It is beneficial to explain your interests and goals as well as to hand them a copy of your resume to give them a framework to go off of when writing your letter or speaking with an employer over the phone.

10. Get Involved

Take advantage of leadership positions that may be available on campus and get involved in activities that match your interests. Employers look specifically for leadership experience on your resume, and like to see community engagement.

11. Clean Up Your Social Media

It is extremly likely that employers will do an online search for you before bringing you in for an interview. Make sure they like what they find. Google yourself, set your privacy settings, and be sure to remove anything that you wouldn’t want your potential future boss to see.

12. Network

Develop a strong LinkedIn profile and take advantage of this valuable program to network with professionals and companies that you are interested in. Participate in the Student Alumni Mentoring program and Take a Tommie to Lunch sponsored by the UST Alumni Association. Attend alumni networking events like First Friday Lunches and other local networking events. Print FREE business cards for networking courtesy of the Student Legacy Program.

13. Check Your Credits

Be sure to check in with your advisor, Academic Counseling & Support and the Registrar to confirm that you have all the credits and requirements that you need to graduate. This would be very bad news come May 2015.

14. Stay Connected

Follow, like, connect with us on LinkedInTwitterFacebookPinterest, and Youtube.

14. Have Fun!

The next eight months will go by quickly. Make sure you go to class, maintain/improve your GPA, and work on the above 13 things. But also take time for yourself to enjoy your last semester on campus, travel, spend quality time with your friends, and visit your favorite local places. If you have to literally schedule time for yourself to do this, do it! As I mentioned before, the real world awaits…

 

Written by: Laura Kloss

Why apply for summer internships or jobs during Fall semester?

Published on: Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

You have maybe heard that companies are visiting campus for presentations and campus interviews soon?  You may be asking yourself, “Why should I apply to employers when they recruit during the fall term?  Why would I lock myself in; something better may come along later.”

Here are some good reasons to seize the moment – if you come across employers or types of positions that are of interest, do not delay or hesitate!

1. Employers that participate in the Career Development Center’s On-campus Interview Program are specifically seeking out UST students.  Unlike posting positions to some massive, online job board, this will be a smaller applicant pool, and hence, could increase the odds of your getting an interview?!

2. It is usually the largest, most well-known corporations that are ready to recruit, interview and hire during the fall term.  The employer’s theory is that only the most motivated, ambitious, and on-the-ball students are paying attention so early in the school year, and that’s who they want to hire.  If this is the type of employer that is attractive, show them how motivated you are!

3. We can’t guarantee that there will be the same volume of corporate opportunities later in the winter and spring.  Anything can happen in a global economy, so Carpe Diem!

4. Engaging actively in an internship/job search in the fall gives you the opportunity to begin researching and learning about employers & positions, thereby learning what is attractive to you and what is best for you.

5. It is so much easier when employers come here to talk to you on campus.

6. If active fall applications work out, then you will have completed your internship/job search by November or December potentially.  What a nice Spring semester you would have to look forward to!

More information about the On-campus Interviewing Program, is here:  www.stthomas.edu/careerdevelopment/oci

Call 651-962-6761 to discuss with a career specialist your career interests, your resume, and interviewing preparation!

See you soon!

Upcoming Employer Sessions and Career Fairs – #USTCareerScoop

Published on: Monday, September 22nd, 2014

We are excited to see you return.  It’s been great to have full schedules of appointments and busy pop-in hours.  There are many of you getting yourselves ready for On-Campus Interviews, internship and full-time job searches.  Below are offerings this week in addition to our appointments and pop-in hours.

Further details and registration can be found on seminars/events page of the Career Development website.

Seminars:

Employer Information Sessions:

Employer Information Sessions are a helpful tool to find out more about potential employers and career paths. Find out more on getting the most out of these events.

  • Best Buy: Monday, September 22 5:00 p.m. in MCH 100
  • Target Stores: Thursday, September 25 at noon in JRC 247

Special Events:

Career events and activities for the fall – #USTCareerScoop

Published on: Monday, September 15th, 2014

Career Scoop from the UST Career Development Center

…from the Career Development Center

Seminars are offered weekly to assist with your internship or job search.  Below is a list of upcoming seminars.  Check the website for registration, location and additional days/times and events being offered.

Other September events

iExplore and iPlan (First-Year and Sophomores)

Get involved!  Be a part of the campus and build your resume by joining a student club related to your major or career field of interest.  Even if you are not sure of your major, club meetings provide a great avenue to explore the major/career with little effort on your part.  The clubs host guest speakers and provide information to assist in your decision making.  Don’t sit back waiting for the “right” answer to drop in your lap, take a step forward by getting involved.  Attend the Activities Fair on Tuesday, September 16 during the Convo hour on the John P. Monahan Plaza (rain site: Woulfe Alumni Hall) to sign-up to be on club email distribution lists.

iFocus and iExcel (Juniors and Seniors)

The opportunity to participate in on-campus interviewing begins soon for full-time positions and internships, including some offered for spring/summer 2015.  You need to attend one of the On-Campus Interviewing Orientations to sign-up for interviews with employers who will be visiting campus in September and October.  Many employers are also sponsoring Employer Information Sessions at UST for students to get more details about their organization and positions offered.  The session dates and times are listed on the seminars/events page of the website and open to all students.

Receive assistance in your career planning – #USTCareerScoop

Published on: Monday, September 8th, 2014

Career Scoop from the UST Career Development Center

…from the Career Development Center

As you transition into your new routine with classes, work and life we wanted to remind you of the variety of resources and services available to assist you in your career planning or internship/job search throughout the year.  The services we provide are free, with the exception of testing fees for those students interested in pursuing that option.

Call (651) 962-6761 to schedule an appointment.

Career staff are able to provide individual sessions to discuss:

  • deciding on a major
  • seeking part-time employment
  • internship or job search
  • resume or letter writing suggestions
  • interviewing tips

We also offer the following resources and services:

iFocus and iExcel (Juniors and Seniors)

The opportunity to participate in on-campus interviewing begins soon for full-time positions and internships, including some offered for spring/summer 2015.  You need to attend one of the “Orientation to On-Campus Interviewing” seminars to sign-up for interviews with employers who will be visiting campus in September and October.  Many employers are also sponsoring information sessions at UST for students to get more details about their organization and positions offered.  The session dates and times are listed on the seminars/events page of the website and open to all students.

iExplore and iPlan (First-Year and Sophomores)

As you begin a new academic year, be sure to check out goals specifically developed for First-Year (iExplore) and Second-Year (iPlan) students.

The start of another semester – #USTCareerScoop

Published on: Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Career Scoop from the UST Career Development Center

…from the Career Development Center

Here we go!  It’s the start of another semester as you continue forging ahead to complete your college degree. The Career Development Center offers a plethora of services and resources to guide you along in choosing a major, exploring career options for your major, developing a resume, creating interviewing skills and finding an internship or full-time position.  Call to schedule an appointment, (651) 962-6761 or for daily pop-in hours.

Upcoming Seminars and Events

For a complete list visit our Seminars and Events page.

Resume Writing and Job Seeking Letters:

Interviewing Skills:

On-Campus Interviewing Orientation:

Empowering Multicultural Students for Careers in Medicine:

Get in the loop for upcoming events or last minute offerings.  Choose your social media of choice and connect with us to be in the know. Facebook, Twitter, and more.

Check the Seminars and Events Calendar frequently – #USTCareerScoop

Published on: Monday, August 25th, 2014

Career Scoop from the UST Career Development Center

…from the Career Development Center

Check out the seminars and events calendar.  As the semester begins there will be a variety of offerings you can attend.  Seminars covering topics such as resume writing and interviewing skills will be presented weekly.  Employers will be conducting information sessions to provide insights into their organization which are open to students of interest and outside organizations will host job/career fairs that we provide location, date and time information for attendance.  Add the events of interest to your calendar or RSVP to attend if requested.

Research career fields – #USTCareerScoop

Published on: Monday, August 18th, 2014

Career Scoop from the UST Career Development Center

…from the Career Development Center

Are you undecided about your major?  Do you have a major, but not sure what career paths are an option?  The remaining few weeks of summer affords you time to learn more about career fields and college majors prior to starting another semester.  There isn’t one right way to decide; some students choose a major based on coursework they like to study while others look at career options of interest to determine if a specific major is required or preferred to enter the field.

As you explore options you may want to start by reading information about majors or career fields to gain a deeper understanding of the job duties, career progression, interest and personality preferences and required skill set.  A list of related career fields is also provided.  As you learn more about career fields it will give you a perspective into the field and assist in narrowing your options.  The next phase would be to talk with someone in the professions you are considering to get an insiders’ viewpoint. This is called Informational Interviewing.  When conducting an informational interview you ask questions to confirm the research you did provided accurate information about the current market.  If you would like further assistance with your decision call the Career Development Center to schedule a time to meet individually with a Career Counselor by calling (651) 962-6761.

On-Campus Interviewing Starting Soon – #USTCareerScoop

Published on: Monday, August 11th, 2014

Career Scoop from the UST Career Development Center

…from the Career Development Center

Employers will be coming to campus beginning in mid-September to interview candidates for full-time career positions and internship opportunities.  The start date for these positions ranges from January through summer 2015, so it is imperative to plan ahead. These employers will not be recruiting again in the spring because they fill their vacancies in advance.  To be considered for these interviews on-campus you will need to have attended an On-campus Interviewing Orientation seminar either previously or in early September and have your documents updated as requested in TommieCareers.  A select group of employers will also be holding information sessions this semester to share insights and position information with students.  Be sure to regularly check the events calendar for details on these offerings and read the handout on how to make the most of these sessions.