Welcome back! As you wrap up your fall 2015 semester the Career Development Center is your place to check-in about upcoming plans for J-Term, spring semester and yes, even summer 2016! Think ahead about opportunities to build your resume by adding an internship, part-time job or volunteer experience.
Seminars in the upcoming week (all held in 124 MHC, unless noted)
Minnesota Private Colleges Job and Internship Fair Registration Continues
Registration for the February 2016 event is taking place with 30-minute information sessions offered for those who have never attended the event. Dates offered this week are: (all held in 124 MHC)
- Tuesday, December 1 at 12:30 pm
- Wednesday, December 2 at 10 am
- Thursday, December 3 at noon
If you have previously attended the Fair and would like to register, stop by 123 MHC for the form and handouts. If you would like to register bring cash, check or Express card for $15.00.
Special event this week:
Today’s Diverse Workplace Employer Panel– Thursday, December 3 at noon in McNeely Hall 100
As the job market becomes more diverse employers are seeking candidates with varied backgrounds and experiences. Organizations are looking to reach out, recruit and hire the most qualified talent from different cultures, races, genders, religions, national origins, ages, physical and cognitive capabilities, sexual orientations, and other various identities. A panel of employers will discuss trends in hiring, networking, use of social media and interviewing to make diverse candidates stand out in the pool of applicants. Issues related to diversity that may arise in the workplace will also be addressed.
The Career Development Center wishes you safe travels, good eating, and relaxing times with family and friends during this Thanksgiving week.
Seminars this week:
- Job and Internship Fair Orientation– Tuesday, November 25 at 12:30 pm in 124 MHC. If you have not previously attended a Fair, you will need to attend this seminar before registering for the MN Private Colleges Job and Internship Fair.
With some of your “down” time over the holiday weekend you could…
- View our YouTube channel for videos on a variety of career and job search topics, including Job Fair, liberal arts in the workplace, LinkedIn how-to webinar, elevator speeches and more.
- Research career fields and job titles to explore job qualifications, required education, job outlook, and compensation.
- Develop or update your LinkedIn profile and then increase your connections and join groups for networking. Be sure to join our group, Alumni Sharing Knowledge.
It’s becoming more and more competitive out there – and I don’t mean among job seekers. Employers are competing with each other in an increasingly tight job market where college grads are highly desired. How are you competing? Benefits are ways you can set yourself apart from your competition.
Below is a summary of the results of the annual survey of graduating college seniors, conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).
“When considering jobs and employers, which benefits do college graduates value most? They most want more than two weeks of vacation and tuition reimbursement for advanced education, according to results of NACE’s 2015 Student Survey.” Additional benefits of high value include: a company-matched 401(k) program, 100 percent employer-paid medical insurance, and guaranteed annual salary increases.
I thought it notable that the top two desired benefits are consistent with what we know are values of this tail end of the Millennial Generation – Life/Work Balance and interest in continuous learning and growth.
The Class of 2015 Student Survey, was administered to 39,950 students at the associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree levels through NACE’s college members from February 11, 2015, to April 30, 2015. The focus of the survey report is the 9,184 bachelor’s degree students who indicated that they would be graduating—or already had graduated—during the 2014-2015 academic school year.
Source: NACE Spotlight Article, Sept. 2015