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Searching for “the right” career: Advice from employer professionals

On April 6, the Career Development Center hosted a panel of alumni, employers and professionals. They were asked to come to campus to talk to students about their career paths. Representing many different career fields and industries, they revealed a variety of career options for students with science degrees. I took notes as I asked them to share their best advice for college students and realized that what they had to say did not just apply to science-related majors, but ALL students. So, I am sharing their bits of wisdom!

  • Utilize personal/family connections, and faculty office hours – ask for their advice/information
  • Investigate multiple professions/careers
  • Informational interviews – conduct as many as possible
  • Read job descriptions – what is interesting? Bring that information in to informational interviews
  • Keep track of everything you are doing in classes – projects, lab techniques, research, computer programs used
  • Get involved in extracurricular activities
  • Internships – gain experience
  • Pay attention to the transferable skills you are developing
  • Join campus-based student clubs that relate to your interests
  • Attend Professional Association events and conferences
  • There is no wrong initial decision – you have time to do different things along your long career path

The Career Development Center has links to a number of resources to help students explore different careers. See the Career Resources section of the Homepage, www.stthomas.edu/careerdevelopment

 

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