Happy New Year, Tommies! We hope you had a restful holiday and are ready to start 2018 by thinking about some goals related to your career or major. One event that may be of interest to students who are in the College of Arts and Sciences AND students who have yet to declare a major is Envision. Explore careers and industries through discussions with alumni and other students, and participate in a career trek to learn about fields of interest. Registration is currently open so check it out today!
The 2018 MN Private Colleges Job and Internship Fair is also open for registration. There are currently over 500 Tommies registered to attend the event on February 27th at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Take a look at the website, attend a Job Fair Orientation session, and register to attend.
The Career Development Center is open all of J-Term and career counselors are ready to see you for appointments or Pop-Ins. Call us at 651-962-6761 to schedule.
Sometimes, after interviewing with multiple employers, we know which employer and job would be our favorite, but sometimes it’s not so clear.
This is the time to assess your Work Values. What is most important to you? What do you want from your work-life? Most importantly, will these jobs help move you forward in your career progress? If these are difficult questions to answer, make an appointment with one of the Career Development Center staff; they have tools to help you evaluate what factors and conditions are most important to you.
Some people find themselves in the position of getting a job offer from a place that is not their first choice. This is a tough position to be in because you need a job. It’s easier to handle if you know that you are in the midst of more interviews with other employers.
We suggest you be honest and try to negotiate for more time to get back to them with an answer to their offer, “an extension” is what you are asking for. Let them know that you have not yet completed all of your interviews, and give them a timeframe – when you will be able to assess all options before you.
Know that they may not be able to wait as long as you’d like, so ask about the last possible date. Then you have some decisions to make. Again, come in to the Career Center and talk this over if your answer is not obvious.
Strong Caution: Accepting a job offer, then continuing to interview with other employers is a dangerous, slippery slope. If a different job pans out that you want more, you are now forced to renege on the first offer. This puts employers in a hard spot as they have spent time, energy and resources in to their recruiting process and now must start all over, or have a spot that will go unfilled. From their perspective, if you had just said No from the beginning, they could have offered this to someone else who really wanted the job.
Moral of the Story: Think carefully, and get lots of help, thoughts and advice if you have some hard decisions to make!
As the official end of Finals is upon us (hooray!) we want to send you all a friendly reminder of how you can be using your Holiday Break wisely! (Besides eating cookies and watching Netflix…)
- Edit and update your resume. You can use our resume packet for guidance, and then schedule an appointment for a resume review when the Career Development Center opens again on January 3rd!
- Conduct informational interviews. If you’ve ever even wondered for a second what, exactly, Aunt Sally does as an Actuary, or how Grandpa Larry became a Lawyer, the holiday season is a great time to have those conversations! Not only will you learn a lot, but you’ll make the dinner table conversations a lot less awkward. (Or at least make them awkward in a different way!)
- Get ready for The Fair. If you’re not already registered for the 2018 Minnesota Private Colleges Job and Internship Fair, fear not, registration will re-open in January. While you’re relaxing, check out the fair website for the list of employers attending. Start making your “list” of employers you’d like to visit, and if any of them have open positions they’ll be hiring for at the fair, get your resume and cover letter ready to apply!
- Think about what you’re going to do next summer. While June may seem like a long way off, it’s never too early to think about how you’re going to spend your summer. From taking classes, to interning, studying abroad, volunteering or working, we can help you get a plan together. Start brainstorming now, and come see us in January!
We ARE open in January (and a lot less busy than when the semester starts in February!) so schedule an appointment or call for pop-in times, our number is (651)-962-6761!
Have a joyous holiday break!
Career Development Center