Services and Resources for Deciding on a Major or Researching Career Fields
What can I do with a major in………? What jobs are in demand and how much do they pay? If you are exploring major field options or trying to decide on a career direction, the Career Development Center offers counseling services to assist students as well as online resources to research and explore ideas and career paths.
Events this week: all held in 124 MHC
Evaluating Job Offers and Negotiating Salary: Monday, April 10, 2017, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Effective Interviewing, Wednesday, April 12, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Resumes and Cover Letters That Stand Out, Wednesday, April 12, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Marketing your International Experience, Thursday, April 13, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Education Job Fair: Friday, April 21st, from 9 am to 2 pm at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Teacher candidates, this fair is for you! See website for details and registration.
EDUCATION FAIR REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS THIS WEDNESDAY, APRIL TWELFTH!
TommieCareers has more than 1800 jobs and internships posted, including part-time, full-time and seasonal. If you are looking for summer employment, use the advanced search tab to look for seasonal/temporary work.
Whether faced with one or multiple job offers, you have many factors to consider when deciding whether to accept the job offered you.
The best place to begin is to identify your Work Values. What elements are Must-Have’s for you? Is it variety, knowing you are helping others, fast-paced environment, team-focused work? Career specialist staff have access to tools to help you assess your values if you can’t rattle them off. Make an appointment to talk to one, call 651-962-6761.
Essentially, break down all the elements:
- The job description – Will you enjoy doing the tasks? Will it require you to use your best skills? Will you be motivated to get up early every day because you look forward to the work?
- The employer – Is their industry of interest to you? Is this place financially stable? How do they treat their employees?
- Non-salary benefits – Ultimately, the benefits that go along with an employer are more important than the salary being offered. Health insurance: include dental, vision, and mental health?
- Vacation/PTO/paid holidays – How many days are in the mix? This impacts your quality of life.
- Retirement investment plan – Do they provide one? How much does the employer put in? It seems odd to think about retirement when you are just beginning, but financial stability is key and takes time to build!
- Professional development & Training – Will the employer pay to continue to train you in new skills? Is your interest in continuous learning and growth supported?
- Personal – Geographic location? Is the commute doable or will you need to move? Will there be travel required, if so how much? Are the hours manageable enough for you to have a personal life, too?
- Career Impact – Finally, where does this job lead you? Is it logical given your degree? Your interests? Does the organization have a fairly structured career path in terms of promotions? Or, will this job give you experience and skill sets that will add value, given your future ambitions?
Lots of questions! Come to discuss all of this at the Evaluating Job Offers & Negotiating Salary Seminar, Monday, April 10 at 3:00 p.m. in MHC 124. www.stthomas.edu/careerdevelopment/events
The Career Development Center provides services and programs to assist with selecting a major, finding an internship, a seasonal, part- or full-time job.
Pathways to Science and Health-Related Careers – Thursday, April 6th, 12-1:15 pm, OWS 250
Students are invited to hear about career opportunities in science and health-related industries. Hear from a panel of professionals from Lab/Research and Development, Medical Sales, Healthcare Administration, Public Health, and Research and speak with them in small groups to get advice about how to start your career journey! Food will be provided. Register here.
Choosing a Major
If you are feeling stuck regarding choosing a major, call to schedule an appointment. One of the career counselors will meet with you to discuss your individual needs and guide you through ideas and services that will assist you in making a decision.
Employers continue to post jobs for seasonal, part-time, full-time and internships. Create a search for jobs to be emailed directly to you that meet your criteria so you can be among the first to apply.
Join us this week for Effective Interviewing on Wednesday, April 5th at 2 pm in MHC 124.