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Career Scoop Update

Career Scoop: June 2020

Summer Scoop Schedule

For the summer months, you will receive the Career Scoop once per month, usually at the beginning of each month, with occasional “Special Editions” as needed!

Check out our Job and Internship Listings!

Every couple of weeks we are taking a closer look at the job functions that seem the most in demand, based on what is posted within our Job & Internship Listings. Below are the career fields with the largest numbers of internships and jobs as of Friday, May 29, 2020. Please know that these postings include local, national, and international employers, and the number of postings change daily.

  1. Education/Classroom Teaching
  2. Sales/Business Development
  3. Administrative/Support Services
  4. Healthcare/Medical Services tied with Social Work
  5. Engineering
  6. Marketing and Brand Management tied with Accounting

You may also wish to check out Parker Dewey’s Micro-Internships and Federal Jobs (using keyword “Recent Graduate”).

Graduating? Have You Considered a Year of Service?

The Center for the Common Good is a wonderful resource for learning more about full-time post-graduate service opportunities. These jobs allow you to advance the common good by giving back to communities in need, while building relationships and skill sets that will be assets to your careers. Many service programs, such as several Americorps programs, have application deadlines coming up in June!

Check out our Online Resources

Our website is filled with useful resources, covering numerous career related topics. Everything from major & career exploration, to resume development, interviewing help, and more. You can also use GoinGlobal to research global careers or companies who have hired with H1-B Visas in the US, or InterviewStream to plan, practice and record a video interview so you can improve your virtual interviewing skills! Spend some time poking around our website, and we guarantee you’ll learn something new!

Summer Pop-Ins

If you have a quick question, or need a document reviewed, a 10-15 minute pop-in is perfect for you! For the summer, we will offer pop-ins virtually from 1-3pm every day of the week. Depending on volume, you may have a short wait in a virtual “waiting room.” Click here to learn more about pop-ins. As always, Pop-In hours will be subject to change, and any changes will be noted on the webpage.

Summer Appointments & Resume Reviews

Career Development Center staff is available over the summer for virtual appointments, and can do some resume reviews via email. Please fill out the respective forms to request either an appointment or a resume review here, and we will get back to you!

Using TommieCareers to Connect with Employers

One of the most powerful tools the Career Center provides to students is the TommieCareers system.  It’s much more than just the home of our internship and job postings.  Read this Career Blog to learn about all the helpful resources there to connect you with employers, prepare you for interviews, and learn about careers!

Connect with Alumni on St. Thomas Connect

Did you know that you can easily connect with alumni via an online platform called St. Thomas Connect? Harness the power of the Tommie network and take some time this summer to build your network and do informational interviews! Creating an account is easy, and you can search for alumni by career field, employer, major, job title, etc.!

NPR Article: Advice for Recent Grads

As a new graduate, we’re sure you’ve received lots of advice already, but we stumbled across this NPR article that we thought probably not only summed up some of your feelings pretty well, but gives some great advice too. Check it out here, and remember: the Tommie Network is always here for you!
Career Scoop Update

Career Scoop for the Week of May 18, 2020

Congratulations Class of 2020!

The Career Development Center wants to congratulate all of our students graduating this May! From those in the Dougherty Family College, to all of our Undergraduate and Graduate programs, we celebrate with you as you wrap up this chapter of your lives. We know that each of you will continue to do wonderful things for the world, all of them for the common good.

Graduating? Have You Considered a Year of Service?

The Center for the Common Good is a wonderful resource for learning more about full-time post-graduate service opportunities. These jobs allow you to advance the common good by giving back to communities in need, while building relationships and skill sets that will be assets to your careers.

What Careers are in Demand Right Now?

For a snapshot of what types of jobs & internships are currently being posted within the Career Center’s Job & Internship Listings webpage, read our blog post!

Summer Pop-Ins!

If you have a quick question, or need a document reviewed, a 10-15 minute pop-in is perfect for you! For the summer, we will offer pop-ins virtually from 1-3pm every day of the week. Depending on volume, you may have a short wait in a virtual “waiting room.” Click here to learn more about pop-ins.

Searching for Jobs and Internships: The COVID-19 Approach!

Wednesday, May 20th at 12:00

Searching for jobs and internships is not a simple, linear experience, and adding a pandemic to the mix doesn’t help! This Zoom seminar will include basics of an effective search, and ways to approach this task during this uncertain time.

Using TommieCareers to Connect with Employers

One of the most powerful tools the Career Center provides to students is the TommieCareers system.  It’s much more than just the home of our internship and job postings.  Read this Career Blog to learn about all the helpful resources there to connect you with employers, prepare you for interviews, and learn about careers!

Need a ZOOM refresher? Click here!

General Information

Job areas in demand (a local perspective)

Every couple of weeks I look at what types of jobs & internships are showing up in our postings.  Here are the latest “Top 10” most frequently posted job function categories as of May 15 (in order by # of positions posted).

When you view the list from the Career Center’s Job & Internship Listings page and you see a purple Tommie Paw next to a position, it means that a St. Thomas alum is affiliated!

Note:  These will include national and international employers.

 

  1. Education/Classroom Teaching
  2. Sales/Business Development
  3. Health/Medical Services tied with Administrative/Support Services
  4. Accounting tied with Social Work
  5. Marketing/Brand Management
  6. Engineering
  7. IT/Software Development
  8. Communications, Journalism/Media

It was interesting to compare this list with the view two weeks ago – notably, engineering and social work switched places.  It certainly makes sense that medical and social services fields would be hiring during a pandemic, as people’s lives have been turned upside down.  From my experience as a career counselor during the Great Recession, sales and marketing always remain in demand; employers rely on these functions to soldier through and keep their brand top of mind.

As the weeks go on, I expect we will continue to see shift in the order of these categories.  Stay the course!  Employ multiple search strategies, always keeping personal networking activity at the top of your list.  Let us know if you’d like to talk, www.stthomas.edu/careerdevelopment

Be well, be safe!