In the spirit of today being Career Services Day I just thought that I would talk a little bit about how we can all get prepared for life after college. Today was also the day for Departments to have their own Chapels and would have been a great time to go and hear how other students/professionals transitioned after college and how their faith influenced such careers.
So be sure to check out all of the vendors that are going to be set up on the track in University Commons to talk with employers to see what they are looking for in new employees. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, they like that! By going to the Career Fair you can get a head start at looking for a job in the specific department you are majoring in. Even if it doesn’t work out for this time, maybe you can still maintain a good relationship with the company to get hired after you graduate, you never know!
I lead my department’s chapel today and we had a guest speaker come in and talk to us about the transition from being a student to being an employee. It was very refreshing and she gave insight in to what she could have done more while in school to help prepare her a little more. The biggest thing she said to do is to don’t hesitate to ask questions of your supervisor or of your professors. These are the people that can give you the most answers about anything, and they love for you to ask the questions to make sure that you are following protocol and so forth.
Another thing that we could be doing right now as we are going through our college years is to continuously build our resume’s. As we go through our classes and are volunteering, doing practicums, etc. we can be putting these out there for potential employers to know. If you are like me and have no clue how or what the best way to put together a resume is, well you are in luck! Here on campus in the Student Life Suite, you can make an appointment with Jennifer Litwiller to help you create your Resume as well as cover letters, etc. to get you ready for life after college! She is located in the University Commons Room 224. She is by appointment only so be sure to call her at 432-4131, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org!
These are just some very quick ways to get started, but be sure to talk with professionals and ask questions to see what they are looking for in an employee and build your resume to be what they are looking for!
Have a great week and take part in the Career Fair!