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As the year winds down we are heading into the last week before graduation. Before we know it there will be an entire class of graduates who are looking to begin careers and therefore make connections. Graduating from college can have a multitude of benefits (like a degree and four years worth of education) including the alumni that have also graduated from your college. In most cases, alumni are proud of where they went to school and for both professional and personal reasons are always looking to meet recent graduates or undergraduates who are still attending their Alma mater.
Here at the Career Development Office we have a variety of networks that can help connect you with various alumni. Through LinkedIn you can check out the Goucher Professional Network that can link you to grads, undergrads, and other Goucher community members!
Beyond our resources, here is an article by Levo.com discussing other various ways that you can connect with alumni and why it is so important.
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According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the class of 2013 was expected to total 1,744,000 bachelor’s degree graduates. More than one million alums have embarked into the “real world.”
As an alum, you may think “now what?” How can you use your degree, experiences, and passion for your industry to start making real strides? And how can you do so in a difficult job market?
Check out these suggestions to optimize your new alum status:
Utilize your alumni network
Your alumni network can be a powerful resource if you use it properly. Not only do you have a common connection—your alma mater—but there’s also a willingness to help those who have a shared connection. In the same light, referrals are often linked as the number one source of hire. Pair the two together and the chance of landing the job of your dreams skyrockets.
Tip: Don’t use your network solely when you need something. Cultivate and maintain your relationships. Show what you can offer so they come to you. No one likes a leech; don’t become one just because you are starting your job search.
Create and maintain an online image
I know you’ve heard it before, but it begs repeating: Your online presence and your reputation are so important. Most employers use the internet as a screening method. In fact, one in 10 young job seekers were rejected because of their social media channels. If you have pictures from your party days or continuously post information that may offend certain audiences, you may be put in the “no” pile.
Tip: When you start looking for jobs, think about what an organization would like to see. Does the content you present align with their messaging? This may mean posting industry news or showcasing your knowledge for the space. You might also consider having a personal website—according to Forbes 56 percent of all hiring managers are more impressed by a candidate’s personal website than any other personal branding tool. This can help an organization to see why you’d be a great fit.
Look into postgraduate internship positions
An internship or an ambassador program may not be your ideal post-college job. After all, you may have thought those days were behind you. However, the fact is it may be your one shot to get into an organization. Studies have shown that candidates have a 70 percent chance of being hired by a company they’ve interned with.
In addition, campus ambassador programs, such as the ones created by 1 Degree Hire, allow new professionals to create content, build their own professional networks, develop their personal brands, and can give them the opportunity to earn commissions. While these jobs may be temporary, there’s no denying the power of an internship or an ambassador program for your future.
Tip: In addition to traditional job searching methods, one of the best ways to find an internship or an ambassador program is through your career center. Even though you’ve graduated, keep looking into it as a resource. Career centers are also typically willing to help those who want to stay connected with their colleges. Take advantage of it.
Go outside the box
Many alums use basic job searching tactics to find work. In today’s competitive market, you have to stand out and be bold. Think about the minimum you can do to land a job—now, triple it.
Although your resume already contains solid content that showcases your experience, adding interesting design elements or creating a video resume can make you a more attractive candidate. Going outside the box may require additional work, but the outcome is typically more rewarding.
Tip: You may be tempted to use a bunch of bells and whistles, but think strategically about the kind of image you want to portray. A cleanly designed resume or a video that addresses why you are a great candidate are both good options. Bribing an employer with boxes of donuts or calling incessantly are not. Be smart and understand what an employer would want to see out of candidate—that is, what will show your value.
Being a college alum in today’s market is tough. However, turning your “now what” question into real, marketable tactics is how you can get past that question and land the job of your dreams.”
Stop by or make an appointment at the CDO to learn more about how to edit, structure, and tailor your resume!
As of today our Grad School 101 week is launching! Our aim is to help all students at Goucher to be able to begin processing the ins and outs of grad school.
Come and attend one of the three events that we will be hosting throughout the coming weeks!
STAND OUT ABOVE THE REST: 10/8, 4:30-6PM, BATZA ROOM
Learn how to make yourself an ideal candidate for the grad school of your choice. Event includes giveaway prizes!
GRAD SCHOOLS AND GAP YEAR PROGRAMS: 10/10, 11:30-1:30, ATH
Meet representatives from programs around the globe!
Orientation week is over. Your dorm room is unpacked. The dust has settled.
Only about a month into school, it can be easy to quickly become overwhelmed by the amount of activities, work, and responsibilities you are slammed with thus far. College.usatoday recently published a great article that all incoming freshman should be keeping in mind when considering their personal and academic success for their first year at college! Read the helpful tips below. They might seem obvious but it’s never too early in the year to gain some clarity and order your priorities when life become stressful.
And don’t forget! The CDO is always here to support you. Whether it be through resume/cover letter advising, career/major exploration, doing one of our protected personality tests, or just coming in to have a chat we are a support system that is here to help you achieve greatness!
1. Manage your time intelligently
Poor time management is one of the greatest sources of stress in the lives of college students. Purchase both a day planner and a monthly calendar to track your short- and long-term deadlines and events. By recording these important dates, you will be able to better plan your time.
2. Set reasonable goals
Goal-setting is an excellent way to create an instant sense of motivation. However, setting goals that are unrealistic can tire you, resulting in nothing but frustration and disappointment. Instead, establish goals for yourself that are challenging, yet reasonably attainable. Write down your goals and check them off as you accomplish each one. This will help you stay motivated and on task.
3. Establish an effective study strategy
From flashcards to online quizzes to textbook outlining, there is certainly more than one way to study. The key to studying effectively lies in learning how you review best. Try a variety of studying methods, and continue what works. Ensure you allow yourself ample time to review, as cramming or understudying will only result in stress and poor results.
4. Take care of your body
You have likely heard of the “Freshman 15,” or the fifteen-or-so pounds that some college students gain during the course of their first year. Eat healthily, exercise regularly, and get adequate rest. With a healthy body, you will be able to think more clearly, avoid stress, and feel better as a whole.
5. Keep to-do lists
If you are feeling overwhelmed by college assignments, extracurricular activities, and personal responsibilities, it can be difficult to begin addressing any task. Though it involves effort, prioritizing tasks before you try to accomplish them can assist you. Develop a to-do list, and focus on completing one item at a time.
6. Aim for simplicity
Remember: no one can do everything. Before you take on a new responsibility, consider whether or not you will have sufficient time to properly commit to it. Though you may find it difficult to turn down various opportunities, it may occasionally be necessary to say “no.”
7. Break large tasks into small portions
Think about the task you must finish. Then, estimate how much time you will require to complete it, and divide it into more manageable chunks. For instance, if you think it will take six hours to write your paper, schedule three two-hour sessions over several days. This is especially key with particularly daunting assignments.
8. Forgive yourself small mistakes
It is always admirable to strive to do your best. But, say you make a mistake—you forget an assignment deadline or receive a low grade. In these cases, it is natural to feel upset or disappointed. But allowing yourself to become distraught over every little mistake will only lead to more stress, which will make you less productive, less happy, and more likely to commit another misstep.
9. Reach out if you need help
Colleges are full of individuals who can help you handle any issues you face. On campus, you can count on professors, mental health counselors, health professionals, and academic advisers for assistance. Do not be ashamed to turn to these people for help if you need it; they exist to help you do and feel your best.
10. Know when to fold in certain areas
If life simply seems too busy or too difficult to enjoy, it may be time to reevaluate your various activities and responsibilities. Ask yourself what is most important to you. You should consider dropping anything that causes you stress or that you are not deeply invested in. Remember—school comes first. If your involvement in outside activities causes you to perform poorly in your classes, you should contemplate reducing these commitments.
Erica Cirino is a contributing writer for Varsity Tutors, a technology platform for private academic tutoring and test prep designed to help students at all levels of education achieve academic excellence. (http://college.usatoday.com/2014/08/19/how-to-achieve-life-balance-as-a-college-freshman/)
According to the Open Education Database, there are 6,419,370 people employed in business careers. The average salary for those employed is $69,550.
If you are considering or are already pursuing a business major at Goucher College, how are you going to take control of your education and ensure your career success? Being one of the most flexible disciplines in the world, business majors have an advantage as they are able to capitalize on a variety of different skill-sets and concentrations of interest.
Open Education Database writes, “Jobs for business majors fall into one (or a combination) of three primary categories: financial, management, and marketing. People with business degrees may become human resources managers, accountants, market research analysts, insurance underwriters, and more. Many of these careers are not only attainable but are projected to grow faster than other occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Because many business careers require the same skill sets, any of these jobs listed may naturally lead to another, though some additional training, experience, or education may be required for a smoother transition. The transferable nature of these jobs ensures that any person pursuing a major in business has a number of options for their future employment, which could translate into job security.”
- Accounting Careers
- Chief Executive
- Cost Estimator
- Executive Administrative Assistant
- Finance Careers
Whether you are a soon-to-be college graduate or you are still enduring your college career but are looking for a summer job or part-time employment throughout the school year, understanding the mindset of an employer can be extremely confusing. How do different industries vary in terms of their hiring process? What do employers look at when they are reading your resume and cover letter? What determines if a company/business will contact you or not?
An article published on themuse.com by Lily Herman showcases a slideshow that introduces some basic ideas and tips when it comes to managing your job search. An employer from LinkedIn tells his own story through this slideshow and uses his own experience to inform young adults of a large part of the job search process that they are often missing.
Follow the link and check out the information! Learning the prospective of the employer can help you gain powerful insight and turn you from just another candidate, to the candidate!
If you have any questions or concerns regarding employment, summer jobs or internships, resumes or cover letters, please stop by the Career Development Office in Dorsey Center to schedule an appointment attend walk-in hours! We look forward to hearing from you soon.
Along with offering good benefits and proving a fun and enjoyable workplace, companies in this day and age are constantly seeking to up their antics in order to make their employees the happiest, in all aspects of their lives. Various companies and organizations have famed themselves on fun bonuses, including slides at work, gourmet and organic lunches, massages and acupuncture, and more. As a new and more relaxed workplace emerges, the opportunity for companies to engage their employees in more fun and creative ways is becoming more popular.
Yet no one expects you to be able to identity companies within a wide variety of industries, let alone their internal relations, politics, and benefits. So CareerBliss has compiled a list of the “50 Happiest Companies”. This list was compiled by employees themselves who all went to Career Bliss to rate their employers. Along with the ranking you will also find their calculated “bliss score”, the companies average salary, as well as open jobs within the company. The picture below is a glimpse of the top five companies, but click on this clink and check out the entire list of 50 companies.
|02||15||Kaiser Permanente||4.122||$76,000||View Jobs|
|03||—||Texas Instruments||4.120||$81,000||View Jobs|
The information presented is originally sourced from: http://www.careerbliss.com/facts-and-figures/careerbliss-50-happiest-companies-in-america-for-2014/
How does our body language affect how others see us and how we see ourselves? In this captivating Ted Talk Amy Cuddy discusses body language: how we can physically stand confidently to improve our own view of ourselves as well as how others view us.
As the end of the year approaches, Goucher students are hit with a multitude of stresses, questions, concerns, and and confusion. Exams approach, peers began making summer plans away from home, and every so often, tragedy strikes in the most unexpected ways.
Often we get into a routine of going from class to work to the dining halls and back to our rooms. We forget the resources that we have on campus and, most importantly, how supportive the Goucher community can be. When you feel yourself in a place of doubt, insecurity, or stress, consider these resources below to get you through the rough times. Taking care of your mental and emotional health is more important than we realize and thus often forgotten about. Love yourself and love others during the tough times ahead.
Spiritual and Religious Life on Campus: Hillel, the Chapel (Cynthia Terry)
Administrative Offices: Office of Student Engagement, Career Development Office, the Dean of Students, the Presidents Office, Registrar, Admissions, etc.
Academic Center for Excellence
Professors, Academic Advisers, and Staff
Health and Counseling Services (free counselings sessions are available for students)
Friends and Family
Don’t forget any of these resources that are available during these challenging times. While each department and office is trained and works in a specific field, we are all one community working to help and benefit each other. Seek out those around you and be a beacon of support for others as well.
We hope that the rest of the school year is a positive experience for everyone at Goucher College.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns regarding internships, jobs, resume or cover letters, alumni affairs, or your general pursuits of a career, please come down to the CDO for walk-ins or to make an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you soon.