Jun 1, 2014
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Spotlight: Art Majors

Are you afraid of becoming a struggling and starving artist? Are you filled with creative passion and ideas but have no idea where you want that energy to take you? What exactly can you do with an art major? Surprisingly enough, the stereotype is worse than the reality. There are plenty of interesting and exciting jobs that art majors can get involved with. According to collegexpress.com, the arts and culture industry creates about 5.7 million full-time jobs per year!

Jobs/Industries Include:

  • Conservation
  • Book Design
  • Art Law
  • Advertising
  • Medical Illustration
  • Curating/Art History
  • Education

Two women interviewed by collegexpress.com say that being an art major forces you to develop self-discipline and a strong work ethic. With an art major you learn various social skills, the vulnerability of showcasing your own talents, motivation, experience with failure, and much more. All of these skills should be highlighted in potential resumes, cover letters, and interviews!

Listed below are some profiles of students who have graduated with art majors and share their various experience and expertise, courtesy of collegexpress.com.

 

Matthew Kilareski

Exhibit Designer, Hands-on House; Lancaster, Pennsylvania

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, industrial design; Rhode Island School of Design

Kilareski wanted to design toys, so he wrote to 10 toy companies and asked what college major would lead to his dream job. About half wrote back, suggesting industrial design. After attending the Rhode Island School of Design, Kilareski decided to use his major for a different purpose. Upon graduation, he worked for a company that designed children’s furniture, made technical drawings, and designed industrial products. Now he is responsible for designing and maintaining exhibits at a children’s museum in Pennsylvania. One includes a make-believe corn field where kids pick plastic corn covered with husks Kilareski sewed on. He also found foam that could be cut into parts for kids to assemble toy airplanes. “You have to think like a kid, so you have to think of how a kid’s going to interact with something,” he says.

 

Durell Comedy

Dancer, Limón Dance Company; New York, New York

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, dance performance; George Mason University

“My mom says I came out of the womb dancing,” Comedy says. Now he’s making a living with the company named after modern dance pioneer José Limón. While working on his dance performance degree, he learned about choreography, rhythm, the history of dance, different styles of dance, and how bones and muscles move. With Limón, Comedy has performed in Italy and China. The company also performs shows in New York City and teaches schoolchildren about dance. Most days start with warm-ups, followed by rehearsals for upcoming shows or learning new or reworked routines. Besides providing an outlet to do what he loves, Comedy says his work with Limón helps him develop as a performer.

 

Haley Roberts

Assistant Director, David Klein Gallery; Birmingham, Michigan

  • Bachelor of Arts, art; Wayne State University

After the final exam in a community college art history class, Roberts asked her instructor about jobs in the local art scene. He pointed her to the David Klein Gallery, where Roberts still works today. She worked her way up from an entry-level secretarial job to become Assistant Director, doing everything from shipping artwork to designing the gallery website. The gallery focuses on post-war and contemporary works by American artists, but Roberts has also handled original pieces by famous names like Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse. Her art history classes gave her a deeper appreciation for art, which she shares with clients. “It’s kind of fun to see people’s faces light up when you tell them about a piece of art,” Roberts says.

 

Whitney Wilson

In-Game Entertainment Coordinator, Richmond Flying Squirrels; Richmond, Virginia

  • Bachelor of Arts, media arts and design; James Madison University

Minor-league baseball games are as much about entertainment as the sport itself. During each Richmond Flying Squirrels home game, Wilson is in charge of adding some production value to the bases, keeping fans entertained. “It’s basically a big show every night,” Wilson says. She picks songs for when players step up to bat, makes animated vignettes for the stadium video board, and edits videos of game highlights, later setting them to music for the team website. Wilson wanted to work in entertainment ever since she worked on her high school’s TV announcements, but she preferred being behind the camera. She worked on a similar program in college, and even got class credit for an internship assisting the director of the soap opera Days of Our Lives. She’s glad she also learned skills like photo editing, studio production, and Web design.

 

Nicole LaBonde

Executive Director, Indigenous Pitch Dance Collective; Ardmore, Pennsylvania

  • Bachelor of Arts, dance and general music, Eastern University

After graduation, LaBonde taught dance classes, conducted recreational therapy at a facility for people with disabilities, and worked as an account manager for an insurance office. Then, the founder of Indigenous Pitch, a dance company, recruited LaBonde to be its Executive Director. She says the position uses the artistic and administrative skills she picked up in her other jobs. LaBonde makes the organization’s ideas a reality. Among other things, that means seeking grants and donations, and getting media attention for Indigenous Pitch. In addition to performing, the Collective’s dancers host children’s camps in New Orleans, Philadelphia, and Haiti. Campers learn about dance, theater, creative writing, and other art forms.

Studying the arts doesn’t mean you’ll turn into a starving artist. Actually, it opens up a wide world of careers. “Artists can have very secure incomes,” Mady says. “They can lead happy, productive lives.”

 

As always, if you have any questions or concerns feel free to come into the Career Development Office for Walk-In hours or call to make an appointment with one of our counselors. We are here for all Goucher Gophers and their career needs!

May 13, 2014
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“How Do I Decide on a Career Path”: An Infograph

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Sourced from http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/decide-career-path/

May 2, 2014
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Spotlight: Business Majors

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.”

Fastest Growing Jobs for Business Majors

Apr 19, 2014
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Through the Eye of a Recruiter

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!

https://www.themuse.com/advice/what-soontobe-college-grads-need-to-know-about-the-job-hunt

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.

Apr 18, 2014
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The Happinest Countries of 2014 (Coutesy of Career Bliss)

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.

RANK
LAST YEAR

COMPANY

AVERAGE SALARY

OPEN JOBS
01 01 Pfizer 4.139 $83,000 View Jobs
02 15 Kaiser Permanente 4.122 $76,000 View Jobs
03 Texas Instruments 4.120 $81,000 View Jobs
04 43 EMC 4.118 $89,000 View Jobs
05 09 Qualcomm 4.114 $87,000 View Jobs

The information presented is originally sourced from: http://www.careerbliss.com/facts-and-figures/careerbliss-50-happiest-companies-in-america-for-2014/

Apr 17, 2014
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Amy Cuddy: Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are

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.

 

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Apr 15, 2014
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Mental and Emotional Health: Taking Care of Yourself

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

Peer Listeners

Community Advisers

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.

 

 

Apr 15, 2014
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Contacting Companies Regarding Internships and Jobs

Finding the perfect internship is everyone’s goal, isn’t it? We all want to be able to say that we were able to find an internship that combines amazing experience with our own interests and career pursuits, also in the location of our choice. Goucher does a great job of presenting these opportunities through Goucher Recruit, employer information sessions, and much more. We encourage all Goucher students to take advantage of these networks in order to easily find the perfect summer internship.

But what do you do if you cannot find an internship in your area that is in the field/industry that you are interested in? If this is the case, don’t feel discouraged. Now is the time to take charge of your summer plans to further your career pursuits.

If you know of the location that you would like to work in (whether that be your hometown or otherwise), try searching some different companies, non-profits, and organizations in the area on the internet. See if they have a ‘career’ section on their website, and take some time looking to see if they have listed any available internships. If you don’t know what area of interest you would like to pursue, your options are wide open and you will most likely find many opportunities to pursue.

If you know of the company that you would like to work with, but are more flexible about the job type, try contacting the company or checking their website to see if they have any positions available. Knowing you would like to get involved within a specific company can be helpful, because it allows mobility within the various departments. Questions to consider: Are you okay with travel? Will you work at any location? How do you feel about working in various positions within the company? Are there any internship opportunities that you won’t take?

Some students often rule out different organizations if they do not list internships directly. However many organizations have been known to create or announce internships once interest within the company is shown. If you cannot find an internship listed, or the business is small and does not have a website with employment/internship opportunities, try contacting the business/company yourself! You may call or email the company to inquire about different positions that are open, but it is incredibly important that you conduct yourself in a professional manor. Introduce yourself and your education/work experience, and then ask if they have ever hired interns in the past or are currently looking to do so. If they say no then you may thank them for their time and give the person you are speaking to your name and phone number in case any opportunities come up. If they do have postings open or are willing to consider it, find out more information about what the job would entail and pursue the opportunity if you feel that it is right for you!

If you do decide to email the company instead of calling, make sure you make the effort to find the correct person to specifically email. You can also choose to attach a resume or cover letter to the email if you feel as though that it may be helpful in supplying the company/organization with information about why you may be an asset to them as an intern.

Contacting a company can be intimidating, but it can also be extremely helpful in finding an internship that is perfect for you and your interests. Make the effort to communicate and strive for what you want and you may be surprised by the results!

If you have any questions about the internship process, how to contact companies, or how to craft a resume or cover letter please stop by the Career Development Office (located in Dorsey) for more information and assistance!

Apr 11, 2014
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A New Way of Calculating Success: A Ted Talk

What makes life worthwhile to you?

Is it friendships? Family? Success in the workplace? Saving up money? Travel? Whatever your view of success may be, when evaluating you career path it can be helpful to see insight from outside sources. Despite what we think that we know, there can always be more perspectives to be discovered.

A liberal arts education gives us the value of being able to think and analyze the world in a variety of ways. As we begin to discover, we also begin to question. How are success and happiness connected? What do we need versus what do we want?

In this Ted Talk presented by Chip Conley, the ideas of needs, wants, happiness, and success are all addressed as this self-educator and entrepreneur in the hospitality industry shares his views on what it means to live in this age and how to be successful both physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally.

An interesting and enlightened watch, check out this video for some perspective on your own career ideas. If there’s anything that I was able to take from his speech, it is that being innovative with your career can help you be successful in ways that you never thought imaginable.

 

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Apr 11, 2014
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“3 Ways to Insantly Connect With Your Interviewer”

Interviewing, while a daunting task, is necessary for almost any successful job search. It can be intimidating to think about preparing for an interview when most interviewers have completely different styles of conducting an interview. Some are fast paced and quick, while others like to move at a slower pace and allow you to really think about your answers. Some interviewers prefer the Q&A style of interviewing, while others prefer interviews to seem more like conversations between two individuals. However your interviewer conducts the interview, the most important thing you can do is try to bridge the gap and make personal connections that will make the interview memorable and hopefully secure you a job!

Below are three instant ways to connect with your interviewer and make yourself stand out as a potential candidate. Master these skills and you will be on your way to successful interview – under any circumstance!

If you have any further questions regarding interview technique and strategies, please come stop by the Career Development Office (located in Dorsey) or make an appointment to meet with one of our counselors! We look forward to hearing from you and wish you the best of luck in your job search.

“When you’re prepping for an interview, it’s easy to get caught up in how you’ll respond to tough questions, how you’ll come across to your potential employer, and how you’ll put your best foot forward. In other words, it’s all about you.

But the thing is, there’s another person in the room, too—a person who will ultimately make the decision of whether to hire you or not. And whether you’re paired with a friendly conversationalist or a stone-faced interrogator, you have to make a connection with the interviewer you’re given. Once you do that, you can avoid spitting out rehearsed answers and focus on having a genuine conversation with an actual person (and eventually landing the job!).

So how you can you build a rapport with your interviewer, regardless of his or her demeanor? After being on both sides of the interview table, I’ve learned a few ways to make forging that connection a little easier.

1. Observe, Then Imitate

You’ve undoubtedly heard that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Well, when you want to get on someone’s good side—and quickly—use this to your advantage.

Imitating certain behaviors and attitudes of your interviewer can help make a fast connection between you and the stranger on the other side of the table (it’s called mirroring, and it works).

So, take note of his or her initial demeanor from the get-go—then, match it. For example, if your interviewer has high energy and gestures while he or she talks, strive to express that high level of liveliness. And vice versa: If your questioner is calm and serious, tame your energy down a bit.

Of course, your interview should be a tool to figure out if you’re a good fit for the organization and if it will be a good fit for you. So what I don’t mean by this is to completely override your own personality for the sake of getting the job. But, adjusting to your interviewer’s demeanor can help both of you feel a little more comfortable with each other—and once that connection is built, you’ll have an easier time letting the conversation flow and being able to truly determine if this is the company for you.

2. Don’t Save Your Questions for the End

When you’re nervously trying to get on your interviewer’s good side, it’s easy to fall into a question-answer-question-answer routine. The interviewer asks you a question, you answer, and then you sit back and anxiously wait for the next, like a “please hold all questions until the end” announcement was made before you sat down.

But to make a more genuine connection with your interviewer, I’ve found that it’s helpful to interject relevant questions throughout the conversation, instead of saving them all for the wrap-up.

For example, say the interviewer asks you to talk about your most significant accomplishment at your last job. After you speak to the time you snagged your previous company’s largest client to date, continue with a question that moves the conversation along, like “I’d be excited to start making significant contributions here, as well—what are some of your company’s current goals or projects?”

You’ll spark a little back-and-forth conversation, which will not only help you learn more about the company, but will also prove to the interviewer that you’re truly interested in the position. Overall, you’ll bring a little life into what can often be a very formal, on-your-best-behavior kind of interaction.

3. Pay Attention to the Interviewer’s Answers

Once you start asking questions, you’ll have another powerful tool in your hands—because when you start listening to your interviewer’s responses, you can determine what kind of of answers he or she is looking for.

So, pay close attention: In response to your questions, does your interviewer go into a lot of elaboration? Does he or she tell personal stories or use data sources (like a chart or spreadsheet) as examples?

Then, model your responses the same way: If your interviewer consistently mentions percentages and numbers, make sure to weave those into your answers as well, clearly indicating that you decreased your department’s case backlog by 65%, or that you exceeded your fundraising goal by $1,500 last quarter.

Noticing these tendencies can help you determine what techniques to use as you answer questions yourself—because you’ll gain some insight into how he or she communicates best. And if you’re able to communicate in the same way, you’ll have a much better chance of making a real connection.

Sparking an instant connection with a complete stranger may never be easy—but when you learn to observe and adapt, you and your interviewer will feel more comfortable, and you’ll have an easier time opening up. And that can mean the difference between a suffering through a less-than-stellar interview and landing your dream job.”

Article courtesy of Katie Douthwaite on behalf of themuse.com. Posted July 29, 2013.

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