Dec 12, 2013
Peer Career Advisors
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Winter Internships – You’re Halfway There!

So you have a winter internship? Congratulations! You’ve made a good first impression and secured an internship, but you’re only halfway there. Now is the time get yourself in gear and show off your talents and abilities throughout the winter break. Check out this infograph below to see some helpful hints and tips to succeed in your internship. Everything you need to know from what not to do, how to avoid mistakes, to remembering why you are doing this internship in the first place, this helpful chart will give you a bit of guidance this winter.

If you have any further questions regarding winter internships, visit the Career Development Office in Dorsey Center. Call for an appointment, go online to search some of our different tools, or come in yourself to see one of our counselors.

We wish you the best of luck this holiday season!

http://visual.ly/22-things-do-during-your-internship-program

Dec 5, 2013
Goucher CDO
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Senior Career Week

As spring semester quickly approaches, the Career Development Office is getting ahead and planning a week of career programming dedicated to our seniors for March 3-7th, 2014. This week should help students prepare for job searching and transitioning from Goucher.

In planning this week, we need your help! Seniors, please take a few minutes to fill out our survey so we can tailor Senior Career Week to address all of your questions and concerns before graduation. We’re accepting responses until the holiday break.

http://tinyurl.com/SeniorCareerWeekSurvey

Questions? Contact the CDO at 410-337-6191 or career@goucher.edu.

Dec 5, 2013
Peer Career Advisors
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Creating A Productive Holiday Season

With three weeks left in school, many Goucher students are anticipating our month long winter break. Having time to relax and unwind after a hectic semester sounds fantastic to everyone, but many students realize that the enjoyment they get from having nothing to do will slowly turn into boredom.

Rather than having a lackluster and uneventful winter break, make the most out of your chilly days by considering the option of a winter internship or a part-time job!

Listed below are a few articles to give you some knowledge and motivation to start your search and application process. For more information regarding your job/internship search, head down to the Career Development Office in Dorsey Center, or look at our webpage online (http://www.goucher.edu/career-development-office) for more guidance. As an office we wish you the best of luck in making your winter break as meaningful as possible.

Happy Holidays!

6 Big Benefits from Working Winter Term Internships:

http://www.youtern.com/thesavvyintern/index.php/2012/11/16/6-big-benefits-from-working-winter-term-internships/

10 Best Part-Time Jobs for College Students:

http://www.dailyfinance.com/2010/08/24/earn-while-you-learn-10-best-part-time-jobs-for-college-student/

Nov 25, 2013
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Managing Your Social Media

Are you an avid Facebook user? What about twitter? Are you also posting pictures of your rampages throughout your college party scene? Statistics show that 34% of hiring managers said that information presented on an individual’s social profile kept them from hiring the candidate. Take a look at this article to learn more about how to use social media appropriately and market yourself to employers as a professional and responsible adult!

AC Online: College Student Guide to Professional Student Profiles

http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/spotlight/college-students-clean-up-your-online-profiles-now/

 

Nov 19, 2013
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Pearl Simon Award

Each year the Career Development Office of Goucher College awards the Pearl Simon Fund scholarship to students that are participating in a project or experience that will promote their emotional and psycho-social growth and development that doesn’t meet the criteria for other funding sources. These experiences can be opportunities, interactions, or exposures to people, a program, or culture beyond your current life experience. This year, 2013, the CDO will award about $1,400 to fund these opportunities. To be considered for the award you will need to submit:

– An application (can be found online)

– A statement describing your proposed project/experience

– A budget indicating the anticipated expenses

Only individual experiences will be considered for the award. All experiences must be completed by the end of summer 2014 or prior to graduation for seniors.

Applications are due to the Career Development Office by December 2, 2013.

All information pertaining to the Pearl Simon Award can be found online at:

http://www.goucher.edu/career-development-office/for-students/pearl-simon-award-2013

If you have questions contact the CDO at career@goucher.edu or 410-337-6191.

Nov 18, 2013
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Countdown to Grad School: Part 2

As you begin your countdown to Grad School, you may find yourself becoming increasingly stressed and overwhelmed. By following a few easy steps and creating an organized plan, you can accomplish everything necessary for Grad School without over loading yourself.  Along with the Goucher College CDO resources mention in Part 1 these steps make finding your dream Graduate or Professional school more manageable for you.

Step One: Finding the School for You

The most important thing when looking for a graduate school, is finding the one that’s right for you.  Some people don’t do much research and jump right into taking entrance exams and completing applications.  Just like undergraduate, you must do your research, visit the school, ask questions and narrow down a list of graduate programs that you feel would best fit you.  Having a set list of schools to apply to can also increase your drive for testing because you know what scores the schools are expecting of you.

Some basic questions you should ask yourself when narrowing schools are:

    – What type of support do you have to help students find jobs after graduation?

     – How does this program set itself apart from other programs?

     – What is the application process?  Are there any test requirements?

     – Do they offer the classes in your specialty and interest?

     – What is the size of the program?  What is the student size of each course?

Step Two: Making a Schedule

Once you’ve made that list of schools you want to apply to, you need to determine the deadlines for those programs.  Before you can do anything else you have to determine the deadlines for the schools that you want to apply to.  To make things easier, make an organized list of the deadlines for applications, transcripts, financial aid and any other paper work necessary for the schools you are applying too.  Having this organized schedule can make filling out each application easier and ensure that you get things done on time.

Step 3: Determine All Requirements

Now that you have your schedule, you can begin getting together all the paperwork necessary for completing your application.  Just as you did with the deadlines, write down all of the requirements you will need to complete before and after you apply.  Some of these may include:

     – Ask for recommendations

     – Book the entrance exam (GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, etc.)

     – Complete the application

     – Complete the essays and personal statements

     – Determine financial requirements

     – Complete your resume

     – Get official transcripts

     – Fill out FAFSA for financial aid

     – Complete scholarship applications

Keep in mind that some of these things must happen a few months in advance, so don’t put off anything until the last minute.  You will want to devote at least one if not more months to studying for any of the entrance exams you will have to take.

Step 4: Being Accepted

Congrats! You’ve completed everything necessary in the previous steps and have been accepted into the graduate program of your dreams. But now what?  The graduate school application process doesn’t end when you get that letter.  There are several more tasks you must complete before beginning your very first day as a graduate student.

     – Make final decision

     – Celebrate your acceptance!

     – Notify program of your acceptance

     – Notify programs you are declining

     – Network with other students in your future class

     – Accept any scholarships or financial aid

     – Continually check your email for any notifications from your chosen school

Give yourself plenty of time for this process.  Get yourself organized and take one step at a time!  Good luck!

All information for this article came from a blog post by Anna Runyan, a Career Coach for Professional Women. To read it and learn more about her, visit http://tinyurl.com/nrm27lu.

Nov 13, 2013
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Countdown to Grad School: Part 1

With the semester coming to an end and winter break right around the corner, it is easy to forget about Graduate and Professional School applications until they sneak up on you the day before they’re due.  Thankfully, we have plenty of resources here at the Career Development Office to help make your application process easy and manageable.

Where to Start

When you visit the “For Students” section on the CDO website (www.goucher.com/cdo) you’ll notice the section entitled Graduate and Professional School. On the page you’ll see a list of the online resources we offer including:

– Planning Timeline

– Locating Programs/Application Resources

– Testing Information

– And Certificate Programs

We provide links to many websites and other online resources that allow you to find the answers you need!

Check Out Our Library!

The CDO has a library filled with books on all categories of career development.  In terms of Graduate and Professional School, we offer a wide variety of books that range from the Graduate School Companion from the Princeton Review, to Kaplan’s GRE: Graduate Record Examination study book. If you have any questions on checking out a book or any book in our library stop by the office or send us an email at career@goucher.edu.

Schedule an Appointment

The number one resource the CDO has to offer is our staff of professionals who can help you through questions or problems you have during your application process. Setting up an appointment with one of our career counselors is a great way to get the ball rolling. They can help talk you through the application process and work with you to map out your personal timeline. Call 410-337-6191 to schedule an appointment M-F.

Nov 5, 2013
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Business Etiquette Dinner 2013

Have you ever wondered what each individual fork and spoon is actually used for? What’s the proper way to shake hands while holding food? When is it appropriate to talk while having a meal with a business associate? Every year the Career Development Office hosts the Business Etiquette Dinner to answer these questions and many more by teaching you the proper ways to handle yourself in a professional manner while in a dining setting.

The dinner is geared towards juniors and seniors who are nearing their entry into the real world and will need to know how to be professional while dining. However, first year students and sophomores are welcome to register. The participants are expected to dress in professional attire for the event. If you’d like to learn more contact the CDO at career@goucher.edu or 410-337-6191. To register, visit http://tinyurl.com/BusinessEtiquetteDinner2013 by 11:59pm on November 5th.

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Michelle Pollard Patrick has been a business etiquette consultant for over twenty years and has been leading the Goucher Etiquette Dinner for the past ten. With vast knowledge in American, Oriental and Continental business etiquette, she teaches the proper way to stay professional while enjoying a cocktail hour, a three course meal, and a reception (http://www.nationalprotocol.com/about.html).

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She focuses on the most important basics, such as:

Greeting and shaking hands

What do I say?

-What about the plate of food in my hand?

Table manners

Pass the bread, please?

Proper utensil use

Why do I need two forks, three spoons and three knives for three courses?

And more!

As well as dives into some of the more detailed aspects of dining, such as:

Differences in etiquette between different countries

We all dine a little differently.

Proper conversations

How’s your salad?

Problems

I asked for no cheese, and I got cheese.

-I hate salad.

-I dropped my napkin!

And more!

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For more information on etiquette, check out some of the books you can check out from the Career Development Office Library:

Shine While You Dine, Robert A. Shutt

-“Business Dining Etiquette for the Virtual Age”

-Master the seemingly complicated nuances of dining etiquette

Power Etiquette, Dana May Casperson

-“What You Don’t Know Can Kill Your Career”

-Definitive guide for conducting business relationships

-How to handle any business mix-up, mess-up, meet-up, or meal

Kiss, Bow, or Shake Hands, Terri Morrison and Wayne A. Conaway

-“Guide to Doing Business in More Than 60 Countries”

-Your passport to international business etiquette and how-tos

Oct 31, 2013
Goucher CDO
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Nov. 1st Employer Information Sessions: Gap Year and Post Graduate Programs

Graduation is looming. You have bought your cap and gown, your degree is almost finalized, and your future is right ahead of you. Some of your friends might already have a job awaiting them once they receive their diploma, but you are unsure of where your life is headed. With no final plans in sight, some soon-to-be graduates begin to consider the benefits of a gap year and other differing post-graduate programs.

Are you one of those people?

On November 1, 2013 the Career Development Office will be hosting an Employer Information Session for Gap Year and Post-Graduate opportunities. The event will be held from 12-2pm in the Athenaeum.

Employers Include:

Urban Teacher Center

http://www.urbanteachercenter.org/

UTC

Urban Teacher Center accelerates student achievement in the nation’s highest-need schools by recruiting outstanding teacher candidates, equipping them with state-of-the-art training (including obtaining masters degrees and teaching certificates), and linking certification directly to student performance results.

Lutheran Volunteer Corps

http://www.lutheranvolunteercorps.org/template/index.cfm

LVC

Lutheran Volunteer Corps (LVC) unites full-time stipended Volunteers with financial supporters, non-profit organizations and ministries to work for peace with justice across the nation. In addition to working for justice, LVC Volunteers live together in intentional household communities of 4-7 people to encourage simple, sustainable living.

Teach for America

http://www.teachforamerica.org

TFA

Teach For America works to eliminate this injustice by finding, training, and supporting individuals who are committed to equality and placing them in high-need classrooms across the country. Through this experience, they become lifelong leaders for a better world.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Q5ZJXJKeCCQ

The Working Boys’ Center

http://www.workingboyscenter.org/

WBC

The Working Boys’ Center is a Catholic institution, committed to working boys and their families, founded with the objective of creating, developing and strengthening moral values by means of changes in attitudes and behavior, helped by programs of formation and social assistance. This process of change stresses ten important areas of life: loyalty, personal formation, family, religion, education, economy, work, recreation, health and housing.

Global Experiences

http://www.globalexperiences.com/general/international-internships.php

GE

Global Experiences is one of the world’s leading providers in international internships abroad. Global Experiences enables students to choose from a range of interests and locations, thereby allowing students to choose an experience that a perfect fit for them.

Volunteer Maryland

http://www.volunteermaryland.org/

VM

Volunteer Maryland builds stronger, healthier communities by developing volunteer programs with nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and schools. The program’s vision is that all Marylanders will participate in and value service as a way of life to enrich and empower community, society, and self.

Baltimore City Teaching Residency

http://tntpteachingfellows.org/baltimore

BCTR

Baltimore City Teaching Residency acts as an accelerated pathway into teaching for individuals who have a passion for teaching but have no prior training or experience. Baltimore City Teaching Residency is unique in that it takes the expertise and passions that an individual might already possess, and provides them with the knowledge, skills, and training to be able to teach it to others.

The Greater Homewood Community Corporation

www.greaterhomewood.org/‎

GHCC

 

Established in 1969, Greater Homewood Community Corporation (GHCC) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to build and strengthen vibrant urban communities in north central Baltimore City. Their work centers on the pillars of vibrant urban living: safe streets, good and diverse quality housing stock, quality schools, and livability. Much like the neighborhoods they serve, the programs are interconnected and bolster GHCC’s holistic approach to fulfilling our mission.

Jesuit Volunteer Corps

www.jesuitvolunteers.org/

JVC

Jesuit Volunteer Corps supports organizations that provide direct service to people who are poor and marginalized by placing volunteers at schools, non-profits, and other sites around the world.

These idealistic, inquisitive, mission-minded JVs bring energy and hope to the individuals and organizations they serve and gain valuable life skills, insights, and connections. During their service, they immerse in and reflect on four Catholic, Ignatian values: spiritual growth, simple living, community with other JVs and those they serve, and the pursuit of social justice.

 

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At the end of the day, you should never feel alone in your search for post-graduate or GAP year opportunities. The CDO is available to assist you in resume advising, general application and essay questions, as well as interview tips and tricks. The CDO offers individual appointments, walk-in hours, and resume advising hours which all allow students to meet one-on-one with CDO staff. If none of the GAP year programs already listed interest you, please visit our webpage dedicated to GAP year and post-graduate opportunities: http://www.goucher.edu/career-development-office/for-students/gap-yearpost-graduate-opportunities.

 

To stay updated on different CDO events and announcements, please like our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter and Pinterest, and connect with the Goucher Professional Network on Linkedin!

 

The Goucher College Career Development Office wishes you the best of luck in your career journey,

wherever it may lead.

Oct 29, 2013
Goucher CDO
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Welcome!

Nobody knows how intimidating choosing and following a career path is better than the Career Development Office. We encourage all of you to take the trek to Dorsey Center 207 and meet with a staff member to talk about your personal career path. Our goal is to give you the help and resources you need to be successful. We’ve devised this blog to help educate students, as well as alumnae/i, in topics we feel are most important when it comes to finding and creating your personal career path.

As an office, we focus on five main factors of career success:

• Major and Career Exploration
• Student Employment
• Full-time Employment
• Internships
• Graduate and Professional School

To help in figuring out where your path takes you involving these five factors, we offer:

• Individual appointments
• Walk-In hours
• Resume advising
• Special events throughout the year

With this blog, we hope to provide and promote useful information about what you need to know when it comes to your career journey. The blog will:

• Expand on the events, programs, and resources the CDO provides
– Who they’re for
– What they achieve
• Share tips for career success
– Etiquette
– Networking
– Interviewing
• Provide detailed summaries of career guide books available in the CDO
• Highlight employers
– Local, National, and International
– Full and Part-time
– Internship
• Share personal career experiences from Goucher students
• Highlight alumnae/i experiences
– Graduate/Professional School
– Full-time Employment

For any further information on the CDO, please visit our website or take that trek to our office and meet with one of our staff.

The Goucher College Career Development Office wishes you the best of luck in your career journey, wherever it may lead!

Interested in a certain topic? Have a question for the CDO? Click the comment button at the top to leave a message!

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