Career/Graduate School Tip of the Month: Increase Your Marketable Skills with Wise Course Selection

What skills are employers seeking in those they hire? The National Association of Colleges and Employers conducts a survey each year to find out. See the 2013 results here: http://www.naceweb.org/about-us/press/skills-qualities-employers-want.aspx Year after year, you’ll find some of the same skills at or near the top of the list, such as verbal communication, writing and editing, teamwork, and organization.  Use registration for Fall as a way of developing some of those skills (and others!) that could be helpful on the job market. How? Well, take a class related to verbal communication, such as COMM 133 (Fundamentals of Public Address) or Comm 166 (Fundamental of Interpersonal Communication). Consider a class that will enhance and further document your writing skills. Think about other abilities, as well. What about a language course (e.g., Hmong, Japanese, Spanish)? What about an option for building cultural knowledge and competence, such as a World Culture, Ethnic Studies, Global Studies, or First Nations Studies course? You could also consider a class that involves service learning, such as EDUC 295 (the community service section), a credit/no credit course that involves mentoring and/or tutoring youth through the Phuture Phoenix program. See: http://www.uwgb.edu/phuturephoenix/student-resources/other-majors.asp

Career & Graduate School Tips of the Month: Take 3 Concrete Steps for your Future Today

So…you want a job after graduation? Want to be accepted into graduate school? Those are big goals, and achieving them takes time and effort. That process doesn’t have to be scary, especially if you set smaller goals and take steps to achieve them each semester. Here are 3 things you can do right now.

  1. Create a resume and get it reviewed by Career Services. Develop a resume as a freshman or whenever you read this. J That way you can see what “holes” you have in your experience/credentials and actively work to fill them. You then always have one ready for use. You can also update it gradually, instead of trying to remember and compile years of information down the road.
  2. Learn the basics of networking, business communications, interviewing, and use of social media (e.g., LinkedIn). All students should develop and build on their knowledge and skills in these areas throughout their college careers. Begin by attending Career Services’ sessions on these topics. See http://www.uwgb.edu/careers/skills/calendar.asp for the Spring 2014 schedule of events.
  3. Attend the Job & Internship Fair every semester even if you’re not looking for a job. This semester it’s March 5th. See http://www.uwgb.edu/careers/connections/2014-SJIF.asp for information about the employers who will be there and for tips on preparing to attend for freshmen through seniors. This event is not just about actively looking for jobs. It’s about practicing professional communication, interviewing, and networking skills, getting a sense of “what’s out there” for jobs/employers, and making connections today that may help when you ARE seeking employment.

There are wonderful resources available for students as they consider jobs and/or graduate school after they finish their degrees here at UW-Green Bay.

The career portions of the Human Development website were revised substantially this summer. Although designed for Human Development, much of the information is applicable to liberal arts degrees in general, including Psychology. Check them out!

-Liberal arts degrees and their job options: http://www.uwgb.edu/human-development/careers/do-major/
-Enhancing your marketability for jobs: http://www.uwgb.edu/human-development/careers/do-major/
-Practical resources (e.g., resumes): http://www.uwgb.edu/human-development/careers/further-info/
-Alumni career profiles: http://www.uwgb.edu/human-development/careers/alumni/

For those thinking about graduate school, these may be helpful.

-Some basic information on grad school: http://www.uwgb.edu/human-development/careers/grad-info/
-Lecture capture of the recent presentation on writing personal statements (part of a grad school application): http://mediasite.uwgb.edu/Mediasite6/Play/18d4cb47b9a1469eaea77fc24874d1181d

 

Take home message: Your career and graduate school search starts today – whether you are a first semester freshman or a senior. The earlier you begin the journey, the smoother it is likely to be, and investigating these resources is an easy first step to take.

Career and Graduate School Tips of the Month: Visit the Website and Get Involved

Our first tip this year for students thinking about their future careers and/or graduate school is to visit the new and improved Human Development website.  The revised site includes updated information on both careers and on graduate school. We hope you find it helpful. 

You are also lucky enough with this issue to get not just one, but two great tips! You’ll notice that the Human Development website stresses the importance of gaining skills (e.g., business, communication, a second language, cultural competence) and experience (e.g., part-time jobs, volunteer work, RA/TA, involvement in leadership activities) to make yourself marketable. What does that mean? Get involved, and get involved early! In case you are not sure where to begin, here are a few sample options that have crossed our editorial desk recently.

Volunteer work: One great way to find volunteer opportunities in the area is to visit the website for the Volunteer Center of Brown County. Just “Volunteer Now” and you can actually enter your interests and use a searchable database to find some great local options.

Multicultural competence: Thinking about enhancing your cultural competencies? One great option is the annual Ally Conference on October 20th.  Registration is free and open now.  You get a free t-shirt and dinner at the event, but space is limited, so don’t delay. More events for the semester are listed in the Human Mosaic, and the Mauthe Center also sponsors such events, such as October 18th’s Native American social and a series in November designed to increase awareness about Islam.

Leadership, communication, and group skills: One great way to potentially enhance your communication, leadership, and group work skills is through involvement in student organizations. This is particularly true if you are very active in the organization or take on a leadership role. There’s something for everyone on campus.  Check it out!  There are also new organizations beginning all the time. For example, one new club on campus this semester is the Sign Language Club [Contact Ashley Letourneau (Letoak04@Uwgb.edu) if you want to learn more about this one.]

Career and Graduate School Tip of the Month: Use Your Summer Wisely

Looking forward to a summer filled with relaxation and fun? We certainly hope so. However, we hope you’ll also take some time to use your summer wisely and make yourself a more competitive candidate for jobs and/or for graduate school. Some potential ideas we have shared before but we believe are worth repeating include:

  • Obtain some relevant applied experience (job, volunteer) to increase career and grad school marketability.
  • Conduct an informational interview or job shadow a professional in a career of interest to you.
  • Read all the great career, internship, and graduate school information on the HUD & PSYCH websites and then do additional research on career and graduate school options.
  • Review your Degree Progress Report. Note the requirements you need to fulfill and make a plan for your remaining time at UWGB. Consider whether there are classes you wish to re-take or if there are skill areas you want to build before you leave. You should also check the report for accuracy every semester!
  • Make a list of other great opportunities (RAs, TAs, Internships) you want to take advantage of while at UWGB and make plans for when you will apply for/complete them.
  • Research graduate programs and make a list of schools to which you want to apply. Research them to find out as much as you possibly can about them, their competitiveness, and their “fit” with your background, interests, and goals. Find out what you will need to do to apply (e.g., Do you need to take the GRE? MAT? No placement test at all? How many letters of recommendation will you need? From whom?)
  • Graduating next year? Study for the GRE if you need to take it! (Really, you CAN and SHOULD study for it.)
  • Read some great books!!!! One of the best ways to improve your writing and critical thinking skills (not to mention your Verbal GRE scores) is to read and build your knowledge base and vocabulary.
  • Take summer classes. These can be fabulous intensive learning experiences. They can also help move up your graduation date. Be careful, though, not to take on too much (e.g., we don’t recommend taking two summer courses in the same session). Also make sure you do not plan vacations or other time away during these courses. If you miss a day of a summer class, it’s like missing a full week of the regular semester.

Have fun, and come back rested and ready for an amazing 2012-13 academic year!

Career Tip of the Month

Are you looking to increase your chances of success in the job market? Make sure to take advantage of the wonderful opportunities provided by our fabulous Career Services’ office. To view their schedule of events for this semester, which includes sessions on interviewing and resumes, as well as the can’t-miss Spring Job and Internship Fair (coming March 7), connect to the blog that they run out of their office.  Yes, they also have a blog, and we encourage you to check it out, but don’t forget, we thought of it first – and we have pink flamingos on ours.

Career Tip of the Month: Choose Courses Wisely

As you consider your course options for Fall 2011, think about your future career. What skills (e.g., foreign language, writing, public speaking) might enhance your marketability? What classes will specific graduate programs hope to see on your transcript (e.g., school psychology programs may be looking for Tests and Measurements)? Careful selection of classes can pay off in the future, which is a great reason to consult with your advisor as you consider your options for fall.

Career Tip of the Month: Attend the Spring Job and Internship Fair

Attention freshmen through seniors:

It’s never too early or too late to take advantage of this great opportunity! Our good friends at Career Services will be hosting the Spring Job and Internship Fair on February 23, from 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in the Phoenix Rooms. All students are welcome and could potentially benefit from attending. You can learn more (Who should attend, and why? Which employers will be there? What should you wear? What should you bring?) on Career Services’ helpful website. If you’re not sure you have a resume ready to share with potential internships or employers, you can also learn more about resumes here. You can even visit during convenient drop-in hours or make a specific appointment to have your resume reviewed by a Career Services professional. Learn more by checking out this webpage.

Career Tip of the Month: May Grads – Start Your Job Search Now!

We are looking forward to celebrating with our December graduates in just a few short weeks. May grads – you’ll be next! It may seem like a long way off, but for those of you who will be headed into the workforce after graduation, it is never too early to begin the job search process. You need to update that resume, draft some cover letters and letters of inquiry, polish up your interviewing skills, and begin thinking about where you will be posting your resume and looking for job openings. You also have one semester still in front of you to build some additional experiences and skills (e.g., start that volunteer position, pick up a new part-time job, take a class particularly relevant to your career goals). A great place to start with thinking through all of this is the Career Services website. Learn more about resumes, cover letters, interviews, and the job search process itself, and while you’re there, check out PRO and the positions currently listed there.

Career Tip of the Month: Learn How to Network!

Finding a great job can be about who, as well as what, you know. Learning how to “network,” or interact effectively with professionals, is a critical skill to master, and our friends at Career Services have a wonderful event planned for November 3rd to help you. Diane Roundy, who is the Director of Business Development at Schenck, will give a presentation (“Effectively Working the Room: The Top 10 Habits of Turning Introductions into Leads”), and then students will have the opportunity to practice networking skills in a safe environment with a local group of young professionals. You do need to RSVP by October 27th to attend this great event, as they need to have a sense of attendance numbers in advance.  Click here to learn more, and be sure to RSVP in PRO! 

Did You Know…?

Welcome to our new feature where we share with you a small piece of information designed to help you in some area of your academic career.  It won’t always be pleasant, and you won’t always like it, but we promise that our little facts are designed to help. 

So, without further ado, Did you know… that most students applying to graduate school or doing a thorough job search report that the time commitment is equivalent to taking a 3-credit class?  That means that you need to plan on having some significant extra time for that sort of thing during your last couple of semesters.