Interested in a FREE cup of coffee, hot chocolate, or other beverage from the MAC Hall Coffee Cart during finals week? (Bonus: You probably also get to see the wonderful Marie, who operates the cart.) All you need to do is click on the link below, enter your name and email, and check boxes next to two things you will plan to do this summer to help prepare you for your future career or grad school plans. You’ll then be entered into our drawing for a free beverage from Dr. Vespia during finals week. And, no, we won’t make you write a “what I did on my summer vacation” report on them. That’s right, Dr. Vespia is willing to pay to encourage you think about your future this summer. Make her do it – enter now!!
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
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.