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: 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:

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 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 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:
-Enhancing your marketability for jobs:
-Practical resources (e.g., resumes):
-Alumni career profiles:

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

-Some basic information on grad school:
-Lecture capture of the recent presentation on writing personal statements (part of a grad school application):


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.

Graduate School Series Starts this Month – Don’t Miss These Important Sessions

Sponsored by PHD Club, the annual graduate school series begins this month with two important presentations.

 An Overview of Graduate School: Wednesday, October 17th at 5:10 pm in MAC 237 (down the vending machines hallway).  This will be the first presentation of the three-part graduate school series.  Dr. Martin & Dr. Burns will be giving a general presentation about graduate school. All students, from the first year through seniors, are welcome to attend. In fact, this presentation may be even more helpful to you if you are further away from graduation.

Writing Your Personal Statement: Wednesday, October 24th at 5:00 pm in MAC 229 (also down the vending machines hallway). This is part two of the graduate school series. Dr. Vespia will be discussing how to write your graduate school application personal statement. Again, all students are welcome. It may be more timely for juniors and for seniors who are in the midst of the application process, but it is never too early to learn about this important piece of the application process.