Career Preparation Tips

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How am I ever going to decide what to do with the rest of my life?

The Perfect Career

Afraid of making the wrong choice when applying to college? Not sure of your unique skills and talents? Give the institute of your choice a call and make an appointment with a career resource counsellor or registrar. Your conversation will provide insight into your personality and long-term goals, enabling you to make the best possible career/education choice.

   
How am I ever going to decide what to do with the rest of my life?

The Perfect Career

Afraid of making the wrong choice when applying to college? Not sure of your unique skills and talents? Give the institute of your choice a call and make an appointment with a career resource counsellor or registrar. Your conversation will provide insight into your personality and long-term goals, enabling you to make the best possible career/education choice.

   
How can I enhance my chances of landing the job I want?

Stepping into a Career

When looking for jobs after college graduation, focus on your studies. Hopefully you considered your future career when you chose your courses.

Your college activities should support your post-graduate plans. You should have a major in your career field, but you can minor in an unrelated area.

Get involved with campus organizations connected with your career choice, also. Many majors have clubs that you may want to join.

   
How should I pick a career?

Campus Sponsored Events

Most colleges and universities give large corporations the opportunity to find people like you. Take advantage! Begin by visiting your career center to draft your resume, practice interview techniques, and find out who is coming and when. Make a great first impression...this could be the one!

   
How should I pick a career?

Resumes

Before searching for a career or internship, you will need to have an updated and well written resume. Your resume should provide future employers with information about your academic and employment background, major, degrees, strengths, etc. Many programs, such as Microsoft Word, provide resume templates. You can also find hundreds of templates online. Make sure your resume is free of grammatical and spelling errors. Also, you may want to include a cover letter with information about yourself and your interest in the position.

   
How should I pick a career?

Career Tests

Unsure about what type of career you would like to pursue, or would be good at? Take a career test to find out. They are simple and you can usually take them right on campus. Just keep in mind, career test are just a stepping stone. Once you narrow down your career choices, you should continue to do research about those careers.

   
How should I pick a career?

Develop Personality Traits as well as Career Traits

In developing your personality, you will find that your various personal traits will almost lend themselves to a major as well as a career. What we are saying is stick to what you know and like.

   
Will internships help me along my career path?

Get an Internship

To best prepare yourself for a career after college, internships are proving to be invaluable. Even if you have a technical major such as engineering or science, hands-on training from an outside source is essential. The people who can apply what they have learned to real everyday situations are the ones who get hired.

   
Do I need a resume?

Posting Your Resume

You can post your resume on websites such as monster.com, careers,org, etc. There may also be some resume posting websites specific to your city or state. If you are interested in a specific company, check its website. There may be a place where you can apply online or submit your resume.

   
What should I look into when picking my internship?

Every Year Counts

Don't think you can slack off your freshman year and make up for it later. Employers are interested in your overall performance through your four years, and most likely will be as interested in your first-year performance as well as your last. So do your best throughout your college years. Keep in mind that you will have to maintain your grades to keep your scholarships.

   
How should I pick a career?

Internships

Internships may require you work for free, but the experience is priceless. Make sure you pick an internship that suits your major and personality. Keep in mind you will be working with these people. Keep your portfolio up-to-date by adding all new projects you work on.

   
How do I find a job?

Searching for a Job

You can search for jobs online, in the newspaper, on college bulletin boards, etc. You can also visit a company's website to see if they are hiring. Many organizations are now putting their job openings online, on their own website. Another way to find a job is to ask professionals in your career field about any job openings they know of. Not only can a professional in your career field help you find a job, he or she can also provide you with helpful information, a reference letter, a contact person, etc. If you don't know a professional in your career field, join a student organization related to your career that associates with professionals, or go to a career fair.

   
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