After spending the summer interning, working, or just hanging out a home, it’s time to get back on track with you career development. Career Services offers an incredible range of resources for students and alumni and we hope that you’ll take time to learn about and explore our various services and programs. However, we know it can be overwhelming to think about where to start with accessing Career Services. Should you make an appointment or maybe just attend some programs? Can your needs be met by our online services or should you come in and speak with an advisor?
If you can relate to any of these questions, here are some tips we have for you to get back into the groove with Carer Services this semester:
Let’s start with this question, do you have one? Whether you’re a first-year student or a senior this is one of the most essential things to work on first as you’ll need it to apply to any opportunities or pass on during networking. If you don’t yet have a resume check out the “Resumes” tab on in the Resumes & Resources section of our website. Use our tip sheets and the resume examples to take a stab at creating one of your own and remember it doesn’t have to be perfect (hint: that’s why career advisors have jobs!).
If you’ve just created or recently updated your resume, the next step is to come to drop-in advising hours and have it reviewed. Drop-in hours are every afternoon 2-4pm, and we will also be having our Resume Blitz event on Wednesday, September 10 from 2-7pm in the Westhampton Hanging Lounge (2nd floor of THC) to give you plenty of opportunities for a review.
Every student is already set up with an account so if you’ve never accessed it, log in for the first time and setup your profile. You can access SpiderConnect from the main Career Services website, or this direct link. This is our opportunities and events database so there are a few different resources to take advantage of on this site. This is where you can find all of our internship and job postings, see and RSVP for events and programs, and access helpful career resources. To learn more about using SpiderConnect and the resources you can access, check out this post.
Throughout the year Career Services offers hundreds of different events and programs from skill based workshops to industry specific panels. Some of our programs are more exploratory while others will connect you to alumni and employers who are recruiting students for internship and job opportunities. Don’t miss out on any of these opportunities to learn and connect, check out the “Events” tab on SpiderConnect to view a full list of programs and RSVP.
Managing your own career development is of course more than possessing a perfect resume and attending a few of our programs. It’s essential to spend some time setting goals and developing an action plan to reach them. We know this can tend to be the most difficult part and this why career advisors are here to assist you. Whether you already have a specific career goal or can use some help in exploring and defining your ambitions. Setting up an appointment is easy, you can give us a call at (804) 289-8547 or drop by our office on the third floor of THC.