Spring Forward with Your Career Goals

As you embark on your spring semester, check out our career guide featuring key themes with three tasks you can accomplish to further your career goals.


Explore

Eventually, we all hit our daily scroll limit on our explore feed. Take that exploration energy and check these out:

  • Are you in the process of deciding your major? Or maybe you want to learn more about the major and career connection. Check out our Major & Career Workshop video on our Blackboard. Please note: To view our Blackboard resources, you must request access through our Qualtrics form. If you have already requested access you will have “Career Services Videos and Media Resources” under your course list.
     
  • Our advisors are available for virtual appointments to help you explore your interests and abilities. And, if you’re anxious about making an appointment or you’re not sure where to start, we have an awesome “Getting Started” guide to help you collect your thoughts and get them down on paper.  
     
  • Vault – this website is like Wikipedia for industries, companies, and professions. All the info you need – overviews, reviews, rankings, and more – in one place.

Mark your calendar. Throughout the year we host various programs perfect for exploring! You can see a full list of our spring programs here. Make sure you don’t miss any by clicking the “Add to Google Calendar” button for the programs you’re interested in.


Prepare

Creating or updating your resume is the perfect task to help you prepare for your internship/job search or graduate school applications!


Build

Speaking of resume, build it by gaining new skills and taking advantage of the following resources that are FREE to Richmond students:

  • Parker Dewey is an organization that connects students with micro-internships (think remote, short-term projects.)
     
  • LinkedIn Learning has more than 14,000 courses taught by industry experts. For example, Advertising on InstagramExcel for AccountantsUX Design, Graphic Design Foundations, and more.
     
  • Mark your calendar for our many exciting programs where you can not only gain new skills, but you can also network and learn directly from industry professionals. You can see a list of all of our spring programs here.

Want to chat about ways you can build your resume? On January 13 we’re offering virtual drop-in advising. No appointment necessary, just “drop-in” using our Zoom link for a 15-minute chat between 2 – 4 p.m. with an advisor. 


Search

FIRST YEARS, SOPHOMORES, JUNIORS:

Are you searching for an internship? Applying for a UR Summer Fellowship (aka Richmond Guarantee) opportunity? 

  • Complete our Internship Worksheet which outlines everything from what you will need to get started to goal and strategy setting.
     
  • Attend our virtual Internship Search Workshop on January 14 from 4 – 5 p.m. If you can’t make it, you can watch a recorded version on our Blackboard
     
  • Apply for internships in SpiderConnect! You may be thinking, “why is SpiderConnect more special than Indeed or LinkedIn?” The opportunities are curated and feature employers looking to hire Spiders specifically!

If you do plan on applying for a UR Summer Fellowship, come to one of our information sessions to learn more. As a reminder, if you plan on applying for internship funding, you must attend an information session.

SENIORS:

The job search can be overwhelming in normal year, but this year comes with a unique set of challenges. We’re here to help!

  • First, take comfort from other Spiders and hear from those who have been there – watch our ’08-’09 grad panel on Job Searching During a Recession.
     
  • We also have videos on our Blackboard regarding Managing Stress and Anxiety in the Job Search, Job Searching in a Tough Economy, and more!

  • Apply for jobs in SpiderConnect! You may be thinking, “why is SpiderConnect more special than Indeed or LinkedIn?” The job opportunities in SpiderConnect are carefully curated and feature employers looking to hire Spiders specifically!

Register now for our Job Search Workshop on March 11. This workshop will give you an action plan to begin searching for opportunities!


Network

We may be replacing our typical gatherings with Zoom parties, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make meaningful connections.

  • One important (and pandemic-friendly) way to network with others is through LinkedIn. Our blog is full of tips, as well as our LinkedIn Basics & Networking video on Blackboard.
     
  • Attend our virtual Connecting to the Spider Alumni Network Workshop on January 15 from 2 – 3 p.m. to learn how to best utilize the Spider Network. If you can’t make it, you can watch a recorded version on our Blackboard
     
  • After your profile is up-to-date and you learn how to connect with alumni and other professionals, schedule a few informational interviews. Here’s our starter guide to informational interviewing, plus six tips for how to do it virtually. As a reminder, you also have access to UR Online (if you’ve been approved through Resume Check), the university’s alumni database, and you can also use the Find Alumni Feature on LinkedIn to find contacts. 

We hope this guide will help you with whatever goals you have. If you have any questions, you can email us at careerservices@richmond.edu or send us a DM on Instagram.

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