New Year Resolutions: New Career Development Strategies

If your winter break went anything like the average college student’s break, you were bombarded with questions about your graduation date and what you plan to do with your major. Did it feel as if your family planned and held a press conference to ask you questions without telling you?

Whether you are about to graduate, still exploring majors, or have a declared major but procrastinated on career planning, don’t fret my friend.  The Georgia College Career Center is here to help start off your New Year and new semester the right way!

If you’re confused and not really sure of your major or career options, taking the Focus 2 Career Assessment test would be a great place to start. Explore your options by taking the five-part assessment test. The results identify occupations and majors that are offered that match your personal attributes. Once you’ve taken the test, feel free to schedule an appointment with an advisor to review your results. Click here for more information on Focus 2.

The job market is more competitive than ever and employers want individuals who can solve problems, think critically, communicate effectively and work as a team. The career center has taken some of the burden off of you and created the Career Planning Milestones to serve as a 4-year plan to help navigate your career development plan. These milestones are expectations that all undergraduate Georgia College Students are expected to meet. Through the GC Career Planning Milestones, every GC student has the opportunity to prepare for the transition from college to the professional world. Use this easy-to-follow guide to keep up with career planning activities that will take you from first-year to graduation.

Visit the Career Planning Milestones Guide to learn more about each step of the milestones and to make sure you’re on track with your career development.

In addition to exploring majors/ careers and completing the Career Planning Milestones, may we also suggest using our calendar of events to help you organize and plan your career development strategies? These events have been planned and designed with you in mind.  A sample of our upcoming events include:

  • Full-Time Job Search Kickoff Meet-up:
    Feb. 1st Career Resource Room, 140 Lanier, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – There’s no better time than this to kick off your job search process. This information-packed workshop is facilitated by a career advisor who will give you some job search strategies to help ease the challenges of the job search process.
  • Mock Interview Days:
    Feb. 15,  April 3, 19,  & 25-  110 Lanier Hall, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • LinkedIn Meet-ups:
    Feb. 27 – (Bring Your Laptop) Career Resource Room, 140 Lanier Hall, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Resume Review Days:
    March 5 -110 Lanier Hall 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Stop by for a 15 minute resume review! No appointment needed!
  • Career & Internship Expo: March 7th, Magnolia, Ballroom, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Resume Writing for Beginners: Mondays & Thursdays 11:00 am & 2:00 pm in Lanier 110 starting the week of Feb. 5th. Make an appointment to attend. No resume required.
  • Internship Search Workshops: Held every Tuesday & Wednesday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in Lanier 110 starting the week of Feb. 5.  Make an appointment to attend.

Additional events can be found on our calendar of events.

Now that you’ve been informed on career exploration, the Career Planning Milestones and the calendar of upcoming events, here are some additional tips to help with your career planning in the New Year:

1. Stay organized by using a planner or agenda for daily/ weekly routines
2. Become involved on campus to add to your resume
3. Have your resume reviewed by career advisors
4. Strengthen your interview skills with a mock interview
5. Do physical activities to reduce stress and anxiety

Although family members and friends mean well, remember, you’re in control of your career destiny! Schedule an appointment with one of our career advisors to develop a plan that specifically caters to your career development needs. You can do so through Unify, by emailing us at career.center@gcsu.edu, or simply stop by the career center.

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