Using Career Connection Leads to Georgia College Senior Getting a Job

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“Why do I have to sign up for Career Connection?”  We hear that question quite a bit in the Career Center.  Our answer is, “Yes!  You can’t start your job or internship search without this valuable tool!”

CareerConnection is an online tool where employers post jobs and internships just for our students and alumni.  These employers are actively posting jobs and internships for GC students and alumni.  When an employer calls or emails the Career Center about a position (which happens several times a day), the information is posted on the CareerConnection site so that our students can benefit.  When you use big job boards advertised on TV, you’re competing with the world.  On Career Connection, the world suddenly gets a little smaller and you finally get noticed.

Employers also search student resumes on Career Connection.  This past week, MSC Industrial Supply (formerly Barnes Distribution), came on campus to conduct campus interviews with students they found on Career Connection.  By simply uploading their resumes (which are reviewed and approved by the Career Center), these students received interviews for a sales position 

Most recently, Will Lowe, a senior Management major shared his Career Connection success story that has led to a full-time job

“At fImageirst I hesitated to sign up for GC’s Career Connection, but I could not have been more wrong. Thanks to the quick and easy sign-up, the helpful staff, and the vast amount of interested employers, I’ve been hired for my ideal career with Total Quality Logistics! Here I come, Charleston!”

We congratulate Will on achieving this exciting opportunity.  Total Quality Logistics also attended Senior Picnic in the fall. To learn more about them, visit http://www.tql.com/tql-jobs/home. 

Now you’re asking, “How do I sign up?”  Go to http://www.gcsu.edu/career and click on the large student button.  You’ll next see the Career Connection logo.  Click on the logo so that you can begin creating your account.  

Don’t just sign up in Career Connection.  Use it!  Once you log in to the system, upload your resume.  If you have never been in for a resume review appointment, we may suggest an appointment to make your resume better.  As Martha Stewart says, “This a good thing.”  We want your resume to be at its best so that employers notice you in a positive way.

The “Job Search” tab will lead you to full-time and part-time jobs as well as internships (paid and unpaid).  When companies visit for career fairs, you can also use Career Connection to see who is attending.  We even have companies that set up campus interviews so be sure to check the “Campus Interview and Resume Collection” menu.

To our graduates who have already located jobs, we wish you the best of luck.  To those who are just starting the search or need a job search boost, try using Career Connection to its full potential.  Did we mention it even has a list of over 2000 employers in the Employer Directory?  Don’t make the job search harder than it is!  Start out with a resource created just for GC students and alumni. 

To get started with Career Connection, register at http://www.gcsu.edu/career.  This resource is for GC students and alumni only and the employers who want to hire them.  Contact the University Career Center at career.center@gcsu.edu for more information. 

 

My Consulting Internship with GovStrive Led to a Full-time Job

By Lauren Darrow

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Last May, I was a junior struggling to find an internship and was extremely frustrated with my search. Finals came and I was still without an internship. Then, the Career Center send out an email the day of my last final and my friend encouraged me to apply to an internship mentioned in the email. I applied through Career Connection for the internship, and luckily, I received a phone interview and then an in-person interview. I landed the internship and couldn’t had been more excited. Looking back, I have been so thankful for the Career Center sharing this opportunity with me. Since completing my internship with GovStrive, I have worked part-time with them the past school year and recently have been offered a full-time position after graduation. I would highly encourage any GC student to utilize the services offered by the Career Center.

Currently, I am helping GovStrive select new interns.  If any junior business major is interested in consulting, they should definitely consider applying for the internship with GovStrive.  Campus interviews are Thursday, April 17 in the Career Center.  To be considered, create or login to your account on Career Connection at http://www.gcsu.edu/career, upload your resume, and then submit your resume to the Campus Interview Schedule section of Career Connection.

 

Asking the Right Questions about Graduate & Professional School

Whether you’re planning to attend the Graduate & Professional School Fair on Monday, October 22 or looking ahead to a campus visit for one of your top schools, it is important to be asking the right questions so that you can make sure you are making the right decisions about the type of program you enter and the university you eventually choose.  Even if you don’t really know what you want to study in graduate school, you probably have some ideas of what already interests you so you’ll want to ask questions to help you explore those interests a bit further.

As you begin to explore schools, you will need to ask some basic questions.  You may be able to get much of it from the programs’s website, but sometimes these can be hard to navigate and you just need a real person to help you locate the information.  The great thing about the Graduate & Professional School Fair is that you’ll have representatives from over 50 programs here who are anxious to answer your questions.  You can use some of the questions provided in this blog for the programs you are meeting at the fair.

As you begin the exploration process, the following questions will help you choose which schools and programs to consider.

Admissions Questions:

  • What application deadlines should I be aware of?  Does your program accept students throughout the year or only after a certain date?
  • What is the undergraduate GPA range and preference for this program (sometimes referred to as the middle 50%)?
  • Which entrance exam is required?  What is the preferred test score? (for standardized tests such as the GRE, GMAT, LSAT, or MCAT)
  • What percentage of students who applied last year were admitted?
  • What additional factors most impact acceptance into this program?
  • Do you look for applicants with a specific academic or professional background for this program?
  • What assistantship opportunities are avialable?  How do I go about locating and applying for thise opportunities?

Program Specific Questions:

  • Are there pre-requisite courses I need to complete before I start this program?
  • What are the degree requirements? How many required and elective classes are there?
  • How long do students typically take to complete this program?
  • What areas of concentration are available?
  • What percentage of students complete the entire graduate program?
  • How does the department evaluate student progress?
  • What kind of thesis and examinations are required?
  • What practical experience are students expected to complete?  What support is provided to help students fulfill experiential components of the program?
  • What professional development opportunities exist for students?
  • What kind of licensure/certification will I be eligible for after completing the program? This question is important if you want to go into a field that requires licensure.
  • Where do your graduates work?  What types of positions do they get?
  • What kind of job-search support is provided by faculty and/or career services?
  • Are students admitted even if they do not locate an assistantship?  Some programs will only admit or enroll students who locate an assistantship on campus.

It’s also important to connect with faculty during your application process, especially if you want to work with them on research or in an assistantship in a graduate school program.   If you are applying to professional school, you could also use these questions during your interview.   (If you can connect with faculty, these are some questions to ask. Also check the program’s website.)

  • Are their assistantship opportunities with you or other faculty in the department?
  • What is your particular research interest?
  • What opportunities exist to work with faculty on their research? On my own research?
  • What is most important to you in an advisee?
  • When and how is an advisor selected? How difficult is it to switch advisors once you’re into your program?
  • How many full- and part-time faculty members teach in this department?
  • What diversity exists within the faculty?
  • What experience have the faculty had outside the academic world?

Look for opportunities to talk to students in the program.  They can tell you what it’s really like to be a student.

  • How available is your advisor?
  • How would you characterize the departmental culture?
  • What is the actual time commitment for a teaching assistant or research assistant position?
  • Is the departmental stipend enough to live on?
  • How do students interact with each other inside and outside the classroom?
  • What are some of the politics or current issues within the department?
  • What diversity exists within the student body?
  • How much support do students receive in developing their own approach to the field?

Graduate and professional school is expensive, so you want to ask these questions at the beginning as well.  Keep in mind that graduate assistantships often make it very affordable to go to an out-of-state or private institution.  However, these opportunities are competitive and often require early application.

  • How available are teaching assistantships, research assistantships, or fellowships?
  • What resources are available for students, such as graduate student housing, medical insurance, child care, fitness, etc?
  • Are students guaranteed funding throughout their time in the program, or is it awarded on a yearly basis?

Graduate School – More Options Than You Think

Did you know about 60% of GC graduates go on to pursue a graduate or professional degree within five years of graduation?  With more jobs requiring a Master’s degree, it makes sense that many of our students think that graduate school is in their future.  The big question for most students is – “What will I study in graduate school?”   Many of us enter college thinking we have a handful of options:  law, medicine, teaching, or business.  Other students assume that they should just continue study in the same field as their undergraduate major. I came to college with the same ideas because those fields were all I was exposed to at the time.  When you think about graduate and professional school, you must think beyond these areas because there are thousands of options for specialized careers made attainable to you through a Master’s degree.

So what options do you have?  It can be overwhelming to figure all that out on your own.  We have a few resources to help you determine possible careers and applicable graduate degrees:

  1. Focus 2 Career Interest Inventory.  GC students can take this online through the Career Center.
  2. Learn about graduate programs BEFORE your senior year.  We will have over 50 universities visiting campus on October 22 for the Graduate & Professional School Fair.
    These universities offer hundreds of programs beyond law and medicine.  You can learn about programs in art therapy, historic preservation, southern studies, optometry, Africana women’s studies, horticulture, global communication, environmental engineering, marketing research, higher education, non-profit management, and other fun, exciting disciplines that lead to specific careers. We’ll even have the Study Across the Pond program which connects students to graduate programs in Britain.
  3. Pick up a Graduate School Book from the Career Center in 132 Lanier Hall.  These are free and list universities across the US with their programs.
  4. Many people find the graduate program of their dreams by reflecting on what they enjoy. Reflect on what you like to study as well as your favorite work, leadership, volunteer, and leisure activities.

Attending graduate school is a big committment, so you want to make sure you’re choosing a program that interests you and leads to an obtainable career goal.  Your options go beyond your undergraduate major.  In fact, unless you plan to teach or conduct research in that field, you may be better specializing in a new or related field.  In many cases, master’s programs do not require any particular undergraduate major and may ask for only a few course prerequisities.  When you go into a master’s or professional program, you’ll be surrounded by people who have a passion for a particular field and career, so you want to make sure you have similar feelings about the program you choose.

The National College of Natural Medicine is one of the universities that attends the annual Graduate & Professional School Fair. NCNM offers grad programs in natural medicine, accupunture, midwifery, and other professional areas.

We’ll be blogging all week about graduate school so stay tuned for helpful tips on personal statements, letters of recommendation, evaluating programs, and obtaining graduate assistantships. If you you have particular questions that you’d like us to address, add those to the comments section.

Kick-off Your Job & Grad School Search with Senior Picnic

The University Career Center will host the second annual Senior Picnic tomorrow, Wednesday, August 29 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.  Since tropical storm Isaac decided to pass through Georgia, this year’s event will be in Magnolia Ballroom.  Yes, we do have the awesome senior t-shirt for the first 400 seniors, but our goal is for everyone to walk away with much more.  As a senior, you want to use the entire year to execute a successful job or graduate school search.  It takes at least six months to find a job in the field you want, so we want you to kick-off your senior year right with the information you need from career services.  In addition to the free t-shirt everyone is buzzing about on campus, you will have a copy of the Career Center calendar, access to the Graduate School Guide, and the opportunity to begin networking with employers who hire our students.  Our event is made possible by the generous support of our employer sponsors.  Make sure you stop by and say hello to them tomorrow.  Casual attire is encouraged for this informal networking event.  No need to dress in professional attire or even bring your resumes; just stop by their tables and see how their opportunities might fit your interests and goals.

Connect with Your Career at the Senior Picnic

In just two weeks, the Career Center will host the first ever GC Senior Picnic. On September 7 from Noon – 2 p.m., seniors are invited to have lunch with the career services staff and our employer and educational partners on front campus. For a sneak peak, watch our YouTube video produced by the awesome staff at UTV and University Communications.

In addition to getting free food and a t-shirt, seniors will also get the career information they need for a successful senior year. Both the professional job and graduate school search and application process can take up to 9 months, so we’ve timed the picnic just right.

Need Career Direction? We have an App for that!

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What a busy summer! We usually finish the summer in the Career Center wishing we had a bit more time to work on new programs for the upcoming year. However, this summer we cannot wait for students to return because we are anxious to show off the new GC Career App. It’s the first university app available to GC students, and it’s entirely focused on helping you navigate the career development process. If you have an iPhone or iPad as well an any Android phone, you can download the app for free.

The GC Career App connects with you with our blog, social media, and events calendar. You also have access to Bobcat Tracks which is the main portion of the app. Bobcat Tracks is a topical checklist that follows the order of the career development process: assess, explore, experience, and plan. We purposely did not organize it by class-year because we know that everyone enters and progresses differently along the career development continuum. Plus, we think that most people will do a little bit of the career exploration process each year of college (assess, explore, experience, and plan) – or at least they should!

The App will not tell you what to do with the rest of your life, but we hope it will be a fun way for you to track your career progression. This App even encourages you to get involved on campus and provides some suggestions on leadership opportunities you can pursue. Getting involved on campus is a major component to career success because of the transferable skills you will obtain that employers are seeking. Academics are important but once you have the degree, employers will want to know that you have the leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills to succeed in the workplace.

Don’t forget to the check out the GC Career App in the iTunes App Store or the Android App Market. Use the App to see what you’ve done so far, and then visit us in 232 Lanier Hall to see a career advisor so you can work on the areas that you haven’t explored or need to review. You can also call us at 478-445-5384 to make an appointment.