Last week I met with several CAS students for mock interviews, which pointed me to the question-of-the-week: how to handle a job/internship interview? When I see a mock interview appointment on my schedule, I get delighted and excited because obviously the student’s job strategy and application materials have served their purpose, which is leading to an interview. When you get an invitation to an interview, congratulate yourself on your progress but don’t get too relaxed. “It’s well begun, but it’s only half done.” Only an interview can give you that job (or internship) that you want to get! Don’t let this chance disappear: practice, practice, and practice for the interview! (More …)
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In my blog post last week, I pondered students’ questions about selecting a major and gave an overview of steps to take to make this decision. So, let’s say you’ve narrowed your choices down and now are looking at a few subjects that really interest you. Your next step is to meet with one or more of the faculty teaching the subjects you are considering to gain their perspective on the major. This can be an informative and even enjoyable process if you know what to ask! (More …)
The leaves are turning gold, rainy days are becoming more frequent, the demand for ice drinks is going down, and the students’ interest in career- related issues is going up. In my Fall blog series that I am embarking on now with my best intentions to post weekly, I would like to reflect on the students’ most typical question that I had to handle at the appointments last week. I hope this will help those who may have similar questions but haven’t yet had a chance to visit the Career Center.
And the winning question of the week….DRUM ROLL!… is the question about selecting a major. If this is not your question, skip the rest of the blog, but do check my next week post! (More …)
We’re nine days into the government shutdown, and the impact of the federal (and increasingly, non-federal) furloughs continues to grow. As we inch toward fall break on Friday, here are some articles and resources that are up-to-date as of this posting:
- Tuition aid for veterans is at risk in the short-term as a result of the shutdown.
- The Department of Veterans Affairs and Nuclear Regulatory Commission are reporting additional employee furloughs this week.
- Guidance from the Office of Personnel Management and the Department of Defense indicates that the shutdown may also have negative impacts on employee sick and annual leave.
- Major government contractors are increasingly feeling the effects of the shutdown. URS and Lockheed Martin, among others, have furloughed thousands of workers.
- Local charities, including Sasha Bruce Youthwork and the Latin American Youth Center, are also being forced to furlough employees due to the shutdown.
As always, we welcome you to participate in this conversation. Feel free to post a comment below to share your furlough experiences with us.
As a result of the government shutdown, hundreds of thousands of federal workers, including AU students interning in federal agencies, are currently furloughed. The Career Center will use this blog to share new information about the shutdown as it becomes available. Here are some up-to-date resources as of October 1:
- Agency-by-agency shutdown guidance (Federal News Radio)
- Government shutdown: 4 things feds should know (Federal News Radio)
- Manic Monday: a shutdown Q&A (Federal Times)
- Shutdown exemption for military pay becomes law (Federal Times)
- Unease, frustration grip federal workforce as shutdown looms (Federal Times)
- Contractors might weather shutdown using prior-year funds (Government Executive)
Are you an AU student whose internship has been affected by the shutdown? How is your agency handling this situation? Please feel free to leave a comment on this post to share your experience.
Think about your class schedule in the spring. Will you have blocks of time when you will not be in class and can intern? Can you spare one-two days a week to gain experience outside the classroom? If yes, here are some tips:
- Start early. Make an appointment to meet with your career advisor now and bring a copy of your resume to your appointment. If you have not created a college resume, go to the Career Center website for helpful tools and sample resumes to offer you guidance.
- Think about what skills you want to use: do you enjoy writing, doing research, interviewing people….
- What organizations are you eager to work with?
- Create a profile in AU CareerWeb (AUCW), the Career Center database of jobs and internships.
- Then, do an advanced search in AUCW of all job listings, internships, with Metro access, in DC, MD and VA and enter a keyword that you hope appears in the job description or the job title. Click Submit and see how many positions you find.
The Partnership for Public Service recently released a brief analyzing the federal government’s 2012 hiring class. Due to sequestration, federal hiring was down in 2012, and many vacant positions were not backfilled. Here are some characteristics of new federal hires in 2012:
The Partnership for Public Service and Public Employees Roundtable will host Public Service Recognition Week on May 5-11. Students and alumni with a passion for public service and career aspirations in the federal government may be interested in participating in two events targeting the general public: