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  • Anna Litman 9:43 pm on February 23, 2017 Permalink
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    Health Studies Career Night, February 15 2017 

    Prepared by Alexandra Jones, CAS Career Advising Team Assistant

    Did you miss the Health Studies Career Night, but are still interested in the information provided? Well, although you did miss the opportunity to directly communicate and network with professionals working in what may be your future career field, this blog post may help you.

    The panel, moderated by Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Studies (DHS) Kathleen Holton, and co-hosted by DHS and AU Career Center, consisted of four alumni:

    • Annika Bergstrom, TB Investigator at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    • Ryan Paquin, Research Scientist at the Center for Communication Science at RTI International
    • Elizabeth Prevou, Clinical Practice Manager at GWU, and
    • Justin Morgan, Research Assistant at the Health Policy Center at the Urban Institute.

    Each speaker talked about the most and least favorite aspects of their careers, as well as gave advice to aid students’ future success, which is shared below.

    How do you get your foot in the door?

    There are various ways to go about entering a career in the health field. While Bergstrom simply applied through USA Jobs, this may be difficult as it is a competitive process, in which your resume has to stand out to employers from hundreds of others. Other panelists recommend that students work their networks to obtain a job lead, or get connected to someone from the organization you are interested in.

    At times, your personality may be enough to get your foot in the door; the issue is displaying your character to employers. Morgan managed to get an interview with the Urban Institute by calling the institution and talking to an executive. This allowed him to add a personal touch to the application process, which cannot always be included in a resume submission.

    How to be strategic with your internships?

    Panelists recommend that students complete internships and treat each internship as a learning experience and utilize all connections gained.  Internships can also clarify your career goals and preferences. Prevou said, “Knowing what you don’t want to do at times is just as helpful as knowing what you do want to do.” At the same time, all panelists agreed that students should not jeopardize their peace of mind and sleep to work multiple internships at one time just to buff up a resume.

    What skills make students valuable and wanted in the workplace?

    No matter your desired job, all panelists recommended that students obtain basic research skills and knowledge of statistical programs, such as SAS, SPSS and Excel. AU offers courses and access to some of these programs through the Center for Teaching, Research and Learning (CTRL) if you have not learned them already.

    Knowledge of medical terms and anatomy also allows easy communication across job fields. While this may not be stressed in the interview, such knowledge may be necessary to learn on the job – so why not pick it up sooner rather than later?

    Lastly, knowing email etiquette and how to follow-up may be the most beneficial and necessary job skill in any field. Email are often the first form of communication between an employer and employee. Therefore learn how to make your emails sound professional and friendly, but with a hint of your personality.

    Were you prepared for the workplace post-graduation?

    While there will always be a learning curve when entering a new job, panelists stressed that students should not be nervous about it. After all, they did hire you! Still, be ready to put in the necessary effort to grow in your career. Listen, ask questions and do your best.

     

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  • John Nunno 6:44 pm on May 11, 2015 Permalink
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    Online Resources for AU Alumni 

    Here’s a scenario: You just graduated from AU and are trying to land your first full-time job. You want to search for potential employers and you want to improve your interviewing skills. What do you do?

    Here’s another one: You graduated from AU 5 years ago, and you’re ready for a new job. You live in New York City, but you’re looking to relocate to San Francisco. How do you start the process?

    If you find yourself in one of these, or a similar scenario, then check out the Career Center’s online resources. AU alumni have access to all of the Career Center’s resources including Going Global, InterviewStream, and Vault Career Insider. Here’s how these resources can support your post-college career:

    • Going Global can help you identify opportunities in the US and internationally. Its US city guides(47 including Atlanta, Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Nashville, and Seattle) have city-specific job resources including online job sites, staffing agencies, and city career fairs. You can plan financially by using the cost of living information, and you can find professional networking groups. Going Global’s country guides (41 including Australia, Brazil, China, Japan, and the UK) have everything the US city guides have and more including information on work permits and visas, resume/CV guidelines, interviewing tips, and cultural advice.
    • You can use InterviewStream to practice interviewing before a job interview. It’s a helpful resource if you’re looking to improve your skills or looking for an interviewing refresher.
    • Vault Career Insider can help you research companies and industries. It’s helpful if you are exploring new career paths or researching potential employers within your field. You can also access Vault’s blog for news and insights on career topics.

    Learn more about these resources and access them here. If you’d like more information on AU’s career services for alumni click here. Feel free to contact me with any questions you have about Going Global, InterviewStream, and Vault! I can be reached via email at JNunno@american.edu.

     
  • Jennifer Carignan 8:44 pm on May 9, 2011 Permalink
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    So, you’ve graduated from AU 

    Congratulations! You’ve received your degree and can now proudly call yourself an AU alum.

    Although you’re moving on to new opportunities, graduation doesn’t mark the end of your relationship with the AU Career Center. Whether you’re searching for a position or you’ve found a place to start your new career, it’s worth remembering the resources at your fingertips.

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  • Jennifer Carignan 1:57 pm on April 11, 2011 Permalink
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    Career wisdom from AU alums 

    Students who attended the “Exploring Law-Related Careers” panel on April 6 were treated to great conversation and career advice from four AU alums. I’ve summarized some of their bits of wisdom below. As you’ll notice, these tips apply to a wide range of careers.

    • Try new things. Whether it’s pursuing an internship, volunteering with an organization or meeting new people in the community, find ways to get outside your comfort zone. You might find that trying new things will lead you down a career path that you never considered.
    • Network, network, network. A common theme on this blog, networking is absolutely critical to finding career opportunities in DC and beyond. Faculty, staff, alumni and even your peers can be great sources of information. Start networking today by striking up a conversation with a classmate or joining LinkedIn.
    • Use DC as your classroom. AU offers a great number of events for students, but that shouldn’t stop you from experiencing other opportunities in the city. Attend professional events, lectures and social gatherings to meet new people outside of the AU community. Sign up for the DC LinkTank listserv for a comprehensive list of events each week.
    • Develop professional skills while you’re still in school. The panel identified three skills that are critical to a successful career and yet are lacking in many candidates: writing, research and relationship building. Each of these skills can be developed while you’re here at AU, through researching and writing papers, leading organizations, holding an internship or job, or through a myriad of other ways.
    • Stay positive! It may take many applications and interviews before you find the right job for you. You are not alone. What will separate you from other candidates is keeping a positive attitude throughout the job search process. How might you find ways to stay positive while searching for work?
     
  • Felicia Parks 7:01 pm on February 24, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: Alumni, , , , , SOC networking reception   

    Ready to Attend the SOC Networking Reception? 

    The Career Center hosts several networking receptions – a chance for students to meet with employers and alumni that can provide them with information about their field and future contacts.

    Why is networking important? It’s one of many avenues to reach future employers, business partners and customers.  Effective networking allows you to present yourself and your objectives in a much more personal way than just submitting your resume and cover letter through an employer’s website.  You have a great opportunity to network with alumni and employers on Tuesday, March 1st during the SOC reception.
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  • Anna Litman 9:08 pm on September 21, 2010 Permalink
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    New on the Market: Career Focus GPS 

    If you would like to continue your education beyond your undergraduate degree but unsure which graduate program to select, start by asking yourself “Do I know my career focus?” If your answer is “no,” read your friendly advisor’s tips on how to establish a career goal for yourself.  And remember that a goal is a dream with a deadline and a roadmap, or GPS 🙂 (More …)

     
  • Marie Spaulding 6:36 pm on May 24, 2010 Permalink
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    Literature Career Night – Advice from alumni… 

    “Follow your passion,” “Be interested and interesting,” “Operate on no one’s time line but your own,” “Take advantage of your professors”… For more great advice, watch this video….  [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0zRAg9lwW4]

     
  • Chris Hughes 7:55 pm on May 17, 2010 Permalink
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    What Students and Alumni Need to Know About the New Federal Hiring Reforms 

    Last Tuesday, President Obama put forth a memorandum of reforms  designed to greatly simplify the federal hiring process.  These reforms will have a great impact on AU students, recent graduates and alumni seeking positions in the federal government.  Among the reforms are:

    • Cutting the hiring times for federal positions down to an average of 80 days.
    • Total elimination of essay-style questions, better known as KSA’s, from federal applications.   Resumes and cover letters or “simple, plain language applications” would be submitted.
    • Simplifying the federal hiring process  across the board to encourage more qualified candidates to enter public service

    These changes are expected to be in place by November 1. 

    Also, the Federal Career Intern Program (FCIP), not to be confused with the Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) or Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP), will undergo a 90-day review and may be on the chopping block.

    By significantly cutting down the hiring time for federal jobs and eliminating the often-confusing KSA process, these reforms should benefit new federal job seekers by making such a job search less mysterious and more in line with what we see in the private and nonprofit sectors.

     
  • Minna Scherlinder Morse 7:05 pm on May 3, 2010 Permalink
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    Great Advice (from AU Alumna and Others) in U.S. News & World Report 

    A recent issue of the U.S. News & World Report focuses on the job search, best careers, challenges for recent grads, etc., and the magazine’s online site boasts a plethora of useful career advice for job seekers and for navigating the working world, in essays, articles, videos, and other forms. The newest edition of the magazine also boasts a new Reporter/Producer in Rebecca Kern, BA SOC ’09, who was recently promoted to this full-time job from a post-grad paid internship, and whose byline appears on substantive articles in the Jobs edition. Way to go, Rebecca!

     
  • Jessica Beasley 10:54 pm on April 27, 2010 Permalink
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    Goodbye AU, Hello Real World! 

    You’ve aced the interview, negotiated a stellar salary and in a little over a week you will be throwing your graduation cap in the air, saying goodbye AU and hello to the “real world.” Sure, your dreams of six figures and a rooftop apartment were a little off – but you’re ready to take the workplace by storm and really make a name for yourself in your first job.  The Career Center wants to make sure you’re fully prepared so we’ve stocked our Career Resource Library with plenty of materials to help you make a smooth transition.  Here are just a few of our most popular resources:

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