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  • Felicia Parks 6:17 pm on June 24, 2016 Permalink
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    Evaluating Your Job Search

    You’ve basked in the glow of your graduation with family and friends. Had a two week vacation with your nine of your closest college buddies. Next, you spent part of the summer working in retail or for a local restaurant. Now, you’re faced with the reality of finding a full-time job within an industry or with an employer where you feel you can make a difference.

    Regardless of the status of the economy, many job seekers will proclaim that finding full-time employment requires a huge investment of their time. Whether you started your search weeks ago or it’s written on your calendar as a “to do” item, be sure to evaluate if you’re spending your time wisely. LinkedIn is a great way to begin networking, online, before you request a face-to-face meeting with a cup of coffee and your business card.

    As always, the advisors within the Career Center are more than happy to assist you with job search techniques, mock interviews, salary negotiations and of course, networking. Learn more through the various resources on our website http://www.american.edu/careercenter or by scheduling an appointment with your advisor.

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  • Anna Litman 10:42 pm on February 5, 2015 Permalink
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    From the Anthropology Major to an Exciting Career: Meaningful Stories and Multiple Perspectives at the Career Night 

    On Tuesday, January 27th, the Anthropology department hosted a Career Night for Anthropology Majors in collaboration with the Career Center. The event included a panel of five speakers, a Q&A session, and time for students to network with the speakers while fueling up on pizza and salad.  The speakers shared with the audience of 25 students fascinating stories about their career aspirations and career paths, discussed challenges and successes in finding employment, and commented on the value of the skills they learned in the anthropology program.  The AU alumni and professors also shared practical career advice and provided thoughtful answers to students’ questions. (More …)

     
  • Anna Litman 2:51 pm on October 17, 2013 Permalink
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    Anna’s Pondering The Question of the Week Series: Part I 

    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 …)

     
  • marcsth 8:53 pm on February 15, 2013 Permalink
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    Follow Your Passion and Pay the Bills 

    Greetings AU!

    My name is Marc St.Hilaire and I’m the newest member of the AU Career Center. I’ll be working with graduate students within SIS alongside John Charles, so I’m looking forward to meeting with you all either one on one or during drop-in hours at the SIS atrium.

    On my first day at AU which was exactly two weeks ago my new boss said these fine words about careers: “Follow your passion and pay the bills”. At some point we’ve all been told to “do what you love,” but for some that doesn’t always mean a salary. Very often what we enjoy doing can sometimes feel mutually exclusive to what “pays the bills.”

    So how does one combine their passion with that inevitable need to make an income? The answer: It’s all about the small steps.

    If making a leap to your true passion is not a financial option at the moment, take small steps that’ll eventually lead you there.  A key element to doing this is setting aside time to develop your passion. Even if it’s as little as 15 minutes a day, make this time your own to do one or all of the following:

    • Start learning and developing relevant skills through independent study and/or coursework
    • Build relationships with people who work in your industry of interest through social media ( i.e. LinkedIn) and other networking
    • Intern, volunteer and/or job shadow in an organization(s) of interest
    • Work on side projects and other freelance activities

    Whether you’re being paid to do something you love or taking steps to eventually get there, keep at it because these activities will enable you to work at your peak. In a recent article in the Harvard Business Review entitled “Choosing Between Making Money and Doing What You Love,” the authors – Leonard A. Schlesinger, Charles F. Kiefer and Paul B. Brown – state ” You simply want to be doing something that you love, or something that is logically going to lead to something you love, in order to do your best work. That desire will make you more creative and more resourceful, help you get further faster, and help you persist”.

    So get out there and follow your passion, the bills will get paid sooner or later.

     

     

     
  • Jennifer Carignan 7:15 pm on January 3, 2011 Permalink
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    2011 Career Resolutions 

    Happy new year! As we all know, this is a convenient time to make new personal resolutions. If you’re like me, you’ve started to hit the gym again and you’re more likely to share delicious baked goods with your roommate.

    The new year is also a great time to think about your professional goals. Whether you’re a freshman deciding on internships or an alum starting a new career, use this time to think about where you are in your career and what steps you need to take to bring it to the next level.

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  • Felicia Parks 8:08 pm on July 26, 2010 Permalink
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    Evaluating Your Job Search 

    You’ve basked in the glow of your graduation with family and friends.  Had a two week vacation with your nine of your closest college buddies. Next, you spent part of the summer working in retail or for a local restaurant.  Now, you’re faced with the reality of finding a full-time job within an industry or with an employer where you feel you can make a difference.

    Regardless of the status of the economy, many job seekers will proclaim that finding full-time employment requires a huge investment of their time.  (More …)

     
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