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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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  • 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 …)

     
  • Marie Spaulding 7:50 pm on September 26, 2013 Permalink
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    Do you want to intern during spring 2014? 

    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.
     
  • Taylor Roosevelt 5:07 pm on March 18, 2013 Permalink
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    Career Center Resources for Different Learning Styles 

    Are you a hands-on learner? Do you prefer lecture-style classes? Or perhaps group work is more your style. Regardless of the way you prefer to access and process information, the Career Center has a variety of resources to suit your preferences. Keep reading for more information on our resources for verbal, visual, interpersonal (social), and intrapersonal (solitary) learners.

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  • Anna Litman 8:07 pm on February 26, 2013 Permalink
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    Job Search Etiquette: Common Mistakes, Part 1 

    With the spring semester getting into full swing, your search for internships and jobs is, hopefully, moving to the next, very desirable, phase: from sending out resumes and cover letters to receiving invitations to interviews. Start maximizing your chances of being hired by doing a little self-check of your knowledge and practice of job search etiquette. Today, we’ll talk about 3 common mistakes that you don’t want to make when you are waiting to hear from prospective employers. (More …)

     
  • Taylor Roosevelt 6:40 pm on September 28, 2012 Permalink
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    GoingGlobal: A New Career Resource 

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    Click here to login to AUCareerWeb and access Going Global

    Need help identifying work options, both at home and abroad?
    Think Going Global: Your comprehensive ‘one stop’ career resource

    The American University Career Center is proud to announce access to Going Global, the leading provider of career and employment resources for evaluating, selecting and transitioning into a successful career in a foreign country. Boasting more than one million individual users, Going Global is used around the world by university career centers, educational and institutional organizations, libraries, corporate HR departments, and government agencies. (More …)

     
  • Taylor Roosevelt 8:45 pm on April 26, 2012 Permalink
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    Green Jobs–How to Honor Earth Week in your Career Search 

    In honor of Earth Week, the Career Center has set up a “Green Jobs” display in our Career Resource Library.

    But just because Earth Week ends tomorrow, you don’t have to end your search for a more sustainable job or internship! Stop by our Career Resource Library to check out the following books on green jobs:

     

    We also have a new feature in AU CareerWeb that allows you to see statistics on industries and job types classified as “green jobs.” After you’ve signed into the database, click on the “Career Explorer” link.

     

    Then, click the “More Options” drop down menu, and select the “Green Jobs” icon.

    This will pull up a list of 200 industries and job types that are environmentally focused. After you’ve found some industries or position types that interest you, set up an appointment with one of our Career Advisors for tips on how to search for available jobs relevant to those fields.

     

     
  • 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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  • Anna Litman 5:05 pm on January 15, 2010 Permalink
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    DOs and DON’Ts of Job-Seeking when Economy is Doing Not So Great 

    Searching for a job in a good economy takes time, and in a bad one …yes, you’ve guessed it right, takes even more time! How to do a job search right?  These five Dos and two Don’ts will help — only if you follow them, of course!

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