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If those holiday shopping bills are coming back to bite you this semester, maybe it’s time to start looking for a little supplemental income. Whether you’re looking to work for a federal work study award, a part-time job, or you’re in need of full-time employment, AU has lots of resources to assist you with your job hunt. With so many resources, many students don’t know where to start; so, I’m going to attempt to breakdown AU sponsored job resources in this career confusion.
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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 …)
One of the great benefits of an American University education actually takes place outside of the classroom. AU’s location in the nation’s capital of Washington, DC provides students with a multitude of internship opportunities. Through internships in the government, nonprofit and private sectors, students have the opportunity to gain valuable work experience that supplements what they are learning in the classroom and provides them with some of skills needed to begin a career in their field of interest.
Often students are able to effectively leverage their internship in order to gain their next internship, or perhaps a job. Here are some tips on how to make your internship move you towards your next step in the career development process:
When finished with a project, ask for more: This is an excellent way to prove your worth. Employers like interns who go the extra mile in helping to get the work of the office done. By working hard and contributing one’s skills to that office, an intern will become more likely to receive a strong recommendation for his or her next position. In some select instances, if a full-time position with the organization is open upon an intern’s graduation, this could lead to the intern being hired for that position.
Keep in touch with past internship employers: There is often a tendency for one to move on after an internship is completed and not look back. Big mistake. It is always good to maintain contact periodically with past internship supervisors, especially if you have left that position on very good terms. Former supervisors and co-workers can serve as a very valuable resource in helping you network for future job and internship searches
Conduct informational interviews: Informational interviewing is one of the most important forms of networking. It entails talking to people employed in jobs or fields that interest you. Identify people who work at your internship site who would fit these criteria. These individuals would be able to provide you with valuable advice about their career path, skills needed, and the employment outlook for the field. They may also be able to provide you with the names and contact information of other individuals who could provide you with information about potential careers.
Utilizing these strategies, in addition to meeting periodically with your Career Center advisor, will start you on your path to a successful and very satisfying career.
For many graduating students, suntans and lazy afternoons have been replaced with job applications and balancing busy interview schedules. In this tough job market – interview preparation is everything. Being comfortable and prepared in your interview can really set you apart from other candidates; and we all know: practice makes perfect! As you prepare for your next interview, take advantage of the many resources the Career Resource Library has to offer:
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.
JOURNALISM: Get networked through the Online News Association! If you’re free tomorrow, Tuesday, May 4th, in the evening, take advantage of the fact that AU is launching one of three new pilot campus ONA chapters nationwide, and hosting the local chapter’s May meetup! Join Meetup.org to get more detailed information, and/or email AU chapter advisor, Prof. David Johnson, at firstname.lastname@example.org. And take note: ONA will soon be opening registration for its 2010 Annual Conference, which is coming to DC in October, with SOC’s Prof. Amy Eisman as the conference co-chair! Consider joining ONA for the student rate of just $25; registering for the conference as a student member for $150; or volunteering in exchange for daily passes; and/or taking advantage of free student member admission to the conference job fair (not bad!) And that’s not all! For PUBLIC COMMUNICATION and FILM opportunities, read on…. (More …)
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!
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: