In previous blog posts, AU career advisors have written extensively about LinkedIn as a great source for finding and developing professional connections. Another helpful tool at your disposal is The Leadership Library, a directory of professionals in government (federal, state and local), on the Hill and in nonprofits and corporate organizations. Much like LinkedIn, The Leadership Library offers an easy way to find professionals working in organizations or careers of interest to you.
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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?
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.
Are you abroad? Is the person you’re anxious to informationally interview overseas? Are you just wishing you knew more people who have been in your shoes? Are you an introvert who would rather hide under the table than actually have to walk up to someone and introduce yourself at a reception? Don’t miss your three big opportunities TODAY to hone those networking skills.
You don’t have to be an SIS student to take advantage of SIS Career Week! All are invited. It’s a great week of activities focusing on the “how to” of jobs involving an international focus with panelists from AU who have been there and done that. Need a long range strategy? Check out Career Planning for Undergraduates. Ready to do the search? There are two sessions, one for undergrads and one for grads. Everyone needs to network. Learn the virtual and in-person best practices. And don’t miss the big reception on Thursday. Click on the links for full descriptions.
- TODAY at 6:30PM in McDowel Formal Lounge: Job Searching with a Bachelor’s Degree
- TUESDAY at 3:00PM in the SIS Founder’s Room: Career Planning for Undergraduates
- WEDNESDAY at 6:30PM in the SIS Founder’s Room: Job Searching with a Master’s Degree
- THURSDAY at 3:30PM in the Career Center Library: Leveraging Your LinkedIn Network
- THURSDAY at 6:00PM in the SIS Beacon Conference Room: Prereception Networking Workshop
- THURSDAY at 7:00PM in the SIS Founder’s Room: SIS Alumni-Student Networking Reception
See you there!
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Hello! My name is Julia Beyer and I am the new career advisor for the School of Communication and I thought I would take this opportunity to introduce myself. In my first couple of weeks, I have enjoyed a warm welcome from the Career Center in addition to the faculty and staff at SOC.
Before AU, I advised graduate students in international affairs at The George Washington University for four years. In my time there, I helped students and alumni with their career development through advising, programming, and marketing tools such as a monthly newsletter. I look forward to applying many of the skills I have developed in my previous position to students in the field of communication.
As part of my introduction to the Career Center, I have met with several faculty and staff in SOC and I thought I would share the following ideas with you: (More …)
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.
Congratulations! You’ve survived finals and are hopefully enjoying the relative quiet of winter break. This is a great time to take a breather from your academics and think more strategically about career decisions and the steps you need to take to find meaningful work after leaving AU.
Here is a brief winter reading list to help you think about your future career and the things you can do now to set yourself up for success.
When you’re looking for a job or internship, searching employment sites should not be the only action you take. It’s important to use all the tools in your arsenal, and that includes online networking.
One of the most underutilized resources available to you right now is LinkedIn, a free professional networking website that boasts a membership of 85 million people in 200 countries. The premise behind LinkedIn is that “relationships matter,” and to back this up, the website allows you to create a network of professionals to connect and build relationships with. This can be helpful when you’re looking for work and even more broadly when you’re unsure what you can do with a particular major.