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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 …)
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:
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:
Students and Alumni from the School of International Service came out on February 4 for a networking workshop before a reception to learn the basics of successful networking and relationship-building from Jim Wylde, an SIS MA alum from ’87.
Jim is a leadership coach specializing in global management development, networking and career/life planning. His background includes 16 years with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) as well as faculty and staff positions at American University, Georgetown University, and George Mason University, and is also a certified/licensed trainer in the methodology of Contacts Count and facilitates workshops to help others develop networking know-how for business and career success.
Sound wylde? Well, students in attendance agreed- and everyone was glad they came:
If you aren’t in SIS or you couldn’t make it to the workshop, have no fear! The AU Career Center still has your back. There’s a slew of upcoming workshops on our events calendar for networking and more.
Okay…The truth is that there won’t be an opportunity to meet CBS’s Harry Smith and Julie Chen again till next January’s NYC trip. I just like this photo from last month’s adventure! However: there are great opportunities coming up.
In backwards chronological order, and from the most general to more niche-related opportunities:
TUESDAY, MARCH 2: Sign up for the SOC Alumni-Student Networking Reception (7-9 p.m.), where students meet and mingle with illustrious alumni as well as non-alumni employers near and dear to SOC and the Career Center. For pointers on mingling from the best mingler in history, sign up for Chris Palmer’s Networking Workshop at 6 p.m., right next door!
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27: Women In Film and Video’s JOB FAIR
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23: Get ready for that Job Fair with the WIFV and AU Career Center Co-Sponsored WIFV RESUME SWAP, with industry experts at every table!
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21: SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS: Are you an SOC Grad Student interested in Producing, Interactive Journalism, or Public Communication? Have you been out in the work world for at least a few years? Then even if you’re not a Weekend Grad, don’t let the name fool you: you’re eligible to sign up for this special program with skills-building workshops and a panel that includes: the national politics editor from Politico.com, a program development manager from Nat Geo Channel, a Sr. VP and Chief Operating Officer from Fleishman Hillard, and a Telly-winning SOC MFA-in-film, who was once a journalist who launched many a newspaper’s Science section (including the Washington Post’s) and now does Public Communication at NIH…. Read more and RSVP!
The U.S. Intelligence Community (IC) has several unclassified open source analysis units in the Washington, DC area to conduct research related to national security issues and is looking for undergraduate and graduate student summer research analysts who can conduct native language research on the internet, apply social science research methods to identify social and political trends, and critically analyze and present information.
The office of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) is accepting applications for her Spring 2010 internship program in Washington, DC. Both part-time and full-time opportunities are available. Interns perform a variety of duties, including day-to-day administrative work, data entry, answering phones, giving tours of the Capitol, attending legislative meetings or hearings, drafting constituent correspondence, helping constituents work with federal agencies, legislative research, and assisting staff where necessary.
Please keep in mind that internships are competitive and only a few interns are selected each semester due to office space constraints. The DC office accepts undergraduate and graduate applications. Please email your resume and cover letter to email@example.com. Prospective interns will be contacted regarding an interview following a review of credentials.
From Alexandra Levit’s blog:
For undergraduate students thinking about what to do next…
Graduate school is not something you should do just for the heck of it. Rather, you should first determine in concrete terms why you need the advanced degree to move ahead in your career of choice, and then map out a plan for how you’ll use the training and degree to facilitate the level of success you’d like to achieve.