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Make Your School Year Great With These 4 Tips

campusWelcome Back! We’re hoping you have an amazing school year! Here are some really easy, but often forgotten, tips for making this year especially great.

Forward your school email account
If you don’t regularly check your school email account, remember to forward it to your primary account (the one you check regularly), or to set up your primary account to pull your school account’s emails. I know you probably get a LOT of email from your school that you don’t necessarily want flooding your regular account, but you can also miss a lot of important information and news if you’re not getting email from your school.

Meet with a career advisor
Whether you’re a first year student, an alum, or any year in between, talking with the folks at your career center early and often can be really useful. Get the most out of your appointment by doing a bit of preparation in advance. For example, have a list of questions ready, or write down a goal for the year and ask for help to achieve the goal. Most career centers can help with choosing a major, planning for longer term careers, finding internships, searching for jobs, applying to graduate school, and a lot more.
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5 Tips for Staying Employable as a Young Professional

professional_developmentWhether you’re just about to start your first professional job or you’ve been working for a few years, the need to keep your skills fresh and relevant is always present. US workers will hold an average of 11 jobs over the course of their lifetime; your first professional job is not likely going to be your last. Here are 5 tips for staying employable, even when you’re already employed:

1. Continue networking – Even though you have a job and are not actively searching for employment, continue to network and build your base of professional connections.

  • Consider joining professional associations either through your employer’s memberships or on your own.
  • Leverage the power of social media to stay connected with like-minded professionals all over the world.
  • Use a variety of strategies to network, even when your work schedule is full.

2. Read broadly in your field – Stay current by reading articles from your professional associations’ publications and various trade journals.

  • Follow, and engage, your industry’s thought leaders on Twitter and LinkedIn, and read up on the trends and movements impacting your field.
  • Subscribe to relevant blogs and other curators of industry news.

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Changing Career Paths

Questions Answered: I’m a junior; is it too late to change my career path?

Changing Career PathsQuestion: I’m a college junior majoring in accounting. When I got to college I didn’t know what I wanted to major in so I picked accounting because my dad is an accountant. My grades are decent, but the more classes I take and accountants I talk to the more I realize I don’t want to be an accountant! I am pretty sure I want to pursue a career in higher education, maybe admissions or student life. I’ve been involved in res life almost my whole time in college and I really love it. What should I do? Should I change majors? Is it too late for that? ~ Tyrel H., Anaheim, CA

Answer: Realizing that you want to change career paths can happen at any time; in fact, it can happen several times throughout your life. Taking time to speak with professionals in a prospective career field, as you have done, can really help you make decisions about the career’s fit with your interests, skills, goals, and needs (financial, personal, spiritual, etc.). Interning or otherwise gaining practical experience in the career is another excellent way to determine if the career is a suitable fit.

When planning to switch majors, there is typically some amount of time and extra money that will be needed to make up pre-requisite courses and take the required courses for the new major. While this may set you back financially and in terms of when you graduate, in the long run, you will have saved yourself the potential emotional and financial stress of working in an occupation that is the wrong fit. Changing majors is an important decision, so speaking with academic advisors, career counselors, your parents, faculty/students in the new major, and professionals in the new career path is also important.
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4 Tips for Landing a Campus Job

Campus JobCampus jobs are an excellent, convenient place to earn money while gaining practical, transferable skills. Here are 4 tips to help you land a great campus job.

Check with your school’s human resources department AND financial aid office AND career services office.
Schools deal with student employment differently. Some have a centralized office, others rely on individual departments to post their opportunities. HR is a good starting place. Financial aid sometimes gets involved depending on your work-study eligibility. Career service may post on-campus jobs along with off-campus opportunities. So ask around to find out how on-campus employment is managed at your school.

Visit departments for which you’d like to work
A lot of college departments hire students. The typical places (library, bookstore, food services, physical plant, admissions, athletics, residence life) may have a standard hiring and training schedule. But many other departments (career services, academic advising, international student services, IT, major-specific departments, business office – just to name a few), may also have opportunities available, but may hire at different times throughout the school year.
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