Career Services to the Rescue
Are you struggling to find the career pathway right for you? Are you unsure about what to major and/or minor in? You are not alone, and you do not have to worry any longer.
“It is okay to not know and be debating. It is healthy to be in that position and want to test your ideas out.” said Mary Anderson, director of Career Services.
For support, stop in at Career Services in Tower 2150 where counselors Mary Anderson, Andrea Chartier, Carrie Taylor Kemp, and Diane Swanoski can help you find which pathway is right for you with one-on-one conferences. They can assist you in moving through the Saints Roadmap to reach your final end goal. Even if you are unsure what that end goal may be, they can help you figure that out too.
The Saints Roadmap consists of four stages: exploration, development, experience, and connections. Exploration consists of finding which major is right for you by discovering interests, passions, skills and abilities. Discovery can be done by conducting individual meetings with advisors, completing inventories such as interest assessments, strength indicators, the Strengthsquest Personality Test and the Myer Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). Other steps include making connections in various fields, job shadowing, and volunteering for different organizations to discover interests. Career Services offers webpages such as Candid, which has thousands of two minute videos of various professional fields so students can get a glimpse of certain careers interest them.
The next step, development, includes creating resumes, cover letters, Linkedin profiles, and developing interview skills and professional practices. Career services works with students to prepare them for interviews and their future job, which leads into the next step: experience. Experience can come from leadership roles in career-related clubs, community involvement, research, internships, clinicals, fieldwork, and job fairs. Finally, Career Services encourages students to connect and “put yourself out there.” Seek professional networks, challenge yourself and prepare to speak with employers and grad school faculty.
Anderson’s advice when trying to decide on a career pathway is to use both your head and heart, to understand that there is not one right career choice, but rather there are many that may be fitting and enjoyable. She suggests experimenting, testing ideas and interests, and always learning new things.
Anderson said, “Very few choices are for a lifetime, there are always additional opportunities.”
Career Services hosts events to help students discover their interests and obtain relationships with employers. Upcoming events include: the Government and Non-Profit Job Fair on Friday, Oct. 20, the Volunteer Fair on Wednesday Oct. 25, and the Saints Health Career Fair on Wednesday Nov. 8.
For more information stop in at Career Services or contact: