By Emma Way
Student Life Editor
On Thursday, Sept. 4 seniors gathered at the Career Center’s Open House for invaluable career advice, current campus job opportunities, and free T-shirts.
Senior year is a frightening time for many students who may not know exactly what they’ll be doing in a year’s time and are facing the stress of graduating on time and completing their theses. Many students are hoping to find jobs right after graduation and the Career Center is there to help.
In order to get a head start on the process of finding a job, the Career Center held the open house early into the fall semester.
“Every year we have a senior open house right at the beginning of the school year so that the seniors will be energized to connect with our office early,” Jim Allison, director of Career Development, said. “So many of the full time jobs and graduate level applications are due… in the fall.”
As early as December, students who are proactive in the application process will begin hearing back and receiving offers from prospective jobs.
In addition to getting seniors involved in the process early, the event also offered “information about… career fairs, studying for the GRE, and about new job openings,” said senior Mari Shilling.
Many students may still be struggling with what job field to pursue. It’s an important and difficult decision, but it’s also one that the Career Center is expertly trained to assist students with. According to senior Trina Nusraty, the event gave her helpful hints on how to start her job search in addition to helping her decide what field to go into in relation to her major.
The Career Center continues to help seniors and other students to reach success, whether through graduate school, volunteer opportunities, or employment after graduation, with more events throughout the semester.
On Friday, Sept. 12 the Career Center will hold an interview seminar called “Selling Your Value – Acing the Interview,” which is aimed at helping students work on their interviewing skills. Interviews are a vital part of applying to anything and can give you the opportunity to make an outstanding first impression.
In addition to interview advice, the center also offers help on resume writing, Skype interviews, statement of purpose writing, professionalism, job shadowing, and much more.
Their annual Career Expo on Tuesday, Oct. 21 from 12 to 4 p.m. is the big event of the semester with recruiters and networking galore. This event is aimed at any student looking for an internship, a free headshot, or just hoping to start doing some networking.