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Using Campus Resources to Further Your Career

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Attending college serves many purposes. It enables you to get an education. It helps you develop useful skills like research, organization and time management. It provides you with a place to meet and build life-long relationships. And most importantly it provides a gang of resources that can help you further your career.

Networking Resources

Attending a university or college is an experience unlike any other. It's a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in an environment that embraces learning and provides support now and for your future life.

And one of the best resources you can avail yourself of is the networking opportunities. Here is a rundown of what you might find on your campus:

  • Career development center (CDC). If you haven't taken advantage of your campus career development center, then you've missed out on a great opportunity. While each school operates differently, most CDCs provide students access to activities such as career workshops, internship opportunities, part- and full-time jobs both on-campus and off-site, on-campus interviews, job fairs, and employer information sessions.
  • College counselor. College counselors are pivotal in helping students to define their college experience, from determining course and major options to identifying career goals.
  • Professor. Many students don't consider their professors as anyone other than the person who teaches a subject. However, as faculty advisors with very real life experiences they can guide you, and in many instances they have information on local organizations or are aware of internships or other employment opportunities.
  • Peer advisor. Juniors and seniors with the same major or minor as younger classmen who have been specially selected to help fellow students make decisions about their future can provide you with peer-level guidance on instructor teaching styles, day-to-day campus experiences, course content and other information all in a less intimidating environment.
  • Classmates. Your school buddies are one of the best resources for your career. Why? Because generally who you hang with are people with shared interests. You take the same courses, have the same major, or belong to the same clubs.
  • Fraternity brothers/sorority sisters. Obviously it makes sense that if you belong to a fraternity or sorority that, as lifelong friends, you will always be able to call upon your brother or sister for career guidance and assistance.

On-Campus Events

One of the best ways to learn, grow and use campus resources to further your career is through the events that universities offer throughout the school year.

Some schools offer ""brown bag"" meetings where students bring their lunch while they listen to guest speakers from local companies, others offer job fair prep workshops to help students understand what to expect during an on-campus job fair.

Here are some that your school may offer:

  • On-campus interview program. Students looking for an internship or full-time professional employment can gain access to potential opportunities by registering with their campus CDC for one-on-one interview sessions with potential employers.

§  Job fair. Job fairs provide you an opportunity to meet with a large number of employers, in one setting, who are seeking students and graduates for entry-level or higher career openings, part-time positions and paid and volunteer internships. You need to be prepared to make a good first impression, which includes dressing appropriately and bringing copies of your resume.

  • Employer Information Session. An information session is a presentation given by an employer to provide students with details about the various career paths and benefits offered by their specific company.
  • Workshops. Many CDCs provide free workshops for students who need assistance with everything from choosing a major or graduate school to preparing a resume or developing skills in how to interview.

It's all about utilizing everything that is available to you. Keep your eyes and ears open and ask around, you're likely to find a lot of good campus resources to further your career.




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