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Are you a passive or active reader of this blog? Of course, we sincerely appreciate our passive readers who eagerly anticipate the biweekly arrival of our posts in your inbox. However, there are some ways to really make this blog work for you. Here are three ideas for becoming an active reader and getting more out of your experience with us.
First, note the search box in the right-hand column. Doing a keyword search for your major or a career that interests you could help you uncover posts with exactly the information that you need. Second, you can use our category tags (also in the right-hand column) to quickly pull information on a career topic that you are researching. Third, you can interact with us by commenting on posts or contacting us to suggest a topic for future posts. We want this blog to be helpful to you, so let us know how we can best accomplish that.
With the vast array of services that Career and Professional Development has to offer, it’s no wonder that even Bruiser uses CPD. Check out this video of Bruiser taking advantage of what we have to offer and learn more about ways we can help you too!
Today, I want to bring your attention to one of the premium resources offered to you by Baylor Career and Professional Development. The resource is called Goinglobal, and it offers information to students who are interested in international employment, internships, and volunteer opportunities. Additionally, the site details cultural advice, work permit/visa information, and resume/interviewing tips for individual countries.
We also encourage you to check out our other premium resources, which you can view by clicking here.
In honor of Use Your Common Sense Day, I thought I would take a few moments to discuss how common sense plays a critical role in career decision-making. First, consider your academic performance in your major. Are you making an A in most of your classes? If not, what could you do to improve your performance? If you spend an adequate amount of time studying and take advantage of academic support resources, yet you still aren’t making the grade, perhaps a change of major would yield better results. A strong grade point average is important for keeping graduate/professional school and employment options open.
Next, consider if you are truly enjoying your major classes. If not, what is your rationale for being in your major? If you do not enjoy your major, there is a risk that you will not like your career, either. People who enjoy their work often demonstrate more motivation and initiative. Consequently, they may experience more success than their colleagues who do not enjoy their work.
Finally, do you have work experience related to your career goal? If not, you might experience difficulty in your job search or graduate school application process. Depending on your area of interest, internships, part-time employment, summer jobs, volunteer opportunities, and shadowing could be methods for opening up more opportunities in your future.
The staff of Career and Professional Development are happy to help you explore your options and find relevant experience. Review the information on our website to determine which of our services could be most useful to you.
Are you interested in getting more involved with The Office of Career and Professional Development and developing valuable skills? Check out this new opportunity!
The Office of Career & Professional Development (CPD) is seeking applications from students to serve as ambassadors for the 2014-2015 academic year. Current students who are in good academic standing and enrolled at Baylor through May 2016 are encouraged to apply. To apply, submit your résumé and cover letter of interest, including your responses, by 12 p.m. noon on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 to Michelle_Cohenour@baylor.edu.
Though the staff of Career and Professional Development are eager to help you with career exploration and planning, what happens if you have a question outside of our 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. office hours? Fear not! We have a bevy of online resources to help you. When you have a chance, familiarize yourself with the Career and Professional Development website.
Here are a few highlights:
- Focus 2 Online Assessment for students who are unsure about majors and career possibilities
- Career Exploration Resources for researching job descriptions, qualifications, salaries, and job growth projections
- Career Guides to aid in writing resumes and cover letters, preparing for an interview, and conducting a job/internship search
- HireABear to find positions that employers want to fill with Baylor students
It’s that time in the semester where if you are not currently taking a test, you are preparing for those that loom in the near future. I think sometimes when schedules get busy, we need to take a minute and breathe and realize that in each moment we are doing the best that we can. I also want you to know that you do not have to do it all yourself. From incredible Academic Support Programs resources in the Success Center to caring professors who want to help you succeed, Baylor offers a multitude of resources to help you on your journey. If you need help finding a specific resource, please feel free to email me: Carroll_Crowson@baylor.edu. In Career and Professional Development, we are here to help you, too, from deciding what you want to study at Baylor to acing that job interview. Please let us know how we can assist you with whatever you may have questions about. Most importantly, remember that you are valuable and valued here. Take a minute to breathe and do your very best. We believe in you!
Don’t forget to stop by the University-Wide Majors Fair today to visit with representatives from a wide variety of Baylor majors and pre-professional programs.
Hope to see you there!
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Today, we conclude our series on networking that Cassie Thompson, a practicum student in Career and Professional Development, is sharing with us. Please find step 1 here, step 2 here, and step 3 here. Thanks again for sharing your insights with us, Cassie.
Time to follow-up and then move forward. Within 24 hours of meeting with a contact, write a thank you email. This doesn’t have to be long. Simply say thanks for taking the time to meet, add something personal about the experience to show you were listening, and if they gave great advice on something you should do next, tell them how you are going to move forward on that advice! Showing gratitude can get you far in this world as so few people do it.
Hopefully from your meetings you have come up with new names to contact and grow your network, and one day, one of those names will be the key to the right job! Additionally, maybe you were given other pieces of advice to focus on. Perhaps someone told you your resume needed some help, or that you needed more customer service training in order to work in that field. Make a list of all the advice given to you and start working on all of it. Add those new names to your spreadsheet and start sending more emails!
Congratulations! You now have a bona fide network!