Kick-Off Your Career Event Today

Athletics Ð Football vs West Virginia (WVU) Ð Floyd Casey Stadium Ð 10/05/2013Start the school year off right!  Join the staff of Career and Professional Development on Fountain Mall today for our Kick-Off Your Career event.  From 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., enjoy free hot dogs, tailgate-style games, a photo op with Bruiser the Bear, and a chance to win a football autographed by Art Briles!  This is our way of saying “Welcome Back” and reminding you of all of the services that we offer to help you reach your career goals.  Sic ‘em!

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Calling All Aspiring Law Students!

 

Don’t miss these two amazing opportunities to hear from a law and grad school insider.  Be sure and make your reservation today!GETTING INTO TOP LAW AND GRADUATE SCHOOL PROGRAMS

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Late Night

I hope your first week back or your first week here at Baylor is going well!  One way to find meaningful community during your Baylor journey is by joining student organizations.  Late Night is an event for students to meet representatives from over 200 organizations and learn more about the different opportunities to connect all over campus.  Student organizations are also a great way to network and learn more about major and career fields you might be interested in.  Be sure and take advantage of this great opportunity to learn about the options available at Baylor.

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3 Ways to Get Help with Your Career Goals

CounselingWelcome, new Baylor Bears, and welcome back to our returning students!  The staff of Career and Professional Development is eager to help you make the most of this academic year.  We know that despite the fun of Baylor traditions and developing friendships, the real reason you came to college is to prepare for a great career.  Simply attending classes won’t get you where you really want to go.  Let a career counselor or career advisor help you figure out how to identify goals and begin working toward them.  There are three ways you can get in-depth assistance with these tasks:

  1. Career Exploration Appointments- Designed for students who are undecided on a major or unsure of their career goals, career exploration appointments involve individual meetings with a career counselor and the opportunity to take two career assessments:  Strong Interest Inventory and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.  Click here for more information.
  2. Internship Appointments- Get personalized assistance in identifying internship opportunities that are relevant to your major and career goals.
  3. Career Coaching Appointments- If you have a goal in mind, but you don’t know how to get there, career coaching can help you develop effective job search skills or help you with graduate school planning.

You can schedule any of these appointments by logging in to HireABear and clicking “Make Appointment” in the left sidebar.  We look forward to seeing you soon.

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“In the Good Old Summer Time”

Summer (1)Ahhh…summer.  A new start.  A change of pace.  An opportunity.  What are your plans?  As we experience shifts in life’s pace, sometimes we notice opportunities to think about things in a new way.  I recently read this article and in it the author challenges readers to ask themselves one question when exploring career options:Summer (2)

This question may be just the thing to help get your wheels turning as you consider life beyond Baylor.  And sometimes thinking ahead can help you realize steps you can take now to prepare for that future reality.  As problems you want to solve come to mind, think of people you may know who are working towards solutions as well.  Conversations with these people might be able to help you discover where to go next in your quest.

Enjoy your summer.  Be mindful of who you are and where you want to go.  And remember, Career and Professional Development will be open all summer!  If you find yourself away from Waco this summer, please email us with any questions at hireabear@baylor.edu.  The Baylor Career Corner blog will be on hiatus for the summer, but we’ll look forward to bringing you new posts when school starts in August!

 

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Best Websites for Graduate and Professional School Planning

While you are probably looking forward to some time to relax this summer, do not pass up prime time to work on your graduate school plans.  Whether you expect to be on a college campus, the beach, or your couch this summer, here are a few websites to help you get to the bottom of what you really need to know about graduate and professional school:

1.  University websites

The best way for you to learn about a graduate program is to go straight to the source.  A university’s website will provide information about admission criteria, degree plans, financial aid, and faculty research interests.  Click here for a list of graduate programs at Baylor.

2.  Graduate School Directories

Maybe you just read my first piece of advice and thought it was a great idea…if only you knew which schools interested you.  Though I have not found a single website that provides a comprehensive look at all graduate programs, Gradschools.com and Peterson’s are two that I use most frequently when assisting students.  These sites allow you to search by location, subject, and degree type.  If you are interested in reviewing program rankings, U.S. News and World Report rankings are probably the best known.  Students interested in doctoral study might also want to check out PhDs.org.

3.  Professional Association and Accrediting Body Websites

Though many institutions offer graduate and professional school programs, they are not all created equal.  Reviewing websites of accrediting bodies will help you to know if your prospective school meets certain standards.  Completing an accredited program often increases your job prospects, as compared to non-accredited programs.  Several professional associations also list related graduate programs on their websites.  Here are a few examples to get you started:

Association of American Medical Colleges

Law School Admission Council

American Psychological Association

Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs

Sophas.org- The Centralized Application Service for Public Health

American Dental Association

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education

4. Entrance Exam Websites

Chances are good that your program will require you to submit a score from a standardized test.  Make sure to review the websites of your prospective programs to find out what, if any, scores they require.  Like my remarks on #1 in this list, you really want to go straight to the source for this information.  The following websites will provide you with detail on how to sign up and prepare for your standardized test.

GRE

MCAT

GMAT

DAT

PCAT

OAT

5.  Financial Aid Information

Graduate and professional school is a huge investment.  You can never have too much information on your options for financing your education.  Here are a few websites to get you started:

StudentAid.gov

StudenLoans.gov

CareerOneStop Scholarship Search

 

If you are feeling confused or overwhelmed at any stage of your graduate school planning process, please reach out to the Career and Professional Development staff to help.  We want to help you succeed!

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What Can You Do With That Major??

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Have you ever answered the age old question, “What is your major?” only to be asked the follow up question, “What will you do with that?”  Next, think about your initial response to that last question — clammy palms, racing heart, cool confidence?  Well, if your initial response is more often one of the first two options than the third, here are some helpful tips, especially if you have found the major you love to study, but have noticed it doesn’t provide a clear-cut list of career options.

1.  Don’t panic.  Whatever your Baylor major, you are developing incredible transferable skills that employers want.  Writing, researching, critical thinking, problem solving, communication skills, etc. are among a multitude of skills employers are looking for and skills that a variety of majors provide.  Take a minute and start a list of some of the different skills you are learning in your classes.  If you notice areas that are missing, make an appointment with a professor and ask about additional ways you might develop these other skill sets while staying involved in your field of interest.

2.  Get involved.  Student organizations and volunteer opportunities can be great opportunities to put these skills you’ve developed into action.  Being able to demonstrate your experience utilizing these skill sets in an interview and on a resume will speak volumes to employers.  Take note of specifics, including any quantifiable data about the project or program you worked with.  Also, remember what you learned from your experiences and how that might inform future endeavors you take on.  Any opportunities for leadership in those groups can also be useful, so be on the look out for ways you can jump in and help.

3.  Network.  Do you know someone who is doing the actual type of work you like, but are unsure how they got there?  Ask if you can schedule a meeting to hear that person’s story and how he or she got into the work that sounds so appealing to you.  If you don’t know someone specifically, start with people you do know to see if they know someone.  Don’t forget about your Facebook account!  Sometimes asking if anyone knows someone working in a particular field can yield great results.

To learn more about how one liberal arts student found the right career path, read the following article: http://www.yourcoffeebreak.co.uk/career-guide/26338735468/how-to-start-your-career-while-still-in-school/.  She gives lots of great tips for ways you can begin now to work toward the career you want.

If you are still trying to decide what your summer plans will include, be mindful about your choices and how they fit with your future goals and aspirations.  You might be surprised that these summer experiences can be wonderful skill and resume builders that will help you in the future.  As always, Career and Professional Development is here to help you, so let us know if we can help guide you on your journey!

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Focused on Fashion: Careers in Apparel Merchandising

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A major or minor in Apparel Merchandising and Product Development can be an excellent fit for students who want to apply their business savvy in a creative and competitive industry.  Visit the following links to learn more about different career possibilities with this major.

I Want to Be a Stylist (Seventeen.com)

Career Information- Where can a degree in Apparel, Merchandising, Design and Textiles take you? (Washington State University)

Purchasing Managers, Buyers, and Purchasing Agents (Occupational Outlook Handbook)

Visual Merchandising Associate Job Description – Retail Career Job Profile (About.com Retail Industry)

Advertising, Promotions, and Marketing Managers (Occupational Outlook Handbook)

Public Relations Specialists (Occupational Outlook Handbook)

Wholesale and Manufacturing Sales Representatives (Occupational Outlook Handbook)

Job Description of a Merchandise Planner (GlobalPost)

What Are the Qualifications to Be a Manager at a Retail Store? (Chron.com)

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How is Your Career Reception?

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Is there anything more frustrating than being in the middle of a major project requiring internet access and losing your connection?  After refreshing your screen several times to no avail and finally succumbing to the reality that going to a different place with better reception is your next step, frustration can certainly set in, especially if you have gotten all settled into your space, knowing that you have to pick everything up and move to a different locale.

Or what about the phone call to someone you haven’t gotten to see in a long time.  Maybe you’re in the middle of catching up on life when all of a sudden the inevitable dropped call occurs.  How frustrating!  You immediately call the person back.  Maybe this connection is better, but sometimes, even worse, the call drops again and you have to move somewhere else with a better reception signal.  How sweet it is to finally resume the conversation without interruption!

Sometimes life is like that.  You start off in one direction, only to meet a roadblock that causes you to rethink your path.  For some of us, these change-of-direction moments occur when we need to rethink our major or career plans.  Maybe instead of a dropped call, you’ve had to drop a class this semester.  Thinking through the reasons that led you to drop the class might provide some insight into whether a reevaluation of your current major or career plans might be helpful.  Maybe you feel disconnected in your courses of study or when you think about the career you’ve been planning to pursue.  Maybe you’ve lost interest in what you always thought you wanted to do.  If this is the case, you are not alone!  The Career Exploration staff is here to help guide you in a direction that will fit who you are and help you find the place to reconnect with a clear signal.

Maybe you already have clear reception and love your major and career direction.  What wonderful news!  Please let our staff in Career and Professional Development help guide you as you reach for your goals.  We can help review that resume so it shines bright and stands out for recruiters.  We can also help you solidify your interview skills, so you feel confidant and sure during those multiple interview rounds.  Maybe you want to meet with someone to gain clarity in your job and internship search.  We can help with that, too.

Whatever your career need, please stop by our website to schedule an appointment.  We can’t wait to work with you!

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Work in Waco Job Fair Tomorrow

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For those of you sticking around Waco this summer or looking to settle here full-time after graduation, consider an excellent opportunity tomorrow to look into employment possibilities.  The Work in Waco Job Fair will showcase local employers from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Waco Convention Center on Wednesday, April 16th.  Employment opportunities include internship, part-time, and full-time positions.  Students are encouraged to pre-register, and a list of employers who will be attending is available on the Work in Waco website.

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