CPD Ambassador Program


Are you interested in getting more involved with The Office of Career and Professional Development and developing valuable skills?  Check out this new opportunity!CPD Ambassador Program

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.

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Online Resources from Career and Professional Development


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
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Mid-Semester Pep Talk

Blog QuoteIt’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!

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Majors Fair Today!

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.

2014 CPD Majors Fair

Hope to see you there!

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100 Healthcare Careers

CThis post was originally published on April 2, 2012.  Enjoy this oldie but goodie!

This marks our 100th post on the Mind Your Major blog!  While I wish I could say that we are giving away $100, that is not true.  Instead, we offer up what some of you might think is the next best thing…100 careers in healthcare.  How many of you, particularly those on a prehealthcare track, have been asked about your back-up plan?  How many of you have a solid back-up plan figured out?  Here are 100 ideas to get you started, with links to detailed information on each career path:

  1. Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Specialist
  2. Clinical Laboratory Scientist/Medical Technologist
  3. Health Educator
  4. Cytotechnologist
  5. Genetic Counselor
  6. Art Therapist
  7. Medical Librarian
  8. Dentist
  9. Built Environment Specialist
  10. Environmental Health Advocate
  11. Environmental Health Practitioner
  12. Food Safety Specialist
  13. Occupational Health and Safety Expert
  14. Forensic Biologist
  15. Forensic Chemist
  16. Forensic Odontologist
  17. Forensic Pathologist
  18. Forensic Toxicologist
  19. Geriatric Pharmacist
  20. Geriatric Psychiatrist
  21. Geriatric Staff Nurse
  22. Geriatrician
  23. Health Administrator
  24. Dental Informatics
  25. Nursing Informatics
  26. Biogerontologist
  27. Clinical Ethicist
  28. Disaster Medical Specialist
  29. Emergency Medicine
  30. Family Medicine
  31. Palliative Care Doctor
  32. Pathologist
  33. Doctor of Osteopathy
  34. Medical Doctor
  35. Physician Assistant
  36. Medical Scientist
  37. Psychiatrist
  38. Psychologist
  39. Rehabilitation Counselor
  40. Social Worker
  41. Licensed Professional Counselor
  42. Child Life Specialist
  43. Marriage and Family Therapist
  44. Substance Abuse Counselor
  45. Athletic Trainer
  46. Clinical Nurse Specialist
  47. Nurse Anesthetist
  48. Nurse Educator
  49. Audiologist
  50. Nurse Midwife
  51. Occupational Therapist
  52. Nurse Practitioner
  53. Physical Therapist
  54. Nurse Researcher
  55. Speech-Language Pathologist
  56. Veterinarian
  57. Dietitian
  58. Occupational Health Nurse
  59. Pediatric Nurse
  60. Public Health Nurse
  61. Registered Nurse
  62. Bioinformatics
  63. Optometrist
  64. Pharmaceutical Scientist
  65. Pharmacist
  66. Podiatrist
  67. Public Health- Biomedical and Laboratory Practice
  68. Biostatistics
  69. Epidemiology
  70. Global Health
  71. Maternal and Child Health
  72. Public Health Practice and Program Management
  73. Exercise Physiologist
  74. Kinesiotherapist
  75. Primary Care Sports Medicine
  76. Animal Behaviorist
  77. Demographer
  78. Biomedical Engineer
  79. Biotechnologist
  80. Perfusionist
  81. Acupuncturist
  82. Acute Care Nurse
  83. Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse
  84. Allergist/Immunologist
  85. Anesthesiologist Assistant
  86. Anesthesiologist
  87. Chiropractor
  88. Critical Care Nurse
  89. Dermatologist
  90. Hospitalist
  91. Internist
  92. Low Vision Therapist, Orientation and Mobility Specialist, and Vision Rehabilitation Therapist
  93. Music Therapist
  94. Naturopathic Doctor
  95. Neurologist
  96. Nuclear Medicine Physician
  97. Obstetrician/Gynecologist
  98. Ophthalmologist
  99. Surgeon
  100. Orthodontist

For even more ideas, visit the following websites:

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4 Weeks to Building a Network: Step 4

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Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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!

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Tips for Successful Pre-Med Shadowing

Photo courtesy of Adrian Clark via Flickr

Photo courtesy of Adrian Clark via Flickr

If you are a pre-med student, you have probably already heard about the significance of job shadowing.  Yes, this will improve the likelihood of being accepted by a medical school.  More importantly, this may be your best opportunity to evaluate the pros and cons of a medical career, allowing you to make a more informed decision about your future.  If you are unsure about where to begin, check out the following articles for advice on how to arrange job shadowing and how to identify opportunities that will be most beneficial to you.

How Do I…Shadow a Doctor? (Association of American Medical Colleges)

5 Ways for Premed Students to Maximize Physician Shadowing (U.S. News & World Report)

What to Expect on a Pre-Med Job Shadow (Chron.com)

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4 Weeks to Building a Network: Step 3

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Image courtesy of Detanan at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Today, we continue with step 3 in a series on networking that Cassie Thompson, a practicum student in Career and Professional Development, is sharing with us.  Please find step 1 here and step 2 here.  Thanks so much for sharing your insights with us, Cassie.

Okay, by now you have lunches and coffee dates set. So what in the world will you talk about?

When you meet with each person, tell them again what types of job you are interested in and ask them for advice. A number of things could happen. They may have names of others working in the industry to refer you to. They may know of an open position that is not yet on their company’s website. Or they may tell you about their day-to-day work and you realize that isn’t a job you would be interested in!

Also, it is pretty likely that they will ask you questions about what you want to do. Tell the truth! If you aren’t sure, say you are still exploring, but this industry is very appealing to you. If you know, share why you want to work in that field or for that company. By being open about what you want, it will help guide their advice to be more specific to your needs and challenges.

As you meet with each of these ten people, you will gain new information to help solidify what paths you want to keep walking down and which ones to stop and turn around! Hopefully you will begin some great relationships to help you for your future.

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HireABear Career Fair Tomorrow

career fair students interacting with employeers. 09/25/2007It’s never too early to start thinking about your career.  Whether you are still trying to choose a major or you plan to graduate this semester, there are many benefits to attending a career fair.  Here are just a few:

1) Discover occupations you had not considered.

2) Learn what employers are looking for in a candidate.

3) Network with professionals in your chosen career field.

4) Get hired for a job or internship!

The HireABear Career Fair will take place tomorrow from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Waco Convention Center.  Click here for all the details, including a list of employers who plan to attend.  Don’t forget to wear professional attire and bring copies of your resume.  We wish you the best.

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4 Weeks to Building a Network: Step 2

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Today, we continue with step 2 in a series on networking that Cassie Thompson, a practicum student in Career and Professional Development, is sharing with us.  Please find step 1 here.  Thanks so much for sharing your insights with us, Cassie.

Okay, you’ve made your list and selected your ten people. Now what to do with that list?

One by one, ask them if you can take them to coffee or lunch. Let them know you are doing some information gathering as you look for a future career, and that you are interested in their industry or type of position and would like to ask them some questions, and would they be willing to meet. Depending on where you are in school, you can take your time with this, or maybe go a little more rapidly. If it is spring semester of your senior year, I would try and book coffees and lunches all spring break!

I need to mention that you will be paying for these coffees and lunches. At least, you will offer to pay. Some people will end up paying for you or splitting, but you must always offer. Yes, I know you are in college and cash may be tight, but consider this an investment in your future. As these people are willing to give up their time to talk with you, it is only right to show your gratitude by offering to pay!

Now here is where most people go, “But my roommate’s dad has met me once and he won’t remember me!” or “Why would my sister’s best friend want to help me?” There are a couple of reasons why they will want to help you. First, people love to talk about themselves. Seriously, don’t you love to talk about yourself? People like helping others and giving advice, so they will most likely want to help you out.

Second, many companies now have referral programs for new hires. This means that if you meet with your roommate’s dad and he knows there is an entry-level position open at his company that you’d be perfect for, he can refer you and get a bonus. It is in his best interest to meet with you. Lastly, the worst that can happen is the person says no. This is one door that has closed, but that’s why you have nine more! But until you ask, you will never know what path will be the one that leads to employment.

So time to start making some phone calls and writing some emails. Check back next week to see what to talk about over coffee!

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