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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What Can I Do with My Major? Find Out on LinkedIn

It’s a common question around our office–”What can I do with a major in ______?”  There are many methods for exploring career possibilities with a major.  One particularly interesting way to answer this question is to use LinkedIn.

Start by clicking the “Connections” link at the top of your LinkedIn home page, then select “Find Alumni.”  From here, you can discover top cities, employers, and industries of Baylor alumni with LinkedIn profiles.  You can also do a keyword search to find individuals who earned degrees with your same major or others that you are considering.  Not only can this open your eyes to new possibilities, but reviewing LinkedIn profiles can help you to see the pathways taken to different occupations.

Here are examples of occupations of Baylor alumni that I found:

Psychology Majors- Career Counselor, Psychologist, Management Consultant, University Professor, Research Assistant, Academic Advisor

Biology Majors- Orthodontist, Biology Teacher, Environmental Scientist, Museum Director, Editor, Financial Services Representative

History Majors- Archivist, Public Relations Specialist, Marketing Director, Curator, Librarian, Military Officer

Are you new to LinkedIn?  Click here for  video tutorials on how to set up a profile and how to add connections.  Click here for LinkedIn information specific to college students.

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How to Career Explore and Network at the Same Time: Step 1

Announcement:  The walk-in hours for resume reviews have been updated recently.  Please click here for the most current schedule.  Thanks!

Today, Cassie Thompson, a practicum student in Career and Professional Development, is sharing step 1 of a 4-part series on networking.  Thanks so much for sharing your insights with us, Cassie.networking step 1

There is plenty of research that shows that most people get a job through some sort of connection in their network. Maybe that idea depresses you, because you think you don’t know anyone in the industry you are looking at. Or maybe you feel you don’t have a network. Or maybe you’ve heard that everyone in your contacts is your network, and that can feel overwhelming. Or maybe you just have no clue what you want to do! So where to begin?

Over the next few weeks, I will give a step in the process to both exploring a career and building a network. Some of these steps will feel really easy to do, and some a little more challenging-Hence why they are paced out. So step one…

Start with 10 people. Only ten. Choose ten people who either have a career you are interested in or work in an industry that interests you. These people can be your aunt, a professor, maybe a roommate’s dad or cousin, or your sister’s best friend. Basically, anyone you know that is working in something even remotely close to where you want to work is a good place to start. Create a list or spreadsheet with everyone’s names, jobs, and contact info.

Do not worry at this point about how well you know these people or fear whether they will help you. We’ll get to that part later. For now, just come up with ten names.

If you think of more than ten-great! Write them all on the list or spreadsheet, but for the purposes of not being overwhelmed, pick 10 people from that list to begin with. Maybe they’re the ones you know best or maybe they are the ones who have jobs closest to what you hope to do in the future, it doesn’t really matter, as long as you pick ten.

That is all for this week. Next week we will discuss what to do with the list!

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STEM Career Fair This Week

Career Fair 2Science.  Technology.  Engineering.  Mathematics.  These career fields contain some of the fastest growing and highest paying occupations in the country.  This week, Baylor students have the opportunity to meet with employers in these fields to discuss internship and full-time job opportunities.  Stop by the 5th Floor of Cashion from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m this Thursday.  Make sure to dress professionally, bring copies of your resume, and research companies before you attend.

Don’t forget that CPD has walk-in hours available for resume reviews.  Let us help you put your best foot forward.

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Walk-in Services

At Career and Professional Development we have two resources for you to take advantage of that don’t require an appointment:resume review

Need someone to help you with your resume to make sure it is job application and interview ready?  Bring your resume with you to Sid Rich 132 for our resume review walk-in hours.  Click here to view our resume hours for the fall semester.

 Career Exploration

Have a quick question about career exploration?  Confused about which resource will help you the most?  Stop by Sid Rich 132 for our career exploration walk-in hours for answers to your quick questions as well as referrals to specific resources.  Our walk-in hours for the fall semester are:

Monday – Thursday: 4 – 5 pm

Once you arrive at Sid Rich 132, please follow the instructions at the computer kiosk to check-in and someone will be with you shortly.  We look forward to helping you!

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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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