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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Graduate School Workshop Videos Now Online

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Did you miss our workshop series this semester?  Don’t fret.  The Preparing for Graduate School workshops were recorded, and you can access the first two videos on the Career and Professional Development website.  The last two videos will be added soon.  Keep in mind that CPD staff are happy to assist you with your graduate school decisions and plans.  Contact us to let us know how we can help you.

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5 Summer Plans to Boost Your Career Goals

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The summer is prime time to gain valuable experiences that will help you reach your career goals.  What are your plans?  If you are still trying to decide what you will do, consider these options:

1.  Summer Job

If your plans include finding a job for the summer, why not explore opportunities related to a field you are interested in?  Need further guidance to help figure out where to start?

  • Make a career coaching appointment here to work one on one with a professional to help you gain clarity for where to begin your search depending on where you will be this summer.
  • If  you will be in Waco this summer, plan to attend the Work in Waco Job Fair on April 16th at the Waco Convention Center from 1:00 – 4:30 pm.  Be sure to pre-register for the event here.

2.  Summer Internship

A summer internship is fantastic experience for a multitude of reasons.  A few of these include building valuable networks, gaining real-world experience in your area of interest, building and improving necessary skills, as well as obtaining further clarity about what the world of work in your interest area really feels like.  Remember that 65% of internships turn into full-time job offers, so these are important opportunities to take seriously.  Again, feel free to contact our office for specific guidance.  The Work in Waco Fair will also showcase internship opportunities, so take advantage of that resource as well.

3.  Study Abroad

I have yet to speak to someone who studied abroad and didn’t have a fantastic experience.  Studying in another country can expand your horizons and networks in new ways.  You may find that you learn new things about yourself that can contribute to your career goals. Baylor’s Center for International Education provides a plethora of opportunities to study abroad through their Bears Abroad program.  Be sure and stop by their office on the 2nd floor of Poage library or email them at studyabroad@baylor.edu.

4.  Volunteer

Another great way to gain experience in your career area of interest is to volunteer.  Volunteer opportunities allow you to gain experience in the work environment, network with professionals in the field, and develop new skills.  These experiences can provide valuable dividends down the road as your resume will reflect these opportunities and may pave the way for internship and job possibilities down the road.  Employers may also notice your determination and dedication to your field of work through your willingness to gain experience in the field as a volunteer.

5.  Job Shadow

The summer can also provide an extended span of time for you to explore a variety of fields you are considering by job shadowing professionals in your areas of interest.  If you are searching for the right career path for you, spending time shadowing someone in that profession can help you gain even more clarity about what that work environment is like and what some of the tasks are.  Another benefit of job shadowing is the valuable networks you build by interacting with different professionals.  If you will be in your hometown this summer, these networks may be right at your fingertips through family and friend connections.  If you would like a little more direction about how to pursue a job shadowing experience or an information interview, please visit this link.  Here we offer suggestions and tips for a successful experience.

As with all of these ideas, please remember that Career and Professional Development is here to help you find your path.  Let us know if we can help with questions, concerns or even figuring out where to begin.  We want you to find the opportunities that fit you the best!

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Preparing for the GRE: Workshop Today!

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You likely haven’t experienced this level of anxiety about a test since the SAT or ACT.  Join us for the final workshop in the Preparing for Graduate School workshop series to learn about the sections of the GRE® and different study strategies to help you earn an excellent score the first time.  This session will take place at 4:00 p.m. today in Room 120 of Morrison Hall, and free pizza will be available after the presentation.

If you missed the previous workshops in our series, you can now access videos of these presentations on the Baylor Career and Professional Development website.

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Professional Networking Dinner

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Are your comfortable eating a meal with a potential employer?  The Professional Networking Dinner goes beyond explaining which fork to use by giving you the critical tools you need to feel calm, cool and collected in a networking dinner situation, so you can focus on the conversation more than the consommé.  Follow this link for more details.  Please RSVP by Friday, April 4th.  Hope to see you there!

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Workshop Today: How Do I Apply to Grad School, and What Makes a Strong Application?

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Have you ever wondered what program directors are thinking when they decide who gets into graduate programs and who doesn’t?  As we learned in our first workshop, admissions committees take a holistic approach to evaluating candidates, meaning that there are many factors that contribute to admissions decisions.  Join us at 4:00 p.m. today in Room 120 of Morrison Hall to hear directly from five faculty members about what they look for in top graduate program candidates.  Don’t miss this opportunity to learn what to do to set yourself apart (in a good way)!  As a bonus, stick around for free pizza at the conclusion of the workshop.

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Attention All English Majors!

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Are you looking for a great way to build your network, gain valuable experience and become a more competitive candidate for future job opportunities?  The English department is hosting an internship meeting on Tuesday, March 25th, at 4 pm in Carroll Science G09.  Internships are a great way to gain the items listed above as well as practice the important skills you have been learning in your course work.  You might also be able to earn course credit!  Write this date on your calendar, so you won’t miss it!

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How Do I Pay for Graduate School? Workshop Today!

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For many students, the question of how to pay for graduate and professional education is a lot more difficult to answer than whether or not they want to attend graduate school.  When a student may already be facing loan repayment for their undergraduate degree, the idea of spending even more money for an advanced degree can be quite daunting.  Join us this afternoon at 4:00 p.m. in Room 100 of Morrison Hall for the second in our Graduate School Workshop Series, “How Do I Pay for Graduate School?”

Mr. Amine Qourzal from Baylor’s Student Financial Aid Office will present on assessing the financial costs of attending graduate school, loans, and making smart financial decisions.  Come learn about your options, and stay for free pizza after the presentation.

As an aside, students who are considering applying to graduate school have the opportunity from Kaplan to take free practice exams.  Click here to read more about opportunities to take a practice MCAT, GRE, LSAT, PCAT, GMAT, DAT, or OAT.

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Wherever your Spring Break plans take you, I hope you take time to rest and enjoy a much deserved break.  While you have time, think about what you have accomplished during the first half of the semester.  Also, take time to think about the things you want to improve in the second half.  Have you thought about your summer plans yet?  If not, Spring Break might be a great time to network, especially if you will be in your hometown, and explore summer job or internship opportunities related to your career field of interest.  As always, if you need a little guidance with your career plans, please visit us in Career and Professional Development when you return from the break.  Enjoy your time off!

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Is Grad School Right for Me and How Do I Choose a Program?

BlogImage GradSchoolWkshpOverviewCome brave the chilly weather today to attend the first session in our Graduate School Workshop Series.  Students considering graduate school will learn about admissions criteria, how to select a program, and how to navigate online resources for comparing graduate programs.  The workshop will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Morrison Hall, Room 120.  Free pizza will be served at the conclusion of the presentation.  We hope to see you there!

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