Ready or not, here it comes!

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The Spring Internship & Career Fair is one week away! The fair will be held on Thursday, February 12, 12:30-4:30 p.m. at the Waco Convention Center, 100 Washington Ave.

*There will be round-trip shuttle service that will pick-up every 15 minutes behind Cashion Academic Center at 4th and Speight.

*A “LinkedIn” Photo Booth will be available for the first 400 students and alumni to have a professional profile picture taken for their LinkedIn profiles.

This fair will be our largest career fair to date with 156 organizations registered to attend with 375 total recruiters. The recruiters will share about entry-level career positions and internships. While some companies do seek specific majors, most companies are open to all majors.  We encourage you to prepare for the fair in the next week-here’s how:


Student “to do” list before the Spring Job & Internship Fair:

  • Research the attending companies (See who’s attending the Internship & Career Fair!)
  • Log in to your HireABear account and schedule a mock interview with college recruiters February 6 and 11.  A mock interview is one of the very best ways to prepare for an actual employment interview and it will help improve the way you present yourself. These 30-minute interviews are meant to be as realistic as possible. You will be asked interview questions that would be asked by actual employers.
  • Bring several copies of your résumé (have it reviewed by a Career & Professional Development staff member prior to the fair). Résumé walk-in hours
  • Practice your 30-second commercial. (See BearFacts pg. 23)
  • Bring your student ID to the fair
  • Dress for success (business casual dress required; professional dress recommended–no jeans, shorts, t-shirts, workout clothes)

Good luck in your internship and job search!

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Post-baccalaureate Premedical Programs

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If you are thinking about medical school, you may have heard of post-baccalaureate premedical programs as a second chance option. If so, there are some things you should consider before fully accepting this as your back-up plan.

These programs are designed to help students transition from undergrad to a professional school, such as medical school. They are also helpful for those who are considering a career shift and need to complete the necessary science requirements. These programs can improve your chances of getting in to medical school, but only if you do well in the program. Even then, not all programs are created equally.

Some programs are well-known and have several affiliations with medical schools which may offer conditional acceptance into the medical school based on performance in the program. Programs can vary in length between 8 and 24 months. Some are degree-seeking, which grant a master’s degree, while others are non-degree-seeking that only grant certificates upon completion.  Most programs require at least a 3.0 GPA for acceptance. You can look up programs using AAMC’s free Postbaccalaureate Premedical Programs database to learn more about the length, tuition, success rates for acceptance into medical school, and affiliations. Here are some other resources for more information about post-bacc programs:

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Overwhelmed by Career Decisions? Here’s Where to Begin

IndependenceJust start somewhere.  That’s right.  If you are feeling overwhelmed by the thought of choosing a major, finding an internship, or getting a job after graduation, don’t let fear paralyze you.  Even Baylor University had to start somewhere (see picture above).

Take action, even if that means simply taking a quick look at job postings or listening to a podcast about a major that you are considering.  Each step you take will help you to learn more about an option or about your own preferences.  Don’t be afraid to ask for help, either.  The staff of Career and Professional Development are happy to assist you.  Visit our website to learn about the different ways you can connect with us.

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How to Use This Blog in Career Planning

Photo by ebayink via Flickr

Photo by ebayink via Flickr

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.

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Bruiser uses CPD!


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!



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International Career Opportunities


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.

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Use Your Common Sense Day


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.

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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

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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:  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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