Though you may have considered careers with the FBI or CIA, you may not realize that there are 17 different agencies that make up the United States Intelligence Community. You will soon have the opportunity to learn more about several of these agencies through a Virtual Career Fair, which will take place on Tuesday, February 26, from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (Central). Students interested in internships or full-time employment with these agencies are encouraged to participate. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged to ensure your spot at the fair. Visit ICVirtualFair.com to learn more.
Ever thought about working for the State Attorney General’s Office? Representatives will be on Baylor’s campus TODAY, Wednesday, January 23rd from 4-5pm in Cashion 103 to discuss local internships as well as full-time jobs and internships at the over 60 locations of the state organization. The information session will be a time for discussion about openings available beginning right away, as well as general information about opportunities available in the upcoming months and year-round. Come to learn and ask questions about these opportunities to gain experience and begin a career in public service or law. We hope to see you there!
Contact the Office of Career and Professional Development if you have questions about this event.
Baylor students are known for their service to the community and aspirations for making a difference through their work. Relevant experience can be gained through volunteer work, and it may also help you discern what type of occupation will suit you best. There are also internships available with many nonprofit organizations, and quite a few of these opportunities are open to all majors. Conducting a job search in Hire a Bear can be a great place to start. Just this morning, I conducted an advanced search for “Intern” positions in the “Nonprofit” employer category, and the search yielded 60 results!
Another great resource for researching nonprofit organizations is Idealist.org. Donna Sparks, Assistant Director of Career and Professional Development at Baylor, points out that the job search feature on the site will allow students to view some available positions. However, many nonprofit employers do not have the funds to pay to advertise their positions on websites like Idealist.org. A student who is serious about finding employment with a nonprofit organization should also visit the websites for the individual nonprofit organizations.
The spring semester has just begun, but you really should be considering your summer plans. Employers and graduate schools expect that your college experience has consisted of more than simply going to class. Successful students know that gaining relevant experience throughout college is critical to future success. Whether you want a prestigious summer internship or you plan to work to save up for next semester’s textbooks, work experience is valuable. The Office of Career Development has many events already taking place to help you prepare. Check out our calendar. You can also review opportunities through Hire A Bear.
Would you like some personalized help with your search? First, our career counselors can help you identify what type of career you would like to pursue. Second, resume critiques and career coaching are available to help you make a plan for how to get the job you want. Let us help, and make sure to tell us your success story!
Once again, our colleagues in the Office of Career and Professional Development (formerly known as Career Services) are hosting the Hire a Bear Career Fair. Employers will be on hand to discuss full-time and internship opportunities. Mark your calendar for the afternoon of Wednesday, September 19th to network with top employers in your field. This is also a great chance for students who are still exploring their career goals to check out what is available. More information regarding the Hire a Bear Career Fair, as well as information on resumes and interviewing, can be found on the Office of Career and Professional Development website.
An earlier version of this post used the former title, Career Services, in the place of the Office of Career and Professional Development.
If you aren’t familiar with the term, the acronym STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math. Students who possess knowledge and skills in these areas are in high demand…such high demand, in fact, that Baylor’s Career Services office hosts an entire career fair specifically for careers in STEM areas. You can follow this link to learn more about the STEM Career Fair on September 11th, including the employers who will be attending.
For those of you who are undecided on a major, take some time to see which majors these employers recruit. Even freshman can learn a great deal about internships and future employment by talking with recruiters at the fair. The Career Services office is even hosting a workshop the night before the fair, so you can put your best foot forward. Click here to read more.
Calling all do-gooders! Career Services will host the Make a Difference Career Fair tomorrow, March 21, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m in the Barfield Drawing Room of the Bill Daniel Student Center. Full-time, part-time, and internship opportunities will be presented by non-profit and public sector employers. You can search the list of employers here.
It might be nice if making a career decision and landing a job were as simple as following a sign. Even if that is not realistic, there are members of the Baylor community working hard to simplify your career exploration and job search. Here are two events that you can take advantage of this week:
Baylor’s S3 Hosting Spurs Sports and Entertainment – A Broad Look at the Sports Industry
Tuesday, February 21, 7 p.m. in Cashion, Room 309. Four executives from Spurs Sports and Entertainment will be speaking on the sports industry and the career opportunities available. If you have ever been interested in working in the professional sports industry regardless of your major, then come out and ask questions, and build your network.
Internship and Career Fair
12:30-4:30 p.m. at the Ferrell Center. This event is for graduating students looking for that first professional job and for students seeking internships. Different employers seeking Baylor students in all academic fields will be present. About 90 companies will be in attendance with entry-level career positions and internships. While some companies do seek specific majors, the majority of companies are open to all majors. For a complete list of organizations attending, visit https://www.myinterfase.com/baylor/event_view.aspx?token=ZyD08iMBLeH5k6rBY1FVuQ%3d%3d
Considering that we just returned from Christmas Break, you might be shocked that I would suggest that it is time to plan for summer. You can complete ignore my advice, of course, but career-minded students are wise to begin the early phases of seeking summer employment.
Specifically, students who are interested in summer internships, research opportunities, and camp counseling positions need to be researching their options NOW. These positions are typically competitive and have specific deadlines, sometimes months in advance. If you have your sights set on a specific employer, go ahead and familiarize yourself with their summer opportunities, application process, and deadline for applying.
If you will be seeking the traditional summer job–seasonal, part-time work–it may be too early to submit an application. However, you could increase your chances of landing a summer job by doing a bit of research on the front end. Do you know anyone who works for an employer you are considering (maybe a friend’s parent or a fellow church member)? You could contact them to ask how their employer typically handles summer opportunities and casually express your interest. They might even offer to pass your name along, so that when you complete the formal application, your name will be familiar to the hiring manager.
A final piece of advice…if you are going to work this summer, try your best to identify opportunities that would give you relevant experience. With that, I mean that you want to try to acquire skills and experience that pertain to the full-time career you are pursuing. You can identify the necessary skills and experiences by reviewing full-time job postings, as if you were looking for one of those positions today.
If you are unsure of your career direction, take advantage of Career Counseling early in the semester. If you know your direction, but you would like assistance with a job or internship search, contact Career Services.
Students who love to write often seek career counseling, as they explore how to turn their communication skills into a solid job. If you have wondered this, consider professional writing. This is taken directly from the website of the Department of English at Baylor:
“The Professional Writing Program at Baylor University is designed to fill a workplace need for people who know how to communicate ideas clearly. Professional writers are in demand to connect information and products with those who need them. Students who finish the program work in a variety of government and industry jobs. They may work as writers or editors on a variety of documents-press releases, brochures, manuals, newsletters, marketing literature, proposals, reports, and WWW documents. Graduates of Baylor’s Professional Writing Program are employed by firms such as Southwest Airlines, Taylor Publishing Company, Steward and Stevenson, Exxon-Mobil, and The Young-Roehr Group (marketing communications).”
Professional Writing students have opportunities to take courses such as:
- Writing for the Workplace
- Screenplay and Scriptwriting
- Writing for the Popular Market
- Advanced Argumentative and Persuasive Writing
Students in the program also complete a required internship, where they put their writing skills into practice in a business or professional setting. For more information on this major, visit the website for the Department of English.