Discovering Your Dream Career

October 29th, 2007

If you could do anything with your life what would it be (be realistic)? Do you want to manage a multi-million dollar corporation? Work in a third world country with the poor? Teach a class full of smiling faces? Or take pictures for a national magazine? These are all dream positions that are achievable if you take the correct steps toward your future. But where do you start?

With any career you want you first need to define it. Take a moment and write down what you want to do. Start with a job description including the different work place activities you want to do, setting, location, and everything else related to that position. Then review your list. Are there skills in there you do not currently have? Are there places on the list you need to be more familiar with? Once you decide which area you need to gain more experience in then you know where to start.

Relevant experience is a key element in any job search. The majority of employers want you to have at least one year relevant experience. This can be gained through part-time jobs, volunteer hours, internships, and course work. Choose these different experiences with your dream job in mind. Will they help you get to where you want to go?

But, are you one of those many individuals who is having a hard time narrowing down what your dream career is? Don’t worry you are not alone. There are several avenues you can take. Try shadowing someone in that career or at least talking with them; people already doing what you want to do can give you a lot of insight into that career. Check out the Career Mentor Network for some leads to professionals in the field. Doing internships in a field you are considering will also help you decide if it is what you want to do with the rest of your life (or at least for the near future). To help finding internship opportunities click on the CISTERNonline link to the right or come in and visit with out Internship Coordinator, Erin O’Dea.

And if you are still having a hard time deciding what your dream career is then come to our office! We are the best resource.

Career Fair Reminder

October 22nd, 2007

Remember this week is the Career Fair and Graduate School Expo. The event will be in the Gaillard Auditorium on Calhoun Street (easy walking distance) from Noon to 3:30 pm.

We are expecting approximately 85 companies, graduate schools, and non-profit organizations. There will be a little bit of everything for everyone. Check out the list of participating organizations on our homepage: http://www.cofc.edu/~career/

Also, don’t forget to wear at least business casual or suits. If you have any questions about attire come by the office or write it below in the comments section.

See you at the Fair!

Physics: A Major

October 17th, 2007

Exactly what is a Physics Major?

Once again the course catalog has a wonderful description of this major: “[Physics] investigates the properties, changes, and interactions of matter and energy. The study of physics does not involve following a recipe; rather, it entails developing an attitude or way of looking at phenomena and asking questions.” This is a great degree for anyone who loves science and solving problems. You learn to ask the right questions to determine the different phenomena around the world. Why is the sky blue? Why does the Earth travel around the sun? And other phenom

But where can you go with this degree? Anywhere! Over the next month we will be delving into the different aspects of the Physics degree and how you can utilize it. You will have the opportunity to learn more from alumni who chose this major. Other features will include loads of links to aid you in discovering the different possibilities. So take a moment and come discover the different quarks of the Physics degree.

Visit the Department of Physics and Astronomy website for lots of great information. The Alfred P Sloan Foundation has provided a great overview of the field of physics, click here for a pdf summarizes different opportunities.

 

Now What to Do with a Physics Degree

There are a lot of options for the physics major but you do have one choice to make first: do you want to work or do you want to go to graduate school? This decision will help you decide what you want to do later on in life. If your dream career is working at NASA then I do suggest going to graduate school. A lot of different career fields in the sciences require a higher degree beyond the bachelors.

While it is a little difficult to pinpoint actual job titles I can give you a taste of the different types of employers you can look forward to with a degree in physics.

o Colleges and universities

o Meteorological organizations

o Commercial industry

o National Aeronautics and Space Administration

o Research

o Planetariums Continue reading »

Education Career Fair

October 10th, 2007

Next week the Career Center will be hosting the Education Career Fair in the Stern Student Center Ballroom. This is a great opportunity for anybody who is interested in a career in education. And remember, you do not have to be an education major to attend the fair. School systems from all over South Carolina, Georgia, and North Carolina will be attending.

Below are a few of the different school systems attending.

  • Charleston County Schools
  • Clayton County Schools (Georgia)
  • Greenville County Schools
  • Lancaster County Schools (N. Carolina)
  • Richmond County BOE (Georgia
  • Southern Teachers Agency
  • Winston-Salem-Forsyth County Schools (N. Carolina)

For a complete list of participating schools and more details check log into CISTERNonline and click on Career Fairs.

Career Fairs at the College of Charleston are open only to students and alumni of the College. 

Wisely Choosing Classes To Help Your Future

October 1st, 2007

Class registration is soon approaching for the students at the College of Charleston. While thinking about the different class choices, you may want to keep in mind what possible career choices you will make upon graduation.

If you are a freshman or sophomore who has yet to make the Major decision you may want to use some of your classes as an opportunity to explore different areas of study. Try taking some of the Intro classes. These will allow you to gain a rough overview of the field and help you decide if you would want to devote your time into studying it. Taking intro classes is an opportunity to talk with professors about their subject area. Let them know you are considering that as a major or minor and ask for their advice or recommendations.

If you have already chosen your major, you may want to consider taking classes outside of your major area of study. These classes can benefit you by providing you with knowledge and/or skills that could help you land a job. For example, take a desktop publishing or photography class if you are considering public relations or journalism. Or take a class in Latin or medical terminologies if you want to go into the medical field. The important fact is to gain as much knowledge while in school to benefit you in the ‘real’ world.

So good luck when choosing classes that will benefit you in the future.