FutureQuest: Less than 25 days and Counting. . .

January 28th, 2008

The day is finally here. After four (or five) years, you are now ready to go into the world of professional employment. But where will you find that wonderful new career? One choice is at FutureQuest 2008, the annual spring semester career fair. There will be close to 100 different employers lined up to talk to you about possible futures with them.

You can go to the Career Center’s website to find more information about the Career Fair like who is attending and what they are seeking. One thing to remember about the Career Fair is to visit as many employers/graduate schools as possible. Maybe you feel pretty confident that you want to work with _______ but have you also thought about _______? Never pigeon hole yourself into one job or place to work without looking at all the different options.

As you have most likely guessed I am a big fan of tips and rules. Well, here a few to follow when preparing for and coming to the Career Fair.

1. Do your research. Look at the different companies coming to the Career Fair on our website and investigate them. What do they do? Where are they located? Are you interested in them?

2. Prepare your resume and bring at least 20 copies. By now you should have a well written resume that highlights your experience and achievements. If you do not—Write One! Please bring it by the Career Center for the Career Advisor to look at. I love looking at resumes and will enjoy helping you make yours perfect.

3. Dress the Part. Come to the Career Fair in professional dress. You are selling yourself to the different employers and they need to be able to picture you working in their company. See our website for more tips on professional dress.

4. Don’t be shy. The Career Fair is not a time to show your shyness. Be bold and approached the different employers/grad schools because they are not going to just grab you out the crowd. Go say hi, talk about their company, talk about yourself.

These were just a few tips to get your started. Also, check out the list of companies already slated to come to the career fair and the new preparation video on our homepage. Remember come to FutureQuest and get started on that wonderful new career that is waiting for you.

Testing Your Way to Graduate School

January 18th, 2008

When preparing for Graduate, Law, or Medical school you have several different steps you have to complete before you can begin your degree. Among those steps is taking the appropriate test for admittance. There are a variety of tests you could possibly take, but you need to choose the right one. To discover this contact the graduate or professional school of your choice, each has their own preferred tests and they will tell you which ones they accept. Below you find a brief description of some of the different tests. The majority of them cover general topics including math and written knowledge.

General Records Exam (GRE)—one of the most commonly accepted graduate exams. It tests your knowledge in math, reading comprehension and other general knowledge you have learned over the course of your studies.

Miller’s Analogy Test (MAT)—tests your knowledge of different subject matter through analogies. ex.  Shoe is to foot as tire is to wheel.

Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)—measures basic verbal, mathematical, and analytical writing skills that you have developed over a long period of time in your education and work.

Law School Admission Test (LSAT)—tests your reading and verbal reasoning skills.

Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)—tests your written, mathematical, and knowledge of science concepts and principles prerequisite to the study of medicine

To find out more about the various exams you can take come by the Career Center. The Center for Student Learning also offers study sessions to help you prepare for your graduate school exam, click here for more information. Also check out these websites for information about scheduling your exam date:

  • www.mba.com (MBA)
  • www.ets.org (click on GRE)
  • www.kaplan.com (test prep and taking)

Be Wary of Online Job Hunting

January 14th, 2008

In today’s job market many employers and potential employees do the search for candidates/jobs over the Internet. It has made life simpler for the honest human resources personnel because they can post the job in minutes and get responses within hours. Life made simpler.

But while the Internet makes life simpler for the job hunter and the human resources guru it has also made it simpler for the more criminal minded. Identity theft is now becoming common among the online job hunt networks. Places where you post your resumes and others can post illegitimate jobs hoping to catch you unawares. So be careful about what you place on the World Wide Web and take special precaution about which jobs you apply for.

Here are some tips to make the online job hunt safer for you and your identity:

  1. On your resume never post sensitive materials such as your social security (and never give this number out to anyone over the Internet) and too much personal contact information.
  2. Research the company you are applying to before you give them ANY sensitive information. Make sure they are real.
  3. In job announcements check the authenticity of it: does it have spelling errors or invalid phone or fax numbers.

These were just a few tips to help you remain safe in the online job hunt. Check out this article for more advice remaining safe.

You have 6 Months Until Graduation, Now what?

January 7th, 2008

Among the college population there are several thousand of you entering into your final semester at the College of Charleston, but do you have any idea what you are going to be doing after May? If not, the Career Center can help you with determining your post graduation plans. Below I have listed several options available for the new or about to be new graduate.

1. Full-Time Employment

This is the most common option new graduates seek after graduation (also the option most parents like). The Career Center offers several resources to help you find full-time employment. First, check out CISTERNonline our job search database. Second, FutureQuest which is the Spring Career Fair (Feb 20) with nearly a hundred companies on-campus to recruit students. And last one of our best resources is the staff of the Career Center. We can sit down with you and help you with the job search process.

2. A Gap Year Experience

If you want to wait a while before entering into the ‘real’ world, but want to have a meaningful experience then a gap year may be what you need. Travel the world, teach in a foreign country, work for a non-profit or other meaningful experiences. Check out our gap year page for more ideas and information, click here.

3. Graduate/Medical/Law School

This is another option many students choose after graduation. I will note that many application deadlines for graduate schools have passed by this point. If you are interested in graduate school, Click Here for more information about finding programs, admission tests, and more.

 

Can you think of other options for the post-graduation experience? Share them!