Workshop – Working for a Non-Profit: Dispelling the Myths

November 28th, 2011

December 1st – 5:30pm – 6:30pm / Career Center, Lightsey Center Room 216
Facilitators: Eric Anderson & Katie Smith, College of Charleston Career Center
Panelists: Christine Beddia, Director of Marketing and Communications, Coastal Community Foundation
Brad Cashman, Volunteer Coordinator, Crisis Ministries
Mary Pat Twomey, Assistant Director, College of Charleston Center for Civic Engagement

Interested in interning or working for a nonprofit but aren’t sure what area, or if you can afford it? Come by and hear testimonials and tips from real life professionals in the nonprofit sector and learn about the wide array of personal and professional opportunities nonprofits have to offer.

*Workshop requires pre-registration. To register, log on to your CISTERNonline account and sign up under the Events Calendar tab. For questions, please contact the Career Center at 953-5692 or

Teaching Assistant Program in France

November 28th, 2011

Teach English in France! Are you ready to expand your cultural horizons and share your language and culture with French students? The Teaching Assistant Program in France offers you the opportunity to work in France for 7 months, teaching English to French students of all ages. Each year, nearly 1,400 American citizens and permanent residents teach in public schools across all regions of metropolitan France and in the overseas departments of French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique and Reunion.

Assistants are assigned a 12-hour per week teaching schedule that may be divided among up to three schools. Classes are conducted in English. The teaching assistant may conduct all or part of a class, typically leading conversations in English. Duties may include serving as a resource person in conversation groups, providing small group tutorials, and giving talks related to American studies in English classes. Assignments vary depending on the schools needs, the assistants abilities, and the educational level to which he or she is assigned (elementary or secondary).


ELIGIBILITY CITIZENSHIP:  Must have U.S citizenship or permanent residency (with valid green card). French nationals and French-American dual citizens are not eligible to apply.

AGE: Must be between 20 and 30 years old on the start date of the program (October 1, 2012).

EDUCATION: Must have completed at least two years of higher education by October 1, 2012.

BACKGROUND: Must have completed the majority of your elementary, secondary and university studies in the United States.

LANGUAGE SKILLS: Must be proficient in French. French majors and minors are encouraged. Applicants who do not have a major or minor in French may apply if they have at least a basic proficiency (3 semesters) in French and/or have lived abroad in a Francophone country.

Interested? For more information, view the complete job posting in CISTERNonline.

Final Cut: Words to Strike from Your Resume

November 22nd, 2011

by Daily Muse, Contributor

If you’ve applied for a job recently, you’ve probably looked over that 8½ x 11” summary of your career more times than you can count—and tweaked it just as often—in pursuit of the perfect resume.

But before you add another bullet point, consider this: It’s not always about what you add in—the best changes you can make may lie in what you take out.

The average resume is chock-full of sorely outdated, essentially meaningless phrases that take up valuable space on the page. Eliminate them, and you’ll come off as a better, more substantial candidate—and your resume won’t smack of that same generic, mind-numbing quality found on everyone else’s.

Every word—yes, every word—on that page should be working hard to highlight your talents and skills. If it’s not, it shouldn’t be on there. So grab a red pen, and banish these words from your resume for good.

Women Don’t Ask: The High Cost of Avoiding Negotiation – and Positive Strategies for Change

November 14th, 2011

Podcast Interview with Linda Babcock, author of “Women Don’t Ask: The High Cost of Avoiding Negotiation–and Positive Strategies for Change”

Women who fail to negotiate their salaries at the start of their careers could leave up to $2 million on the table. Linda’s book supports our earlier article based on a 2,000-person survey that found women are more apprehensive than men regarding negotiating and do it far less. Forty-six percent of men always negotiate salary following a job offer, compared to just 30% of women. And while 39% of men are apprehensive about negotiating, that number jumps to 55% for women. The discussion also talks about the importance of managers being cognizant of the gender disparity so they can better deal with the situation.

To listen to the interview, or view the podcast, please click here.

Raffle for National Career Development Week – November 14-18

November 9th, 2011

In honor of National Career Development Month, the Career Center will be raffling off prizes throughout the week, including the ultimate prizes of a brand new portfolio and a GRE Prep Book. To sign up for the free raffle, stop by the Career Center between next Monday and Thursday and enter your name, email address and phone number on the form; and in the process, learn more about how the Career Center can help in your personal and professional development.

For more information, please visit the Career Center website.  We are located on campus in the Lightsey Building, 2nd Floor, Room 216. Graduate School Fair – November 12- UNC-Chapel Hill

November 7th, 2011 Grad Fair
Saturday, November 12: Free and open to the public!
UNC-Chapel Hill (Chapel-Hill, NC)
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

The Idealist Graduate Degree Fairs connect prospective students with graduate schools in fields such as public administration, international affairs, education, public policy, public interest law, social work, nonprofit management, global and public health, theology, environmental science, and socially responsible business.

Each fair also features workshops on the application process, financial aid, and transitioning back to school. The fairs are free and open to the public.

At the Idealist Grad Fair, you can:
• discover how to further your social impact career through graduate school
• speak with admissions representatives from local, national, and international schools
• determine admissions requirements and application deadlines
• attend a Q&A session to listen to a panel of experts talk about how to make yourself a stronger candidate

READY TO RSVP? Make sure you’re logged in, then click “Attend fair” on the right side of this page. This fair is generously hosted by the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, School of Social Work.

For school seekers:
List of Exhibitors and Graduate Schools

For questions or more information, please email