by Angela Elliott
Assistant Dean of Students and Director of the Career Center
"When the student is ready, the teacher will appear" - Buddhist Proverb
As educators, we work to ensure that students have the tools they will need to navigate the course of their career and lives. Yet, many times, much of the information falls to the wayside because the student was not ready to hear or receive it. How many times have you heard "I wish I would have done xyz when I was in college." Or, "If I had to do it all again, I would pay more attention to what my advisor/counselor told me about."
The Career Center provides students-ready or not-with opportunities and resources to help them prepare at the appropriate time in their college career for a vocation and life post-graduation.
Freshman Year: Explore options. Ask lots of questions. Sign up for BeeCAREERS: take a career assessment; make an appointment for career counseling; write an initial resume; find a mentor via BeeCONNECTION; do a job shadow (or two).
Sophomore Year: Research options. Start to test paths. Sign up for a Mock Interview; apply for an internship; join student organizations and clubs related to your interests and major; update your resume; attend the ProFair to learn how to network with employers.
Junior Year: Make decisions and plot directions. Gain work related experience via an internship or part time job; sign up for on campus recruiting events; take leadership roles in organizations; talk to a Career Counselor about graduate school; update your resume, attend the ProFair to learn about internship and job opportunities.
Senior Year: Search. Interview. Accept! Continue to research and network with employers; create a LinkedIn profile; take graduate school exams and receive feedback on personal statements; work with a career counselor to design an integrative job search strategy; secure professional and academic references; practice /refresh your interviewing techniques with another Mock Interview; continue to watch BeeCAREERS for job openings.
Alums: What if you are an alum and feel like you missed out or weren't ready to access these opportunities during your time at SAU? Not to worry; the Career Center staff is still available to assist you, either in person or via email. We can help alums develop approaches to create a viable network wherever they are and also make sure their resume accurately reflects their skills, abilities, and accomplishments. Even after graduation, it's not too late to become more prepared by developing the competencies that most employers look for in a potential hire.
While the Boy Scouts of America encourage us to always be prepared, sometimes we miss the mark. There is much to be said about what we learn from those times, helping set the stage for future opportunities. It is our belief that we are all lifelong learners, and that being prepared for life and work is a continuous process. Why not let the Career Center be an integral part of yours?
For more information or to make an appointment, contact the Career Center at 563-333-6339 or visit www.sau.edu/cdc.