Fast-tracking the Career Exploration Process

Kathy Meyer, Career Consultant

In my 20 years as a career consultant, my role has been to listen, give resources and encourage students to learn all they can in order to discover their skills, interests and values. I often give them my quick guide on how to jump-start the career exploration process, looking and reading about the thousands of occupations that now make up the world of work.

Now I’m passing my guide on to you. Here’s my outline on how to conduct a career exploration on yourself, from the comfort of your own space:

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Fast-tracking the Career Exploration Process

So you Want to Apply to Grad School?

Graduate school can provide you the opportunity to gain concentrated knowledge and skills in a particular area of study. Programs are specific, classes tend to be smaller and you may even progress through your program with a cohort of other students. Working closely with faculty and gaining practical experience through practicums, internships, teaching and research is highly encouraged; it can set you up for success should you decide to move into the workforce or pursue another graduate degree . It’s a rewarding experience, but it takes a lot of work, time and dedication. You’ll need a lot of support from those who care about you.

Deciding whether or not to attend graduate school can be a challenge in itself, let alone which school or program to choose. Having gone through the process myself, and through other research, I have compiled a list of considerations for you to review:

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So you Want to Apply to Grad School?

Tips for Calming Your Nerves

In her article on Business Insider, Jacquelyn Smith describes 11 tips for calming nerves before a big presentation. Most of these tips are also great for preparing for an interview – especially if you have to give a presentation as part of an interview or meet with several interviewers at once!

Our favorite tip is the first one on the list – Prepare. Nothing can help you be more ready and more confident in an interview than to be prepared. Research the company, prepare questions to ask the interviewer, and practice your answers to common questions. Practice your introduction so that you can start your interview strong!

Do you need more practice? Try our online mock interview tool Perfect Interview! Access it through link in the Resources area of the Career Center website.

Tips for Calming Your Nerves

Why Every Job is a Customer Service Job

In Seth Carr’s article on Brazen Careerist, he points out that every job has elements of customer service. Even if you are not interacting with literal customers or clients, you are serving your supervisor, co-workers, and members of other departments. This makes customer service a very important transferable skill. Read the full article here.

When you write your resume, be sure to incorporate and emphasize your customer service experience, especially if you have worked in a restaurant, retail, or office environment.

 

Why Every Job is a Customer Service Job

Summer Seminar Schedule

We will be hosting career seminars over the summer! You can find details in CometCareers!

Seminar Schedule - Summer 2014

CPT Seminar Schedule

Summer Seminar Schedule

2013 in Review

2013 year in review updated

 

2013 in Review