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

Summer 2014 Ireland Internship Program Review

This summer a group of UT Dallas students traveled to Dublin, Ireland to work in internships. The Career Center offered this 8-week internship program through a partnership with the Education Abroad office and Connect-123. Students from all over campus worked at a wide range of internship locations, including a hospital, a law office, and an electric bike company. This program allowed the students to get great professional experience related to their fields, all while experiencing Irish culture. Plus, they earned academic credit for the internships through internship courses at UT Dallas!

Students doing the “whoosh” in the Dublin city center after work
Students doing the “whoosh” in the Dublin city center after work
Tyrrell Solicitors
Tyrrell Solicitors
Institute of Public Administration
Institute of Public Administration
Trinity College Dublin Institute of Neuroscience
Trinity College Dublin Institute of Neuroscience
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Greenaer Electric Bikes
Vivian & Christine (2)
New Communities Partnership
Malahide Castle tour in the lovely Irish countryside
Malahide Castle tour in the lovely Irish countryside
Summer 2014 Ireland Internship Program Review

CSB Radio Internship Opportunities

CBS Radio is hosting an Orientation Session for potential interns on August 29 at 4pm. If interested, RSVP to dallasinterns@cbsradio.com.

Where: CBS Radio Dallas – 4131 N. Central Expwy, Ste 1000, Dallas, TX 75204

Why: You will have the opportunity to learn about and apply for several internships available with our Dallas stations and their departments for Fall 2014.

Requirements:

  • Must be currently attending an accredited college and have achieved Junior or Senior status.
  • Receive academic college credit — internships with CBS Radio are non-paid.
  • Must submit a letter from the college/university stating the class and number of credit units to be earned and verify credit will be awarded upon successful completion of the program
  • Be over 18 years of age.
  • Complete and submit all required paperwork prior to the first day of internship.
  • Not participate in same department as a family member.
  • Submit intern weekly time report
  • Return temporary company I.D. on last day of Internship

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CSB Radio Internship Opportunities

Student Spotlight: Sophia Miao

Meet Sophia! She is a senior EMAC student and she is interning with Systemates, Inc.

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Q: Tell us about your internship.

A: I work at a local technology company near UT Dallas called Systemates, Inc. They are a technology leader in the construction industry through their construction management software, Projectmates. My position here is the Marketing Assistant. The main duties and responsibilities I have include:

  • creating portal pages for our clients using Adobe Photoshop
  • coding those portal pages through Microsoft Expression
  • editing tutorial videos over our software using Camtasia Studio
  • putting together videos with footage taken from tradeshows and conferences
  • making graphics for our Social Media pages

Although my title is the Marketing Assistant, I also work closely with all of our departments, including our marketing, sales, support, and programming team depending on what project I am working on.

Q: How did you find out about this opportunity?

A: I found this position listed on the UT Dallas CometCareers site!

Q: What was the interview process like?

A: Two people interviewed me simultaneously, the hiring manager and the implementation manager. There were three parts to the interview. In the first part of the interview, I showed them my portfolio and told them about the skills that I possess. After that, I was given a Photoshop test, where I was given 20 minutes to make a web banner example like the ones shown on their website. Lastly, I was taken into the conference room, where the hiring manager discussed potential times that I could work.

Q: What is the best part about your internship?

A: In the beginning, I found this job listed as a part time job on CometCareers. However, since this part time job had a lot to do with my current major, I was able to transform it into an internship upon request and got to take the internship course here at UT Dallas along with it. Another great thing about this internship was that it broadened my views on what I wanted to do with my career. At first I was strictly aiming on becoming a graphic designer and web designer. However, after being exposed to higher level video editing at this internship, I now want to go into multimedia. Finally, the fact that the company uses Skype to communicate within the workplace gave it a comfortable, friendly atmosphere.

Q: What do you want to be when you grow up? Did this experience confirm your career goal, or have you changed your mind?

A: My internship with Systemates, Inc. has changed my career plans from wanting to be a graphic designer and web designer to wanting to work with multimedia in general, including video editing. I never knew I would love video as much as I do now if it weren’t for my opportunity with Projectmates!

Q: What advice do you have for other job seekers?

A: For the career field that I am going forward in (I’m sure it applies with other majors as well), the most important thing that I learned while job hunting was to include these three essential things in your e-mail to the hiring manager:

  1. Your resume
  2. Your portfolio
  3. Your class schedule

The resume is a given. However, not everyone remembers the other two. When you have something to show in your portfolio, be it a PDF file or a digital portfolio online, it shows that you are well prepared for the interviewing process. Including your class schedule also shows that you are well prepared. This is so that upon interview, the employer can automatically sit down with the potential employee and discuss a work schedule in a more efficient and hassle-free way.
Make sure that you also do some research over the company that you are interviewing for prior to your appointment.

If the interviewer asks, “Do you have any questions for us?” I’m sure they would love it if you asked about their company culture or talk about something you have learned from researching their company.

Lastly, always be confident in your abilities and your skills. Interviewers love to see that, even if you’re still learning!

 

Student Spotlight: Sophia Miao

CBS Radio Internship Orientation

Are you interested in working in radio? You should RSVP for the CBS Radio Internship Orientation! It will take place on May 16, from 4:00 – 5:00 pm  at the CBS radio office in Dallas. RSVP to dallasinterns@cbsradio.com. (click on the image to enlarge.)

CBS Internship Flyer Summer 14

CBS Radio Internship Orientation

Military Extension Internship Program

The Military Extension Internship Program is accepting applications for Fall 2014 internships until March 31, 2014.  Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity!  Internships are on active military installations across the U.S. and around the world with child and youth programs.  Interns will have the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in military child and youth programs.  Please visit www.ydae.purdue.edu/military for more information about the internships, including job descriptions; instructions on how to apply; intern profiles; and frequently asked questions and answers. 
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Military Extension Internship Program

Social Sciences Internship Expo

The first ever Social Sciences Internship Expo will be held in the Galaxy Rooms in the Student Union from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m on Thursday March 6th.  There will be a short employer panel from 2-2:30 p.m. and the expo will go from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.  This event will offer you an opportunity to interact with employers from non-profit organizations and city, state, and federal government offices about available Spring, Summer & Fall internships for Social Science (Sociology, Public Affairs) majors. The following employers are scheduled to attend (as of 2/27 – check the career center website for updates):

  • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
  • Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County
  • CitySquare AmeriCorps
  • Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson’s Office
  • George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum
  • Heart House Dallas
  • Hope’s Door
  • International Rescue Committee
  • The Elisa Project
  • U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)
  • Volunteer Center of North Texas

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Social Sciences Internship Expo

Student Spotlight: Omer Chowdhury

Meet Omer! He is  a senior studying biology and he is interning with Southwestern Medical Center.

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Q: Tell us about your internship.

A: I am an undergraduate Intern at the Psychosocial Research and Depression Clinic within the Department of Psychiatry at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. This clinical trials research lab is directed by Dr. Robin Jarrett, Ph.D., who is a Professor of Psychiatry and Elizabeth H. Penn Professor in Clinical Psychology. The current study that we are focusing on is called PRE-D, short for “Preventing Prenatal Depression.” The goal of this study is to help women who are attempting to get pregnant, or are already pregnant, and have a history of depression. PRE-D is a very important study because women with a history of depression have an increased chance of future diagnosis, particularly during pregnancy.  As an intern, I work primarily with a research data management tool known as REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture). REDCap allows us to build and manage online assessments which are used in the PRE-D clinical trial. Converting the assessments into an electronic version and then being able to send it to patients through secure email, relieves the patient from weekly visits, an aspect that might be of inconvenience for women who are pregnant.

Q: How did you find out about this opportunity?

A: I acquired this internship in a pretty non-traditional manner. I did a similar internship with another clinical trials research group in summer of 2012 and had an amazing learning experience. I have been looking for a chance to build on that experience ever since and so I decided to do a little research on different clinical trials group at UT Southwestern and I came across Dr. Jarrett’s lab. I was intrigued by Dr. Jarrett’s research interests and her previous studies so I decided to contact the lab for a possible internship position. Thankfully, I was given an interview a few weeks later.  

Q: What was the interview process like?

A: The overall application process is pretty long but thankfully I was already in the system as an employee and so we were able to expedite the process and have the paperwork done within a week. The interview was relaxed yet professional. I was asked about my interest in clinical trials research and my previous experience working at a clinical trials lab. The interviewer, who is a Research Assistant in the lab, gave me a little synopsis of the current study and the different assessments that are used, some of which I recognized from my previous internship.

Q: What is the best part about your internship?

A: Working for Dr. Jarrett has to be the best part of my internship. Dr. Jarrett is an internationally known clinical investigator and has directed multiple studies. Her recent publication, which spanned eleven years, was published on November of 2013. In the lab, she encourages asking questions and learning more about the study, an aspect that I really enjoy. Although Dr. Jarrett is extremely busy, she takes the time to come and speak to me personally, something you won’t find in every lab. Even though I am the only undergrad intern in the lab, I feel like I’m part of the team and that’s something I really admire about this internship.

Q: What do you want to be when you grow up? Did this experience confirm your career goal, or have you changed your mind?

A: I wish to seek a medical degree after graduation. Pursuing research has always been an option for me but at the same time I realize the immense commitment that is needed for anyone seeking research, especially with a combined medical degree. As of yet, I cannot make a mature decision because a lot of it has to do with future circumstances. But as an intern, I now have a much deeper appreciation of the role clinical trials research plays in medical discoveries. I am so grateful for this internship because it not only provided me with an avenue to ask questions and learn more about current studies, but it also gave me the chance to learn the intricate details of what goes on in a clinical trials group.

Q: What advice do you have for other job seekers?

A)     I highly encourage everyone to try and gain some sort of “real world” experience pertaining to their studies. Whether it be a part-time position, internship, or even a volunteering position, gaining personal experience in your respective field is something that you cannot learn from a textbook.

B)      Job seeking can be a very tedious process but I would urge students to persevere through it because the outcome is always worth it.

C)      Never be intimidated! This is especially true for pre-med students. There aren’t as many entry-level job opportunities for pre-meds as compared to non-science majors. However, I would still encourage pre-med students to continue their search. Never hesitate on contacting someone for a possible work or internship position.

D)     It goes without saying, but always arrive early to your interview. Just like our weather, Texas traffic is also unpredictable, so give yourself enough time to ensure you arrive early at your interview.

Q: Any other comments to share?

A: The Career Center is there to help you! Everyone at the Career Center has done an amazing job in giving students an opportunity to gain field experience and I would urge everyone to take full advantage of it. I personally have used the CareerWorks (now called CometCareers) website for multiple job and internship opportunities and I am so glad I did. Gaining valuable field experience gives you that extra motivation to continue persevering through your undergraduate years because you see the end result. As cliché as it may sound, hard work definitely pays off!

Student Spotlight: Omer Chowdhury

3 Great Off Campus Career Events!

The Career Center posts details on off-campus events in CometCareers. Go to the events tab, and filter using the category “non-UT Dallas Career Events.”

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3 Great Off Campus Career Events!

Spring 2014 Career Expo Days are This Thursday and Friday!

The Spring Career Expo Days are here! Here are our top 5 tips for a successful expo:

1. Dress appropriately! Avoid tennis shoes, t-shirts, jeans, sweats, etc.

2. Map out the employers you want to meet. Visit our expo site for the list of attending employers and the expo floor plans.

3. Wear comfortable shoes. Blisters won’t help your professional image!

4. Bring plenty of copies of your resume. You don’t want to run out. Remember that it’s okay if the employer asks you to apply online – that doesn’t mean that they don’t like you.

5. Make a great impression. Prepare your introduction, have questions prepared, and show the employers what a great candidate you are!

Follow us on twitter for more tips and updates! @UTDCareerCenter #UTDExpoDays

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Spring 2014 Career Expo Days are This Thursday and Friday!