Auror? Hogwarts Gamekeeper? Wandmaker? As a shy and nervous First Year, I had no idea what I wanted to do after my schooling at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Thankfully, the school offers a Career Fair each semester in the Great Hall (IMU) where potential employers are looking to meet students just like me. Join me as I tell you my Career Fair journey.
It's already February! How time flies! It's that time of the semester where your assignments, group projects, and mid-terms are piling up. As a college student, it can be hard to stay productive and find a balance between classes, part-time jobs, and also campus involvement. Below are some tips to help our Hawkeyes develop their career strategies and make the most of their limited time in college, for it is true that 4 years of college life pass by really fast!
Welcome back Hawkeyes! 2017 marks the start of a new year, which makes us all one year closer to graduation (I know, I don’t want to think about it either). If any of you are like me, you probably spent a lot of winter break fielding questions from curious relatives such as:
“What are you doing this summer?”
“What are you doing after graduation?”
“What do you want to do with your major?”
1.Networking You are literally surrounded by professionals, aka individuals who can give stellar recommendations for graduate school, internships, and even the dreaded professional world of those humans we like to call, “Adults.” Also, these wonderful wizards, I mean, professionals often have leads on job and internship experiences, giving you pretty much first dibs on entering this secret world of experience.
If you are interested in exploring majors and careers, developing leadership skills, expanding communication skills, gaining experience, or searching for jobs or graduate schools, then we have the courses for YOU! Here are just five of the 22+ courses the Pomerantz Career Center offers to help better yourself and your future.
5 Career Leadership Academy Takeaways.....as told by 'The Office'
During my sophomore year I was searching for an elective course to go along with all my major courses but wasn’t having much luck. Finally, I stumbled across the Career Leadership Academy (CLA); which is a 2 semester academic program that helps students achieve and grow at Iowa and beyond. I walked away with a variety of improved skills, successful experiences, and a diverse network. Here are my top 5 takeaways told through the eyes of Michael Scott and the rest of Dunder Mifflin.
Form a mental image where you are in a fancy restaurant and about to have a professional networking dinner with a potential employer. Would you feel nervous? Yes, I would be nervous. It is okay to be nervous as professional settings can be awkward and a little bit intimidating. It is different from the standard social settings that college students are used to. Here's a simple list to help you survive the event!
Imagine yourself studying for an exam by the Eiffel tower or going on a holiday getaway to Thailand. This and so much more can be your reality when you study abroad.
The annual Fall Job and Internship fair is coming up THIS Thursday, September 22nd, from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM, and we want YOU to come. It is open to all majors and grades, and it is never too early or too late to come learn about potential employers. If the thought of landing a rockin’ job or internship (which we are kind of in college for) doesn’t sound cool enough, here are 5 more reasons why you should attend the career fair:
1.) Employers come to you!
I get it- career is a scary word, and paired with the word ‘fair’ it just seems daunting. There’s good news, though! The Pomerantz Career Center puts on fun little sessions that help you prepare for the fair. Being an avid procrastinator myself, I wasn’t sure what to expect from one of these sessions. Would they turn me into a planning, detail oriented, career minded college student? Yep, they sure did- and I couldn’t be more thankful. Read on to see the top 5 lessons I gained from one of these prepare for the fair sessions!
1. ‘What Not to Wear’
- Find a student org to join: It doesn’t matter what year you are; you should find another student organization on campus to get involved in! There are so many different organizations (over 500!!) and there is sure to be one that fits with your interests and schedule. You can meet tons of new people and discover some new things about yourself.
Ever heard of an informational interview? We have all been on the other side of the table from a potential employer--our hands are sweating, leg twitching up and down, hoping to not get that one really hard questions that we saw in the Career Guide. But, oh how the tables have turned! Now is your chance to interview the interviewer. Informational interviews are a tool to learn more about a potential career where you meet with a current professional and chat about their job. Still not convinced?
Did you know that the Pomerantz Career Center offers tons of great academic courses? You probably didn’t… but that’s okay. We’re here to fill you in on everything you need to know!
The Career Center has over 20 registered academic courses. These are listed under course codes CCP (Career Center Programs) or LS (Leadership Studies). Both areas offer many different directions for UI students of all ages!
During my junior year, I was on the search for a part-time, flexible, on-campus internship. Sounds impossible, right? WRONG!
A year ago, I was lucky enough to start as the Marketing & Events Intern at the Pomerantz Career Center. And let me tell you… it’s the BEST. JOB. EVER.
I'm sure everyone has wondered where a lot of students they see working the front desks of campus buildings, the library, and the rec find out about their jobs. I'm here to tell you how to make the most of HireaHawk in regards to student employment.
It's officially INTERN WEEK at the University of Iowa! Do you need some more convincing as to why you should attend these awesome sessions? If so, you're in luck.
1) It's a great time to start your internship search!
Internship searching can be a long process with many different options and paths. The Pomerantz Career Center wants to help you work through this grueling search process! You'll learn about many different options on how to find the PERFECT internship for you!
Check out the infographic here for awesome tips on how to create an effective LinkedIn profile: http://www.leisurejobs.com/staticpages/18285/the-ultimate-linkedin-cheat-sheet/
It’s almost 2016! Have you made your New Year’s resolutions yet?
Whether you’re looking for a job or an internship, your resolutions can help you in your search! Here are five different resolutions for helping your job search in 2016.
*Written by Phil Stott
*Originally published at Vault Blogs: http://www.vault.com/blog/job-search/how-to-find-a-job-over-the-holidays...
Let’s face it... we live in a digital world. The days of only using “help wanted” ads are OVER. Most hiring employers have admitted to using social media platforms to aid in their search process, such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Google Plus. There are many ways to use social media to aid in your job search.
People decide to apply to graduate school for a multitude of reasons but here are just a few:
It’s necessary for your desired profession such as teaching, law, social work, speech pathology, or healthcare
Interviews can be nerve racking. You want to present the best version of yourself, and showcase your best qualities to the interviewer. However, a crucial portion of every interview is the opportunity for the interviewee to ask the interviewer questions. Here are some questions you can ask to show how professional and prepared you are, that will undoubtedly make you stand out as a candidate for the position.
These tips will help you prepare for the big day of your professional interview! Follow these tips and you'll get through the big interview with flying colors! Whether you have a mock interview, or are starting to prepare for your professional career, practice these tips to properly prepare for the big day!
1) Dressing the Part
In order to impress the company you're interviewing with, you must dress accordingly. Wearing business attire, suites, a nice dress, or a pantsuit if you're a girl, you want to avoid dressing in your normal day clothes, including yoga pants.