With graduation around the corner for seniors, many have concerns about today’s economy on the job market. Fortunately, Anderson University assists students with everything from selecting a major, building a resume, preparing for interviews, connecting with alumni, job fairs, and on-campus recruiting through the Career Development Center.
Director of the Career Development Center Maryann Coty shared that over 700 current undergraduate students have utilized the center’s resources and services.
“Using our office resources, meeting with our staff, or simply viewing the Career Development Center web site can help direct students with their internship and employment search,” said Coty.
Alumni contacting the Career Development Center for career advice, resume help, or connecting them to other alumni has increased due to layoffs and the current economy since the fall of 2008. Through a new intuitive headed by the Alumni office, the Alumni Mentoring Program creates a connection with students and alumni, and even alumni with other alumni to network professionally in their given industry and region.
“Connecting with our office is important either as a student, an alumni, or serving as an Alumni Mentor,” said Coty. “Industry networking connects students to the organizations they wish to pursue in an effort to research the job market, how the economy affects the industry, and the different sectors to their career choice.”
One example was the recent April 3 Media Career Day the Career Development Center, INvision AU and the Dept. of Communications Arts hosted in Reardon Auditorium. The Career Development Center brought in alumni from a television station, radio station, reporters, a publishing company, and newspapers to allow students to see all the job opportunities and majors encompassed in the media industry. This not only helps with networking efforts but helps undeclared students to see the vast opportunities in the media field. [Media Day pictured left.]
INvision AU is another tool the Career Development Center offers in finding paid internships for students. The Lilly Endowment grant allows AU to place interns in an organization with an agreement that the company matches the grant for future interns.
“This is a great opportunity to help students find internships, to gain experience, build required soft skills, connect students with an organization, and build a foundation for their career plan,” said Coty.
Coty breaks down each class year below to prepare students for internships and employment:
- Make sure your resume clearly identifies the education and skills you’ve obtained. When apply for a job, target your resume toward the organization and the job description.
- Actively get in touch with your network list. Contact everyone you know, relationships built over your time at AU, alumni connections, internships, part time jobs, volunteering in the community, etc.
- Let your network know what field you are interested in and that you are graduating.
- Attend job fairs to learn about organizations and job opportunities, and to make connections.
- At the start of your senior year have a good understanding as to when organizations within your field of interest recruit for employment. Some organizations may recruit in the fall for the following summer. This requires a great deal of researching of organizations. With today’s economy be open to taking internships.
- Follow up with the organizations in which you’ve applied for employment.
- Actively search for a summer internship. Talk to your faculty advisor, an alumni mentor, your network, and the career center.
- Contact the career center to prepare for interviews.
- Research the different skills you will need to develop and/or improve upon within your field of interest. Internships are a great way to develop communication, organizational, team building, leadership, and other skills organizations seek in entry level employees.
- Determine your strengths versus your weaknesses.
- Prepare to be competitive in the job market.
- Connect with alumni. Learn about the job opportunities available within your field of interest. Alumni can help educate you on what is current in the industry.
- Begin to create your network list. Include family, friends, faculty, alumni, and other professionals.
- Start networking early with alumni and everyone you know. Connections are the key to building lasting professional relationships.
- Develop a short- and long-term career plan that meets your career goals with the assistance of a career counselor.
- Your resume allows you to see the knowledge and skills you currently possess.
- Sign up for LART 1200, Career and Life Planning, if undeclared. The class encourages those students who are undecided to determine interests relative to the current job market.
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>“I wish employers knew how much we desire to have jobs and how eager we are to enter the work force - that's a charisma not a lot of employees can say they still have,” said senior art major Dane Benton on today’s economy and job market search.
The CDC assists students and alumni with applying their academic and life experiences to attain career goals; provides them with the services and resources necessary to make better informed career decisions; and develops the skills necessary to implement their career plans.
—Stefanie Leiter is the Web Content Manager at Anderson University.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,750 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fourth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.