Office of Career Services


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General News

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    CNNMoney.com and Payscale.com detail the 100 Best Jobs in America for 2010.  Get a quick synopsis of each field.  Search by salary, quality of life and job growth.
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    Twitter can be helpful to your career on several levels, but the most obvious help comes in the form of up-to-the-minute job leads. It’s a great way to start a connection that can lead to a career. read more
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    The Best Places to Work rankings measure employee satisfaction and commitment in the federal government across 290 federal agencies and subcomponents.   Broken down into categories ranging from work/life balance to effective leadership to employee skills/mission match, the rankings can help you target federal agencies you may want to focus your job search on.
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    Kayla Krupnick, Assistant Director of Career Planning at Golden Gate University, explains how creating a targeted resume for each position serves to impress a prospective employer just like you would try to impress a prospective date – by focusing on how your interests and experiences match up.
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    Spend much time on Facebook?  We thought so.  Now you can catch up with us there!  Want breaking news from Career Services about upcoming events and opportunities?  Want tips for improving your resume, navigating the internship/job search process, interviewing, etc?  Become a fan of “SU Career Services” or friend Ichabod Black, our mascot.
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    College students and recent graduates looking for temporary work might be tempted by offers to participate in mystery shopping. It sounds legitimate enough: make a particular purchase in a store or restaurant, and then evaluate the experience for a small payment. But according to the Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer protection agency, many of these offers are scams.
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    Biotech center in Georgetown welcomes its first interns this summer, and two Southwestern students take advantage of it
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    How do you get employers to notice you?  Put yourself out there! Michael Maine ‘07 blogs about socially concious marketing and entrepreneurship, offering great advice to job seekers as well as thought-provoking ideas about our economy.  Recently, he created a week-long mini-boot-camp for job seekers, including an interview with Alexandra Anderson, Associate Director of Career Services
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    Test-prep provider Kaplan shares news and tips regarding substantive changes to the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), a commonly-used entrance exam for many Master’s and doctoral programs.  Should you take the current version before it changes or wait?  Get advice here!
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    Here are excerpts from the speech that Business Professor Don Parks gave at the Student Leadership Banquet on April 22, 2010. The speech was titled“How to Not Become “Dilbert’s Pointy Haired Boss” or Ways to Learn About Leadership.
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    From statistics to governmental policy to education to medical research, public health careers span a wide range of responsibilities and disciplines.  There’s something for everyone.  SU grads Margaret Hawthorne ‘02 and Priya Kewada ‘06 shared their insight into this dynamic and rewarding field.
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    While students are enjoying Spring Break in March, Career Services will be hard at work settling in to our new home on the first floor of the Prothro Center for Lifelong Learning.  Be sure to stop and see us in our new digs - more conveniently located on the academic mall and surrounded by other helpful student services.  Now there’s no excuse not to start figuring out where you’re headed in life and how to get there!
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    Fortune ranks the companies in 2010 for whom you want to be working, including best pay, best perks and who’s hiring.
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    Learn 15 secrets for succeeding in a phone interview, including not to wear your pajamas!
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    Use your technology or writing skills, work in a lab, even wait tables!  US News & World Report tells you why these roles and a few others make the list of best jobs for college students.
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    According to data from the National Association of Colleges and Employers’ 2009 Student Survey, grads with internship experience earned full-time jobs upon graduation at a rate nearly 10 percentage points highter than those graduates with no internship experience, the October 28, 2009, edition of the NACE Spotlight e-newsletter reports.
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    For creative jobs, is a standard resume enough to market your skills?  Get advice from this Minneapolis Workplace Examiner article.
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    Physician assistant, intelligence analyst, CPA, HR manager, college professor:  CNNMoney.com gives overview, pros and cons, earnings, growth and quality of life information about these jobs and many more.
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    On October 21, 2009, Career Services hosted the 15th annual Etiquette Dinner, featuring Diane Gottsman, nationally recognized etiquette expert and owner of The Protocol School of Texas, and a free, four-course meal.  Students learned critical dining and networking skills they will use their whole professional lifes.  The Williamson County Sun also reported on the event.
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    The scholarship, granted annually by the Texas Association of School Personnel Administrators, honors the best teacher candidates in the state.  Lingamfelter, a mathematics senior, student-athlete and campus leader, plans to teach secondary math upon graduation.
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    The National Association of Colleges and Employers’ weekly e-newsletter features an informative article on preparing for and seeking jobs in the video gaming industry.
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    The Federal Trade Commission offers tips for prospective renters to avoid being burned by a variety of scams.  The transition to life after college is hard enough - don’t let yourself get caught in these traps.
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    Campus spokesperson for LinkedIn and Gen Y career and workplace expert Lindsey Pollak offers valuable advice for the powerful professional social networking site, LinkedIn.com.  Learn how you can build a professional online presence, build and enhance your brand and connect in a meaningful way with other SU alumni and other “warm” contacts.
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    Finding yourself spending a lot of time on Facebook?  Want to get paid for it?!  Find out from CNN.com/CareerBuilder.com about actual jobs that rely on your social networking skills.
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    CNN.com/CareerBuilder.com gives you tips on what NOT to say during an interview.  For a little humor in your day, and some interview advice, check out these strange interview responses.
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    Austin ranks #4 in the country for number of job postings per capita, according to this Austin American Statesman report of data provided by Indeed.com, an online job-posting site.  Forbes.com reports Austin and other Texas cities are among the best in the country for recession recovery prospects.
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    The Partnership for Public Service (with which Southwestern University is a partner institution) and American University’s School of Public Affairs recently released the 2012 edition of Best Places to Work in the Federal Government. The Best Places to Work rankings are the most comprehensive and authoritative rating and analysis of employee satisfaction and commitment in the federal government.
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    CNN.com and CareerBuilder.com offer sage advice on retaining a good reputation on the job by avoiding common pitfalls - always good practice and especially important in this tight labor market.
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    Get valuable tips from CNN.com article about health insurance as part of an employment offer (or not) and how to get it.
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    Employers nationwide still plan to hire tens of thousands of new college graduates, despite the current economic situation.  To see the results of CollegeGrad.com’s survey of employer hiring needs resulting in the list of top employers, click here.

Internship Development News

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    Biotech center in Georgetown welcomes its first interns this summer, and two Southwestern students take advantage of it
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    Wright Family Internship Scholarship announcement
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    According to data from the National Association of Colleges and Employers’ 2009 Student Survey, grads with internship experience earned full-time jobs upon graduation at a rate nearly 10 percentage points highter than those graduates with no internship experience, the October 28, 2009, edition of the NACE Spotlight e-newsletter reports.
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    Lauren Berger is called “The Intern Queen” after completing 15 internships during her four years of college.  Now she speaks to college students and writes a blog about internships.  Check out her advice for current interns for getting off on the right foot.
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    Looking for an internship?  SU PirateLink, accessible 24/7 online, features all internship opportunities that have been advertised to Career Services.  If you need help figuring out how to access or use PirateLink, please contact us at 512.863.1346 to set up an appointment to get help, or stop by our drop-in internship advising hours on Wednesdays from 3-5 p.m. in the Career Services office.

Career Services News for Alumni

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    Internships and student leadership landed SU grad Dempsey Jones a job with the world’s largest music festival.
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    New Career Services director Daniel Orozco is a big proponent of planning ahead.  College flies by before you know it.  Learn how Career Services can help students during each year at SU to make a successful transition back out of Southwestern.
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    Across the country, Southwestern graduates are using their broad liberal arts perspectives, interdisciplinary learning and commitment to make a living making a difference to pioneer new ways of agriculture.
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    You wouldn’t necessarily think of a liberal arts college as a training ground for CPAs. But for students who decide to study accounting at Southwestern, the decision pays off. Southwestern ranks sixth out of 140 schools in the southwest region when it comes to pass rates on the Uniform CPA Examination.
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    Southwestern alumnus Andy Welch ’95, Principal Electrical Engineer at Orbital Sciences, saw his dreams and efforts take flight - literally - a few weeks ago.
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    Every morning, it takes SU alumna Stephanie Braccini ‘02 about 20 minutes just to get from the front door to her office. That’s because, on the way, she stops to visit five gorillas, nine chimpanzees and four orangutans. Her work even takes her to the forests of Congo, Sumatra and Borneo.
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    Sociology professor Ed Kain is one of the country’s leading experts on the teaching of sociology – and many SU graduates have leveraged his teaching to grow their own careers.
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    Not only do current students benefit from the assistance they get at the Debby Ellis Writing Center, but SU grads have capitalized on their experiences as Writing Center consultants to further their career goals.
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    SU alumnus Blair Quinius ’05 lives and works in Copan Ruinas, Honduras, where he founded a branch of the non-profit UrbanPromise, providing a support network for at-risk children and youth through after-school programs, summer camps and leadership development. Six-week summer internships with his organization are a great way to explore international development and non-profit work.
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    As you look for your first job, you’re probably not thinking about becoming ill, retiring, or looking for tax breaks. However, you should consider benefits to be an important part of your compensation package.
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    Harvard Business Review blog post about the importance of an ongoing, proactive and visible (e.g. online) campaign to market yourself in lieu of a short-term job search.
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    Is having four jobs in six years a bad thing?  Depends on how you tell the story!  It’s crucial to be descriptive and look for transferable skills from each gig you have to tie them together in a coherent message.  This Harvard Business Review article illustrates this issue with a great example.
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    Students and graduates with disabilities can better prepare for the job search and interview process with some great tips documented by Matt Berndt of the UT College of Communication Career Services.
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    The Austin American-Statesman’ Top Workplace project selected 75 organizations, small, medium and large, for-profit, non-profit, government and education, based on employee ratings.  Their conclusion:  Different paths, but the same result - happy workers.
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    John Grimshaw ’12, communication studies graduate from Llano, has some words of comfort for his fellow job seekers: “There is life after the job search.” 
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    Twitter can be helpful to your career on several levels, but the most obvious help comes in the form of up-to-the-minute job leads. It’s a great way to start a connection that can lead to a career. read more
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    How do you get employers to notice you?  Put yourself out there! Michael Maine ‘07 blogs about socially concious marketing and entrepreneurship, offering great advice to job seekers as well as thought-provoking ideas about our economy.  Recently, he created a week-long mini-boot-camp for job seekers, including an interview with Alexandra Anderson, Associate Director of Career Services
  • Image preview
    Test-prep provider Kaplan shares news and tips regarding substantive changes to the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), a commonly-used entrance exam for many Master’s and doctoral programs.  Should you take the current version before it changes or wait?  Get advice here!
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    Here are excerpts from the speech that Business Professor Don Parks gave at the Student Leadership Banquet on April 22, 2010. The speech was titled“How to Not Become “Dilbert’s Pointy Haired Boss” or Ways to Learn About Leadership.
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    From statistics to governmental policy to education to medical research, public health careers span a wide range of responsibilities and disciplines.  There’s something for everyone.  SU grads Margaret Hawthorne ‘02 and Priya Kewada ‘06 shared their insight into this dynamic and rewarding field.
  • Image preview
    While students are enjoying Spring Break in March, Career Services will be hard at work settling in to our new home on the first floor of the Prothro Center for Lifelong Learning.  Be sure to stop and see us in our new digs - more conveniently located on the academic mall and surrounded by other helpful student services.  Now there’s no excuse not to start figuring out where you’re headed in life and how to get there!
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    Fortune ranks the companies in 2010 for whom you want to be working, including best pay, best perks and who’s hiring.
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    Learn 15 secrets for succeeding in a phone interview, including not to wear your pajamas!
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    You’ve heard that it’s all about “who you know,” right?  Help current students learn the power or networking and referral by sharing your networking success story. 
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    For creative jobs, is a standard resume enough to market your skills?  Get advice from this Minneapolis Workplace Examiner article.
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    Physician assistant, intelligence analyst, CPA, HR manager, college professor:  CNNMoney.com gives overview, pros and cons, earnings, growth and quality of life information about these jobs and many more.
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    On October 21, 2009, Career Services hosted the 15th annual Etiquette Dinner, featuring Diane Gottsman, nationally recognized etiquette expert and owner of The Protocol School of Texas, and a free, four-course meal.  Students learned critical dining and networking skills they will use their whole professional lifes.  The Williamson County Sun also reported on the event.
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    The scholarship, granted annually by the Texas Association of School Personnel Administrators, honors the best teacher candidates in the state.  Lingamfelter, a mathematics senior, student-athlete and campus leader, plans to teach secondary math upon graduation.
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    Many universities offer career fairs open to the public, in addition to fairs offered through civic groups in the community.  Individual organizations may even host live or virtual fairs to introduce job seekers to the many positions within their organizations that need filling.  Career Services advertises numerous fairs of which alumni, parents and current students can take advantage.
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    In addition to web-based resources to help you navigate a career change, special events sponsored by Career Services may have spaces which alumni and parents of current students can take the opportunity to fill.  This fall, on a space-available basis, you can learn about accounting and environmental careers and how to prepare for grad school application.
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    The Federal Trade Commission offers tips for prospective renters to avoid being burned by a variety of scams.  The transition to life after college is hard enough - don’t let yourself get caught in these traps.
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    Campus spokesperson for LinkedIn and Gen Y career and workplace expert Lindsey Pollak offers valuable advice for the powerful professional social networking site, LinkedIn.com.  Learn how you can build a professional online presence, build and enhance your brand and connect in a meaningful way with other SU alumni and other “warm” contacts.
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    Finding yourself spending a lot of time on Facebook?  Want to get paid for it?!  Find out from CNN.com/CareerBuilder.com about actual jobs that rely on your social networking skills.
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    CNN.com/CareerBuilder.com gives you tips on what NOT to say during an interview.  For a little humor in your day, and some interview advice, check out these strange interview responses.
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    Austin ranks #4 in the country for number of job postings per capita, according to this Austin American Statesman report of data provided by Indeed.com, an online job-posting site.  Forbes.com reports Austin and other Texas cities are among the best in the country for recession recovery prospects.
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    MSNBC.com/BusinessWeek.com article reveals surprising research conclusions about the personality types of workers who are most productive in a telecommuting environment.  If you manage telecommuters or are considering trying to work from home, check out this report.
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    CNN.com and CareerBuilder.com offer sage advice on retaining a good reputation on the job by avoiding common pitfalls - always good practice and especially important in this tight labor market.
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    Need a valuable networking resource?  Look no further than the new LinkedIn group for SU alumni.  More than 500 alumni members have already joined.  Go to www.linkedin.com to register and grow your network of career exploration, job search and candidate sourcing resources today! 
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    CNNMoney reports on recent changes to federal student loan repayment options, including the opportunity to earn loan forgiveness by working in public service (government or non-profit) jobs.
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    CNN/CareerBuilder offers great advice for answering typical but tricky interview questions you’re pretty sure to face. 
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    Already adept at using social networking sites? Make them work for you in your career development, too. With a few strokes of the keyboard you can create a LinkedIn profile and be on your way.
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    Were you a student the last time you created a resume? The rules are different for experienced candidates. Get tips from The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) on perfecting your resume as a seasoned job seeker.
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    Thanks to more than two dozen alumni, sophomore “apprentices” spent part of the winter break during the first annual SU Pirate Apprentice Days job shadowing event trying on careers from improv comedy to surgery.
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    Every work venue and social engagement gives you the opportunity and responsibility to make small talk, but many of us find this “opportunibligation” uncomfortable. Make your schmoozing more effective and entertaining with these tips.
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    Don’t let your wardrobe get in the way of your next job interview. View detailed advice and images of appropriate interview attire.

Career Services News for Parents

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    Senior English and education major Paige Duggins has earned the 2014 Academic Internship Student Achievement Award from the Cooperative Education and Internship Association (CEIA). This national organization recognizes students who not only excel in their internships, but also actively shine academically and serve their communities.
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    A theatre major can help you be a business consultant? Sure can. Not to mention actor, producer, director, playwright, etc. This great article shared by Professor Desi Roybal in SU’s theatre department explains how.
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    New Career Services director Daniel Orozco is a big proponent of planning ahead.  College flies by before you know it.  Learn how Career Services can help students during each year at SU to make a successful transition back out of Southwestern.
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    The Princeton Review’s new book, The Best 378 Colleges: 2014 Edition, ranks Southwestern University Career Services seventh in the U.S. and best in Texas, based on surveys of 126,000 students attending these schools.
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    Get rid of your old ideas of job searching.  The most effective job seeker today is the person who tackles the process with an entrepreneurial spirit!  Hear more in this article from the National Association of Colleges and Employers’ Spotlight newsletter.
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    Your son or daughter is headed to (or headed back to) college but doesn’t seem to have a clue as to what he or she wants to major in, let alone choose as a career. Don’t worry, this is not unusual, although you might wish your student had a little more sense of direction.  Choosing a career is a process students need to go through—and they go through the stages of this process at different rates of speed. The steps include:  assessing skills, interests, and abilities (an important first step to choosing an appropriate career); exploring majors and career options; experimenting with possible career options; and organizing and conducting a job or graduate school search.  You can assist and support your student in each of these stages. But what can—or should—you do?  Here’s your own career planning timetable.
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    As parents of graduates facing a tough job market, what can you do to assist your son or daughter in transitioning from the secure world of classes and residence halls to the unknown reality of what lies ahead? Here are some suggestions:
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    Get insight into 10 career-related items so you can help your son or daughter plan for a career.   
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    Harvard Business Review blog post about the importance of an ongoing, proactive and visible (e.g. online) campaign to market yourself in lieu of a short-term job search.
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    Students and graduates with disabilities can better prepare for the job search and interview process with some great tips documented by Matt Berndt of the UT College of Communication Career Services.
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    While your daughter or son may not want to follow in Mom’s or Dad’s footsteps, another SU student may be thrilled to learn about your career!  Sharing your expertise is now easier than ever - simply join our LinkedIn group, “The Association of Southwestern University Alumni and Friends.” 
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    D’Artagnan Bebel is the third Southwestern student to earn this national award in the past six years
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    Career Services starts the spring semester snowed in - under a stack of resumes, that is. The annual Resume Drive is well underway, followed quickly by practice interviews for students and numerous other career development events, such as the Internship Connections Fair, specialty topics like Careers in Health, and the chance to take simulated grad school entrance exams - all for free!
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    Spend much time on Facebook?  We thought so.  Now you can catch up with us there!  Want breaking news from Career Services about upcoming events and opportunities?  Want tips for improving your resume, navigating the internship/job search process, interviewing, etc?  Become a fan of “SU Career Services” or friend Ichabod Black, our mascot.
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    Here are excerpts from the speech that Business Professor Don Parks gave at the Student Leadership Banquet on April 22, 2010. The speech was titled“How to Not Become “Dilbert’s Pointy Haired Boss” or Ways to Learn About Leadership.
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    While students are enjoying Spring Break in March, Career Services will be hard at work settling in to our new home on the first floor of the Prothro Center for Lifelong Learning.  Be sure to stop and see us in our new digs - more conveniently located on the academic mall and surrounded by other helpful student services.  Now there’s no excuse not to start figuring out where you’re headed in life and how to get there!
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    If you’re visiting campus for Family Days, we welcome you to stop by Career Services in the McCook-Crain Building on Friday for an overview of the many services Southwestern provides students for their career development.  Or join us on Saturday from 1-2 p.m. in the Lynda McCombs Ballroom of the McCombs Campus Center for an interactive presentation on the most powerful job search strategy - networking.
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    Learn 15 secrets for succeeding in a phone interview, including not to wear your pajamas!
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    According to data from the National Association of Colleges and Employers’ 2009 Student Survey, grads with internship experience earned full-time jobs upon graduation at a rate nearly 10 percentage points highter than those graduates with no internship experience, the October 28, 2009, edition of the NACE Spotlight e-newsletter reports.
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    Physician assistant, intelligence analyst, CPA, HR manager, college professor:  CNNMoney.com gives overview, pros and cons, earnings, growth and quality of life information about these jobs and many more.
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    On October 21, 2009, Career Services hosted the 15th annual Etiquette Dinner, featuring Diane Gottsman, nationally recognized etiquette expert and owner of The Protocol School of Texas, and a free, four-course meal.  Students learned critical dining and networking skills they will use their whole professional lifes.  The Williamson County Sun also reported on the event.
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    The scholarship, granted annually by the Texas Association of School Personnel Administrators, honors the best teacher candidates in the state.  Lingamfelter, a mathematics senior, student-athlete and campus leader, plans to teach secondary math upon graduation.
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    Many universities offer career fairs open to the public, in addition to fairs offered through civic groups in the community.  Individual organizations may even host live or virtual fairs to introduce job seekers to the many positions within their organizations that need filling.  Career Services advertises numerous fairs of which alumni, parents and current students can take advantage.
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    In addition to web-based resources to help you navigate a career change, special events sponsored by Career Services may have spaces which alumni and parents of current students can take the opportunity to fill.  This fall, on a space-available basis, you can learn about accounting and environmental careers and how to prepare for grad school application.
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    Not only are our resources helpful to your students, they may even benefit you if you are seeking employment or considering pursuing additional education. 
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    Campus spokesperson for LinkedIn and Gen Y career and workplace expert Lindsey Pollak offers valuable advice for the powerful professional social networking site, LinkedIn.com.  Learn how you can build a professional online presence, build and enhance your brand and connect in a meaningful way with other SU alumni and other “warm” contacts.
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    CNN.com/CareerBuilder.com gives you tips on what NOT to say during an interview.  For a little humor in your day, and some interview advice, check out these strange interview responses.
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    MSNBC.com/BusinessWeek.com article reveals surprising research conclusions about the personality types of workers who are most productive in a telecommuting environment.  If you manage telecommuters or are considering trying to work from home, check out this report.
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    CNN.com and CareerBuilder.com offer sage advice on retaining a good reputation on the job by avoiding common pitfalls - always good practice and especially important in this tight labor market.
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    In the event that you are involved in your own job search, Career Services would like to offer a few ideas and resources to help you.
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    CNNMoney reports on recent changes to federal student loan repayment options, including the opportunity to earn loan forgiveness by working in public service (government or non-profit) jobs.
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    Even if your own son or daughter isn’t listening to your advice, that doesn’t mean other students wouldn’t be interested!  Could your organization use an intern?  Would you enjoy showing someone the ropes during a day of job shadowing?  One of the best resources Southwestern students can tap is the close-knit network of contacts open to them in the form of parents and alumni.  Learn how you can contribute!
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    Already adept at using social networking sites? Make them work for you in your career development, too. With a few strokes of the keyboard you can create a LinkedIn profile and be on your way.
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    Career Services Director Roger Young offers students and alumni tips for searching for jobs in a competitive market.
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    CNNMoney.com article looks at industries that are thriving despite the recession.