Have you stopped by Career Services lately? You’ve seen the campus notices, you’ve seen the fliers, and on occasion you’ve heard the elusive rumor that Career Services helped someone place a job after college, but what have you done with them lately? Career Services can help you think in some creative and different ways, allowing you to have more success in competitive job markets.
“We highly recommend all students meet with us in person at least once, and preferably at least once every semester,” Associate Director of Career Services Alexandra Anderson said. “Some ‘frequent fliers’ even come in every week to ask questions and work on different issues, from resume writing, to interviewing practice, to applying for internships. The self-assessment tools we offer, such as TypeFocus Careers (a personality inventory) are great starting places when trying to figure out what kinds of work you might enjoy.”
The goal of Career Services is to make you feel as prepared as you possibly can in whatever you’re working on.
“It is important for students to realize the resources that are available to them through our office,” Internship Coordinator Maria Kruger said. “As part of their collegiate experience, we are here to help them navigate their own career development. Our office is not just about helping students find a job after graduation. Our office is here to help each student explore their own interests and opportunities to help them better understand what they find meaningful while at Southwestern and beyond as they move through their career.”
What if you have no idea what you want to do with your life? They don’t care.
“I always recommend that students make time to come and talk with us even if they are not sure what they want to talk about,” Kruger said. “At the very least we can provide information and possibilities that might be helpful to consider as they plan their collegiate career.”
From Pirate Apprentice Days to Resume Drives, the services they offer are extraordinarily expansive (and unbelievably helpful). Shadowing a professional in your field of interest for a day and having exclusive help developing your resume? Could you seriously ask for anything more? “We have anywhere from 20-30 sophomore students participate each year,” Kruger said of the Pirate Apprentice Days. “Applications are accepted in the fall semester and students are matched with an alumna/alumnus to meet in January during Winter Break. For this program, students submit a resume, completed application form, letter of recommendation and go through an interview to participate.”
Oh – and about that resume?
“Career Services works with students on resume development at all points in their academic careers,” Anderson said of the Resume Drive.
“Younger students might be applying for a scholarship, an on-campus job, or a summer job/internship. Older students might be applying to graduate and professional school or full-time employment for after graduation. We help with all of those scenarios. Besides taking part in the Resume Drive, you can submit your resume to Career Services at any point in time for our feedback.”
For further information regarding any of the opportunities that Career Services provides, call or visit their web page on the Southwestern University website. For a further inquiry into their calendar of events, please visit their calendar page.