WC Career Journal
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WC Career Journal February 2007, Vol. 4 Issue. 3 Published by the Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education Lots of Action at: IN THIS ISSUE http://careers.wcu.edu/ Career Services is “Where It’s At!” Page 1 Most job-seekers get lured to the internet Career Services is by the media and modern culture. But, the internet is a big place, and searchers can "Where It's At!" Transferability: Career Cross- training Page 1, 3 easily get frustrated. As the student web- master for career services, I have good Career Report: Direct Experience news for Western students and alumni! of a Cooperative/Internship Over time and on an ongoing basis, we Page 3 have built a site that can serve as your Services Offered Page 2 By Jacob L. Hackamack Numerous opportunities exist for starting point and main resource when Career Services Webmaster WCU students through Career searching for jobs or internships, learning Services and Co-op Education. about different majors, and preparing for your career. Spring Calendar of Events Page 4 Last month, we enjoyed the highest num- meeting with one of our career ber of visits to our site since we began counselors, attending a career tracking data. Over 7,300 people came to event, or even getting an on- the Career Services web page and its campus interview! links. Since we first started tracking, we have served nearly 50,000 visitors. We Twenty years from now you will be have had visitors from Athens, Greece and more disappointed by the things Kumhair, India to French Camp, Califor- you didn't do than by the ones you nia. The word is getting out that Western did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail Carolina University is a truly multi- tons of information and support for those away from the safe harbor. Catch who go there. Hopefully, users will fol- the trade winds in your sails national institution. Explore. Dream. Discover. low-up their visit to the website by — Mark Twain The biggest pages on Career Services are our job boards (local & non-work study) Transferability: cross-training for your career as well as Career Links, JobCat, our By Glennie Fitzgerald Sewell Cooperative Education page, and the Career Services Graduate Assistant "What Can I Do with this Major" page. Other resources on our page include the Based on circumstance, geographic limitations, and even opportunity, students ever-expanding archive of WC Career sometimes need to identify alternative career choices. It can be realistic for stu- Journal volumes, offering a host of ca- dents seeking to enter the working world to consider more than one viable ca- reer development topics. Our web-based reer path: one as the main interest, and others as viable fall-back interests. One event calendar is complete with example of this practice could be an English education major transferring his or registration information and growing her strong communication skills to be a successful food service or seasonal res- lists of employers participating in each taurant manager (the hospitality industry), during the summertime. job fair or on-campus event. You can link to, call, and e-mail any member of Granted, this is but one example of many paths. Students may also wish to take our professional staff, straight from the courses that develop useful technical or conventional business skills, such as site, and we hope to hear from any stu- web-design, internet sales, management, accounting, or marketing. Often, career dent, employer, or alumnus/a in need of choices can require different training or practice; however, would-be applicants assistance. may wish to look carefully at how a secondary career choice may relate to and benefit from the knowledge and experience developed for the primary job We know that our website will provide See Transferability, page 3 -1- Career Services programs for success Students and Alumni: take advantage of our many services offered. √ JobCat and MonsterTRAK are internet - √ Resume Critiquing Service - Email your based recruiting systems on our website that resume (cover letter too!) to mdespeaux or include jobs as well as opportunities to post a email@example.com, or bring it in for an ap- resume and sign up for interviews. pointment. √ Career Counseling - If you have a career √ Student Employment - Need some cash? concern that you would like to discuss, call The student employment office can help you for an appointment with a career counselor. find a part-time job. We offer listings for on- campus as well as off-campus employment. √ Career Testing - If you are having diffi- See them at http://careers.wcu.edu. culty making a decision about a major or a career, we offer career testing and interpreta- √ Career Library - Our Career Library offers tion. books, directories, and videos to aid in your career decision, including DISCOVER, a √ Cooperative Education - Co-op is a pro- computer-aided guidance program. Also gram that allows you to work in your career / available at http://careers.wcu.edu. major field and receive directly related ex- perience and credit WHILE you are still in √ Interviewing Skills Assistance - You can school . participate in a mock interview and improve your interview skills. √ Career Days and Recruitment Events - Career Services offers between 10 and 11 recruit- ment events every year including Corporate, Public Service and Government Career Expo, Allied Health and Nurses’ Career Day, Summer Jobs & Internships Fair, Criminal Justice Career Day, Education Recruitment Day and multiple etiquette development events. Career Services Information: Telephone: 828-227-7133 Website: http://careers.wcu.edu/ Ashe, Mardy - Director and Career Counselor Want to get on the career path? Use JobCat. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Despeaux, Michael - Coordinator / Career Counselor E-mail: email@example.com Ferrara, Donna - Secretary and Office Manager E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 1. Log into JobCat at careers.wcu.edu Sewell, Glennie - Graduate Assistant 2. Complete a personal profile E-mail: email@example.com 3. Upload a resume Wilson, Steven, Career Resource Specialist / On-Campus Employment 4. Submit your online application by the E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org deadline. Woodruff, Jill, Special Events Coordinator E-mail: email@example.com JobCat is updated with new jobs WC Career Journal is a publication of the Office of Career Ser- almost every day, so check for vices and Cooperative Education at Western Carolina University. updates regularly! Publisher: Michael Despeaux Editor: Glennie F. Sewell -2- Career Services / Cooperative Education Transferability from page 1 Since employers will be recruiting for all kinds of jobs choice. and opportunities, students should have a completed re- sume, dress appropriately for the occasion, and show up Consider the liberal arts or education major with a sum- with an open mind. Even students with highly sought- mer (or evening job) working in amusement park res- after skills might find it prudent to develop a useful sec- taurant management. Writing and speaking clearly is a ondary skill set or occupation, starting with a summer job must in running any business. The ability to openly and or co-op. Getting more experience and broadening skills positively communicate with employees, guests, and will make job seekers more marketable and job holders customers is essential in the smooth operation of any more effective. successful business, not to mention a satisfying and warm communication between those who serve and Career Report: those being served. For any major, these communica- Direct Experiences of a Co-opEd/Internship: tion skills are an important necessity for the job. An Interview with Liz Goettee, a December , 2006 alumnus education major preparing for a teaching position but and former Cooperative/Internship student: She earned a wishing to keep other options open might consider a BFA degree, with a concentration in photography: summer position or co-op in public service, an educa- tion-related non-profit, or government agency. Ulti- What caused you to consider having a Co-opEd/ mately, this student may use the secondary job as a Internship experience? workable fall-back option, but it could lead beyond I wanted to actually have experience with photography employment flexibility and offer a desirable alternative outside of my major, so I would have a better feel of career path. what life would be like in the real world. Similarly, students in business or technical majors can What were your preconceived notions going into the increase their options and employability by seeking Co-opEd/Internship? classes or opportunities in which they learn and prac- I knew that I would be given grunt work , that would tice additional communication and analytical skills. have to overcome that and realize and realize that what I Courses in the humanities or liberal arts not only hone was learning and experiencing was much more benefi- these skills but prepare a colleague to converse about cial, and paid off in the end. many topics, a networking advantage. By writing for a newsletter, assuming leadership roles in campus or- Would you give us a brief description of your on-the- ganizations, or pursuing a co-op, students can engage job duties? with their community and develop skills that make Not only was I trained to work as a photographer’s assis- them better job applicants. tant, but I also learned a lot about other aspects of the photography business, including marketing, pricing and Western students can consider pursuing a possible life- client relations, amongst other things, were frequent top- changing secondary experience or vocation by attend- ics during the internship. Prior to working at TBS Inc., I ing the Summer Jobs and Internships Fair on Tuesday, had very little experience in studio photography. March 13, from 11am to 2pm, in the U.C. Grandroom. Does your Co-opEd/Internship experience meet your 2006 Alumnus, Liz Goettee: BFA & Photography current expectations towards your assigned job? Oh yes! What would you like to do with your cooperative/ internship experience, once you are through with it? Is there anything you would like to enhance or accen- tuate about your chosen life work, as a result of your Co-opEd/Internship? Before I go into the mainstream of the workplace, I would like to participate in one or two more internships. This internship has motivated me to explore others as- pects of photography, that way I can make sure exactly what area I want to find a job in for the future. -3- MA R1 MA 3th R. 1 5th Spring Career Criminal Justice Career Day Etiquette Reception Thur, March 15 , 1:00—4:00 pm, UC Tues, March 13, 6:00PM - 7:30PM in the UC Grandroom : Construction Management Fair, Multipurpose Room Students wishing to meet with Feb 7, 2007—Ramsey Center Students are welcome to participate in employers in the field of Criminal this special reception where you can Justice are welcome in the U.C. MA meet potential employers! This event is Grandroom. R. 2 FEB intended to teach students proper eti- quette during a reception. If you are inter- Mathematics and Computer 1st . 20t ested in participating, please contact Science Career Day Physical Therapy & h Career Services at 828.227.7133. Wed, March 21, 2:30 pm—4:00 pm, Sillwell 425: Speech Language Pa- MA Hear a panel of experts talk about thology Career Fair Corporate, R1 careers using a mathematics, math Tues, February 20, UC Grandroom 4:00PM - 6:00PM Government & 4h education, or computer science de- gree. The Physical Therapy Career Fair is a great Non-Profits Career MA opportunity for students and alumni seeking Expo R. 2 employment in these fields. See JobCat Wed, March 14, 1:00—4:00 pm, Education 7th For more information, see http://careers.wcu.edu CALENDAR OF EVENTS — for a list of employers who will be coming to UC Grandroom this event. Recruitment Day Employers represented for corporate Tuesday, March 27, 9:00am- type positions will be mainly in the busi- MA ness, marketing, management, account- 12:00pm Ramsey Education Recruit- Summer Jobs and R1 3 ing, computer programming, engineer- ment Day is a great opportunity for students, alumni and general public Internships Fair Tuesday, March 13, 11:00am - th ing, engineering technology & finance fields. Organizations seeking public interested in opportunities within 2:00PM on the U.C. Grandroom schools and school systems. service and government positions will Business attire is required. Students Not graduating until August and/or also be invited. Please join us at this looking for summer employment on or near and alumni are encouraged to bring career fair to meet with experts in these several copies of your latest resume the WCU campus? This is the event for you! fields to receive timely information on Businesses and University departments set to distribute. We also suggest upload- careers, occupational trends, openings. ing a resume into JobCat. If you need up booths to recruit summer jobs and in- You do not have to have hiring qualifica- ternship. Students are not required to sign assistance with developing a resume, tions and advice on jobs or pre-register please visit the Career Resource up for this event, but are encouraged to to attend the Expo. Interviews may be bring copies of their resumes. Center (2nd floor of Killian Annex) or available with some attending organiza- schedule an appointment with a tions and students can sign up in ad- career counselor – 828.227.7133. If you need assistance with developing a vance through JobCat. Deadline to be resume, please visit the Career Resource pre-selected for interviews is Thursday, Center (2nd floor of Killian Annex) or sched- March 8. Some open interview sched- ule an appointment with a career counselor ules may be available and open for sign – 828.227.7133. up until March 12. Please check in Job- Cat for upcoming on-campus interviews for March 14 & 15. *** For all Expos, Fairs and Career Days: *** Business casual to professional attire is required. Students and alumni are encouraged to bring several copies of their latest resume. Career Services also suggests that appli- cations be uploaded into JobCat. Students in need of assistance in developing a re- sume, please visit the Career Resource Center (2nd floor of Killian Annex) or sched- ule and appointment with a career counselor: 227-7133. Lists of attending organizations will be available at http://careers.wcu.edu and on -4- JobCat. Lists will be updated as registration is received.