Bridget Tully is the Communications Intern within the Xavier University Career Development Office. Her bi-weekly blog posts will feature peer-to-peer career advice and guest bloggers including employers and alumni.
Class, caf bonding, rigorous walks to class, work, updating music for the iPod, extracurricular activities, keeping up with a hectic Twitter & Instagram feed— trust me, I know there is no time in our day to set aside a couple hours to search, prepare, and apply for jobs.We all prefer to put it off and have it sit in the back of our minds to stress us out.
Instead of procrastinating, take advantage of your time over Christmas break! Make a quick list of some things you would love to have done when you come back in January.Here are some ideas…
-Shop for professional attire (while you can maybe squeeze it on your parent’s dime!)
-Research open positions- Click here to use the e-recruiting site to see available jobs!
-Write or edit your resume
-Talk with your parents about your major/career plans
-Make a folder of work samples
-Create or enhance your LinkedIn page-Click here to visit LinkedIn.com
-Apply for 5 jobs
-Meet with your mentor
-Talk to your uncle/aunt/cousin about their jobs and career paths
-Schedule an informational interview with someone holdingyour dream position
-Find places to volunteer or clubs to join to strengthen your resume
I asked a couple fellow musketeers what they hoped to accomplish with their free time over Christmas break.
Senior psychology major, Lauren Heap, is a Colorado native that spoke of her goals for Christmas break, “I want to research different positions available in Colorado.While I’m home I really want to network with local companies so I can get a job in Denver after graduation.”
Sophomore, Shane Crutchfield said, “My dad is an executive recruiter so he sees several LinkedIn pages and resumes every day.It can be hard to get his help over the phone so I want to sit down with my dad and get his help with strengthening my resume and LinkedIn page.I want to get this done so I am already prepared for opportunities that arise in the future.”
Maybe you could even throw some items on your Christmas wish list.
-A simple necklace to complete your “workplace chic” look
-The perfect tie to nail the interview
-A padfolio to impress employers
Career opportunities can arise when you least expect them.With tests, papers, work, and everything else going on, it is hard to give the job search your full attention and focus.Therefore, over Christmas break, get things done so when an opportunity arises you are already prepared and are ready to present your best self.
a major feels like a big decision that no one wants to make because it seems
like you are determining the rest of your life!However, it is nothing to stress about! You just need to do your research and make an
informed decision.Companies today do
not rely on your major as heavily as they do the skills & abilities you can
bring to the table.
did not declare my major until my sophomore year at Xavier.When I came to college I knew what I was
interested in, but I did not feel like I was informed enough to make the best
decision.I didn’t want to declare a
major because I didn’t want to end up in a study that I didn’t enjoy.
my freshmen year I focused a lot on my core requirements and enrolled in
classes that would teach me more about different areas of study.I also had several conversations with older
students who were declared majors in the areas I was interested in.It really helped speaking with other students
because they gave me real advice and experiences.I would ask about the teachers, the work
load, the types of assignments, the opportunities their major presented, if
they would’ve done anything differently, and anything else that I would wonder
but probably wouldn’t ask a teacher.
also went to the Career Development Office and met with a career
counselor.This was a resource that
helped me in a different way than students were able to.I sat down with the counselor and listed
things that I enjoyed doing and then listed things I did not enjoy as
much.We also discussed my ideal jobs
and areas that I would love to pursue.My
counselor was able to tell me about specifics in certain job areas.She told me the kind of work that might
typically occur day to day, what the pay is like, what my responsibilities
might include, etc.It was very helpful
to sit down with an adult who has a grasp of life after college.
before you let the decision stress you out, just take a breather and do as much
research as you can!It is so helpful to
ask around and get different perspectives.Xavier offers so many great programs that you can’t go wrong!Call the Career Development Office today, or visit us online, to schedule with a
career counselor to discuss your options!
Are you thinking that you're not quite sure about diving
into the job market or grad school after Xavier?Not a problem! Consider a gap year or more of
post-graduate service by attending the Post-Graduate Volunteer Fair.Xavier graduate, Stephanie Howes, describes
her life changing experience with Post-Grad Volunteering.
I was a senior in college, I was stressing out about applying to grad school
and all the work that would follow once accepted. I needed a break from school
but I didn’t want to be that recent biology grad that worked in a lab and lived
at home.I wanted an adventure that
would allow me to give back. While I was struggling with this decision, the
Center for Faith and Justice held the Post-Grad Volunteer Fair. Attending this
fair led me to the perfect post-grad opportunity.
I first got to the fair, it was a little overwhelming. There are a lot of
options out there. Thankfully, I had a good mentor at the CFJ who helped me
narrow it down to only the projects I was passionate about. I decided that I
wanted to work with women or children who have been abused or neglected in some
way. This led me to Good Shepherd Volunteers (GSV) because of its mission to
provide “full-time volunteers with the opportunity to use their God-given
talents to serve women, adolescents, and children affected by poverty,
violence, and neglect”. Originally I thought I wanted to go abroad, but through
my discernment and interview process, I realized that I should volunteer in my
own country and understand the need here before going anywhere else.
August of 2012, I began my year as a GSV in New York City working with foster
care youth in the Bronx. I moved into my apartment in Astoria, Queens, which
gave me an opportunity to explore one of the world’s best cities with a
built-in group of friends. On top of the volunteer experience, I was able to
experience the different cultures NYC has to offer. I learned about race
relations through my co-workers and learned about cultural festivals such as
Holi (see photo) through the free events around the city. Throughout my year, I
was amazed by all the city had to offer and how much fun I was having.
year was also an important year of personal growth. I learned how to live in
NYC on $200 a month for food and recreation. Professionally, I learned how to
be a productive member of a busy social services team. I learned about the
psychological issues and social justice issues surrounding bad parenting and a
broken foster care system. This was hard because I never even looked into
foster care. This caused me nights of crying over horrible stories of abuse and
neglect, and days of smiles and celebrations of accomplishments of the youth
with whom I worked. On top of all this, I learned about me.
volunteer year created an opportunity for me to learn about myself. I lived in
an intentional community with 6 other people. We all had varying religions, worldviews,
personalities and experiences. My community members taught me how to resolve
conflicts and how to really “agree to disagree”. I learned about Buddhism,
Agnostics, and how to be open to questioning. They pointed out questions about
my faith and life and helped me to find answers. I learned about my personality
and how I present myself. I now have a better understanding of how people
perceive me and how to be a more emotionally healthy person. This all came
through tools and support that my volunteer staff, co-workers and work
supervisors gave to me.
my year came to an end, the GSV staff asked the current volunteers if anyone
would like to go abroad. Since this was my original plan, I was really
interested in the opportunity. I was eager to spend another year living in a community
with marginalized people and the changes that it would bring to my worldview. I
am excited to tell you that in January, I will be starting my second GSV year
by moving to Nong Khai, Thailand. There I will be working with communities
affected and infected by HIV/AIDS. This will only help my future goals of being
a public health official. To learn more about my program please visit: www.gsvolunteers.org or to learn more
about next year please go to: https://app.etapestry.com/onlineforms/GoodShepherdVolunteersInc/stephaniehowes.html
hope that you too consider the post-grad volunteering option. You never know
how giving a year to others will change you.
-Stephanie Howes, Guest Blogger
Xavier University Class
The Post-Grad Volunteer option could be the best decision for you! But there is only one way to find out so be sure to attend the Post Graduate Volunteer Fair on October 30th. Click here to learn more!
Your possibilities are endless Muskies,
Career Development Office Intern
The thought of joining the “real world” is an exciting,
yet scary and stressful idea to ponder.For that reason I figured it would be helpful to hear about the
experience from a recent Xavier grad.Leslie Boersma graduated from Xavier in May 2012 with a degree in
organizational communications and a minor in psychology.She now works full time as a special events
coordinator at the Children’s Hospital Foundation in Colorado.Here’s what she had to say about her first
grown up job!
After talking to Leslie and hearing how much she enjoys
what she is doing, my first question was how did she manage to land this
coveted position so early in her career?She told me it was a long journey but it started by simply following
what she loves.
Leslie described to me that her first experience with a
non-profit organization was when she volunteered at a Make-A-Wish Foundation
event her senior year at X.That opened
her eyes to the concept of raising money for a good cause through fun
events.After learning more about the
culture and dynamic of non-profits, she knew that field was something she
wanted to be a part of.Then, after
graduation Leslie returned home to Colorado and got a job working at a camp for
children with life threatening illnesses.
I asked her about that experience and she joked, “Well I
think essentially they were paying me to be there because the pay was that
bad.But that part did not matter for me
because I loved it so much and I was able to constantly meet families,
children, and doctors who were involved at the Children’s Hospital which
ultimately was where I wanted to be.”Leslie explained that her experience in the field and her networking
opportunities were the difference that allowed her to stand out and land her
event coordinating position.
Leslie is part of a special events team that manages
90-120 events per year.Her typical
daily responsibility is to foster the relationships that go along with event
fundraising.A few of Leslie’s
responsibilities include: taking on volunteer recruitment and management,
assisting the families with their donation process, and connecting with local
community organizations to find ways for them to help.
“It doesn’t feel like work
when I get to work with women I consider friends.On top of that, I get to plan fun events like
golf tournaments, marathons, and fashion shows that raise millions of dollars
to save children’s lives.I get to meet
sick children and their families and then have the opportunity to make a
difference in their life and see that result first hand.”
I asked Leslie what her advice would be for students
getting ready to join the work force and she emphasized networking, getting
experience in the related field, and following what you love to do.She didn’t know exactly where she wanted to
end up working, but she continued to pursue and learn about areas that
interested her and from there she said, “The job chose her.”
Don’t you wish you had an insider on the world of work? Lucky for you that is exactly what Xavier’s
Mentor Program offers! Having a mentor
is essentially having a personal expert available to assist your every
professional and personal endeavor. A
mentor is just one more way to gain guidance and insight that will prepare you
for the real world that we are all so terrified of!
Senior entrepreneurial studies and English major, Robyn
Campbell, shares her experience with the Mentor Program and tells us how it
program is a must-have. I met my incredible mentor, Bill Woods, during my
sophomore year. He’s helped me grow academically, professionally, and even
personally. As a sophomore, I knew I loved writing and business, but was unsure
how to combine the two. Bill encouraged me to pick up a major/minor that
incorporated both of my passions, and we discussed the best courses for me to
take. He also sent me articles that demonstrated how I could combine my love of
Entrepreneurship with my love of writing. On a personal level, we discussed
shared hobbies, family stories, vacation plans, and current life events.
He even gave me advice about dating! All in all, I learned a lot from
him. I am honored to have him as a mentor, and would highly recommend the
mentorship program to anyone who needs academic, professional, or personal
-Robyn Campbell, Guest Blogger
Majors: Entrepreneurial Studies & English
The Mentor Program is designed to assist students in developing
their character, academic and professional skills and social
responsibilities. Freshmen be sure to keep
this program in mind when you head into your second year at Xavier!
The program is not just designed for business majors, I
was matched with my mentor as a junior communication studies major. With a hectic schedule I thought I would
never have the time for a mentor; but creating a mentor relationship was one of
the smartest decisions I have ever made.
My mentor has helped me immensely with my professional efforts; whether
it be by giving suggestions for interview attire, helping me to strengthen my
resume, or providing me with helpful tips to make myself marketable. I have met with my mentor in person with my
favorite Starbucks Java Chip Frappuccino in hand and I have sent my mentor
rushed e-mails with a quick advice question.
Whatever it may be, the Mentor Program is an easy process that will
provide you with several advantages! I would
highly recommend the Xavier Mentor Program to anyone and everyone striving for
Start this school year out right with some assistance from
the pros, aka us, aka The Career Development Office. We’re
here for you! Come to the CDO for any questions or assistance you need to
plan your career as a student and in the real world. We offer major/career planning and
decision-making assistance for everyone.
Who knows what you’ll be.
College is filled with so much opportunity. Try on different hats
and figure out which ones fit! It’s never too early (or too late) to
start mapping out your career path.
Freshmen: Start your
Xavier career on the right foot!
It’s already hard enough to make decisions about school and
work, but it’s even more difficult when you don’t have all the information.
Come to the CDO to get the low down on major planning, on-campus
employment, career help and more.
Sophomores: Start building
We offer personalized coaching and networking assistance.
Need help with that resume or cover letter? We help with that too.
You’ll be able to ace your interviews with confidence.
Juniors: Don’t wait until the
Practice makes perfect. In order to get an internship
and job experience, it’s essential to practice interview techniques. Get
that experience through mock interviews with the CDO.
Seniors: It is almost time for
the real world!
We want to send you out into the world with an edge over the
competition. The CDO can help you with graduate school planning,
individualized career coaching, and more.
The CDO is here to help everyone plan and realize their
dreams. Come on down and we’ll show you the ropes! We’re looking
forward to meeting you.