Spring Career Fair?! No Sweat.

Written on 8:57 AM by Xavier Career Development

February is upon us, Muskies and we have a lot to look forward to! We hope that the groundhog does not see his shadow so spring arrives quickly, we celebrate African American culture throughout the month, and of course, we anticipate attending the Spring Career Fair on February 17th!

I myself could go on and on about the career fair- what to wear, how to prepare, follow up, etc, etc. Seeing as how this is my blog, I volunteer you Musketeers my advice all the time, and figure you would like to hear from other Xavier students for a change of pace! I have asked students who have attended the career fair for their advice and opinions on how to achieve the most success!

Nick Henrichs, Class of 2015-Marketing Major, Psychology Minor: “Honestly, the career fair isn’t as huge of a stress-enduring deal as most students think it is. It really boils down to three main points: professionalism, preparation, and being polite! Of course, you want to dress your best in business professional clothing- there is absolutely no room for jeans or tennis shoes. Do your research! In order to wow the companies/representatives at the fair, you want to arrive with knowledge of what that company does, and if they are interested in hiring a person like you with your area of study. Having said that, come prepared with questions about possible future employment, whether it’s for a summer internship or a full time job after graduation. Lastly, following up with the employer you talked to is just as important as making a good impression on them- sending them a personal thank you note lets them know you appreciated the time they spent with you, and can make you stand out amongst the dozens of people they spoke to the day of the fair. As long as you stick to those three main points, the fair should be no sweat!”

Kacie Hoyt, Class of 2015-Biology Major: “Being a biology major, through my freshmen and sophomore years I didn’t even give the career fair a thought since I assumed it was strictly for business majors or those alike. It wasn’t until I had heard from other people in my major who had attended at least one career fair that there are employers searching for students with all areas of study! When the spring career fair rolled around my junior year, I picked up a copy of the Career Fair tabloid and found that companies like Procter and Gamble and Cincinnati Children’s Research Foundation were going to be right inside Cintas, looking for candidates like myself! My advice to you is don’t skip out on the career fair because you think no one is hiring-you never know who you could speak to and where it could lead you!”

So fellow Musketeers, there you have it. The Career Development Office wants you to succeed in every way possible, and attending the Career Fair is one of the best ways we can help you begin to reach your career goals! Feel free to visit our website or drop by our office if you have any questions!

Best of luck,
Jenny Mendoza

Welcome home, transfer students!

Written on 9:29 AM by Xavier Career Development

Hello transfer students and welcome to Xavier University! I am so excited that you made the choice to join this great community of Xavier students, faculty, and staff! We really do live and act by the motto “All for One and One for All,” so we are all here to embrace and welcome you into Xavier Nation. I am sure you are trying to get settled in your dorms, figure out why there is a ton of construction in the middle of campus, and master the fine art of eating just enough cafeteria food so that you are full, but don’t overindulge yourself so much that you are unable to get up and walk home. Amidst all of these mental processes, we here at the Career Development Office just want to let you know we are here to support you! You may find the following tips helpful through your time here at Xavier University.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help!
This probably seems like common sense and something almost every person you have met so far has advised you to do. It may be irritating to hear repeatedly, but we express this because we all want you to succeed in every way possible! The only way to know what resources are available to help you grow is to reach out and seek help when you need it. There is absolutely no shame in admitting you don’t know something and need advice- this is something I learned on the first day and still am learning.

Set personal time aside for yourself.
It can be extremely easy to get absorbed into the everyday hustle and bustle of campus life- class, meetings, emails, and study groups. Consistently being involved in a routine of academics, time with roommates and friends, and trying to keep up with laundry so you are not forced to wear the same sweatshirt for two weeks can make any person go a little stir crazy! From personal experience, I can tell you it is so beneficial to set aside mandatory personal time for yourself every once in a while. Whether it is just Netflix binging in order to think about anything besides that lab report, or taking a walk and having a beautiful view of campus and Cincinnati by standing outside the 10th floor of Schott Hall, having a clear mind is vital to your physical and mental health!

Immerse yourself in Xavier Athletics!
What’s a college experience if it is all work and no play? Whether you choose to attend a men’s or women’s basketball game in Cintas Center, a baseball game on Hayden Field, or a soccer game on the XU Soccer Complex; attending any athletic event at Xavier is truly a fun and memorable experience, and a great way to represent your school spirit!

So fellow Musketeers, welcome to your new home. If you see Fr. B giving you a wave and saying “Hi, Saint!”, the smell of fresh bread being baked at Subway, or the sound of the pep band playing the Xavier fight song, know that these sights and sounds are all are yours to claim as part of your Xavier experience. Let’s go X!

Your friend,
Jenny Mendoza