Hey there you job and internship-seekers. Be sure you’ve marked your calendars for the upcoming Career Fairs–February 16th (all majors) and 17th (engineering) over at CH2M Hill Alumni Center. Events kick off THIS WEEK with workshops at Career Services.
Posted by Anne Lapour, Career Counselor
Are you looking for opportunities to gain professional experience and contribute to the mission of a non-profit organization? Then there’s good news for you! The annual Non-Profit and Volunteer Expo is coming up later this month, on January 28th. This year’s event is co-sponsored by Career Services and OSU’s Community Service Center.
So…why attend the Non-Profit and Volunteer Expo? A few reasons…
- You need professional experience! You may not realize it, but volunteer work is a wonderful way to gain valuable working experience. There will be MANY organizations present for you to begin talking to!
- You want to make a difference. Non-profits offer fabulous opportunities to satisfy that social justice advocate inside you, or your need to make the world a better place!
- Networking. Non-profits are also employers, folks…here’s your opportunity to begin the networking process for that internship or job you’ve been looking for.
- Interested in a program like the Peace Corps, Americorps, or Teach for America? We’ll have a panel of past participants to answer all your burning questions.
Stay tuned on our Non-Profit and Volunteer Expo Webpage for more details about the event, such as the organizations who will be attending, as well as the workshops and events being held throughout the day.
In America, education is supposed to be the great equalizer and the primary vehicle for upward mobility. But, the reality today is that all too often, where children are born determines their educational prospects. In fact, the 13 million children growing up in poverty face tremendous challenges and often don’t have the extra support in school to reach their true potential. This reality disproportionately impacts African-American, Latino, Hispanic, and Native American children, who are three times as likely to live in a low-income area.* You have the power to change this.
Teach For America seeks individuals of all backgrounds, majors, and career interests who possess the leadership skills and experience that will enable them to change the prospects of students growing up today and ultimately to exert broader societal influence in our nation that will make it a place of opportunity for all.
Come join us at an information session to learn more about this opportunity to affect lasting social change after graduation.
Date: Monday, October 26th
Time: 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Location: MU Room 206
*Source: National Center for Children in Poverty, 2007
One day, all children in this nation will have the opportunity to attain an excellent education.
Next Application Deadline: Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Posted by Galina Romantsova, Career Services Graduate Assistant
This to-do list can help you with your preparation:
Mark your calendars! OSU wide Career Fair is on Tuesday, October 20th, 11am – 4pm. Engineering Career Fair is on Wednesday, October 21st, 11am – 4pm.
Go to Beaver JobNet and find out what companies are coming to the Career Fair.
Research the top companies that interest you. Spend time researching, so you’re aware of what each company does, and so you can ask great questions at the fair.
Get your resume ready. Go to Career Services and get help with your resume. Bring lots of resumes to the fair — at least two for each company for which you have an interest. If you have multiple interests or job objectives, make sure you bring enough of each version of your resume.
Prepare your one-minute “infomercial” to be ready to tell about yourself (education, professional experience, professional goals, the reason you are interested in this company, the key benefits that you can offer the organization).
Get ready for an interview. Sign up for a mock interview at Career Services. Prepare answers to interview questions just as you would do for any employment interview. Make sure you also have some questions ready to ask the interviewer.
Create your Game Plan. You need to determine an order of interviewing. Some experts suggest meeting with your top choices first thing in the morning, interviewing with your other choices in the middle of the day, and returning to your top choices at the end of the day to thank them again for their time. But remember to stay flexible as your top choices may be the top choices of many, creating long lines that you may wish to avoid.
Choose the right attire. Know what the expected attire of your profession is and dress accordingly. It is always better to be overdressed than underdressed.
Posted by Bryon Burleigh, Career Services Graduate Assistant
You’ve probably heard about the Career Fair that OSU Career Services puts on every term, but you might be on the fence about whether you are going to actually attend. “I don’t know what companies will be there,” you might be thinking, “so why should I bother going?” This is a valid question because anyone going to the Career Fair should do some research on the companies they are interested in. This term there will be representatives from companies ranging from Abercrombie & Fitch and Target, to Microsoft and Intel, and a multitude in between! For a full listing of employers, click here.
Posted by Anne, Career Counselor
Are you interested in working for social justice as part of your career, or maybe as part of an internship experience? Non-profit organizations provide wonderful opportunities to gain professional skills, and engage in work that satisfies that social advocate in you! Idealist.org, a great website for non-profit job/internship opportunities, is hosting two upcoming events in the Portland area. Don’t miss them!
1. The Portland Nonprofit Career Fair, on Wednesday, October 14, from 11:00 to 3:00
2. The Portland Graduate School Fair, on Thursday, October 22, from 5:00 to 8:00