Today’s students have grown up with the newest technologies and are adept at using them.
Students should research the fields they intend to study to see what technology skills are needed.
They should take the right courses to advance these skills and spotlight them on their resumes.
Social Media Resume a Must
It's never too early to lay the groundwork for a career. A social resume can help students land an internship and/or job. Learn more.
Building a Resume & Vitae: Enhancing Career & Grad School Marketability
Regardless as to whether your student's focus includes employment or graduate school, the steps for success begin freshman year and build thereafter. As sophomore year comes to a close, is your student on track to accomplish his/her goals or is time slipping away?
Being purposefully engaged in activities and leadership opportunities aimed at building a resume and/or curriculum vitae can enhance your student's employment and graduate school marketability.
Now is the time for sophomores to begin shifting their perspective from being exploratory underclassmen to being more focused upperclassmen. A key aspect of this transformation is the progression of professional and personal attributes centered on campus leadership.
A mindset more than a title, a campus leader is proactive in building social networks on campus, mentoring peers, focusing on initiatives that affect campus life, and spearheading programs and projects in and out of the classroom. Through the process, they develop technical skills and competencies in leadership, communication, social/interpersonal relations and management.
Besides good grades, employers and graduate school personnel are looking for candidates who have held executive positions in campus organizations, designed and coordinated research and other creative/scholarly projects, participated in service learning activities, and completed two to four internships.
In addition, they are impressed by seeing involvement in study abroad programs, independent studies and senior thesis/capstone projects, as well as published papers and attendance at scholarly conferences.
Sound overwhelming? It can be if students aren't building their resumes and curricula vitae on an ongoing basis. The key is to start early and utilize resources in Career Services.
Career planning is an essential component of this process. It involves defining and setting career goals and then mapping out pathways by which to accomplish them. For students, this process can include utilization of online resources like their e-portfolio, Academic Program Evaluation (Eval) and Graduation Plan. Developing a career plan doesn't have to be formal, time consuming or rigid. It doesn't have to be long and detailed, as well. It may be as simple as making a series of mental notes. The important part to begin to think ahead, set goals and take steps so that the time leading to graduation doesn't slip away.
The following tips can help your student develop a career plan:
- Evaluate your personal and professional competencies within the scope of career opportunities available in today's marketplace.
- Begin to formulate goals for post graduation and for five years from now.
- Write a personal mission statement that articulates your professional and career goals based on considerations from the first two bullet points.
- Note which of your current academic, co-curricular and experiential activities correspond to your personal mission statement and define areas of deficiency where attention is needed.
- Brainstorm options for enhancing your academic and campus leadership opportunities by perusing the BW web site and talking with a faculty advisor, mentor and/or career services advisor.
- Look ahead to the summer and to junior and senior years to map out where you can add these opportunities. Assume executive roles in campus organizations and learn more about experiential programs, research opportunities and more.
- Commit and take action but remain open to reassessing and revising your career plan as needed. Consider it a work in progress and a tool for helping you stay on track.