Upcoming Events

UVA Darden MBA Program Information Session, Tuesday, 1/17, 11 am, CNH 305

Find out what an MBA is all about, the best time to get your MBA, and its portability to many fields.

Darden Info Session

 

Wolf Trap Virtual Information Session, Thursday, 1/19, 12:30 pm, Ferguson A210

Come learn about Wolf Trap and their Summer Internship Program as we connect with a recruiter (via Skype) to get an overview of the opportunities and application process. Sign up to attend here

Wolf Trap Virtual Info Session

 

Mock Interview Day, Thursday, 1/26, Freeman 202

Practice interview questions with employers in your industry area of interest. Sign up via the Interview Schedules menu of Career Connect.

Mock Interview Day

Welcome back to campus from the CNU Center for Career Planning!

We’ve got an exciting semester ahead and lots to look forward to! Whether you’re a senior ready to graduate and get a job or a freshman figuring out your major, the CCP has plenty of events and workshops to help you prepare for success.

Some events we want to highlight are:

  • Employer Mock Interview Program, Thursday, Jan. 26
    • Employers from various industries will be on campus to help you practice your interview skills. Sign up through the Interview Schedules in CNU Career Connect.
  • Spring 2017 Career Fair, Wednesday, Feb. 1
    • We have 90+ organizations ready to talk to you about their full-time and internship opportunities!

We are also excited to welcome Steve Dalton, author of the 2-Hour Job Search, on Thursday, Feb. 16 as part of our Walker Internship Series. He will guide you through his detailed and timed process for an internship in, you guessed it 2 hours!

In addition to our events, you can contact the CCP at 757-594-8887 or come by CNH 305 to schedule an appointment about major/career exploration, resume/cover letter writing, interview preparation, job/internship searching, etc. We have new Career Café hours to which are every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 3 to 4:30 pm.

Here’s to a successful spring semester, Captains! We look forward to seeing you soon!

Let’s Talk About Externships!

Winter break is a much needed time to relax and let your brain rest after finals, but with all that free time, you might start to get bored or antsy. So why not try an externship out?

You might wonder what an externship is. You’ve probably heard of internships, but the two are quite different from one another.

The great thing about externships is that they provide an opportunity to learn from someone in your field of interest by shadowing them, asking questions, and getting a firsthand glimpse into what their career looks like.

Externships are different from internships in that they typically last anywhere from one day to perhaps a week or two, which is perfect for breaks during the winter or spring! Externships are also, for the most part, unpaid, as they exist to give you a preview of a potential career field.

Typically internships have the possibility of becoming a full time job later on, but externships still offer the possibility of networking, finding a mentor, or even gaining an internship through the experience!

Perhaps the coolest part of externships, though, is that you can pick your own experience! Students are encouraged to reach out to professionals directly in their community and create their own experience by asking to job shadow them. So get out there and contact someone in your area today to set up an externship for break!

For some examples of externships, check out CNU Career Connect for current listings with Virginia Asset Management and INOVA Trauma Acute Surgery Externship!

Brand Awareness

Brand awareness is defined as distinctive qualities and images one presents to open doors to opportunities.  Did you know that you can create your own personal brand when job or internship searching? Taking time to reflect on who you are as an individual and your unique skills/qualities can set you apart from other candidates. You can even include these unique skills/qualities on your resume, LinkedIn profile, business cards, thank you cards, etc. Personal branding may come in the form of a logo or a listing of particular skills that the reader will see on your application documents as well as your LinkedIn profile or perhaps electronic portfolio.

You are your own brand.  Your brand signifies your credibility, work ethic, and active demeanor.  Your brand is an experience you offer through personal interaction with others.  It could be establishing your presence in the workplace, having drive, vision, accomplishing tasks with excellence, establishing new ideas or paradigms, and being ambitious in attaining one’s goals (career goals and personal/self- development goals).  One can capitalize on their uniqueness, through the means of whatever qualities or characteristics one deems solely unique to them.

Being constantly aware of what you should be implementing to reach your future career goal. Stay focused on what you want to achieve and be mindful of the skills you have developed as well as areas you need to develop. Seek opportunities for continued learning and professional development. This drive and self-awareness will help you succeed.images