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Career Development Resources

Employers and Students:

Register with our online National and Local Jobs Board through College Central Network at www.collegecentral.com/salem

Students:

NACELINK Connect
NACElink Connect is an online, national job board for college students looking for all types of employment, including full-time and part-time jobs, internships, cooperative education positions, and volunteer and summer work. This service is provided by Salem Career Development as a benefit of membership in the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

NACElink for Students


Awesome Local Internships - Sign up Today! http://www.triadinternnet.org/

Glassdoor.com – Gives you an inside look at Company Salaries and Company Reviews for more than 21,000 companies.  Simply send an email from your ‘salem.edu' account to students@glassdoor.comand you will receive a free full access Student Account. You'll get free access to all reviews and salaries — without having to post anything.

General Graduate School Timeline Summer before your Senior Year Begin browsing though graduate school guides, such as Peterson's Guide to Graduate and Professional Programs. Email graduate schools for program information, applications, and financial aid and assistantship information. Determine if there are any special admissions requirements. 

Summer Before Your Senior Year

  • Begin browsing though graduate school guides, such as Peterson’s Guide to Graduate and Professional Programs. Email graduate schools for program information, applications, and financial aid and assistantship information. Determine if there are any special admissions requirements. 
  • Start working on a general personal statement. 
  • Begin saving for application fees.

September

  • Meet with faculty members and/or Career Counselors to talk about possible programs. 
  • Ask Professors for letters of recommendation. Provide them with appropriate forms, an addressed and stamped envelop and a resume. Discuss your goals and motivations for wanting to attend graduate school so that they have a better idea of your intentions. 
  • Sign up for required standardized tests. Prepare for tests by familiarizing yourself with the instructions and types of questions. Use sample practice books, such as Barron’s Guide to Taking the GRE, and prep courses, such as those offered by Kaplan.

October

  • Take Kaplan's FREE practice test online. 
  • Take the standardized test. Request applications from programs if you haven’t already.

November

  • Request copies of your official transcript. Insure that the registrar’s office can send transcripts and fall semester grades to designated graduate schools in time for the appropriate deadline. 
  • Put finishing touches on your personal statement and have it reviewed by friends, faculty, staff, and your career counselor.

December

  • Fill out your application forms. Type them. It is helpful to make copies of the original form just in case you make a mistake. 
  • Take or retake the appropriate tests. 
  • Contact professors to insure that they have mailed off recommendations.

December-January

  • Mail completed applications. Send your applications at this time even if your deadlines are later. Some graduate school accept applicants on a rolling basis, which means that they accept applicants as applications are received until all spots are filled.

January

  • Send in financial information if necessary.

February

  • Contact graduate programs before the deadline to insure that applications are complete. 
  • Visit as many schools as possible; accepting a graduate school offer without visiting the campus is like buying a car without test driving it! Talk with faculty and current students. 
  • Set up appointments for admissions interviews as well as assistant-ship interviews. Be sure to follow up with Thank You notes.

April

  • If you are applying for financial aid, you may need a copy of your income tax return. 
  • Sit back and wait for the acceptance letters to start rolling in!

What can you do with your major? These web sources have the answers!

Another Way to Search:

Type the career you are interested in (or your major) in to a search engine (like Google) and type in the word "association" after it! Example: a "marketing association" search on google gives you these sites that have information for students, internship and job seekers: 

There are also associations and websites just for women or minorities in each career field:

Smart Women Start Planning For Their Career Early!

First Year

  • Identify your interests, skills and values - assessments at the professional development center can help. 
  • Develop a professional online and social media presence. 
  • Take a variety of courses to explore potential majors. 
  • Make good grades – your past can come back to haunt you. 
  • Complete an internship orientation during Jan-Term. 
  • Get to know your professors, staff, upperclassmen - they may be able to help you with career plans – otherwise known as NETWORKING! 
  • Join a campus organization and strive for a leadership position.

Sophomore Year

  • Research a variety of different careers online, with classes, volunteering, job shadowing Meet with your faculty advisor – a great ally in finding an internship! 
  • Attend the Internship Exploration Fair Develop a resume and apply for Jan-terms and Internships Attend a Board of Visitors Career Panel Complete informational interviews to gain more insight into careers.
  • Take a leadership role in a club or organization – every experience counts! 
  • Get a part-time job or volunteer in a career area you are interested in – experiential learning is invaluable. 
  • Keep in touch with people you meet so that your NETWORK remains fresh! 
  • Update your resume and social media accounts.

Junior Year

  • Update your resume and create a cover letter, have them both reviewed by Student Professional Development and or a faculty member. 
  • Secure a Jan-term or internship in the area of your interest. 
  • Get involved in a PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATION that relates to your major. 
  • Start narrowing down your fields of interest. 
  • Attend workshops and events hosted by the Office of Student Professional Development. 
  • Considering graduate school? Take entrance tests if need be. 
  • Visit those potential graduate schools to look for a good fit. 
  • Keep up with your growing NETWORK. 
  • Update your Linkedin Account!

Senior Year

  • Pay close attention to career fairs, on-campus interviews, and other Career-related events. 
  • Conduct a Mock Interview. 
  • Attend conferences or professional meetings hosted by the organizations you belong to. 
  • Update your resume – have a comprehensive resume with everything on it, but be prepared to cut and paste as you target certain employers. 
  • Keep an updated list of contacts that you could use for potential references. You should have 3-5. 
  • Map out job search strategies with the help of your career counselor. 
  • Follow-up with previous employers. 
  • You have now been NETWORKING for a while. By now you have a lot of people you can reach out to… SEE HOW EASY THAT WAS!!!!!!!

Most students change their major several times in college. Current college graduates can expect to change their career between 5 and 7 times in their lifetime! If you are undecided and want to get started on that first career, the following tips will help you find and begin your career journey.

Learn About Yourself

One-on-One Counseling:

A critical step in making the important decision of choosing your major is exploring your skills, interests, and values as they relate to potential careers. The Office of Student Professional Development offers both one-on-one counseling and a variety of interest inventories to help in this exploration. To make an appointment email careers@salem.edu.

Quiz Yourself Online:

Research

Review Occupations Online:

  • A great place to START researching occupations online. 
  • Search O*NET online by different criteria based on your assessment results. 
  • Career One Stop offers comprehensive career information. 
  • The Department of Labor compiles extensive information on careers in the Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Talk To People:

Most people, especially on this campus, are willing to talk to you about their major or the class that they teach. You will quickly see that faculty members are many times your best resource because they’ve been out in the work force and can give you a good idea of your career options based on your major. Students with different majors can tell you what they like and don’t like about their classes as well as offer advice on what they wished they would have done when they first got here.

Decision Making

Take Advantage of Experiences:

Volunteer, join a club or get a part time job in some career areas that you are thinking about. Classroom knowledge is great, but seeing the occupation “in the flesh” paints a clearer picture of what being in the field is all about. The student activities office and career office (both in Shober House) are good places to research these types of opportunities. Salem College also offers a unique opportunity to students through the college’s January Term. Each year during the month of January, students may enroll in courses on campus, travel programs, independent studies, or internships. The January Term is an ideal time for you to investigate new areas of study; refine your independent learning skills; integrate your theoretical knowledge with practical experience; explore career options; and pursue your research interests.

What's Next?

Think Strategically:

What if you can't get into exactly the job you want right away? What kind of job can you take in the interim that will build skills and experience relevant to your chosen career? In what kinds of activities can you engage in the interim that will make you a stronger candidate in a chosen career field--join a professional association? Volunteer with certain organizations? Pick up a language?

Once You've Chosen A Career:

Begin immediately to build your professional connections in that field. Conduct informational interviews with older professionals in your field. Join professional associations and try to get to conferences, workshops and other events. Try to fit in more internship or shadowing experiences within that field. The more of your future colleagues you know now the easier your job search will be later.

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