Jumpstarting Your Career

Academics, Career Resources

By: Megan Simmermeyer

File Under: career center, career closet, career fair, career fair workshop, resources, resume workshop

As a college student, you are seeking to gain a skill set that will enable you to join the workforce and start your career. Whichever industry you aspire to join, being able to actually obtain a position can be difficult, but the resources at Mount St. Joseph University’s Career and Experiential Learning Center can help you prepare in obtaining your career goals. With Mount resources like resume workshops, career fair workshops, career fairs, TOP, and a career closet, you can get help with every step of the process.

Perhaps one of the most fundamental resources the Career Center offers is the resume workshop. Offered at least once a semester with multiple sessions, the resume workshop is an hour-long session during which a member of the Career Center discusses how to build a basic resume. Students who attend will review examples of resumes as well as receive packets on how to create their own resume, and once a student has written a resume, he or she is welcome to contact his or her Career Center advisor to review the resume in a one-on-one fashion.

After creating their resume, students can visit the Career Fair hosted every spring on the Mount’s campus. Professionals from the area will be in attendance for students to meet and learn about job opportunities. But before attending the Fair, be sure to check out the Career Fair workshop. There, students learn strategies for approaching employers, asking the right questions, and marketing their skills. Like the Resume Workshop, the Career Fair workshop is an hour-long session hosted by a Career Center representative, and it usually occurs the week before the actual Career Fair to help students be fully prepared.

In order to keep building their resume and gain further professional skills, students can become a part of TOP. The Talent Opportunity Program (TOP) offers students the opportunity to gain experience in career planning, professionalism, ethical leadership, and more through attendance of leadership seminars, workshops, co-ops, career preparation courses, and more. While it may seem like a lot of work, TOP is designed to complement any degree, and the benefits of TOP include professional experience and individual career attention that allow TOP participants an extra boost in career readiness.

Once students feel they are career or co-op ready, it’s time for the interview. We realize that with college tuition and other adult expenses buying a new suit or business attire may not be an option, but the Career Center has a solution for this, too. In their Career Wear closet, they have a collection of business attire perfect for students about to go to a co-op or job interview.

At every step of the career process, Mount St. Joseph has a dedicated staff trained to help students, whether building resumes or choosing an outfit for the interview.

To learn more about the Career Center and TOP, visit the links. You can also visit the Career Center, located in the Seton Center, in person or email them at career.center@msj.edu.

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