As you plan your schedule for your next term/semester, prepare to transfer, or get ready to begin a new job take a moment to focus on your career development. Are you attending NOVA to pursue a certificate or degree, but unsure about what career options might be available to you? Have you decided on a major, but have difficulty answering the question – “What can I do with a major in _____?
Do you need to fine tune your skills or add to your skill set in preparation for a career change? Learn more about career options by utilizing FOCUS 2, an online interactive self-guided career and education planning system that can help you:
Select a program/major based on your interests and aspirations
Discover occupations matching your personal preferences and attributes
Don’t forget, in addition to daily blog posts, NOVA Online is offering a lunchtime webinar series this week focusing on topics to help you with preparing for your next semester. All webinars are thirty minutes and begin at 12:15 pm. Learn more about the series and register at https://nvcceli.wufoo.com/forms/q16k19iv1fjyzmb/
Below are three things you can do to help celebrate the day.
Participate in the Exploring Career Options webinar being offered today from 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm. This 45 minute webinar will focus on using various online resources to research career options. The relationship between programs of study at NOVA, college majors, and career options will be discussed. Resources presented will provide information on nature of work, educational requirements, job outlook, and wages. The webinar is free, but registration is required. Learn more and register at https://nvcceli.wufoo.com/forms/exploring-career-options-fall-2018/.
Access NOVA Online on Twitter to view today’s inspirational quote. Follow us on Twitter for more quotes throughout the month.
Visit NOVA’s Career Services website to learn more about career development.
Do you need help with your academic or career planning? If you answered yes to this question, you may find it helpful to participate in one or all of the following webinars:
Getting Ready for Your Next Semester
Wednesday, November 7, 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm
Thursday, November 8, 7:00 pm – 7:45 pm
This 45 minute webinar for NOVA students will focus on answering key questions students have about preparing for their next semester. Topics covered will include program identification, course selection, college resources, schedule planning, and registration/payment tips.
Focus on Your Career Development
Wednesday, November 7, 12:15 pm – 1:00- pm
This 45 minute webinar will introduce students to FOCUS 2 an online, interactive, self-guided career and education planning system. The system can help students select a program/major based on their interests and aspirations, discover occupations matching their personal preferences and attributes, map out their career plans – present and future, and make informed career decisions.
Exploring Career Options
Thursday, November 8, 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm
Wednesday, November 14, 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm
This 45 minute webinar will focus on using various online resources to research career options. The relationship between programs of study at NOVA, college majors, and career options will be discussed. Resources presented will provide information on nature of work, educational requirements, job outlook, and wages.
Registration is required for each webinar. Registration closes 15 minutes prior to the webinar start time. Learn more and register at http://eli.nvcc.edu/webinars.htm.
November is National Career Development Month. NCDM was designed to highlight the importance of life-long career development and the personal empowerment of all people.
Take time to focus on your career development by participating in the Focus on Your Career Development and Exploring Career Options webinars. The Focus on Your Career Development webinar will be offered on Wednesday, November 7, at 12: 15 pm and the Exploring Career Options webinar will be offered on Wednesday, November 14, at 12:15 pm. The goal of the webinars is to help you make informed decisions about your academic and career goals. Registration is required. Learn more about the webinars and register at http://eli.nvcc.edu/webinars.htm.
Learn more about career development on NOVA’s Career Services website. Check NOVA’s Events calendar for information about other programs and events being offered throughout the month.
Follow NOVA Online (formerly ELife) on Twitter to receive a daily inspirational quote. Read the NOVA Online student blog for tips, stories, and to stay connected.
A career fair is a great place to gather information about potential employers and make contacts that can lead to your first job. Here’s some advice on how to make the most of your time.
5 Things to Take to the Career Fair
Information about the organizations attending. Gather information as you would for a job interview on organizations you’re interested in talking to. To maximize the brief time you have with each employer, you need to know how your skills and interests match their needs. And don’t just concentrate on the “big names.” There are often great opportunities with smaller companies or those with which you are not familiar.
A 30-second “sales pitch.” Share basic information about yourself and your career interests like this: “Hello, I’m Carrie Jones. I’m a senior here at Wonderful University and I’m majoring in English. I’m very interested in a marketing career. As you can see on my resume, I just completed an internship in the Marketing Division of the ABC Company in Peoria. I’ve taken some courses in business marketing. I’m very interested in talking with you about marketing opportunities with your organization.”
Copies of your resume (10 t0 15, depending on the size of the event). Be sure it represents your knowledge, skills, and abilities effectively. It needs to look professional—easy to read format on plain white or cream colored paper—and be free of typos. If you are looking at several career options, you may want to have two or more targeted resumes with different career objectives!
A smile, a strong handshake, and a positive attitude. First impressions are important. Approach an employer, smile, and offer your hand when you introduce yourself.
Energy! Career fairs require you to be on your feet moving from table to table for an hour or so. Each time you meet someone, be at your best!
5 Things Not to Do at the Career Fair
Don’t “wing it” with employers. Do your homework! Research the companies just as you would for an interview. Focus on why you want to work for the organization and what you can do for them.
Don’t cruise the booths with a group of friends. Interact with the recruiters on your own. Make your own positive impression!
Don’t carry your backpack, large purse, or other paraphernalia with you. Carry your resume in a professional-looking portfolio or a small briefcase. It will keep your resume neat and handy, and gives you a place to file business cards of recruiters that you meet. Stow your coat, backpack, or other gear in a coatroom.
Don’t come dressed casually. A career fair is a professional activity—perhaps your first contact with a future employer.
Don’t come during the last half hour of the event. Many employers come a long distance to attend the fair and may need to leave early. If you come late, you may miss the organizations you wanted to contact!
5 Things to Take Home From the Career Fair
Business cards from the recruiters you have met. Use the cards to write follow-up notes to those organizations in which you are most interested.
Notes about contacts you made. Write down important details about particular organizations, including names of people who may not have had business cards. Take a few minutes after you leave each table to jot down these notes!
Information about organizations you have contacted. Most recruiters will have information for you to pick up, including company brochures, computer diskettes or CD’s, position descriptions, and other data. You won’t have time to deal with these at the fair!
A better sense of your career options. If you have used the event correctly, you will have made contact with several organizations that hire people with your skills and interests. In thinking about their needs and your background, evaluate whether each company might be a match for you.
Self-confidence in interacting with employer representatives. A career fair gives you the opportunity to practice your interview skills in a less formidable environment than a formal interview. Use this experience to practice talking about what you have done, what you know, and what your interests are.