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A Break from Admissions; Let’s Talk Career

Everything is status quo in the office right now. We are all busy reviewing files, meeting with applicants and admitted students, and making our final preparations for Admitted Student Visiting Day in March.

With that in mind, let’s depart from the usual substance of this blog and turn to careers. Naturally, this is a topic of concern for most applicants given the daunting news reports and an economy still in recovery.

In the past two years, our Career Services office has all hands on deck prepping our students with the techniques that will enable them to find a job. I am consistently impressed by the level of depth, scope, and realism they have invested into this, which is worth sharing with you.

What you need to know is: there is a support system at VLS that starts with us in Admissions and extends through and beyond graduation with Career Services.

While a student, Career Services will help you with your resume, cover letter, and conduct mock interviews to make sure you are presenting the image you intend to present (think tone, body language, word choice). A strategy newsletter is sent out weekly to all student complete with tips, articles, upcoming on-campus interviews, and new job postings on our internal database. Further, they host several events throughout the year that targets specific classes. For example, a mandatory “boot camp” is held for all first year students that kick starts the job preparation process.  Also, two Job Summits target graduating students are held that feature recent and older alums to providing tips and testimonials. Check out the latest program brochure for an upcoming Summit.

Job Summit Brochure January2011

If that wasn’t enough, the graduating class is assigned a counselor that is dedicated to helping every student in the class locate a job. With our alumni spread all across the nation (and the globe), we can find connections in nearly every location.

This isn’t to say that you are off the hook. You must be willing to participate and do your part. Career Services is a support network that can give you the skills and the tools, but does not find a job for you. Having realistic expectations is a must. To do this, speak to a counselor, think of a geographic location you might like to work and live, and solicit feedback from alum in that region and field. Do the homework, explore the possibilities, and make informed decisions. We have several alums that are ready and willing to speak to prospective students, and very few actually ask for this information.

It’s a great experience to admit an applicant passionate for a cause, but it becomes rewarding when they take advantage of our support networks and ultimately bring that cause to fruition.

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