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  • Career Corner: Managing graduate school applications | The Current
    considering and how best to articulate your fit within those programs Evaluating your options is not just limited to the programs you are interested in but also your overall options in your career journey Undergraduate studies are a journey of their own and at times individuals need a small break after undergrad before continuing in their studies This option may not be for everyone but some people will find that they greatly benefit from time off which can be spent gaining greater experiences in that industry through internships or jobs Another option is to use that time for service trips as well as study abroad opportunities to become well rounded and globally informed Stay organized and follow up Now that you ve made a decision on next steps in your career path you can go ahead and start assessing program requirements including deadlines required examinations like the GRE MCAT and LSAT mandatory documentation like a resume cover letter personal statement and letters of recommendation and any other aspect of the application process mentioned within the school s admissions checklist Gathering this information is only one side of the equation keeping organized is essential to keep yourself on track to apply not just appropriately but also strategically A good rule of thumb is to create an Excel spreadsheet that organizes deadlines and requirements so they can serve as a visible reminder Be strategic Your entire application is your commercial which means it needs to market you your experiences and your skills Having a game plan early on will not only aide in keeping organized but it will also ensure that the application is sending the message that you intended There is more to your application than achievements and overall test scores which is why having a strategic approach within the other aspects of the application can help you set yourself apart One way to set yourself apart is to have a very personal and relevant admissions essay Meeting with your career adviser early on in the process will help you establish themes for your personal statement that will allow the admissions personnel to see the real you which in turn could put you in a better situation for acceptance Brainstorming and story banking are tools you can use early on to establish such themes and characterize them through experiences and examples Just like getting a head start on the personal statement is important reaching out to individuals you have identified for letters of recommendation is just as important Beyond just reaching out early on in the process you will want to have a conversation with each person about your goals why you are interested in a particular program and key experiences that would make you a valuable asset for such programs Make a decision Making a decision on your graduate studies should be done with precision and care You must really ask yourself What are the factors I need in a program to reach my goals and How do I align

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  • Don’t burn out: Guide to letting go of stress | The Current
    and Luke Skywalker helped to balance the force in Star Wars effective time management and organizational skills can help you find a balance in your life A good first step is to evaluate your short and long term goals Gaining a clearer picture as to where you want to go will help you anticipate challenges and overcome obstacles along the way Creating a daily and weekly schedule can help you stay on track with achieving initiatives you set for yourself Laying everything out at the beginning of each week allows you to evaluate where you may have free time or where you have conflicting or overlapping responsibilities Keep in mind Murphy s Law anything that can go wrong will go wrong Having a plan in place to deal with daily challenges or unexpected events will increase your confidence to meet such challenges head on Find a support network Even with the best strategies in place stress can be overwhelming which is why having a network of individuals whether they re mentors friends or confidants who can help to alleviate the pressures of everyday life Having someone to talk to can help you pinpoint the root cause of your stress and provide feedback on strategies to work through and find a balance If you don t have a mentor or aren t sure of who could be in your support network besides family you could join a club organization or even a study group These outlets can be an ideal support network because for example if you are a biology major with a long term goal of entering medical school being a part of the pre med club surrounds you with others who have similar goals and likely similar challenges When you surround yourself with others who are going through the same or similar life experiences and obstacles you will feel more at ease knowing you are not alone and have the right plan in place Manage your tendencies In addition to finding a support network understanding and managing your own tendencies can be very effective in not only minimizing stress but also making day to day activities more seamless We all have our areas in which we can improve For example if you are the type of person who lets stress build up or procrastinates on projects identifying these trends in your life is the first step to develop strategies to progress toward being well rounded Good strategies to deal with these challenges might be working on projects early on creating daily and weekly lists for yourself or finding additional outlets such as exercise or hobbies which can help you distract yourself from the areas that are contributing to your stress Stress can come in many different forms and at times we are our own worst enemy when it comes to multiplying or enhancing that stressful feeling If you are a worrier or a person who has difficulty separating your work and personal life there are steps you can take

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  • Career Corner: Gate keepers and key masters: Guide to what employers look for | The Current
    the rest of his life doing what he loved Four years after he began Jonas reached a door that could not be opened with his map In front of the door was a gatekeeper who asked Jonas Why should we open the door for you In our world the gatekeepers are employers and the door will allow us to pursue our career goals and find our dream job To gain entrance you must convince the gatekeeper that you re not only the right fit for what lies beyond the door but that you can also actually add value to this new world Similar to Jonas students must be key masters which means being able to articulate your experiences and how you will transition into a full time working environment to the gatekeeper The story of Jonas exemplifies the fact that each student will need a game plan to get to this point however it is the ability to connect the dots of the hard and soft skills experiences and overall passion for the field that leads to career success In order to communicate the skills that you have and why they relate to your employer you must first understand what is needed in their field To start benchmarking skills needed in such sectors a good strategy is to sit down with current professionals and evaluate the qualities that contribute to their success Sometimes these skills are hard skills which are specific teachable abilities that apply directly to a given job For example using QuickBooks software is a hard skill that is needed in accounting Being successful in a job is not limited to just hard skills as the soft skills you bring are just as important Soft skills are defined as the cluster of personality traits communication language interpersonal skills leadership and overall qualities that make up the individual which are developed through various experiences Aside from sitting down with professionals in the field another way to learn what employers are looking for is to do your own independent research through industry focused articles or journals For example the National Association of Colleges and Employers NACE surveys top employers every year and publishes the top ten skills employers look for This year the top three were leadership teamwork and communication skills Now that you know the skills that you need to be successful and open that door you can identify various avenues to help develop these qualities Internships can be a key way to develop hard and soft skills For example a marketing student doing an internship would not only learn how to develop a marketing plan a hard skill but also how to communicate that plan to her team members and solicit feedback which is a soft skill All of the experiences you gain throughout your four years will pay dividends when you similar to Jonas must be able to articulate them back to the gatekeeper employer hiring manager These skills can be developed as mentioned in internships but

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  • Career Corner – The art of storytelling: Why it’s important | The Current
    against candidates with similar credentials using personal stories is a way to set yourself apart For example it s very easy to tell the interviewer that you are a leader and a great communicator which they would then have to take on face value Instead approaching this situation with a story offers examples of how you have utilized your leadership and communication skills in the past In this scenario the interviewee could have reflected back on specific leadership experiences that required the use of communication skills like planning a community service event for a student organization Not all stories need to be the next Academy Award winner as long as they exemplify the message that you are trying to get across To ensure that your message within the story is not lost in translation organize your storytelling approach with what is referred to as the STAR Format For example imagine someone asks you to share a time you experienced a conflict and how you handled that situation For this question it is very easy to go on tangents just like that one uncle or aunt at the holiday party who tells a story that has no point and no end in sight Instead of getting lost in all the details stick to the main points of the story which in the STAR Format are the situation task action and result Regarding the question above about a conflict an individual can respond with One summer I worked at an air conditioner servicing company where I was in charge of answering calls and handling customer issues Considering it was the summer in Florida we would have many upset customers calling in need of service One individual in particular was very upset and a bit hostile over the phone I remained calm gathered all the necessary information and continuously acknowledged the caller s complaints and needs while staying positive throughout the entire process At the end of our conversation I was able to send a technician to his home that very afternoon and he actually was very appreciative of our quick service and my demeanor throughout This story was not only a good representation of how the individual can handle conflicts but it also gave the interviewer a better understanding of the individual s personality One question you may ask yourself is How personal should I get when I tell stories The answer lies in the setting or in the manner in which you plan to use the story As we mentioned earlier in interviews the STAR Format is your best approach however in personal statements and other professional documents the details may need to be expanded upon to give the reader a fuller picture For example if you are applying to a graduate program like medical school or law school you will want to ensure that the admissions committee understands why you are the right fit for their program who you are as an individual and how your values and overall life

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  • Career Corner – The Career Play Book: Your strategy guide to reaching your professional goals | The Current
    interest areas while providing support to be successful in these career tracks Additionally you can continue exploring on your own by joining student groups related to your interests or getting involved in activities that can spark your passion for a certain area Assessments such as the MBTI and StrengthsQuest can be useful tools to identify key components that will help you understand how certain interest areas align with your personality values and overall skill sets This information will lead you to a better understanding of how you would fit in a certain major or career path Once you have identified and clarified your specific career interests the next step would involve developing as well as implementing a plan to not only confirm these professional goals but also begin forging a path to reach them Advisors and mentors can be key stakeholders in helping you formulate an effective plan while assisting you with putting that plan in to motion SECOND YEAR Experiential learning building and leveraging relationships Once you have identified your key areas of interest the best way to confirm your passion is to experience it yourself or immerse yourself in the industry These types of experiences can range from shadowing a professional in your field to doing research or participating in an internship The relationships you build through internships can be long lasting as you never know where your career will take you and when you will cross paths again This is why maintaining relationship is so key in your journey your path may lead you back to such key stakeholders and you want to make sure that the bridge is not burnt but solidified enough to revisit A good way to maintain relationships is to first send thank you letters or emails after interning or working for an organization You can also look to maintain the relationship by periodically keeping in touch or using social media strategically through LinkedIn You can also immerse yourself in an industry by participating in projects inside and outside the classroom that focus on particular topics or require the use of skills needed in the career field For example if you are a computer science major and you are currently building your own computer or perhaps developing your own app although these activities were done independently they are still very valuable to add to your resume or discuss in an interview THIRD YEAR Focusing goals industry immersion and clarifying interests After you have immersed yourself in an industry it is important to reflect back on how these experiences fit in to your goals and overall future interests Internalizing this information will give you a better handle as to the next steps For example if after building your first computer you have now decided that working with hardware is more desirable than dealing with the software side of computer science Knowing this information would then lead you to doing a more targeted search for an internship that incorporates this type of on the job

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  • Career Corner: How to strategically prepare for interviews | The Current
    to prepare for some of the logistics and prep work that goes into an initial meeting Obviously if you are being interviewed over the phone or via Skype you do not need to worry about driving distance or getting to the location on time When it is an in person interview however this is a factor that needs to be considered as South Florida traffic can be unpredictable A good strategy is to visit the interview location a day before your meeting to determine the amount of time needed to ensure you will arrive about 15 minutes before the scheduled time of the interview When you do arrive for the interview remember that first impressions are very important Ensuring that you make eye contact and have a proper handshake can contribute to the interview getting off on the right foot Be prepared for small talk after that initial greeting and more than anything have a positive demeanor which shows how excited you are for this opportunity Positivity is contagious and showing that this is a quality you possess will help the interviewers see how you can fit into the established culture of the organization Considering how important positivity is within an interview setting it can be even more important when you are not physically there for the interview such as in phone or Skype interviews When being interviewed over the phone it is always important to put a smile on as although the employers cannot see you they can easily distinguish if someone has that general excitement they are looking for in an applicant Even with a positive attitude phone interviews can be tricky especially if you are unprepared for the interview A good rule of thumb when job searching is to always be prepared for a potential interview if you receive a phone call from an employer You never know if that person will jump right into the meat and potatoes of figuring out if you are an ideal candidate It s more than fine to respond honestly if you receive an unexpected call from the employer and they ask Is this a good time If you are unavailable to have a quality conversation like if you are driving or in the middle of class it is acceptable to let the caller know and to set up another time to talk Being prepared for Skype interviews includes a bit more work as you must ensure that your technology is running perfectly and that the background image an employer will see as you are being interviewed is professional and not distracting It is a good idea to send your Skype username to the employer prior to the Skype interview to avoid any confusion or delay in the actual interview In addition just as eye contact can set a good tone in an in person interview it is important for Skype interviews too when using Skype you ll want to look at your camera as opposed to the computer screen itself

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  • Building the bridge from University Island to Dream Job City | The Current
    you likely would not succeed The bridge is your best option but it will still take some work to get it built This bridge will not be built overnight and it will need to be chipped away at each and every semester until graduation Typically a bridge is made of bricks and cement however this bridge is built on relationships and pre professional experiences that will prepare you to navigate the challenges of Dream Job City and transition into a well rounded professional There are many ways you can build professional relationships and gain pre professional experiences The value in each of these experiences encapsulates or provides a glimpse as to what the future would hold within a certain career path as well as provides an avenue to develop key skills that would be needed in such environments These experiences are not limited to just one type of setting as they can come in many different forms including internships and volunteering Below we will explore each form of these experiences and discuss the value you can gain from each one Internships One of the more traditional ways of gaining pre professional experience is through an internship An internship can be defined as an experiential opportunity in which you learn soft skills and are exposed to field specific knowledge Internships can be essential to building the bridge to Dream Job City In today s world experiences sometimes hold more weight than academic achievements but when you have both they work hand in hand The soft skills that are developed at an internship can prove invaluable In this setting you will be challenged in terms of the nature of the work which will help you become more savvy in your communication written and oral problem solving approach critical thinking and overall ability to handle a multitude of responsibilities while collaborating with others in a workplace setting Another benefit of such opportunities is the intangibles involved This is an ideal way to build your brand or how others perceive you as a professional When you do go to Dream Job City you may already have a relationship with a key employer of interest or have been hired after your initial internship Internships can be the foundation of your pre professional bridge providing support and direction while being the catalyst towards understanding and reaching your career goals Volunteering Another form of pre professional experience is volunteering Although volunteering is not always as desirable at first glance participating in an unpaid opportunity can have tremendous value In fact one thing that you showcase by doing something for free is that you are truly passionate about it While volunteering in the community is always a great experience being strategic about choosing where you volunteer is beneficial toward your overall development Volunteering isn t just limited to community involvement For example maybe you are a marketing student who is volunteering for a non profit organization and have been tasked with managing the social media accounts while developing

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  • Career Corner: Why having a mentor and support system is key to your career success | The Current
    your mind or discussing personal struggles is not easy or as acceptable as it should be which creates boundaries on being able to express yourself effectively Having a great mentor not only provides you the avenue to be open and be honest about challenges in your life but it also becomes the catalyst that ensures you are being proactive in overcoming such struggles and reaching your goals strategically College is filled with unknowns and as this is new territory for many of you it is not always clear which path is the proper one to follow A mentor can help you navigate through these waters and properly prepare for the waves that will try to knock you off your sail boat Let s be honest there is no collegiate journey that does not have its own hiccups or challenges however having someone there to talk to and knowing that they have your best interests in mind is very valuable and reassuring Aside from guiding you through different paths a mentor can be that motivational force in leading you to do more while in college including taking leadership roles doing an internship networking with professionals in your prospective career field and overall providing guidance as you develop day by day into a well rounded individual You are probably asking yourself Okay this sounds great but where do I order a mentor Will he or she just find me like Waldo in a sea of other people wearing striped shirts or is there just an app that I can download that will be my mentor Unfortunately Siri does not have mentoring capabilities but there is still much more effective ways in discovering the perfect mentor One great way of getting started is to make a short list of individuals you have encountered thus far on or off campus who you felt comfortable with Sometimes you unexpectedly meet someone who just fills you with positive energy empowers you to do more or makes you consider things from a different perspective You can also consider people who you have met who always seem to get you to step outside of your comfort zone and consider the opportunities or goals that you felt were not possible until you met and interacted with them These people whether you realize it or not could all be ideal candidates for your mentor in college If you can t think of someone who matches this criteria do not be discouraged as there are plenty of these types of individuals just around the corner You should consider meeting with your academic adviser a career adviser a success coach a faculty member or even a staff member on campus who makes you feel good about yourself and is always willing to listen or provide a helping hand Start building a relationship with these individuals by stopping by during their office hours setting up an appointment or just having everyday conversations in person or via email The goal is to establish a

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