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  • Career Corner: Rookie of the Year: How to make the most of your first year in college | The Current
    friends and confidants Balancing your time and energy as well as making sense of this new world you ve entered is key A great starting point is to explore campus resources Find out where your classes are where certain departments are located and all of the avenues by which you can receive support for academic social or personal needs Identify potential involvement opportunities to get your first year in gear By joining the groups and clubs you are able to connect with others in your program to start study groups find academic support and build new friendships In addition to getting involved with other students you should aim to build relationships with faculty as well Attending office hours after class may seem tedious but down the road it can be a hidden treasure Such initiatives can result in making connections with professors who can write letters of recommendation provide networking opportunities and overall make you step out of your comfort zone After all college is all about growth both as an individual and a student Towards the end of your first year once you ve settled into your new routine you can look into taking your involvement to the next level This can come in many different forms including taking leadership positions within those same organizations you joined at the beginning of the year You can also build leadership skills by applying to orientation leadership positions or serving as a residential assistant in the residence halls Regardless of your career path there are key skills that are transferrable to a variety of industries For example just like a residential assistant must be patient and utilize strong problem solving skills when dealing with roommate conflicts a doctor must utilize behavioral management techniques when working with patients This is one reason why these involvement opportunities are so key for your future Speaking of your career journey in order to take full advantage of your first year you will need to familiarize yourself with key offices and individuals who will provide guidance and be the catalyst to your overall success Undergraduate Academic Advising is one of the first departments you should visit and it is likely that you have already done so as a first year student Academic advisers are one of the many knights of your round table for support in college They provide guidance during your academic journey as well as specialized knowledge about your curriculum Working as a partner with the educational process of students is the office of Undergraduate Student Success This office provides an intentional approach in self discovery of students personal and academic goals through success coaching and developmental workshops including time management techniques On the journey to success even with coaching sometimes you run into academic obstacles The office of Undergraduate Tutoring and Testing offers individualized tutoring in writing mathematics and science which can prove useful throughout your four years at NSU Another department in this career journey is the Career Development Office Meeting with a

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  • Career Corner: How to find and obtain shadowing and research opportunities  | The Current
    highlight any connections you may have with this individual whether that includes knowing other individuals from the same organization or that you both are affiliated with the same academic institution For example if the person you are reaching out to is an NSU alumnus mentioning that you also attend NSU provides a common denominator to spark a conversation Throughout this entire email exchange always proofread for proper grammar and professional language Considering you are entering a field with many doctors lawyers professors and other individuals with terminal degrees proper protocol entails structuring the greeting to acknowledge their achievement such as Dear Dr Pepper Overall be positive in the email and convey your professional enthusiasm If you are trying to break the ice over the phone it s important to practice your 30 second commercial ahead of time Your 30 second commercial should include your name educational background and reason for reaching out For example Hi my name is Susie Shark I am currently working on my bachelor s in biology at Nova Southeastern University and I m interested in gaining more information about the healthcare field and talking with someone who has been in the field for some time I know you are very busy but would it be possible to sit down with you and pick your brain on the healthcare field as well as the opportunity to possibly shadow you over the summer I am very passionate about this industry and would love to have a conversation at your availability Breaking the ice with a new professional is the important first step toward obtaining a shadowing or research opportunity The next step in the process is to ensure that your resume is up to standard and is marketing your past experiences effectively while highlighting key skills needed within the healthcare field One of the first questions these professionals will ask is Can I see your resume Not having a resume is like being a ship captain without a compass you may know where you want to go but you lack the tools to navigate the seas towards that end goal To ensure that your resume is ready to guide you consider having it reviewed by a career adviser in the Career Development Office or an individual you trust who is knowledgeable within the industry So now that you have your tools and know how to approach professionals your next question should be Where do I find these individuals The easiest professional to reach out to is a faculty member you knew in the past whether in class or through office hours When meeting with this individual for the purpose of inquiring about research be prepared to not only state that you have an interest in research but to also dive further into this conversation to discuss the specific types of research you are interested in If you don t have a strong handle on your own research interests then it will be difficult to articulate to that faculty

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  • Career Corner – Journey to you: How to explore your major and career | The Current
    about yourself which includes evaluating your overall interests personality and skill sets You know yourself better than anyone think back to the classes you enjoyed in high school and the activities you participated in before college It s also important to ask clarifying questions about these interests such as What did you enjoy most about these classes and What skills were needed to be successful in such activities In addition to your interests it s important to identify the values that were embedded within these past experiences and to ask yourself if such values are needed in your career to be happy Values can be anything from finding a career that provides a service to others utilizing communication skills and other key strengths you ve identified or a multitude of other themes you deem significant Values can spark the fire that ignites your overall career passion Sometimes it s difficult to be objective when evaluating yourself which is why engaging in more formalized assessments such as the MBTI MyPlan and StrengthsQuest can also be useful in collaboration with your own self exploration Assessments provide an inside into your personality strengths weaknesses and your overall approach to decision making and problem solving With assessments there are more grounds for interpretation than just reviewing a Scantron test result which is why it s important to focus on the essence of your results By the end you want to be able to say Now I know a little bit more about myself You wouldn t buy a car without knowing the full details of what s under the hood People are just like cars in this way The more you know about yourself the easier it will be to see how all of your working parts align with a certain career or industry Now that you know yourself better you will apply theory to practice There is hardly a better way to do that than participating in internships clubs and organizations or even engaging in informational interviews with professionals in your field of choice An informational interview is a strategic way of gaining valuable information about a profession while networking with employers At this point in your studies you are still exploring your options which is why talking to people in industries you are currently considering can be a useful tool in solidifying your decision However speaking to a professional and experiencing hands on work within that field are two different approaches in your career journey This is why internships can be so valuable as they provide an avenue to develop skills needed within the profession while also helping you uncover if you truly enjoy the field as a whole Deciding on a major during your career journey should not be rushed or influenced by classmates who seem to have it all figured out Each one of us has our own personality interests values and a unique perspective on how we make sense of our passions For these reasons we need to follow

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  • Career guide to summer planning | The Current
    first day of summer to see what options are available Internship planning should be done least a month or two before the actual internship begin Summer internships provide an avenue to develop skills needed in the field while gaining hands on experiences and networking with professionals Internships are not the only way to use your summer time wisely Another great strategy is to conduct informational interviews An informational interview is a strategic way of gaining valuable information about a certain profession while networking with employers If you are interested in gaining experiences within your field or for that matter shadowing a professional like a doctor then an informational interview will be an ideal way to reach out to them and gain information while also building a network for yourself The informational interview involves asking the employer a variety of questions to get a glimpse into the position showcase your knowledge in the field thus far and talk about what you can offer the employer including your passion for the industry At the conclusion of the informational interview express your appreciation for the time the professional took out of his or her busy day to meet with you Then ask if you may leave your professional documents so that the employer many contact you if any type of opportunity becomes available Even if a position isn t open during the time of your interview or you re not ready to begin your career that may change someday Leaving your resume cover letter and or contact information opens the door to future possibilities especially since you ve already networked with that company Let s imagine that you are a freshman but your hometown is New York and every summer you visit and also have plans to move back full time once you graduate Informational interviews can be used as your way to build a network for yourself in New York when you visit So if you are not ready for an internship this summer but you would like to plan out to obtain one for the following year in New York then use informational interviews as a strategic tool for your success and as an avenue to build a foundation of potential contacts A good strategy is to do various informational interviews with companies and professionals in your desired field to plant the seed for the future Just imagine you would no longer be another number or resume because you had opportunities to get to know these professionals before being an actual applicant You can also take steps to keep in touch by sharing articles of interest throughout the year and connecting with the individuals using LinkedIn That way when you apply you are no longer seen as just another applicant as they know the individual behind the resume In addition you can use the summer to get involved in your community or do something exciting like studying abroad Getting involved in your community allows you to develop key transferable skills like

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  • Career Corner: Requesting letters of recommendation | The Current
    some strategic planning What is a letter of recommendation you may ask A letter of recommendation is defined as someone writing on your behalf usually a professional or someone who can speak as to what you can offer a company or the specific opportunity While anyone could write a letter it is usually most helpful to have a professional or academic contact write your letter Be careful as to whom you choose to write your letter and ensure that they know you well enough to write a thoughtful document that will cast a positive light and work to your benefit As you start to brainstorm whom you should reach out to for a letter of recommendation keep in mind that an effective recommendation letter is written by someone who meets some of the following criteria Is aware of your field of interest and the schools you are applying to Is able to evaluate your performance in your field of interest Is able to discuss your personal characteristics Is able to discuss your capacity to work with others Can discuss your leadership skills Can evaluate your level of professionalism e g punctuality efficiency assertiveness Can discuss your academic skills not simply experience but evaluate your potential to succeed in graduate level study Can evaluate you positively relative to others Has some recognition and whose judgment is highly valued within the field If you are using a letter of recommendation for graduate or professional programs like medical school you should be strategic as to whom you select and the time you give the professional to write your letter Many students may be applying to graduate programs as well and you want to ensure the person you plan on asking will have ample time to write your letter A good rule of thumb is to reach out to the professional at least a month before you need to submit the letter You can reach out via email the first time A sample email would look something like this Hello Would you be willing to write me a letter of recommendation for my application to the graduate program at NSU The application is due in six weeks I know you are busy with final exams and the end of the semester but this will hopefully allow enough time for you to put something together if you are willing Once you have established contact and the professor or letter writer has assured they will write the letter you can follow up by providing all necessary information including your resume due dates name of program details on the opportunity and at times your personal statement if it is for graduate school Overall you want to take some time to identify which individuals would be ideal letter writers for your recommendation Take the time to evaluate your options and have a strategic plan so that you are going about the process in a timely manner SHARE Facebook Twitter tweet Previous article Dropping a class Don t despair

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  • Career Corner | The Current | Page 2
    Satire Shark Speak Shark Speak for April 19 2016 Everyone needs a role model Are you even reading this Periods aren t gross period Home Features Career Corner Career Corner Latest Latest Featured posts Most popular 7 days popular By review score Random Career Corner Career Yoga The importance of professional flexibility Emilio Lorenzo April 12 2016 Career Corner Getting comfortable with the uncomfortable Career Corner Managing graduate school applications Don t burn out Guide to letting go of stress Career Corner Gate keepers and key masters Guide to what employers look for Career Corner Projects Emilio Lorenzo March 25 2015 0 Career Corner After College Emilio Lorenzo March 10 2015 0 Career Corner Being aware of your professional brand Emilio Lorenzo February 17 2015 0 Career Corner Trust the Process The art of job searching Emilio Lorenzo February 3 2015 0 Career Corner The importance of internships Emilio Lorenzo January 20 2015 0 Career Corner Are leadership experiences on my resume important Emilio Lorenzo December 11 2014 0 Career Corner Career Guide to Dressing Right Business Casual vs Business Emilio Lorenzo November 18 2014 0 Career Corner This is my first professional interview How do I Emilio Lorenzo November 4 2014 0 Career Corner The importance of being a well rounded professional Emilio Lorenzo October 22 2014 0 Career Corner I am a freshman Why do I need Career Emilio Lorenzo October 9 2014 0 1 2 3 4 Page 2 of 4 Follow Us 588 Fans Like 453 Followers Follow 614 Followers Follow 9 Subscribers Subscribe Popular Articles of the Week I only speak Emoji Chantel Grant April 5 2016 608 0 Goodbye Netflix binges hello movie matinees Li Cohen April 19 2016 106 0 That time I auditioned for So You Think You Can Dance The Current

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  • Career Corner | The Current | Page 3
    Opinions All Faceoffs On the Scene Satire Shark Speak Shark Speak for April 19 2016 Everyone needs a role model Are you even reading this Periods aren t gross period Home Features Career Corner Career Corner Latest Latest Featured posts Most popular 7 days popular By review score Random Career Corner Career Yoga The importance of professional flexibility Emilio Lorenzo April 12 2016 Career Corner Getting comfortable with the uncomfortable Career Corner Managing graduate school applications Don t burn out Guide to letting go of stress Career Corner Gate keepers and key masters Guide to what employers look for Career Corner How personal should a personal statement be Emilio Lorenzo September 23 2014 0 Career Corner Networking where to get started Emilio Lorenzo September 9 2014 0 Career Corner Big fish in a small pond Emilio Lorenzo April 24 2014 0 Career Corner Clinical rotations and resumes Emilio Lorenzo April 8 2014 0 Career Corner Sending thank you letters Emilio Lorenzo April 8 2014 0 Career Corner To be or not to be Graudate school and Emilio Lorenzo March 11 2014 0 Career Corner Sending a thank you letter Emilio Lorenzo February 18 2014 0 Career Corner Answering difficult interview questions Emilio Lorenzo February 6 2014 0 Career Corner Personalizing your resume Emilio Lorenzo January 22 2014 0 Career Corner Strategic planning for professional conferences Emilio Lorenzo December 5 2013 0 1 2 3 4 Page 3 of 4 Follow Us 588 Fans Like 453 Followers Follow 614 Followers Follow 9 Subscribers Subscribe Popular Articles of the Week I only speak Emoji Chantel Grant April 5 2016 608 0 Goodbye Netflix binges hello movie matinees Li Cohen April 19 2016 106 0 That time I auditioned for So You Think You Can Dance The Current April 19 2016 223 0

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  • Career Corner | The Current | Page 4
    Shark Zone Athlete of the Week Sherrelle Jordan Out of the Sharkzone for April 19 2016 On the Bench Equal pay for equal play Finding Fitness Boxing Opinions All Faceoffs On the Scene Satire Shark Speak Shark Speak for April 19 2016 Everyone needs a role model Are you even reading this Periods aren t gross period Home Features Career Corner Career Corner Latest Latest Featured posts Most popular 7 days popular By review score Random Career Corner Career Yoga The importance of professional flexibility Emilio Lorenzo April 12 2016 Career Corner Getting comfortable with the uncomfortable Career Corner Managing graduate school applications Don t burn out Guide to letting go of stress Career Corner Gate keepers and key masters Guide to what employers look for Career Corner Climbing the mountain writing an effective personal statement Emilio Lorenzo November 13 2013 0 Career Corner The secret weapon informational interviews Emilio Lorenzo October 15 2013 0 Career Corner Story banking and preparing for the interview process Emilio Lorenzo October 1 2013 0 Career Corner Don t let lists and trends decide your major Emilio Lorenzo September 17 2013 0 Career Corner Social media and the American business culture Emilio Lorenzo August 28 2013 0 1 2 3 4 Page 4 of 4 Follow Us 588 Fans Like 453 Followers Follow 614 Followers Follow 9 Subscribers Subscribe Popular Articles of the Week I only speak Emoji Chantel Grant April 5 2016 608 0 Goodbye Netflix binges hello movie matinees Li Cohen April 19 2016 106 0 That time I auditioned for So You Think You Can Dance The Current April 19 2016 223 0 TGIF Shopper s guide to Black Friday Roddia Paul November 17 2015 1495 0 University School assistant coach found dead Li Cohen March 25 2016 438 0 Print

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