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African and African Diaspora Studies

ADST offers a broad course of interdisciplinary study relating to Africans, people of African descent, and the context of the African Diaspora. Drawing on diverse methodologies and disciplinary formations, ADST teaches students to think analytically and critically about global Black experiences across space and time. ADST also trains students to make intellectual connections among global, national, and local contexts. Building on the university's strengths in the social sciences, behavioral sciences, and humanities, ADST provides an intellectual center for teaching, research, and public service that prepares students to function effectively in a multicultural society and diverse international environments.

Students graduating with a degree in ADST are amply prepared with the cultural resources and tools needed to pursue most professional careers. Recent graduates have enrolled in graduate school, launched for-profit and not-for-profit businesses, and conducted relief work in various African countries. Others have pursued professional careers in medicine, social work, and law.

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Career Areas

Nonprofit:  Administration, Program Management, Policy Analysis, Research, Advocacy, Cultural Resources, Grants Administration, Development

Business:  Administration/Management, Advertising, Human Resources, Public Relations, Sales/Marketing, Writing/Editing, Banking, Broadcast Journalism

Education: Teaching, Research, Administration

Government: Administration, Research, Museum Conservation, Policy Analysis, Urban Planning, Legislative Compliance Review, Cultural Resource Management, Program Management

Museum and Archives Management, Curatorship, Conservation, Research, Education, Development, Preservation

Employers

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Employment Strategies
  • Gaining relevant work experience through internships, part-time jobs, or volunteer positions is critical.
  • To maximize your employability, develop practical skills such as computer expertise, written and verbal communication, project management, etc.
  • ADST majors are encouraged to study less commonly taught languages such as Yoruba, Kiswahili, Arabic, and Haitian Creole.
  • Consider pursuing a study abroad opportunity in Africa and its Diaspora.
  • Join student and cultural organizations that support your education and career goals.
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Career Education

CRDV 1090

Get a jumpstart on your career and earn a credit while you’re at it!

A great way to get started is by taking CRDV 1090, a 1-hour credit course that guides students through the career development process.  Through CRDV, students develop the necessary tools, skills, and resources to become career ready, learning what they have to offer and what it takes to be an excellent candidate in today’s competitive job market.

While taking CRDV 1090 students will create and refine professional documents, explore careers, conduct job/internship searches, develop networking and interviewing skills, and learn to utilize professional social media to network more effectively. Not only will students learn about the job/internship search process, but they will know how to actively use this information in the real world.  Students will have the unique opportunity to take personality and strength assessments to learn about their talents, interests, and preferred work environments, as well as careers that utilize their strengths.

CRDV 1090 Students will also participate in an exclusive CRDV Mock Interview event where they will have the chance to practice interviewing skills and try out their interview attire with professionals from a variety of industries.  Not only will students conduct a mock interview, but their will receive feedback from their interviewers on the spot.

The course is led by Career Educators, Valerie Morgan and Geneva Torrence, who are trained Career Coaches and will also be available to their students for individual career coaching throughout the semester.

What will you do in CRDV 1090?
IDENTIFY strengths, values and goals
EXPLORE careers that fit your personality and academic/professional interests
CONNECT experiences to professional pursuits
CREATE professional documents and profiles
LEARN job search strategies
PRACTICE interviewing and networking skills

Who should take this course?
SENIORS: Preparing for life after college, looking for internships/jobs, needing to sharpen professional tools and skills

SOPHOMORES & JUNIORS: Looking for internships/jobs and needing to develop professional skills

FRESHMEN*: Exploring majors and career paths, looking for internships and to begin working on professional skills

*If you are a freshman, have decided on a major and prefer to focus on internships and search skills, you can be approved for a sophomore/junior section.  Talk to your Academic Advisor or a CRDV 1090 instructor about which section is best for you.
 
Course Design
The course is designed to guide students through their own career readiness roadmap, which we develop together in three stages (according to the career development process):
Develop self-awareness

First, we focus on self-assessment and career-exploration.  Through two self-assessments (Do What You Are and StrengthsQuest) and various activities, CRDV helps students understand their strengths, interests, and values to maximize their potential. Additionally, students will learn to articulate their strengths and goals to others, an important part of the job search. 

Create a Career Toolkit
The next stage prepares students for the job/internship search by creating and refining the necessary professional documents, profiles, and other useful tools, i.e. Resume, Cover letter, Thank you letters, outreach messages, LinkedIn profile.

Improve interpersonal communication skills (networking and interviewing)
The final stage focuses on practicing interpersonal communication skills, particularly networking and interviewing skills.  Students will reflect upon what they learned in the previous two stages to develop a personal brand and marketing strategy so that they are comfortable in formal and informal networking situations.  Their participation in the CRDV Mock Interview event will help refine these skills and give them a real-world interviewing experience.

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Start Your Job or Internship Search

Whether you are searching for an internship or your first job, it is a time consuming process that can be both complicated and a little discouraging at times. But once you commit to starting your search, Tulane can help. The success of your career search is directly proportional to the learning, effort and strategy that you put into it.  Remember to stay positive and to stay focused during your search! The most effective job searches start at least two semesters before you graduate and internship searches should start as soon as your freshman year. 

1. DEFINE YOUR STORY

Start your job/internship search with YOU!  You need to understand your strengths and develop materials (resume, cover letter and email, LinkedIn profile and elevator speech) to market your abilities to employers.  

  • Make a list of your interests, strengths and skills.  If you need help, take the StrengthsFinder assessment.
  • Take the Do What You Are personality inventory to get more ideas about careers for you.
  • Make a list of your academic, volunteer, leadership, internships and work experience to build a resume.  View resume examples or use the free Resume Builder available to Tulane students.
  • Develop a cover letter and email cover letter and build a LinkedIn profile.
  • Write a brief statement explaining why you are an excellent worker.  Develop your own "elevator speech."

2. IDENTIFY YOUR TARGET

3. GATHER YOUR TOOLS

4. IMPLEMENT YOUR PLAN

  • Make specific searches for work online using job search engines.
  • Upload your resume with job search engines online and with Handshake.
  • Attend career fairs.
  • Use your friends, their parents, friends of your parents or network of contacts to search for employment by sharing with them what position you are looking for.  Do not depend on job/internship search engines alone!
  • Look for Tulane alumni connections on LinkedIn.
  • Conduct informational interviews with friends of your family and others.  Request informational interviews by email.
  • Follow up on every job or networking connection you find as soon as possible.
  • Organize your job search using CareerShift.

5. GO THE EXTRA MILE

 

 

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African and African Diaspora Studies Internships:

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