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Business: Consulting, Economic Modeling, Marketing, Strategic Policy Development
Government: Environmental Law, Environmental Protection, Lobbying, Journalism, Natural Resource Management
Education: Teacher, Researcher
- Gaining relevant work experience through internships, part-time jobs, or volunteer positions is critical.
- A bachelor's degree will qualify you for work as a laboratory assistant, technician, technologist or research assistant in education, industry, government, museums and parks.
- An undergraduate degree can also be used for nontechnical work in writing, illustration, sales, photography and legislation.
- An advanced degree provides the opportunity to specialize in different areas of the biological sciences as well as additional opportunities in research, administration and teaching.
- Develop strong computer, mathematics and communication skills.
- Join professional organizations to stay abreast of current issues in your field(s) of interest and to develop networking contacts.
- Read scientific journals in your area of interest.
- If you are interested in attending graduate or professional school, become familiar with admission requirements and maintain a high GPA.
- Gain experience with grant writing and fundraising techniques. Often research must be funded in this manner.
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.
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):
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.
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
- Write down a few (5-10) jobs or careers you would enjoy. If you need help compiling your list, search here first to get ideas.
- Write down 8-10 companies or organizations that you would enjoy working for. To help with your research, use the following resources: Wikipedia, Stock Exchanges, Fortune 1000, non-profit organizations, government agencies & NGOs.
- Know your limits: salary, geographic location, hours, etc. Further explore your options by reviewing the Tulane Graduating Student Survey, reading about occupations, and researching employers at Vault and Wetfeet.
3. GATHER YOUR TOOLS
- After you develop your resume, schedule an appointment to have your resume reviewed.
- Attend job search workshops at Tulane. Enroll in CRDV 1090.
- Plan answers to common interview questions and practice interviewing.
- Have at least one very nice, professional looking "interview" outfit.
- Practice your elevator pitch designed to market your talents to employers.>
- Make sure your voicemail message and email address are both professional and clean up your social media.
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
- Maximize your results by targeting your resume and cover letter to each job you submit them for.
- Always call or email employers to say thank you after an interview.
- Unfortunately, not every interview will result in a job offer. Learn how to handle rejection after the interview. For interviews that do result in a job offer, be prepared to respond to a job offer.
- Increase your odds. Stand out. Learn more. Stay focused. Consult with advisors.
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