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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.
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
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.
2. IDENTIFY YOUR TARGET
3. GATHER YOUR TOOLS
4. IMPLEMENT YOUR PLAN
5. GO THE EXTRA MILE
LinkedIn membership can be an excellent networking tool and resource for your career. Join LinkedIn and network with 40,000+ Tulane alumni through various alumni, industry and regional groups. Begin your LinkedIn experience at the Tulane University LinkedIn Page. From there, you can explore groups and connections based on your career interests. Membership is free.
The UCAN Internship Exchange, founded in 1996, is one of the most comprehensive online internship databases, known for connecting organizations with a wide array of intern candidates. The database is shared among 21 of the most prestigious and elite universities in the United States, including Tulane University. Experience UCAN today by clicking below to create an account. **You MUST use your @tulane.edu email in order to register for UCAN. Alternate email accounts (gmail, hotmail, etc.) will not be accepted.**