Networking is an invaluable tool, whether you’re looking for an internship, a job or to learn more about a career of interest. By attending one of these Alumni-Student Networking Nights, you will be able to explore many careers as well as meet other students and alumni in the New York, Chicago or DC area! See you there!
1. I was concentrating on my GPA
2. I wanted to enjoy my last semester at PC
3. I didn’t have time
4. My team made it to the Intramural playoffs and I needed to win that T-shirt
5. I’m taking the summer off to relax after 16 years of school
6. Job postings online are just a big black hole for resumes
7. I don’t have any connections
8. There are no jobs in this terrible economy
9. I’m backpacking across Europe
10. I’m going to graduate school
Unless you truly are going to graduate school, Europe, or being handed a job, it’s time to dive into your job search!
This is what most seniors will be hearing over the next few weeks as they graduate from Providence College.
Inevitably followed by, “What are you going to do now?”
And if you don’t yet have a job yet, you can go from elated to deflated in thirty seconds flat.
My advice is to take full advantage of this question and turn the tables on the person who asked it. Instead of engaging in a conversation about the poor economy and competitive job market, jump on this opportunity to network.
Uncle John: “Congratulations on your Graduation Mary!”
Mary: “Thanks Uncle John, I can’t believe four years went by so fast!”
Uncle John: “What are you going to do now?”
Mary: “I’m glad you asked! I’m currently job searching for a position in ______ (public relations, research, teaching, finance, fill in the blank…) Do you know anyone in this field who might be hiring, or who would be open to an informational interview?”
Uncle John may be taken aback at first, but most likely he’ll be impressed at your proactivity and start thinking about his connections to this specific field. Here’s the catch. If he does give you the name of someone to follow up with for an informational interview or hiring purposes, you MUST connect with that person asap. If you do not, you’ve burned this bridge with both Uncle John, and his recommended contact!
If you’ve never conducted an informational interview before, be sure to use the guide on our website.
Repeat this exchange with everyone you can, including former high school teachers, coaches, former bosses, the people you used to caddy or babysit for (especially them!), parents’ friends, friends’ parents, neighbors, etc. Every time you put it out there, you’re increasing your chances of connecting with someone who can lead you to employment.
It may be awkward at first, but don’t give up. Eventually, you’ll get so used to saying it, you’ll be waiting impatiently for them to ask you this once dreaded question so you get to networking!
In this extremely competitive job market, there are still a few ways to get ahead. Planned, professional, “follow up” often works because only a small percentage of the students who read the article below, will actually incorporate this strategy into their job search!
Chances are, if you are reading this, you’re not the student I am trying to reach with this message. But you probably know one, so please forward this to him or her!
This is the time of year when seniors panic, finally accepting that they are graduating and need to figure out their next move!
The Career Education Center wants to help. Call us at 401-865-1290 and make an appointment with a Career Advisor asap.
What we will not do:
Turn you away.
Expect you to know exactly what you want to do for work after graduation.
Make you feel badly for not doing more over the past few years to prepare for this day.
Tell you there’s nothing we can to help you at this point.
Compare you to an accounting major who’s already employed.
What we will do:
Show you what you can do over the next month to improve your employability.
Review your resume, (or help you write your first one, if you’ve really been procrastinating).
Talk to you about your future plans and how to do a job or grad school search this summer.
Help you self-assess if you still have no idea what you want to be when you grow up.
Show you job openings on eFriars and other resources for which you can still apply.
Make you feel better about your chances for employment or grad school acceptance by helping you identify your strengths and convey them!
Mock interview anyone?
Connect you with alumni for informational interviews for career field exploration and networking purposes.
Show you how to use LinkedIn.
Invite you to our alumni-student networking nights being held this June in NYC, Washington DC and Chicago!
I love checklists. I love the feeling of getting everything I need to do out of my head and on to a piece of paper. I love the feeling of accomplishment that comes with crossing tasks off as I complete them.
With this thought in mind the Career Education Center created checklists for students for each year they are in school. This way you can keep tabs on what you need to do for your career development in addition to everything else you have going on!
These checklists are available as handouts in our office in Slavin 108.
Feel free to start checking some things off!
PC students have three different opportunities in March to meet with employers who are looking for interns and full-time job applicants!
Friday, March 15 | 10-3pm | Madison Square Garden, transportation provided
Tuesday, March 19 | 3-6pm | Peterson Recreation Center
Saturday, March 23 | 12-3:30pm | Patriot Place, Gillette Stadium
Log into eFriars for more information!
Never been to a career fair?
Watch this: Career Fairs
Read this: How to Work a Career Fair
- Save your mistakes for the REAL job interview!
- You might accidentally impress a recruiter with your proactivity.
- Who wants to walk “all the way” to the Career Education Center in Slavin for one?
- EVERYBODY knows the difference between behavioral and case interview questions!
- The more unprepared for an interview the more nervous you’ll be, the more nervous you’ll be, the more you’ll sweat, and employers love sweaty handshakes!
- You’re already super busy on Friday afternoons doing all your homework that’s due on Saturday.
- Once you graduate, employers will be lining up to offer these to you.
- You lose the element of surprise that comes with not knowing interview questions like “What’s your greatest weakness?” ahead of time.
- You might give yourself a competitive edge and who needs that in this economy?
- Your roommates would have like already told you if um you like say ‘like’ or ‘um’ too many times in like one sentence. They would like totally notice.
Practice Interviews are held every Friday 1:30-3:30 in the Career Education Center, Slavin 108
Log into eFriars and check the Career Programs page of the Events tab to sign up for an upcoming Friday!