Gifts for You!

As many of us enter a season of gift giving, don’t forget to claim the gifts that Career Services has for you. Many of these gifts are available throughout the year or at set times, in person or online, occasionally or 24/7. What do you need? If it regards your career, we probably have something you can use.

Thinking about being a scientist? Teacher? Marketer? Filmmaker? Consultant? Programmer? Professor? Unsure? We have information to help you learn about different career fields, whether you are exploring a wide range or are ready to dig into a specific area.

Want to talk to other students or alumni to learn about their career paths? Use our resources or meet with us to explore the many connections available to you. Or read our surveys to see what other students have found in their internship and job searches.

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Virtual International Opportunities Fair 2012

If you’re interested in working or volunteering abroad, check out the Virtual International Opportunities Fair which began on Monday, November 5, 2012 and will end on Friday, December 14, 2012. Over 40 employers are signed up, and they recruit students for opportunities in conservation, consulting, global health, international development, teaching, technology, and more.
The Virtual International Opportunities Fair is an online career fair featuring employers that provide international opportunities including internships, jobs, and service. Through PennLink you can “visit” the International Opportunities Fair to interact with representatives from globally-oriented organizations, companies, and schools that provide teaching, internship, work opportunities and post-graduate education abroad. The online format of the fair enables you to make contact with employers by viewing their profiles and submitting resumes to employers/positions that interest you. You can also instant message with recruiters directly during the Virtual International Opportunities Fair. Please visit the event website for more information or go to PennLink to get started.

Prioritizing…When Everything Seems Important!

By Barbara Hewitt

With Thanksgiving behind us, the semester is winding down with less than two weeks of classes left. At this point in the semester, I often hear from students who are stressed about balancing the postgraduate job or internship search with the myriad of things they still have to finish up for classes…papers, presentations, finals…It seems there isn’t enough time to do it all.

My advice is to take a deep breath and prioritize. Although landing a job or internship offer is important, keep in mind that your first and most important role right now is that of student. Much of your final grades for classes will probably be determined in the coming few weeks and your time is likely better spent writing papers and studying for finals than devoting an inordinate amount of time to job search activities at this point in the semester. If you find yourself overwhelmed with your “to do” list, give yourself permission to step back from your job or internship search and focus on your school work for the next few weeks. Hiring tends to slow down during the holiday season, so now is a great time to focus on school work and plan to ramp up your job or internship search with the start of the New Year in January.

Good luck to all of you in the final few weeks of the semester!

Plenty to be Thankful For

In one of my favorite movies, Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn, Bing Crosby sings  “I’ve got plenty to be thankful for…..”  (This movie is an oldie but a goodie with a happy ending….rent it one night, relax and enjoy!)

With the words of his song going round in my head, I thought it was appropriate to stop a moment and think of my own blessings.

I am especially thankful for a wonderful husband and our two sons and daughter-in-law-to-be who are healthy and happy young people, energetic about their lives, work and studies, with great futures before them all.

I am thankful for a roof over my head and food on our table, even more this year after watching the damage dealt by Hurricane Sandy.  There are many who are not able to enjoy their traditional turkey dinner at their own table because of the damage done to their homes, or even worse, injury to their loved ones.  I wish them good speed in their recovery and return to the daily routine of their lives. (If you can, send a little something to your favorite charity to help our neighbors get back on their feet.)

I am thankful for the comfort of a recovering economy where more and more people are having success in finding jobs, keeping jobs, and acquiring better jobs.  (Visit us in Career Services next week for assistance with your own career goals.)

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