Career Planning in Changing Times
by Kathy Williams, Director of the Center for Career Development
From In The Loop, Spring 2009
Gettysburg students gain an extraordinary breadth of knowledge and learn how to apply it. The Gettysburg experience works: 96 percent of our graduates are employed or enrolled in graduate school within a year of graduation. In the Center for Career Development, we encourage students to take full advantage of all that Gettysburg offers and to think beyond Gettysburg, as well.
In these turbulent economic times, students need to be especially proactive in developing their career plans and conducting job or internship searches. The sooner students begin to work on their career plans, the more they can take part in experiential opportunities, secure internships and summer jobs that are relevant, build their networks, and be ready to tackle a tough job market.
Build your network.
That's the mantra students begin to hear their first year, and in today's job market, experience and networking are paramount. Gettysburg career counselors provide programs that put students to work. During winter break, our Bright Lights! Big City!, job shadowing, and Dinner with Strangers programs connected students with alumni and parents for mentoring, networking, and skill building.
Experiences such as these allow students to explore their career options, plan, and gain essential skills-all key components for success in tough economic times. Gettysburg has programs year-round, including summer internships and externships. Last summer, about 200 students participated in summer internships, some earning college credit.
Sharpen your skills.
On campus, it's a new world and we take new approaches, helping students learn to use tools such as LinkedIn and Facebook to network and to market themselves. Seniors are offered targeted sessions on the job search, landing their dream jobs, and how to look for jobs overseas. Workshops on how to write a strong resumé and cover letter, improve interviewing skills, build networking skills, conduct a successful job or internship search, and apply to graduate schools give Gettysburg students a competitive edge.
We hold programs in the residence halls, job fairs, graduate school fairs, and career information sessions like the Career Call series (see left). Please encourage your students to take advantage of career development counseling, resources, programs, and the dynamic network of Gettysburg alumni and parents. And if you'd like to volunteer with the Center for Career Development, contact Kathy Williams by email: email@example.com.