The Scariest Time of the Year!

 

It’s that time of year Behrend Students. The Late October / early November crunch. Now is the time when every time consuming activity starts to come together all at the same time. Class projects, club meetings, exams, presentations, and scheduling classes are all haunting your daily planner.  Not to mention one important thing you need to do in your spare time: find a summer internship or full-time position.

Sometimes finding these openings can be a job itself. But I’m here to let you know that it’s not as difficult as it seems! Employers aren’t that scary, right?

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At the ACPC office, we have a couple resources to help you in finding internships and jobs:

  1. The Nittany Lion Career Network

I cannot speak greater volumes about this personally. As a senior, I am in the same position of trying to find a great full-time position. I use the Nittany Lion Career Network every day. There are many great features on here, such as saving a search and getting updates by email when a new position is posted! I highly recommend using this student resource.

  1. ACPC Job Search Resources

These are some great handouts with links to a variety of job search sites. They also have many organizations linked to certain majors that can help you getting that dream job.

  1. All the rest of the ACPC career resources

These are some more great resources we have on our website, dealing with things such as exploring careers, interviewing, networking, negotiating salaries, etc.

  1. Last but not least, our fantastic career counselors in the office!

We have a very qualified group of career counselors that can give you advice and help you get to where you need to be! I highly recommend you set up a mock interview with one before a real interview, just to practice your interviewing skills.

(If you want to meet with a career counselor, you can stop in for a quick 15-minute drop-in Monday through Friday, from 12 – 4 PM. If you want something longer, schedule an appointment!)

One last quick note, if you are a senior please fill out this survey for the ACPC! It helps us understand what seniors are doing after school!

Keep looking out for our twitter @BehrendACPC, as we regularly update it with different events going on and things students should be aware of!

 

 

Scheduling and Post Career Fair Guide

Hello to all new students and transfer students, and welcome back to the students returning to a bright and beautiful fall semester. The ACPC office welcomes everyone, and we are excited to meet all of you!

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The semester is in full swing here at the ACPC office. The career fair is over, but that does not mean that we are done! Now is the perfect time to follow up with our career counselors about career questions, whether you went to the Career Fair or not. Our Academic Advisers are all geared up for spring scheduling, and everyone should be preparing as well!

 

Enrolling for classes is very important and coming up soon. Right now priority scheduling is ongoing for honors students and student athletes. If you do not know when you are able to enroll for class, look at the picture below. Lionpath tells you the exact date! You will be able to see this on Lionpath on the bottom right hand side of Student Center.

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Another important note about scheduling is to check out your Pre-registration guide on Lionpath. Many students are forgetting to complete the To Do List on Lionpath (see below). This is on the right hand side of Student Center as well. You need to do this before you can enroll in classes!

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If you have any questions about scheduling, please come talk to an academic advisor!

 

There are many academic and career planning events and workshops upcoming for this semester, and the job and internship search does not end with the career fair.

 

We have workshops for both the career and academic side coming up the rest of this month:

  • Resources to Maximize Student Success
    • Wednesday, October 12th 12:15 p.m. or 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. in Reed 114
      • Learn how to improve academic performance, prioritize assignments, and prepare for midterms!
  • Interviewing / Negotiation Workshop
    • Tuesday, October 18th 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. in Reed 114
      • Succeed in presenting yourself before, during, and after the interview. Learn the details of salary negotiation!
  • Understanding Your Major & Scheduling the Best Courses for Spring
    • Wednesday October 25th, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. in Burke 176 or Wednesday October 25th, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. in Burke 175
      • How do I figure out when I can schedule for next semester?
      • What are Entrance to Major courses I need?
      • Do I need a certain GPA to get into my intended major?

 

And lastly some advice post career fair!

So we know that a ton of students went to this semester’s career fair and that is great! We had some awesome employers there, and some of them may have already contacted you about interviews or applying online.

For applying online, many of you may need to write a cover letter, or upload your resume. Want to make sure that resume is top-notch and sure to get noticed? Schedule a resume review with our career counselors, or stop by any time from 12 – 4 for drop-ins.

Need to make sure you are tailoring that cover letter to the description of the job or internship? Our career counselors can help you with that as well!

Now on to the biggest thing for your career search post career fair: The Interview. Don’t be intimidated!

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Interviewing is a great skill that can be worked on here in the office! It can entirely change the way hiring representatives think about you, and gives you a chance to strut your stuff. We can give you advice, help you with some FAQ by employers, and even do entire mock interviews!

Schedule a meeting with us by either stopping by, emailing us at askACPC@psu.edu , or call us by phone at (814) 898 – 6164.  We will help you practice until you feel ready to conquer that interview!

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Make sure to follow our blog posts on this WordPress, and follow us on all social media platforms to keep updated on everything going on in the academic and career planning world on campus!

  • Twitter – @BehrendACPC
  • Facebook – Behrend ACPC
  • BehrendSync – Academic and Career Planning Center

Again we just want to say welcome back from everyone here in the ACPC office, and we wish you luck for the rest of the semester!

5 Ways to Make the Most Out of Your Summer

The semester is (finally) winding down. As summer approaches, students across campus are ready to shed all traces of productivity, stress, and school work—just relax. And although the summer break should definitely be a break, don’t forget to make use of this time to get ahead with your academic and career goals.

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  1. Reflect on your goals.

During school, it can be difficult to just slow down and think about where you are and where you are headed. If you haven’t settled on a major yet, take the summer to think about what courses you’ve taken and enjoyed. Take the time to do some research on majors or careers you’re interested in. The ACPC website has links to a variety of tools to help you decide, including What Can I do with this Major? and Candid Career.

Stop by the ACPC office (we’re here all summer!) to learn more about My Plan, a tool that will help you reflect on the ways your skills, interests, and values relate to your future career. It helps you narrow down your search and consider what job and major would be a good fit for you based on these key areas.

If you have decided on a major, you might want to consider ways you can complement it. What minors or certificates would help set you apart? What clubs or organizations could give you experience in that area? This way when you head back to school you’ll be ready to hit the ground running.

  1. Gain experience at a job or internship.

Whether this summer you’re lifeguarding or babysitting or interning at your dream company, there are some steps you should take to get the most out of your experience.

  • Be attentive.
    • Be on the lookout for additional projects or experience related to your career goals. Even part-time jobs have opportunities for supervisory or leadership experience that can help you down the road.
    • Always strive to make a good impression, wherever you are working. The contacts you meet at your job or internship can help you down the road in finding or getting the job you want.
  • Update your resume-all.
    • It’s easy to forget all the projects and responsibilities you had in your position when it comes time to update your resume later. Keep track of all of your experience so that it’s easy to find later.
  1. Job shadow or volunteer in your community.

Just because you aren’t getting paid, doesn’t mean the experience won’t pay off later. Volunteering in your community is a great way to build strong relationships and network. Plus, you’re gaining leadership and collaboration skills—all while helping improve your community!

Job shadowing is another way to gain relevant career experience. Contact companies or individuals you know and ask if you can shadow them for a few hours. This will help you gain relevant knowledge, get a feel for the work environment, and decide if this job is truly right for you!

  1. Take on a new hobby or project.

Do something you love while gaining some experience. Whether you create a game, rebuild an engine, start a blog or your own small business, you can develop valuable skills outside of the workforce. This self-starter attitude will enable you to showcase your strong initiative in an interview or on your resume. Not to mention—a hobby is also time for you to have some fun and be creative!

  1. Prep for post graduate exams.

Are you considering some form of graduate school after graduation? The summer is a great time to study and take the admissions exams necessary for acceptance. Do some research into the schools and programs you are interested in and what their required exams are, like the GRE, GMAT, LSAT, or MCAT.

Don’t forget the ACPC office is open all summer, Monday-Friday, 8 am-5 pm. Call 814-898-6164 to make an appointment with an academic advisor or career counselor.

 

Dinner Etiquette: How to Navigate a Meal Interview

 

There’s no doubt about it: interviews are challenging. There’s a lot to consider in any interview setting—one-on-one, panel, group—but meal interviews pose a particular challenge. You might be asking yourself, “What do I eat? What do I wear? Which fork is which?” All the while you’re trying to answer questions, remember what to say, and manage to keep salad from getting stuck in your teeth.

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Take a lesson from Michele on what not to do.

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A Crash Course in LionPath

 

If you haven’t already heard, Penn State is overhauling their web systems. Angel is replaced by Canvas and eLion is being replaced by LionPath. Right now, students will still use eLion for anything regarding the Spring 2016 or Summer 2016 semesters. Anything for the Fall 2016 semester and beyond will be completed in LionPath.

Bottom line: you’ll be scheduling your fall courses in LionPath.

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Before you panic, you have time to try out the site before you schedule. Here’s a breakdown on how to use some of the LionPath features: Continue reading “A Crash Course in LionPath”

5 Reasons Everyone Should Go to the Career Expo

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First off, you might be wondering what the Career Expo is. Well, it’s ACPC’s new all-encompassing event to help you prepare for the Career Fair. Now, you might be thinking, “Psh. I’ve got this. I don’t need help.”

BUT. Couldn’t everyone step up their resume game? Or learn a few new tips for talking to employers? Heck, wouldn’t you like to hear what employers expect—from live employers?

At the Career Expo, you’ll learn valuable information about all things related to career fairs—and even how to ace the interview if you succeed at landing one. The best part is you get to actually practice with employers that will be at the career fair and the career experts from ACPC.

So if you’re already sold, the event will be held in McGarvey Commons on Wednesday, February 24, from 4-7 pm.

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