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Career FYI: December 2011

 

WINTER BREAK TO DO'S

In this issue:

Tip
Featured Career Events
Employer Highlight: CNH
Student Success
Ask MUCSC: Winter Break To Do's
Social Media
Contact

Tip

"Take the time this semester break to polish your resume and begin your job/internship search. Utilize the time away from your text books and devote it to finding your future career!"

~ Julie West, Career Advisor, MUCSC

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Featured Career Events

On the Road to Your Career
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Date: Friday, January 20, 2012
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.
Location: AMU 157
Topic: Interviewing

Reverse Career Fair
Date: Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Location: AMU Ballrooms
More Information and to Register

Practice Interview Day
Date: Friday, February 10, 2012
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Career Services Center Interview Rooms
Required registration opens Spring 2012 on MU Career Manager

WorkForce Career & Internship Fair
Date: Thursday, February 16, 2012
Time: 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Marquette University, AMU Ballrooms
More information for Students or Employers


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Employer Highlight


CNH

Whether you’re a student, a recent graduate or a seasoned professional, you’ll find that CNH offers a broad range of employment opportunities in an exciting global environment that challenges you to put your skills and expertise to optimal use.

As one of the world’s leading producers of agricultural and construction equipment, CNH is an ideal place to build a career. With operations on five continents, a diverse workforce, well-respected brands and a long line of innovative products, there are a variety of career paths and development opportunities available at CNH.

From internships and entry-level openings to experienced mid-career positions, there’s a place at CNH for talented, energetic people with fresh ideas—people who are proud of their work and are committed to achieving outstanding results.

Explore this website to learn more about CNH and the career opportunities available to you. Be part of a global team that is truly “Shaping Our World.”

CNH Careers Home: http://www.cnh.com/Careers/Pages/home.aspx

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Student Success

Name - Ian Obermiller
Major - Honors Bachelor's of Science in Computer Science, Summa cum laude
Grad Date - May 2009
Hometown - Lake Geneva, WI

Organization - Microsoft Research, Mobile Computing Research Center

Job Title - Research Software Development Engineer II

Resources used to find your position
Mainly applying directly to company websites. The Career Center provided some excellent interview training, which really helped develop my soft interview skills.

What you enjoy most about your position
Developing innovative products and services that are used by millions of people. The culture here at Microsoft is awesome; I love the collaboration and setting my own hours. Plus, Microsoft is so huge and diverse, moving to a different team is like experiencing another company, but without all the hassle. Being able to walk down the halls and chat with some of the most brilliant minds in the industry is an amazing experience.

Advice and tips for students in your field
Don't settle for a local position if that is not what you truly aspire to. There are scores of opportunities in Silicon Valley and the Puget Sound. Get with a company whose business is software, and you will have a much greater chance of enjoying what you do. Practice hard for an interview, and have people mock interview you a few times. I recommend "Cracking the Coding Interview" to get you up to speed on the types of questions you may be asked.
Networking, no matter how painful, really is important. I didn't do it enough before finding a job, but at least there is ample opportunity once you are employed. Make contacts within your company and keep those lines open; you never know who you might end up working with down the road. Finally, keep an open mind. Don't slip into the mindset that a certain company wouldn't be a good fit for you, especially before you even interview! And if you don't get the perfect job, don't settle for too long. Hobby and side projects will keep you sharp and motivated until you can move to something better.

What do/will you miss most about MU?
The Broken Yolk, working in the lab late into the night, pizza and soldering irons, falling asleep in a chair in Raynor under the sun, having everywhere I need to go be within walking distance, and the professors who helped me get where I am today.

 

Ask MUCSC

Dear MUCSC-

Any advice for a student looking to be "productive" over winter break?

Sincerely,

Planful Patty

Dear Planful Patty -

Top 10 ways to maximize your break with more than a snowball fight:

1. Network with friends and family. Use family time as a way to network and learn more about your family. You never know the types of connections family members may have!  Information on networking techniques: http://www.marquette.edu/csc/undergraduate/documents/Networking.pdf

2. Get your resume into top shape. Take time to update your resume, or if you don’t have one, then use this time to create one. For assistance, see resume and cover letter writing help: http://www.marquette.edu/csc/undergraduate/documents/Resume.pdf

3. Set up informational interviews with people in your field of interest. What is an informational interview? Check out a recent blog post: http://marquettecsc.blogspot.com/

4. Research what you could do with your major after you graduate. Check out these sites:

Vault: Login at: https://www.mu.edu/cgi-bin/vault/auth.pl
O*Net Center http://online.onetcenter.org/
Career Info Net http://www.acinet.org/acinet/

5. Start looking for a job or internship position for the summer. Here are some places to look online:

MU Career Manager                 www.Indeed.com                 www.juju.com                    www.linkedIn.com

6. Begin finding out about graduate school options and requirements for various programs in which you are interested. Check out this great website for searching schools and programs: http://www.petersons.com/graduate-schools.aspx

7. Research skills needed for jobs you plan to pursue. Are there gaps? Make a plan to develop those key skills you have identified. Top skills employers seek: http://www.marquette.edu/csc/undergraduate/documents/Topskills.pdf

8. Set up a mock interview with one of our counselors to sharpen your interviewing skills.

9. Establish a profile and utilize LinkedIn. LinkedIn.com is a great resource for students, whether you want to network, explore a career or look for a job opportunity.  Get started today: www.linkedin.com.

10. Go shopping for an interview suit, so you will be ready for job fairs and interviews next semester. Upcoming Spring Career Fairs:


Reverse Career Fair
Tuesday, February 7 | 2-5PM | AMU Ballrooms | open to registered STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS - RSVP required

Workforce Career & Internship Fair
Thursday, February 16 | 4-8PM, AMU Ballrooms | open to all STUDENTS

If you want more direction with any of these topics, remember that the career counselors are here to help. The career services center is open during break Monday-Friday from 8:30-4:30. Call to schedule an appointment today at 414-288-7423 or email career.services@marquette.edu.

 

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Social Media

Use internet social networks to make connections with people:

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Follow the Career Services Center on Twitter (twitter.com/MU_CSC) to stay up to date on the latest job search articles, highlights and Career Services Center happenings. Looking for a job or internship? Follow MUCSCJobs (twitter.com/MUCSCJobs) for the latest information on MU Career Manager job postings and on-campus interviews!

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Be sure to visit the Career Services Center’s new blog, Career Chatter (marquettecsc.blogspot.com), regularly to get all the latest information and advice from our office. It's the Career Services Center... UNPLUGGED


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Become a fan of the MU Career Services Center on Facebook (www.facebook.com/mucsc). It can’t hurt…right?


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Network with professionals in our MUCSC Group on LinkedIn. If you don’t already have an account - here is one good excuse to get one! To find us just search in groups for MUCSC and join.

We're a check in spot on Foursquare! Why not check in?

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Contact

Marquette University
Career Services Center
Holthusen Hall, First Floor
1324 W. Wisconsin Avenue
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881
Phone: (414) 288-7423
Fax: (414) 288-5302
E-mail | Staff Directory

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