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Career FYI: November 2011


Build Your Skills

In this issue:

Featured Career Events
Employer Highlight: City Year
Student Success
Ask MUCSC: Career Planning
Social Media


"It doesn’t have to be a full time job or an amazing internship for you to build skills. You are still developing transferable skills in your summer jobs, volunteer work, and group projects. Find ways to continue to grow in all kinds of experiences!"

~ Bethany Olson, Event Planner | Career Counselor, MUCSC

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Featured Career Events

Big East Virtual Career Fair
Date: Tuesday, November 1-3, 2011
Register today to speak with employers from dozens of national organizations!

Help! I don't know what to do with my life!
Date: Thursday, November 3, 2011
Time: 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Career Services, Holthusen Hall, 1st floor
More information and RSVP instructions HERE

Career Essentials for Arts & Science Majors
Date: Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: AMU 163

On the Road to Your Career
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Date: Thursday, November 10, 2011
Time: 12:30 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.
Location: AMU 157
Topic: Building/identifying skill sets

Immigration Seminar
Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location: Office of International Education, Holthusen Hall 4th floor

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Employer Highlight

City Year
Beginning each day before the first school bell rings and staying until the last child leaves the after-school program; you and your team of diverse young people will serve students, schools and communities through:

Academic Support: Provide one-on-one or small group tutoring before, during and after school

Attendance and Positive Behavior Encouragement: Lead energetic morning greetings, make attendance and positive phone calls home and lead mentor groups

Community and School Improvements: Organize and lead activities, celebrations and projects to improve the community and school environment

Join the Corps

You can make a difference.
In schools. In classrooms. In neighborhoods.

City Year corps members serve full-time at one of 21 locations across the United States as tutors and mentors, running after-school programs and leading youth leadership programs.

City Year is in Milwaukee! Check it out here.

OPEN HOUSE: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 | 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. | Details HERE!

City Year is now accepting applications for the 2012-13 academic year.

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Student Success

Name- Michelle Lum
Major - Biomedical Sciences
Grad Date- May 2011
Hometown - Honolulu, HI

Organization- Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul, MN

Job Title-
Current: Law Student
Recent Past: Volunteer

After graduation, I volunteered with Volunteer Legal Services Hawaii, a non-profit company who provides legal advice, assistance, and pro bono representation to clients who are unable to afford private attorneys.

Next year I will be applying for the Health Certificate and hope to graduate in 2014 with both my JD and the Health Certificate.

Resources used to find your position-
The pre-law adviser at Marquette, Ms. Kimberly Snow, is wonderful. She was always willing to talk and help with whatever you needed, whether it be your personal statement or making a final decision on where to attend. Career Services was also essential. To be honest though, if I had not taken the Job Strategies Course offered, I would have likely never have set foot into Career Services. But don't make that mistake! Career Services has some of the best resources you will ever find.

What you enjoy most about your position- As a law student, I am loving the challenge of learning new material. It is also an amazing experience to learn in a different environment, as law school lectures are conducted based on the Socratic Method rather than simple one-sided lecture that is customary of undergraduate classes.

If you could do one thing differently what would it be?- I would have been more involved!

Advice and tips for students in your field- You can do anything you want to do with it. As what I think is one of the most rigorous fields of undergraduate study, the field allows you a lot of flexibility. The intensity of the courses and the process of learning are skills that can be transferred almost endlessly. With that said, I don't think you have to decide early on in your undergraduate career what your game plan is for the rest of your life. For me, I didn't decide what I wanted to do until my Junior year. However, the best thing is that having a background in the health sciences and having proof of successful completion of it in itself, makes you stand out in comparison to others. Toss in the fact that you went to Marquette, and your value goes up. In essence, don't feel like you need to figure things out now even if everyone around you seems to know exactly what they want to do or are doing with their lives. You'll figure it out. And if you ever need the help, your adviser, supervisor, or career services will all be there to assist in any way possible.

What do/will you miss most about MU?- I definitely miss the camaraderie and friendships that I have made while at Marquette. There is nothing like living a few blocks from 50 of your closest friends! And of course, basketball. Marquette has offered me the experience of a lifetime and I am very glad to have partaken in it.




Do you have any resources for someone trying to determine what skills they have? I have worked in various summer jobs but I’m having trouble listing skills for these positions on my resume.


Skill Seeker Sam

Dear Skill Seeker Sam-

Such a great question! I worked in a restaurant throughout my college years and had the same issues when developing a resume. You have developed more skills than you know in your summer positions – it’s a matter of figuring out which ones are the most relevant for your next job/internship search. Here are a few ways that you can start identifying some of your skills:

  1. Meet with a career counselor! Come in to our office and meet with one of our amazing career counselors to discuss all of your experiences. Career counselors are great at picking apart tasks that you have accomplished and finding the related skills. To make an appointment with a counselor, please call our main line at 414.288.7423.
  2. Use a worksheet! The Career Services Center has a great online library full of handouts, along with worksheets, to help you on your career path. One great handout we have is Transferable Skills which gives you a list of skills and specific examples that would demonstrate those skills. For a list of all of our handouts, visit our online library.
  3. Look at your job description! When students are struggling with figuring out what to put on their resume for a certain job, I typically tell them to take a look at the position description and qualifications that they were hired for. If you don’t have a copy – just ask your supervisor for one!

As a college student you have had the opportunity to build skills not only in your academic field, but also in terms of skills all employers seek regardless of industry. Check out the 12 Essentials and start creating YOUR long list of skills!

Best wishes!


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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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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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