Thursday, March 22, 2012

Soon to be Alumni...

Around this time of year graduates are gathering their cap and gowns, double checking their academic credits, searching for full time positions or post-graduate opportunities, and soaking up as much time as possible with friends and classmates whom they'll miss. It's a busy time in life, a big step towards the future.

Gladly, we here at CSC Never Can Say Goodbye (very famous song by the Jackson 5). To our alumni, we offer job search assistance even after you've graduated from Marquette and moved on. Can't make it in to the office for an appointment, that's quite alright - the CSC Alumni web page ( connects you to amazing online resources we recommend to alumni.

Congratulations Graduates! Remember, you only live life once, so make it a good one ;-)

Monday, March 19, 2012

THREE great reasons to attend the On the Road to Your Career: Dress for Success event on Tuesday, March 27th:
  1. Eat a delicious free lunch (menu listed below)
  2. Relax and watch a runway show full of interview outfit tips
  3. Win one of five $20 Kohl's gift cards being given away!  (all you have to do is attend to be in the drawing!)

March's On the Road to Your Career - Includes a runway show!
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Date: Tuesday, March 27
Time: 12:30 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.
Location: AMU 227
Topic: Dress for Success
Menu: Hors D'Oeuvres: pizza tarts, breaded ravioli, bbq meatballs, pretzel sandwiches, fruit kabobs, vegetables, with water and coffee

Questions?  Contact Bethany Olson, Event Planner at or 414-288-4850.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

It's time for an etiquette dinner!

If you are like many college students, you have not thought much about dining etiquette. Sure, your mom may have told you not to talk with your mouth full and maybe that you have to use a certain fork for dessert, but the advice has likely ended there. Good thing you have Career Services!

We are hosting a dining etiquette dinner on
Monday, April 23 from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. in the AMU Ballrooms. Dining etiquette is more than just table manners. From sitting down to ordering to making small talk, learn the essentials for making the most of your personal presentation during a meal. We just heard from one of our former interns that she is still using the advice she learned from an etqiuette dinner. She was invited to dinner with her boss and his wife and was of course nervous, but felt more at ease because she learned so much at the etiquette dinner.

Registration on MU Career Manager is required.

Register on MU Career Manager with the following steps:
-Log on to MU Career Manager HERE
-Click on CAREER EVENTS on the menu at the top of the page
-Choose Workshops as the category
-Choose Professional Etiquette Dinner
-Click on REGISTER button
-Fill out online registration form and have a credit card ready for payment

This event is also great for student organizations to attend as a group.

Thanks to generous sponsorship by Aldi, your $10 registration fee pays for a portion of your four-course meal, valued at $30.00. Pay by credit card online with registration (Visa, Mastercard, American Express accepted).

Questions? Contact our office!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Are Your Expectations Realistic?

I am going to be planting my first vegetable garden this year and I have an image in my head of beautiful fruits and vegetables that are so tasty my two little boys will want to eat them straight from the garden. Well, I shared this wonderful image with my husband and he was kind enough to save me some disappointment by pointing out some very important facts...

Fact 1 - I don't know the first thing about growing fruits and vegetables.
Fact 2 - I have a proven track record of letting weeds take over other plantings in our yard.
Fact 3 - There are tons of critters in our yard that will most assuredly eat all of the "bounty" before my boys even get a chance to harvest.

And this is what you call managing expectations. Now that doesn't mean that I can't achieve my goal of a beautiful garden. Of course I can, but it is going to take A LOT more time and effort than I originally thought. Since becoming more realistic about the prospect of a garden I have been reading a lot and talking to people a lot to gather information. I have also been thinking about how much time I will need to spend tending to the garden each day to be successful. AND I am realizing that even if I do everything the best way that I know how that I still might not get the result I want because I am a gardening rookie and I am basing my image of a successful garden off of my mother-in-law's garden (who grew up on a farm and makes a living with my father-in-law as a farmer). Oh, and did I mention my lack of a green thumb?

In the same way that I had some unrealistic expectations, I find that students also need help managing expectations when it comes to their career. Some students don't know what they want for a career, but become frustrated because they think they should just KNOW. Well, that is unrealistic. People discover their passion through gathering information and experiencing life - sometimes things get figured out sooner and sometimes it takes a while. Discovering a career path cannot be rushed and it is not going to happen without spending time and effort.

We also see students who know where they are headed, but have unrealistic expectations about their career path. Perhaps they think they will make more money than is realistic because they know people who are in "X" profession who make a lot (how long have they been out working and how do you know how much they make, anyway?) or that they will be given a lot of responsibility because they feel ready for it (gotta pay your dues and work your way up the ladder, I'm afraid).

So perhaps as you think about your career, ensure you are making time to base your expectations in reality by doing research, talking to people and planning because if you are unable to manage your expectations you may find yourself disappointed.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

What to ask yourself?

For some, job offers are beginning to roll in, and for others, the job search continues. But for all, whether undergraduate or graduate students (like myself) on the brink of graduation or continuing professionals, we ask ourselves questions about positions we are considering. We are torn between location, companies, campuses, salaries, benefits, and other factors, like, family, significant others, age, points in our lives, finances, etc., some in our control and some not in our control. We are also toying with the opportunities in front of us and if they will get us to where we want to be in the future and if we will enjoy it.

Recently, a classmate and colleague of mine attended a conference for young professionals in our career field and returned back to campus with a comprehensive list of things to consider when job searching, specifically things to ask oneself. I found it particularly intriguing, mostly because I’m job searching for myself currently, but also because the questions really hit on the roots for the reasoning behind applying or accepting a job. Here are some of the questions to ask yourself:

· What is the amount of organizational support (philosophically and financially) given to the potential role and the other people with which you will work?

· Is a balanced life possible in the work setting or is “workaholic” lifestyle expected and reinforced?

· Are stimulating colleagues available who will be willing to create try new approaches and innovate?

· How was your predecessor perceived?

· Is there access to further professional development opportunities?

· Will the physical environment help or block your progress in your job?

· Does the staff team seem genuinely eager to have you on staff?

· How well do departments around the campus/company interact with each other? What departments do you have the greatest contact?

· How would you describe the culture of this department?

· What is the supervisory style of the potential person to which I would be reporting?

All of these things can help clear your mind when weighing whether or not to apply or accept a position with a particular organization. Hopefully this can help you establish a life, not just a job.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Organize your internship or job search!

One of the most difficult aspects of an internship/job search is keeping everything organized!  The last thing you want is to get a call from a recruiter a month after you applied to a job and not know anything about it because the posting has expired! 

Here are a few great options to stay organized:

  • Online version: Job Mango was created from the perspective of the employer; as candidates they were interested in hiring often times failed to respond to their emails. Digging deeper, they discovered that many job seekers find it difficult to keep track of the vast number of jobs they have applied for and hence, cannot track potential employer inquiries. They decided to make it easier for you to find a job, and created JobMango to keep track of the job application process for you!
  • Desktop version: Keep a spreadsheet with ALL your job search information.  Microsoft Office has a great template with sheets for Resume Submissions, Networking Contacts, Interviews, and Career Websites. 
Office Home and Student 2010 - What's included
  • Print version: Develop a job search binder with dividers separating topics such as Job Search Documents, Networking Contacts, Follow-up, Target List of Companies.

How do you keep organized during your internship/job search?