Take Charge of Your Career This Summer

Welcome to summer break! The time off from classes makes for the perfect time to do some career planning, and following are some steps you can start with over the break. Remember, our career advising staff will be here all summer to help, so don’t hesitate to contact us!

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Explore Your Career Interests

Take advantage of your downtime by exploring career options. Start with a resource like the University of Tennessee’s “What Can I Do With This Major?” website to see what kinds of careers might connect with your area of study. Take your research another step and learn about different kinds of jobs on Inside Jobs. As you narrow down your list, consider setting up informational interviews with professionals in the field. Not only are informational interviews great for learning more about a particular career, they are great for building your professional network.

Prepare for Your Job/Internship Search

Jump start your job or internship search for next year by putting all the pieces in place this summer. Resume need work? Make edits to your resume (or create your resume if you don’t have one yet) and have a career advisor take a look at it. Not in Whitewater this summer? No problem! You can email your resume to us for review – Send it to career@uww.edu and an advisor will respond with feedback.

Once your resume is in tip-top shape, move on to the other phases of the job/internship search. Hopefully, your resume will eventually score you interviews. Be an interviewing master before the time comes by scheduling a mock interview with a career advisor.

Finally, start planning your overall search strategy. There are lots of ways to find an internship or job. And the more tactics you employ, the more likely you’ll be to see success. Again, consulting with one of our career advisors is the perfect way to start.

Save the Date…

Speaking of the job/internship search, be sure to save the date for the 2012 Hawk Career Fair:

  • Wednesday, September 26th, Noon to 4:00pm, Williams Center Gym 1.

Connect with UWWCareer

Keep in touch with us this summer through social media. We’ll be sharing helpful information to keep you on track with your career planning: resume/cover letter tips, interviewing advice, job search strategies, and actual job postings.

If you’re at the internship stage, our Internship Coordinator shares internship-specific information on Twitter – @uwwinternships – and on Pinterest – pinterest.com/uwwinternships. And be sure to follow this summer’s intern bloggers on the UWW Internships Blog.

Again, we’re here to help through the summer months. We’re available to meet with you in person, on the phone, using Skype, or via email. The Career & Leadership Development office is open from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday during the summer. The best way to schedule an appointment is by calling (262) 472-1471.

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About Laura Morrow-Jacobs

Laura Morrow-Jacobs, Career Consultant/Marketing Specialist with Career & Leadership Development at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, advises UW-Whitewater students pursuing internships and assists employers with UW-Whitewater intern recruitment. Laura is a firm believer in the importance of career-related work experience, having benefited from it personally. As a graduate student, she completed three internships, and she was even gaining what turned out to be career-related experience as an undergrad through three separate student leader positions. She hopes that all students pursue some form of career-related work experience before graduation. In her opinion, it is never to early to start preparing - even beginning to plan as early as freshman year! Laura loves to discuss internship search strategies with students and is excited to hear about students’ successes in their internships. UW-Whitewater students are doing amazing work! Laura has been a professional at UW-Whitewater since 2006. She has been a member of the National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE) and participant in the NSEE Experiential Education Academy. She is also active with the Milwaukee Area College Internship Consortium (MACIC), currently serving as Web Manager and having held leadership positions as Secretary, President-Elect, and President. Laura graduated from UW-Madison with a BA in french and political science. She received her master’s degree in counseling from UW-Whitewater.