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Career Planning Newsletter October 31, 2011

Issue 1

Just Because Halloween is Scary, Doesn’t Mean the Future has to be! Take a look inside and let us know if you like what you see!

INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Ask Kate… 1

WE NEED YOUR FEEDBACK!

Choosing a Major… 2 Importance of Internship… 3 Resources Offered… 3

Email the Career Planning Center at career@cedarcrest.edu and let us know what you what to read about.

Upcoming Events… 4

Ask Kate! Ever heard of a „Dear Abby‟? This is Cedar Crest‟s version. Kate is our Director of Career Planning and is here to help you, the students. Email your questions, comments, or concerns to career@cedarcrest.edu. You can have Kate‟s response in the next newsletter addressed to you or left anonymous.

So many options! Too many classes! Even more questions?

No need to fear, Kate is here!


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Are You Unsure of What Major to Choose? You‟re not alone! Three out of four entering freshman communicate doubt about their choice of major and close to two-thirds will end up switching majors at least once. Choosing a major is often viewed as an anxiety-provoking process by both students and parents. In reality, it is an exciting time to really engage in some soul searching and self-discovery. Generally, choosing a major and/or a career consists of evaluating one‟s values, skills, and interests. The Career Planning Center has resources to assist you in making this important decision. Here are a few good ways to get started: Make an appointment with the Career Planning Center to complete one or more of our three self-assessments and discuss your values, skills and interests. Utilize the Career Planning Library to see a list of majors and how they relate to particular occupations. Speak with faculty. They can describe their majors and explain what their previous students have gone on to do. Attend career fairs. Learn more about what recruiters are looking for. Find an Alumnae Mentor. You can hear from someone who was once in your shoes. Mentors are interested in sharing their academic and career paths with current students. Do an internship! What better way to test out what was learned in the classroom than by using that knowledge in a professional setting? Major Discovery Series will help you discover some possible career choices for the programs offered by the College (accessible from our website).

The Career Planning Center‟s library is located right in the Allen House and is open Monday through Friday 8:30am-4:30pm!

Don‟t have time to visit? Check out the new and improved website! www.cedarcrest.edu/career


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The Importance of Doing an Internship as a College Student With winter break quickly approaching, it is imperative that students start thinking about doing an internship. Many students think that an internship is something they would like to get to if and when they have time. The reality is that there is no better way to make career-related decisions and get ahead in the professional world while getting paid and/or receiving academic credit! Internships are beneficial to students in many ways. First, it helps them make decisions about their career paths. By taking the knowledge gained in the classroom and putting it to use in the professional world, a student will quickly figure out what they like and do not like about a field. Both are equally important. A student will also begin to build up her network by meeting professionals in her desired industry. These connections may assist her when the time comes to start applying for full-time professional positions. Statistically, over 70% of interns are offered full-time work at their internship site after graduation. Also, a student can receive academic credit. There are plenty of internships available. Students are eligible to take part in internships once they have completed 60 credits and have a GPA of at least 2.0 (2.5 for psychology majors). It is never too early to begin speaking with local professionals in your desired field. Also the Career Planning Center has a library is full of internship information, along with other internship opportunities. Feel free to contact the Career Planning Center to schedule an appointment to begin your journey. CAREER PLANNING NEWSLETTER CREATED BY: Samantha Makey ‘12 Stephanie Weisel ‘13 Published by the Career Planning Center. Comments & suggestions are welcome. Please contact the Career Planning Center at 610.606.4648 or by email at career@cedarcrest.edu.

Use Your Resources There is no need to stress and worry about your future when the Career Planning Center has so much to offer  Career Coaching  Career Assessment Tools  Review Service o Resumes o Cover letters o Essays  InterviewStream

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On Campus Interviews Informational Presentations Career Week Workshops on: o Internships o Graduate School o Interviewing & more!


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Upcoming Events! PA State Civil Service Commission Monday, November 7, 2011 The PA State Civil Service Commission is coming to Cedar Crest to speak to students about career opportunities and taking different types of civil services exams. Contact the Career Planning Center for more information.

Successful Interviewing Tuesday, November 15, 2011 ● 12:00 – 1:00pm ● Alcove C, TCC Jobs are WON in interviews; those who interview the best fare the best. Find out what you must do before, during, and after your interview. Learn what to bring with you, including your questions for the employer. Discover how to eliminate surprises, reduce anxiety, and to analyze your strengths and weaknesses. Give yourself the advantage over the competition!

Careers in… Entrepreneurship Thursday, November 17, 2011 ● 6:00 - 8:30 pm ● Hosted at DeSales University "Careers In" is an annual event organized by the local LVAIC schools. Each year a different career field/topic is selected and a professional evening is planned accordingly. The 2011 topic is Entrepreneurship and will involve an employer panel, speed networking, and information fair.

All students from the LVAIC schools (LCCC, Lafayette, PSU-Lehigh Valley, Moravian, NCC, Lehigh, DeSales, Muhlenberg, Cedar Crest, Kutztown) are invited to attend.

Check the Website for Updates! We‟ve added a new resource to the Career Planning Center‟s website. Be sure to check out the Online Toolbox that has all of the “tools” you need to aid you in your career development. There are links that provide helpful information on:  Job & Internship searching  Graduate School  Career exploration  Skill development …and don‟t forget to connect with us on Facebook and Twitter! @CareeratCCC


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