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Not sure where you’re going with your degree? Are you just beginning to plan your future and career, or are you just ready to dive in? Regardless of where you are in the planning stage, here is some information on what you can do now...

The Scoop on the Career Services

You choose your major. You pass your classes. You graduate. Now what? Caitlin Yilek Staff Writer Lisa McMahan Copy Editor Job hunting can be a scary thing for many college students, especially when you consider today’s rough job market and the fact that over 3 million college graduates will join the “realâ€? world this year. Here to help students and alumni RI7KH%OXIILVWKH2IÂżFHRI&DUHHU Services. “We help students identify their skills, interests and values while ÂżQGLQJZD\VWRWHDFKVWXGHQWVVWUDWegies to apply their experience to SURIHVVLRQDO ZRUN OLIH´ $P\ &DYDQDXJK GLUHFWRU RI WKH 2IÂżFH RI &DUHHU6HUYLFHVVDLG Located in the lower level of OrULFR +DOO &DUHHU 6HUYLFHV RIIHUV guidance in selecting majors and ÂżQGLQJLQWHUQVKLSVDVZHOODVFDUHHU counseling and advising. $OWKRXJK WKH 2IÂżFH RI &DUHHU Services assists students with their job searches, it does not match students to jobs. “We facilitate networking by identifying people to talk with to KHOSÂżQGSRVLWLRQVEXWÂżQGLQJDMRE LVXOWLPDWHO\XSWRWKHVWXGHQW´&Dvanaugh said. Senior Katie Holman secured a paid summer internship at Fred 0H\HUÂśV FRUSRUDWH RIÂżFH LQ WKH KXman resources department after

learning of the opportunity through WKH&DUHHU6HUYLFHVZHEVLWH Holman, who is majoring in organizational communication and Spanish studies, signed up for updates from the website after workLQJZLWKVWDIIDWWKH2IÂżFHRI&DUHHU 6HUYLFHV WR UHÂżQH KHU FRYHU OHWWHU and rĂŠsumĂŠ last year. “It was valuable for me because I have obviously never worked in

they helped me learn how to approach the interviews,â€? she said. “I actually ended up being offered both positions.â€? McKaig remembers one of the most important pieces of advice she learned was to be prepared for her t phone interview the night before. The HR department called at t 9 the next morning, instead of the scheduled 1 p.m. interview time. t “They were so surprised and t impressed that I could think on my “It is never too early or too IHHW´ 0F.DLJ VDLG Âł &DUHHU 6HUt late to take advantage of the YLFHV UHDOO\JDYHPHDORWRIFRQÂżdence before I went into the intert view.â€? Office of Career Services,â€? She accepted the paid avionics Amy Cavanaugh internship with Insitu Inc., a Hood River-based company that works on Director, Office of Career Services unmanned air vehicles. t Although internships are often the human resources sector before,â€? reserved for upperclassmen and ret Holman said. “I have made connec- cent graduates, all students are entions with people in the company.â€? couraged to start preparing their rĂŠHolman went on a business trip sumĂŠs and polishing their interview with Fred Meyer President Michael skills. t Ellis on the company’s private jet to $FFRUGLQJ WR &DYDQDXJK WKH DYcollect information and photos for erage job search takes six to nine the website she helped update. The months. internship gave her extraordinary “It is never too early or too late access. WR WDNH DGYDQWDJH RI WKH 2IÂżFH RI t “He and I have actually high- &DUHHU 6HUYLFHV´ VKH VDLG Âł:KHQ ÂżYHGEHIRUH´VKHVDLG students come in they have a better Senior electrical engineering ma- VHQVH RI WKH WLPH LW WDNHV WR ÂżQG D jor Emily McKaig also turned to the MREDQGZHFDQKHOSUHÂżQHWKHLUPD2IÂżFHRI&DUHHU6HUYLFHVIRUDGYLFH terials and give them feedback.â€? as she applied for internships. McKaig had two interviews lined up, one in person and a phone interThe view. Âł, ZHQW LQ &DUHHU 6HUYLFHV  DQG

Enid Spitz Staff Writer

Freshman Year: ‘Explore’ Find out what it means to live here on the Bluff. Try to take a variety of courses, getting a feel for what will really interest you.

Advice on choosing a major Career counseling and advising RĂŠsumĂŠs and cover letters Internship guidance Mock interviews Graduate school or postgraduate service application assistance Internship and job fairs Online internship and job database-UP Career Connections Contacts with alumni for informal interviews and job shadows Drop-in hours for rĂŠsumĂŠ reviews Office of

Career Services

Timeline for success Year-by-year Guide to Getting Ahead

Services offered at Career Services

Meet with your academic adviser and create a four-year course plan.

t Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. t To make an appointment call 503-943-7201 t Drop-in hours (without appointments) for rĂŠsumĂŠ reviews are Monday-Wednesday from 2 4 p.m. and Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. t The Office of Career Services is located in the lower level of Orrico Hall

Attend the Studies Abroad open house to learn about opportunities for next year.

Join clubs and attend campus events. Show you’re involved, which will look great on a rÊsumÊ.

Meet with your professors. Take advantage of UP’s small size.

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What employers want

In interviews... In rĂŠsumĂŠs... Have that scary interview coming up for your dream job or Employers look at a rĂŠsumĂŠ for an average of 5-20 seconds. internship? Read on for some tips to get you prepared, confident, and (somewhat) reassured. Natalie Wheeler Staff Writer With nerves already tingling madly, interviews are a fright-fest for many students. Luckily, there are ways to tone down the clammy hands and anxious ÂżGJHWLQJ According to Max Kalchthaler, Assistant Director of Employer Relations DQG ,QWHUQVKLS &RRUGLQDWRU DW WKH 2IÂżFH RI&DUHHU6HUYLFHVWKHEHVWZD\WRDYRLG this feeling is preparation. Âł+DYH ÂżYH VXFFHVV VWRULHV DQG RQH failure ready to go in the pipe,â€? Kalchthaler said. 7KH2IÂżFHRI&DUHHU6HUYLFHVUHFRPmends following the P.A.R. (Problem, $FWLRQ5HVXOW IRUPDWRIVWRULHVQDPHD problem, show the action that you used WRÂż[LWDQGH[SODLQZKDWKDSSHQHGDVD result. “More and more, employers are switching to behavioral questions,â€? Kalchthaler said. “Rather than just knowing your skills, employers want to see how you deal with situations.â€? This includes dealing with your own imperfections. Kalchthaler cautions against using the “strength disguised as a weaknessâ€? approach to the notorious question, “what are your weaknesses?â€? It is better to admit a true weak spot in yourself, and then to talk about steps \RXÂśYHWDNHQWRFRPEDW\RXUĂ€DZ Junior Jessie Hethcoat recently got an internship blogging for an author. Before the interview, she made sure that she was prepared for the questions.

“I thought of a bunch of attributes that ZRXOG EH XVHIXO IRU WKDW SRVLWLRQ ´ +HWhcoat said. She also remembered to keep her wardrobe professional. “I dressed up, and I made sure that I wore modest clothing,â€? Hethcoat said. Kalchthaler also recommended professional attire, but cautioned about interpreting the words ‘dressing up.’ “There’s a difference between dressing up to go out and dressing up for church,â€? Kalchthaler said, “think grandparents or Easter with the family.â€? According to Kalchthaler, the way that you dress is your introduction to an employer so it is important to present yourself well. This means avoiding loud jewelry and pungent perfumes. “You want employers to see you as neutral,â€? Kalchthaler said. Rather than noticing your ensemble, “they should be looking at your strengths as an employee.â€? 7KH 2IÂżFH RI &DUHHU 6HUYLFHV DOVR recommends following up after the interview. Get contact information after the interview is over, and write a thank you note one to two days after your interview. If you haven’t heard back from the employer in several weeks, give them a polite call to inquire about the position. In the midst of the job race, Kalchthaler also recommends investigating whether you really want to work for that employer. “It is about determining a match between you as a person and the company,â€? Kalchthaler said. “Ask yourself if this is a place you want to stay.â€?

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Make that time count by conveying traits and skills in a clean format.

RĂŠsumĂŠ tips

t In general, the top of your rĂŠsumĂŠ should contain the most important material. t Don’t use “Iâ€? statements. Instead of saying “I supervised six people,â€? say “supervised six people.â€? t Tweak your rĂŠsumĂŠ for each employer. For example, if you’re applying for the Peace Corps, highlight your volunteer experience. t Look online for rĂŠsumĂŠ formatting ideas. Be unique! t If you have relevant class projects, use them as applied experience. t After your sophomore year of college, avoid including high school material

UP gr aduate continues dedication to service Elizabeth Vogel Staff Writer Don’t know what you’re doing after you graduate? Don’t worry. Like 2010 UP alumna Alyssa Reget, you could take an alternative route that ÂżWV\RXUVW\OH After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in English from University of Portland, Reget was inspired to enter a ÂżHOGRIVHUYLFHWRWKHFRPPXQLW\ “UP’s commitment to service kept this option in the back of my mind,â€? Regent said. Regent works for the Department of -XVWLFHÂśV2IÂżFHRI&RQVXPHU3URWHFWLRQ and Victim Services in Helena, Mont. WKURXJK D SURJUDP FDOOHG $PHUL&RUSV VISTA. Âł,WÂśVOLNHWKH3HDFH&RUSVH[FHSW\RX stay in the U.S.,â€? Regent said. $FFRUGLQJWKH$PHUL&RUSVÂśZHEVLWH “VISTA members commit to serve fullWLPHIRUD\HDUDWDQRQSURÂżWRUJDQL]Dtion or local government agency, workLQJ WR ÂżJKW LOOLWHUDF\ LPSURYH KHDOWK services, create businesses, strengthen community groups and much more.â€? The program provides people with real jobs, but they work more like volunteers than full-time employees. Reget does get paid, but she also experiences what it is like to live below the poverty line. “I get paid about $4.50 an hour,â€? she said. “It’s not easy.â€? She works with lawyers to help victims of fraudulent business as well as

other social issues. Âł, ZRUN DQ HLJKW WR ÂżYH GD\´ VDLG Regent. “Working is very different from college.â€? Her duties include recording complaints, investigating cases of consumer abuse and public outreach and education. “We take complaints from consumers about bad business, telemarketers, scams, junk mail,â€? Regent said. “We also help victims of domestic violence.â€? But the hands-on work is what Regent enjoys the most. “Investigating is one of my favorite parts,â€? she said. Regent would like to eventually attend law school, but she thinks Ameri&RUSV9,67$LVDJRRGVWHSSLQJVWRQH because she gets real life experience and can decide what kind of law to focus on. “My plan was to go to law school,â€? Regent said. “This job has given me the chance to experience different law that sparks my interest, like domestic law.â€? Reget credits her experiences at UP as helping prepare her current job. “I learned important skills like researching and critical thinking,â€? Regent said. “For example, I’m researching a case about a hearing aid advertisement and I’m able to look at the ad and I’m thinking, wait a second, what’s wrong with this picture?â€? Reget leaves the following words of wisdom for current UP students, “Be prepared for anything. You never know where you’ll end up next.â€?

Sophomore Year: ‘Get Involved’ Branch out in your second year at UP. Declare your major and minor, if you’re considering a minor.

Take a full course load focused on the core curriculum.

Get a job on campus. The ability to balance a job and school is important to future employers.

Gain leadership experience. Start or lead a club, join your hall council or creating an intramural team.

Create your rĂŠsumĂŠ. You can find instructions under the “Studentsâ€? tab on the Career Services website.

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SociIt’sal network ing more than just socializing! Jocelyne LaFortune Staff Writer

1. UP Alumni online network

What comes to mind when you hear

the words “social networking?â€? Facebook? MySpace? Maybe the new Facebook movie? You’re Hired! “Yes, Facebook is a social network, but social networking is more WKDQ MXVW )DFHERRN´ &DUHHU 6HUYLFHV 'LUHFWRU$P\&DYDQDXJKVDLGÂł7KHUH is a difference between using it socially and using it professionally.â€? Beyond Facebook, there are a number of social networking web sites that can be helpful for students seeking jobs and internships. LinkedIn has proven to be an effective way for students to make connections and land jobs, acFRUGLQJWR&DYDQDXJK “It can’t hurt students to get on /LQNHG,Q QRZ´ &DYDQDXJK VDLG “Make online connections now, and they can turn into face-toface connections later.â€? Not only is LinkedIn a good tool for making connections, it can also be XVHGWRÂżQGMREVWKDW are otherwise unheard of.

UP grads have yet another social networking resource available to them. With the UP Alumni Online Network, UP alums can connect with other graduDWHV DQG ÂżQG MRE postings. Because of the strong UP community, connections with other alumni can be invaluable tools for ÂżQGLQJHPSOR\PHQW after graduation.

“Eighty percent of jobs are not advertised,â€? &DUHHU6HUYLFHV$VVLVWDQW Director , Employer RelaWLRQV DQG ,QWHUQVKLS &RRUGLnator Max Kalchthaler said. “LinkedIn can help you see what other people have done with their degrees, or see what people with a given job have done to get there.â€? LinkedIn essentially creates an online rĂŠsumĂŠ that is available for recruiters to view, so connections on LinkedIn will differ from your Facebook friendships, says Kalchthaler. “These connections should be very intentional,â€? Kalchthaler said. “These are people you know professionally, such as co-workers or professors.â€? Luckily for students here on The Bluff, UP alumni are a famously close-knit group. “UP has an extremely strong alumni presence,â€? Kalchthaler said. “It is important to know that the fact that you’re a Pilot now is just as important as the degree you earn while you’re here.â€?

3. Blogging for Jobs Try using an online blog to show potential employers your rÊsumÊ. Eric Duncan, a writer for, recommends using, a free blogging site, to show recruiters and potential employers your electronic rÊsumÊ. Keep in mind‌

Your online rĂŠsumĂŠ should look professional. Use a simple theme and give your blog an address similar to your name. Make sure employers will be able to contact you. Be sure to include your email or phone number in a visible place on your blog. Place links to other sites that may have relevant samples of your work that would be of interest to potential employers.

2. Tweeting your way into a job Do you tweet? Twitter can be another great tool to get up-to-date reports on job openings, according to Sherice Jacob, web designer for iElectrify. Since Twitter feeds are constantly being updated, job huntHUVFDQ¿QGWKHPRVWUHFHQWSRVWings without having to search though online job boards, which FRXOG EH RXW RI GDWH &ROOHJH VWXGHQWV FDQ ¿QG LQWHUQVKLSV and make connections that may help them land jobs after graduation. Follow @TwitterU for updates on internships with Twitter itself. Websites such as TwitJobSearch and TwitterJobFinder can be useful for those on the hunt for employment. By entering a keyword search on TwitJobSearch. com, job hunters can view the most recent tweets that pertain to their desired job. Searches can be based on a job description or on a desired location. Like LinkedIn, Twitter can act as an online rÊsumÊ, says Jacobs. Employers can view prospective employees’ accounts, which can either be positive or negative – so tweet with caution!

Junior Year: ‘Apply and Experience’ Research potential jobs. It’s never too early to start looking and informational interviews can help you discover what’s right.

Find an internship in your field. Internships are great experience and offer a chance to begin networking.

Plan for any standardized tests your major may require.

Connect with your adviser, alumni and faculty who can help you refine your job or graduate school goals.

Do mock interviews at the Office of Career Services to prepare for the real thing. Create a LinkedIn profile.

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Internships: who has them, how to get one Laura Frazier Staff Writer For students looking for internships, 2IÂżFHRI&DUHHU6HUYLFHV$VVLVWDQW'LUHFtor and Employer Relations and Internship &RRUGLQDWRU 0D[ .DOFKWKDOHU HQFRXUDJHV students to look past the obvious postings. “Most jobs are not posted and most internships are never posted as well,â€? he said. He suggests that students look online DQGVWXGHQWVWDNHDGYDQWDJHRIWKH2IÂżFH RI&DUHHU6HUYLFHV )RU H[DPSOH WKH 2IÂżFH RI &DUHHU 6HUYLFHVSURYLGHVDFFHVVWR&ROOHJH&HQWUDO 1HWZRUN 6HUYLFHV DW Students can access the ZHEVLWHIURPWKH&DUHHU&HQWHUVLWHWKHQ make an account and search for jobs or internships both on and off campus. The website also offers rĂŠsumĂŠ and portfolio help in addition to other resources for students. $QRWKHUZD\WKDWVWXGHQWVFDQÂżQGLQternships is by directly calling companies and inquiring about openings, even if the position is not initially as an intern. Kalchthaler said that starting with volunteering at a company can lead to an internship position. Kalchthaler puts this strategy in the hands of students. “It’s really on the student to pursue that,â€? he said. There are also resources such as the Portland Business Journal that supply listings for positions in different academic ÂżHOGV 7KH2IÂżFHRI&DUHHU6HUYLFHVUHFHQWO\ hosted an internship fair in Franz Hall, which allowed students to come and meet with potential employers who had booths set up. Kalchthaler said that the fair is both an effort toward raising awareness for students looking for positions. Provides recruitment opportunities as well. Kalchthaler said that for visiting employers, students who attended the fair had the EHQHÂżWRIEHLQJ83VWXGHQWV “The advantage of this is that they have worked with University of Portland students in the past,â€? he said. “This sets you apart, and they are looking for you.â€? Overall, Kalchthaler thinks that internships are found in a variety of different ways, and it all depends on what works

for the student. Âł7KHUH LV QR VWUDLJKW SDWK WR ÂżQGLQJ LQWHUQVKLSV´KHVDLGÂł2XURIÂżFHVSURYLGH a few of these opportunities, and also support students who are seeking the others.â€? As far as paid internships, Kalchthaler explained that students can sometimes earn college credit for an internship, and there are both unpaid and non-credit internships in addition to paid and creditearning positions. “It depends on the company and availability of the internship,â€? he said. But even without a salary, students should understand that the experience is what makes it worthwhile, Kalchthaler said. Kalchthaler said that though career services can’t fully track how many students are currently interning, UP students are successful in their positions. “I would say a majority of students graduate with internship experience,â€? he said. “UP students have a reputation as being truly wonderful interns.â€? Katchthaler stresses how important it is for students to intern at some point, and how this is different from a part-time job. “What separates a part-time job from internship is the opportunity to apply the VNLOOVWKDWDUHJDLQHGLQ\RXUVSHFLÂżFGLVcipline,â€? he said. “Internships are important, and employers expect you to have them.â€? UP students and interns, Ashley Donahoo and Mckinley Pfahl agree that it is important for students to pursue internships. Pfahl suggested inquiring for a position in an area of interest. “Just focus on what you want to do, DQG ÂżQG VRPHERG\ ZKR GRHV WKDW´ KH VDLGÂł&DOOEXWLIWKH\GRQÂśWFDOO\RXEDFN don’t let it hold you down.â€? Donahoo advises that students need to be prepared. “Keep your ears open, and always have a rĂŠsumĂŠ ready,â€? she said. Pfahl also suggested being persistent. “Just keep calling them, you can’t let off,â€? he said. “The worst they can do is say no.â€? Donahoo thinks that UP has helped her prepare her for life after college. Âł7KH UHDO ZRUOG LV GHÂżQLWHO\ GLIIHUHQW than school,â€? she said. “School prepares you but you don’t know exactly what you will be doing. I really do think UP has prepared me for my internship and when I get a real job after I graduate.â€?

Mckinley Pfal on his Internship

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Employer Relations and Internship Coordinator Max Kalchthaler works with Senior Emily McKaigin the Career Center. The Office of Career Services helps students find employment and internships, and is located in the lower level of Oricco Hall.

Ashley Donahoo on Her Internship Senior Ashley Donahoo has a paid internship position at Bonneville Power AdPLQLVWUDWLRQ %3$  ZKLFK LV WKH DJHQF\ that manages all federally-supported hyGURHOHFWULF SURMHFWV LQ WKH 3DFLÂżF 1RUWKwest. Donahoo works for about eight hours a week. She started with the BPA over the summer. Donahoo decided to stay on for the current academic year. “They treat their students really well, and try to teach them as much as they can,â€? she said. During the year Donahoo commutes to Vancouver, Wash. Donahoo interns in the communication planning department and works on different ways that aspects of the power site, such as the control center and meter, communicate with one another. Donahoo does this by making databases and drawing diagrams for equipment. Donahoo found out about the position from engineering professor Robert Albright. Albright’s connection was helpful, as she was able to meet with the student board for the company more informally. As an electrical engineering major, Donahoo loves how her internship works directly with her education. “Though some of it is tedious work, I

do feel like I am doing real engineering work,â€? she said. As an intern, Donahoo has to be aware WKDWVKHLVQRW\HWDIXOOĂ€HGJHGHQJLQHHU and that everyone is still learning. “I understand that I am the intern,â€? she said. “They are all still learning, but I am really still learning.â€? Donahoo said she plans on working at BPA after she graduates, and the internship helped her see what it will be like. However, she says it can be hard to handle interning and staying on top of schoolwork, especially with her senior design project. Âł6RPHWLPHV LWÂśV GLIÂżFXOW´ VKH VDLG Âł, don’t feel it’s just my internship. It could be any job.â€? But Donahoo likes how her internship is separate from the stresses of schoolwork. “I like that I don’t have to take home any work,â€? she said. “I love what I am doing right now, and I can go home and relax after.â€? Donahoo stresses how important it is for students to intern before they graduate. “You gain work experience,â€? she said. “It’s just going to give me a step up over an undergraduate without experience.â€?

As an intern for the Portland Winterhawks, the local junior ice hockey team in the Western Hockey League, junior Mckinley Pfahl has f ound a way to live out his dream. Sort of, that is. “I am a huge ice hockey fan but not good enough to go pro,â€? he said. “So I ÂżJXUHG,ZRXOGJRWRFROOHJHDQGWKHQWU\ to get into the National Hockey League somehow.â€? Pfahl came across the internship on the team’s website and then contacted people in the company. Pfahl said it took several phone calls, but eventually he was hired into the program. By interning, Pfahl is working in professional hockey as he always wanted to, although his internship is unpaid. Technically, Pfahl is earning “volunteer hours.â€? Pfahl has a variety of tasks, including setting up for home games, helping with sponsorships and advertisements and reporting on statistics for games. Pfahl has even met some of the players, such as :LQWHUKDZNV&DSWDLQ%UHWW3RQLFK However, it is not all fun. “Some of it is total internship

work,â€? he said. For example, Pfahl said he often does RIÂżFH ZRUN ZKLFK LQFOXGHV ÂżOOLQJ HQYHlopes and other tedious tasks. Pfahl works four times a week at the home games for the Winterhawks and other times during the week depending on his schedule. Pfahl appreciates that his managers understand he is a student DVZHOODVDQLQWHUQDQGDUHĂ€H[LEOHDVWR when he comes in during the week. However, Pfhal admits, it can be hard to balance schoolwork and interning. “It’s just a little time consuming,â€? he said. “But it’s just good that I enjoy going to work.â€? As an economics major, Pfahl is inWHUHVWHG LQ ÂżQGLQJ DQRWKHU LQWHUQVKLS DW some point that is more closely related to his area of study. His current position GRHV QRW VSHFLÂżFDOO\ FDWHU WR KLV FROOHJH education. “I am in game operations, and they are not using me the right way, because I actually have an education,â€? he said. “But it’s somewhere to start and I couldn’t ask for anything more.â€?

Senior Year: ‘Take Action’ Make sure your rĂŠsumĂŠ is up to date.

Research, apply and interview for various jobs and attend graduate school fairs.

Apply to graduate school.

Build a network with faculty, alumni and businesses to help you in your job search.

Graduate! Get out there and find a job! Megan Irinaga Design Editor

Plan your career: the scoop on the Career Services  

Published as part of a special section on UP's Career Services Center, this article was a joint effort with Caitlin Yilek.