The Loop

Faculty Edition

We are so excited to present our Fall 2019 E-Newsletter. This E-Newsletter has our calendar of events and up-to-date information you need to know to stay on the loop with our office. Get to know the Career Center Team! We are all so excited to work with you!


University Career Center | 110 Lanier Hall | 478-445-5384

career.center@gcsu.edu | www.gcsu.edu/career

MEET OUR NEW ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF PRE-PROFESSIONAL & GRADUATE SCHOOL PLANNING

The purpose of this position is to offer students a centralized location for their questions about graduate and professional school. Jackie and her team will assist students with all of their preparation needs, including but not limited to, application procedures, program requirements, personal statement writing, and program exploration. Students are encouraged to reach out to Jackie with their questions or concerns about applying to graduate or professional school. The Career Center strives to offer personalized attention to students to best fit their needs and long-term career goals. In addition, the Career Center’s website offers a section dedicated to graduate and professional school information and resources.

Meet our new staff!

Sean has been with the Career Center since January 2019. He serves as an Internship Coordinator in the Career Center, helping students prepare for the internship application process while also working with the Employer Relations and Internships team to connect students to opportunities with employers. An alumnus of the College of Business at Georgia College, Sean also has a Master of Education in College Student Affairs Administration from the University of Georgia and previously worked in Residence Life at the College of Charleston.


Lizz is originally from Palm Coast, Florida but is coming to us from Greensboro, North Carolina. Lizz Giordano serves as a Career Development Coordinator. She earned a Master of Education in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education from UNC Greensboro where she served as a Graduate Assistant for Career Development. Prior to attending graduate school, Lizz worked as a Scribe, Internship Preceptor, and Quality Metrics Analyst at a Pediatric Doctor’s Office after earning a Bachelor of Science in Health Science (Public Health) degree from the University of North Florida.


Daniella serves as an Internship Coordinator in the Career Center, working with students and employers through the internship process as well as planning and assisting with career events. She originally joined the Career Center as a student worker in May 2017, working as a Career Peer Advisor, an Employer Relations Student Assistant, and a Career Fair Intern during her time. Daniella received a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with concentrations in Mass Communication, English, and Psychology from Georgia College as a part of the Class of 2019.


Lauren currently serves as a Career Development Coordinator coming in with over 5 years of Career Development experience. She recently relocated from Colorado where she worked at the Wyoming Department of Education. There, her main responsibilities included overseeing the state’s Career Development and Guidance initiatives, Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs), and Wyoming’s Career and Technical Demonstration Project Grant. She has also worked as an Upward Bound Director, and Career Development Specialist for The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and the New Mexico Works Program. She is passionate about Career Development and its role in higher education because of the opportunities and experiences it provides students and is excited to start her journey with Georgia College.


We are so excited to have them on our team!

CAREER CENTER STUDENT & ALUMNI APPOINTMENT SERVICES

The Career Center works with all undergraduate students, graduate students, and alumni regardless of major or career goal. Our team of professional career advisors are available to meet with students and alumni on a variety of professional development needs as they work towards internships, graduate school, professional school, and/or careers. It is our goal to ensure GC students are competitive in their pursuits. It is never too early for students to meet with a career advisor and begin working on their professional development. Students can make appointments online in Unify or by contacting our office.

Reasons for meeting with a career advisor include:

  • Strategic career planning

  • Exploring careers

  • Interpretation of a career assessment to explore career paths and options

  • Choosing a major or minor

  • Resume, CV, or cover letter writing

  • Job, internship, and summer research search strategy and application assistance

  • Graduate/professional school search and application guidance

  • Mock interviews/Interviewing preparation

  • Internship information

  • Networking and/or LinkedIn assistance

  • Salary negotiation support

  • Job or internship offer evaluation

  • Employer networking opportunities

  • Personal statement/essay reviews for graduate/professional school

  • Obtaining career information handouts and resources

EMPLOYER RELATIONS TEAM

The Employer Relations and Internships team works directly with employers, including on-campus offices, to promote opportunities for our students and bring employers to campus for career-related events. If you work with any employers or if they reach out to you, you can send them to our team. We work hand in hand to get employers in front of our students. Employers come to campus for career fairs (we offer over 10 per year), interview sessions, resume reviews and other educational opportunities. Our students benefit from networking opportunities and hearing directly from employers about the job market. Employers benefit by having a strong pool of candidates for their job and internship opportunities.

INTERNSHIP DEVELOPMENT CONSULTATIONS

If your office is interested in developing an internship position for your area, or you have an internship position but want to enhance it, our Employer Relations and Internship Team is here to help! We work with employers and on-campus offices to provide necessary resources to ensure you can provide a high-impact internship. As part of GC Journeys, we want to provide transformative internship experiences for our students! To schedule your consultation, please contact Sean Espinosa (Internship Coordinator) at sean.espinosa@gcsu.edu.

DON’T CANCEL CLASS! LET THE CAREER CENTER FILL IN FOR YOU!

If you are planning to cancel class this semester, invite the Career Center instead! We would love to visit your class and work with your students. We have a number of workshops and topics we could go over with your class and they can benefit from it.


You can request a class presentation by completing our online form. We ask that you give us at least 2 weeks advance notice so that we can ensure that we have a staff member available. Class presentations are typically one-hour and focus on topics such as resume writing, interviewing skills, LinkedIn, job/internship/graduate school search, professionalism, and career fair preparation.

Have you heard about Handshake?

Handshake is an online career platform that connects students to career opportunities! Through Handshake, students and alumni can connect with over 250,000 employers including 100% of the Fortune 500!


Students will be able to:

  • Find hundreds of jobs and internship postings
  • Get job and internship recommendations based on their profile
  • Discover thousands of employers and graduate schools
  • Connect with employers and graduate schools coming to campus for career fairs, interviews, or information sessions.
  • Sign-up for professional development events.


We hope you can help us spread the word and share this with your students!

gcsu.joinhandshake.com

CAREER PLANNING MILESTONES

Are you looking for ways to encourage more of your students to plan ahead for internships, jobs, and graduate school? Consider adding an out of class Career Planning Milestones assignment to your Fall 2019 syllabi. Assignments include out of class activities such as resume reviews or mock interviews with the Career Center. To get started, contact Mary Roberts (mary.roberts@gcsu.edu). We encourage all undergraduate programs to include the Career Planning Milestones as part of the academic experience.


The Career Planning Milestones program is a campus-wide initiative that guides undergraduate students of all majors and career goals through a set of benchmarks during their entire time at Georgia College. Career planning is a life-long process and should begin early in a student’s college career to ensure that students achieve satisfying career outcomes after graduation and throughout their lives. Georgia College expects undergraduate students to complete activities such as a career assessment, resume review, mock interview (with a career planning component), and LinkedIn prior to graduation. We believe that these activities benefit all students as they pursue internship, full-time job, graduate school, and other career, leadership, and scholastic opportunities.


The Career Planning Milestones are a part of GC Journeys (Georgia College’s LEAP initiative).

UPCOMING CAREER FAIRS AND EVENTS

  • Part-Time Job Fair
    August 21 | Atkinson Hall Front Porch | 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Senior Picnic
    September 4 | Magnolia Ballroom | 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • All Industry Career & Internship Expo
    October 2 | Magnolia Ballroom | 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Nursing & Health Career Expo & Late Lunch/Dinner
    October 7 | Health Sciences 3rd Floor Movement Lab | 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Graduate & Professional School Admissions Fair
    October 9 | Magnolia Ballroom | 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Milestone Celebration
    November 11| Lanier 110 |

UPCOMING RESUME REVIEW DAYS

  • Career Center Open House & Resume Review Day
    August 19 and August 20 | Lanier 110 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Resume Con Resume Review Day
    September 30 | Lanier 140 | 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Resume Review Day
    November 4 | Lanier 110 | 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

UPCOMING MEET-UPS & INFORMATION SESSIONS

  • Disney College Program Info & Application Session
    August 22 | Lanier 140 | 6:00pm - 7:00 pm
  • Disney College Program Info & Application Session
    September 11 | Lanier 140 | 6:00pm - 7:00 pm
  • Teaching English Abroad
    September 19 | Lanier 140 | 4:00pm - 5:00 pm
  • Disney College Program Info & Application Session
    September 24 | Lanier 140 | 6:00pm - 7:00 pm
  • LinkedIn for Creative Industries
    October 10 | Lanier 140 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  • Graduate & Professional School Week
    October 16 -18 *Check our calendar for a full list of events
  • Full-time Job Search Workshop
    October 29 | Lanier 140 | 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Full-time Job Search Workshop
    November 14 | Lanier 140 | 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm