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Fall 2015 Career Fair Semester in Review
During the fall semester, the Career Center hosted several career fairs and networking events for students. The Engineering and Technical Career Expo in September and All Majors Career Expo in October saw a combined total of 1322 students and 207 companies. Students were able to meet with employer representatives to discuss job and internship opportunities and a total of 610 interviews were held on the day following both events. Education Interview Day, held in October, welcomed 28 school systems and 86 students from education, nutrition, and speech pathology programs. Students with an interest in continuing their education were encouraged to attend the Graduate and Professional School Fair in October which hosted 77 colleges and universities who came to promote their graduate programs.
Students can view the spring 2015 event offerings here. The Career Center is excited to partner with the Harbert College of Business, College of Agriculture, and the College of Liberal Arts to offer a large joint career fair called the Auburn Career Fair on February 17, 2016. The event will be held in the Auburn Arena and students who plan to attend should meet with the Career Center and Office of Professional and Career Development (Business students only) early to update their resumes and discuss networking strategies.
Welcome Our New Career Counselor!
The Career Center welcomed a new career counselor in October. Dori Weldon came to the Career Center from Alumni Affairs and completed her Masters degree in Higher Education with a concentration in Student Affairs and Bachelors degree in Education, both from Auburn University.
Congressional Internship Applications Kicking Off
Internships with congressional offices in Washington, D.C. allow students to experience first-hand how the American government works and are open to students of all majors and class levels. Auburn on the Hill helps connect students with these prestigious opportunities and winter is the time to apply for summer sessions. Interns perform a variety of tasks including answering constituent phone calls, taking notes at hearings and meetings and leading guests on Capitol tours. Program coordinator, Meaghan Weir, recommends that students apply to any office that interests them, but to focus on their home state’s senators and district’s representative. Application requirements and deadlines vary by office and interested students are encouraged to visit the website at auburn.edu/Washington to find more information.
Brandon Teal is a senior in Electrical Engineering and has been a Peer Career Advisor in the Career Center for two years. Brandon interned with Southern Company during the summer of 2015. We asked him to tell us more about his experience as an intern.
What were your main roles and responsibilities as an intern?
I worked in the Protection & Control Design Department at the Alabama Power Headquarters. As an intern, I was given a summer-long project and was guided through the process by a mentor. If I was not working on my specific project, I was helping my colleagues with the projects they were working on.
What did you enjoy most about your internship experience?
The people I worked with. Everyone was always willing to help me and would drop what they were doing to be sure I understood a question or problem I had. Also, I became really good friends with the guys in my group and still stay in contact with them while I've been back in school.
Why would you encourage other students to pursue an internship while in college?
School and work are two different things. I didn't fully realize that until I started working this summer. Students need exposure to a professional environment before they graduate so they aren't shell-shocked when they actually start working full time.
Candid Career- Information Interview Videos
Whether you are exploring career options in a particular industry, wondering what real people are doing with your major, or curious as to how other professionals got into the job you want, Candid Career has something to offer you. Candid Career’s team has interviewed hundreds of professionals about their jobs, asking them to describe a typical day, the favorite thing about their jobs and how they got into their chosen field. “One of our favorite things about this resource is that the professionals are organized by industry,” says Meaghan Weir, Career Counselor. “If a student has an interest in a specific industry, say Fitness and Athletics, but they aren’t sure about the type of jobs they might find, Candid Career will show them the breadth of opportunities from medicine to business all within the scope of Fitness and Athletics.” In addition to career videos, Candid Career offers videos pertaining to the job search process such as resume writing and how to work a career fair. Visit the Students page to access Candid Career.
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Career News from the Web
Hiring of new graduates is anticipated to increase 11% in 2016
“The hiring outlook for college graduates continues to improve as employers plan to hire 11 percent more new college graduates from the Class of 2016 for their U.S. operations than they did from the Class of 2015, according to results of NACE's Job Outlook 2016 survey.”
The 10 Most Endangered Jobs in 2015
According to job site Career Cast, these ten jobs have the slowest growth projections over the next seven years.
Jobs You Can Get with 2015’s Most In Demand Degrees
Financial literacy site Nerd Wallet composed a list of hot jobs for new grads based on the Job Outlook survey reported by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).