Career Planning and Placement for Non Business Majors
What Can I Do With This Major
Finally, a convenient website that helps you connect majors with careers. For each major that interests you, choose "either the PDF or HTML version" to find an outline of common career areas, typical employers, and strategies designed to maximize career opportunities. Choose "Links" to find a list of websites that provide information about listed majors and related careers.
Keep in mind that the information sheets and websites are representative of typical career paths associated with each major and not a comprehensive list. You may want to explore information and websites from multiple majors to help you learn about a wide range of career opportunities.
Disclaimer: Please note that the websites listed under "Links" are not maintained by Morehouse College Office of Career Planning and Placement for Non Business Majors, but are provided as a convenience to students.
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Full Time Job and Internship Recruitment Season begin in mid-September each year beginning with Career Week. Career Week includes events such as Mock Interviews, Resume Reviews and Information Sessions to assist you in preparing for the full time job recruitment season and specifically to prepare you for the annual Atlanta University Center Career Fair.
Every year during the third week in September the Atlanta University Center’s (AUC) Career Planning and Placement Service sponsors a comprehensive Career Fair for current students and recent AUC graduates. More than 200 companies participate in the annual AUC Career Fair, recruiters are present to network with potential job and internship candidates. It is vital that every student interested in participating in the Full Time Job and Summer Internship Recruitment Process attend the annual AUC Career Fair. Immediately following the career fair, employers begin interviewing on campus for full time jobs and internships.
Full Time Job and Internship Recruitment Registration
You must register with your specific career advisor in order to interview on campus for full time jobs or internships. Your career advisor will review your resume and administer to you an Erecruiting account. Erecruiting is an Internet based recruitment program. With Erecruiting you can view the list of employers who are coming to campus to interview for internships and full time jobs. Erecruiting will allow you to review job descriptions, access employer recruitment contact persons, link to company websites and sign up for on campus interviews.
Obtain an Erecruiting account from your career advisor
- Business Majors see Ms. Pat Bowers, Career Planning and Placement for Business Majors, Leadership Center room 222, 470-639-0247.
- Non Business Majors - Kilgore 200, 404-215-2672.
- Engineering majors should also register with the AUC Dual Degree Office, 156 Mildred Street, on the campus of Clark Atlanta University, 404-659-3846.
Once you are registered with your Morehouse College Career Planning and Placement advisor, you will gain access to the various opportunities available for the AUC.
Internships, also referred to as work-based learning, provide the opportunity for students to apply knowledge gained in the classroom to real-life work experiences that will assist with the careful selection of a viable profession upon graduation.
Because the career search process can be competitive, students are encouraged to participate in the internship program from as early as the summer following their freshman year. Participating in internships this early provides at least three work-based learning experiences that will significantly increase your confidence and marketability in applying for full time jobs and/or applying to graduate/professional school.
Additional Full Time Job and Internship Resources
Below is a list of links to other resources to assist you in your job and internship search.
Click on Jobs tab to see a list of available positions.
Click on Calendar tab to see which companies are coming to campus to conduct information sessions and interviews, sign up for interviews.
JobWeb.com - Career development and job-search advice for new college graduates.
USA Jobs - the federal government job posting website
SEO Sponsors for Educational Opportunity - Financial Services Internships on Wall Street in New York; Philanthropy and Post Baccalaureate Law Internships.
SEO contact: Tamesha Harper firstname.lastname@example.org 917-379-3923
United Negro College Fund - scholarship/internship opportunities For minority students, most majors.
National Science Foundation - Summer Research programs for science majors.
Institute For Experiential Learning: Internships in Washington, D.C.
www.thinkenergygroup.com - Technical Jobs, Computer Science Jobs Engineering Jobs
http://online.goinglobal.com/default.aspx - Regional and International Full Time and Internship postings
- www.ppiaprogram.org/app/ - Public Policy Internships
What International Students Should Know
Morehouse provides excellent resources for International students seeking summer job and or internship opportunities. Many students have found employment in the United States by utilizing available campus resource offices. Be mindful of the fact however that some employers visiting the campus may not be able to hire students who are not United States citizens. Even with some limitations, it is still well worth your time and effort to engage the campus recruitment process. Many of our STEM majors are assisted in locating research opportunities by departmental professors. Other non-business majors find helpful resources elsewhere. Note: all international students should first clear employment related matters with the dean.
Business Majors and Non Business Majors: See Mr. Douglas Cooper, Career Planning & Placement for Business Majors/Leadership Center, Room #222. You may reach him via email at:email@example.com or by phone at: (470) 639-0370.
Health Careers Majors: See Dr. Adjit Samarasinghe, Nabrit-Mapp-McBay, Room #30. You may reach him via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Research Careers Interest: See Dr. John Brown, Nabritt-Mapp-McBay, Room #107. He may be reached via email at: email@example.com.
Dual Degree Engineering Interests: See Ms. Denise Holmes, Director of the AUC Consortium Career Placement Office. She may be reached at (404) 523-5148, Ext. 1318; (404) 978-2180 or via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org orwww.aucenter.edu.
It’s a good idea to get advice from other international students who have successfully found internships and employment in this country. Remember to start your job search early! Create and follow a detailed plan of action that will lead you to your goal.
International Student Internship and Employment Information
Looking for a job is not easy for any student. For you, the international student, the job search process can be more difficult because of employment limitations and restrictions for international students. Additional information about the employment process and related topics can be found through your career center and on the Internet. It is important when researching internship and full time opportunities to obtain information on each employer’s policy regarding international hires.
Many international students have found internship and full time employment opportunities with Many Fortune 500 companies, specifically financial services companies. Larger companies are typically able to afford the fees required to sponsor an international hire.
International Students have also found successful internship placements via the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (internships)www.nafeo.org or http://www.nafeo.org/nafeo/internships.php and the United Negro College Fund (internships) www.uncf.org
If you are an International Student and you want permission to work during the Academic Year, print out and complete the Curricular Practical Training Form.
International Internships and Employment Resources
The Going Global Career Guides/Global Key Employer Directory Database is the ultimate international job seeker's guide! This massive research tool contains more than 10,000 resources for finding employment at home and abroad. Over 25,000 employer listings have been specially selected to reflect companies where professional opportunities are more likely to be available. This online database also contains more than 10,000 international job openings and internship positions and over 100,000 listings in cities across the United States.
Erecruiting is an Internet based recruitment program. An Erecruiting account will allow you to view a listing of employers who are coming to campus to interview for internships and full time jobs. Erecruiting will allow you to review job descriptions, access employer recruitment contact persons, link to company websites and sign up for interviews.
Obtain an Erecruiting account and directions from your career advisement office.
Business Majors see the office of Career Planning and Placement for Business Majors, Leadership Center room 222.
Non Business Majors - Kilgore Center, Suite 200.
Key Tips for International Students Looking for Internships in the U.S.(Information obtained with permission from the Howard University Career Services website)
Say you're a talented young British college student who, like the Teletubbies, longs to make a successful leap across the pond and become the always hilarious fish out of water in America. Or maybe you're a German business student whose lifelong wish is to join the ranks of one of the historic U.S. financial institutions that is regularly covered in the Wall Street Journal. Or maybe you're a Tokyo University economics major tired of watching The Simpsons and not getting the American pop culture references.
Whatever the reason, you've decided you'd like to spend a summer in the land of fast food, firearms, and 64-ounce sodas. But now comes the hard part: finding and bagging the internship that will make it all happen.
What Are Your Qualifications?
If you're an international student in search of a U.S. internship, you need to realistically assess your qualifications for working in America. Keep in mind that in most cases you will be competing with U.S. students for internship positions. Companies need to know what is unique about your background and why they should hire you instead of your U.S. counterpart.
A visa or work permit is required, unless you're lucky enough to have dual citizenship. Fluency in English and strong written English skills are generally a must. A clearly defined area of study and related previous work experience will help show your commitment to the job and potential as a long-term employee. Your native language may also be a valuable asset if a company has dealings with your home country.
Where Are the Opportunities?
The next step is finding the opportunities. Thanks to the Internet, it has become much easier in recent years to find out about internships. Check out the websites of the U.S firms you're interested in. Go to the career section and look for any listed internship opportunities.
If a website doesn't have any internship information, e-mail the company to explain your situation and ask if it has opportunities for someone like you. If you get a response, send a résumé and a cover letter.
Also try the alumni resources center at your school. Find out about present and past students who have landed internships in the U.S. Target companies with a history of hiring foreign students.
Numerous organizations specialize in placing international students abroad. One is the global student organization AIESEC, which has an international trainee exchange that matches students and recent graduates with international clients.
Another is the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), which works in collaboration with 300 higher-education institutions in Europe to place students in curriculum-related U.S. internships that last from six months up to a year. Its website allows students to search for internships by field, region and, whether they are paid or unpaid.
Other good resources include Peterson's Internships, an annual guide with a special chapter for international students.
Your summer can also go a long way toward landing you a full-time job in the States after you finish school—not to mention all the cultural oddities you'll learn. And at least for a summer, your accent will make you an instant hit. Americans love foreign accents.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Regulations
As an international student, you should clear employment-related information with the Office of International Student Services (OISS) (located in Kilgore Center).
Strong Communication Skills
You can help the employer make an informed hiring decision if you:
Provide a well-prepared resume that includes desirable skills and relevant employment experiences.
Clearly convey your interests and ability to do the job in an interview.
Understand English when spoken to you and can effectively express your thoughts in English.
It’s important to be able to positively promote yourself and talk with confidence about your education, relevant skills and related experiences. Self-promotion is rarely easy for anyone. But, it can be especially difficult for individuals from cultures where talking about yourself in an assertive manner is considered inappropriate. When interviewing in the United States, however, you are expected to be able to explain your credentials and why you are suitable for the position.
Be sensitive to the interviewer’s verbal and nonverbal cues. Some international students may not realize when their accent is causing them to be misunderstood. Interviewers are sometimes too embarrassed or impatient to ask for clarification, so be on the lookout for nonverbal clues, such as follow-up questions that don’t match your responses or sudden disinterest on the part of the interviewer. Also, make sure you express proper nonverbal communication; always look directly at the employer in order to portray confidence and honesty. If your English language skills need some work, get involved with campus and community activities. These events will allow you to practice speaking English. The more you use the language, the more proficient you will become. These activities are also a great way to make networking contacts.
Why should I take the time to write cover letters? Cover letters are a classy way to express your personality and writing skills. You can go into a little more detail in a cover letter than you can in a brief resume. A cover letter can set you apart from the crowd because many people do not take the time to write cover letters.
A well-drafted cover letter can help you “sell” yourself to an employer. It should accomplish three main things:
Introduce yourself to the employer. If you are a recent college graduate, mention your major and how it would apply to the job you are seeking. Discuss the organizations/extracurricular activities you were involved in and the part-time jobs and internships you held during your college career, even if they might seem insignificant to you. Chances are, you probably picked up some transferable skills that you will be able to use in the work world.
Briefly state your education and the skills that will benefit the employer.Don’t go into a lot of detail here (that’s what your resume is for) but give the employer a sense of your strengths and talents.
Request further action. This is where you request the next step, such as an appointment or a phone conversation. Be polite but sincere in your desire for further action.
See a sample cover letter here.
See a sample resume for a college student here.
If you have current or prior internship/work experience consider using a Functional Resume style which will allow you to highlight accomplishments you have achieved in your previous/current position. See a sample functional resume here.
Will Your Resume Stand Out in a Crowd? QUIZ
by Career Coach Robin Ryan
Will Your Resumé Stand Out In A Crowd?
A top quality resumé is essential to your success. Is it good enough to grab an employer's attention? Companies have hundreds vying for every job. This quiz was compiled by Robin Ryan based on hiring surveys, employer interviews and experience in helping numerous people create eye catching resumés that landed jobs.
Take this quiz to see if your resumé would be picked out of the competition:
___Is your resumé one page? Brief and concise works best. Employers scan resumés with a 15-20 second glance. Be a skillful editor, deleting the portions which are not relevant or least helpful to your securing that particular position. Emphasize your more recent experience in the last 5 - 7 years. Use different resumés to target different job titles.
___Does your resumé describe results and accomplishments? Employers want proof that you can do the job. Specifics that demonstrate your accomplishments are crucial. Show what you have increased or decreased, how you saved money, and contributed to the productivity and bottomline.
___Is your resumé visually appealing? The appearance of the resumé cannot be overemphasized! Use high quality paper. Watch for spacing and margins. Allow for lots of WHITE SPACE and BORDERS. Make use of italicizing, CAPITALS, underlining, bolding, indentations, and .bullets. to emphasize your important points. Use a computer and get a laser printed copy of your resumé to give it a sharp, professional look. PROOFREAD - make your resumé a perfect example of you!
___Does your resumé include a Summary of Qualifications section? This 5-6 sentence section will triple your impact. It includes your experience and top selling points to do the job.
___Are you starting each sentence with an action verb? Begin sentences with descriptive action verbs - such as established, analyzed, implemented, designed, organized - they add power to your sentences.
___Is your tone positive, excluding personal statistics and abbreviations? Spell out names of schools, cities, and abbreviations completely. It is more professional to give complete information, as employers may not recognize abbreviations or acronyms. Never state why you left a position. It is no longer considered professional or wise to include information about marital status, gender, height, weight, or health on your resumé. How did you do?
For additional career development resources check out: “Soaring on Your Strengths and “60 Seconds and You’re Hired” both by Robin Ryan www.robinryan.com
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