Salve Success: Career development tips to help you figure out your future
The Office of Career Development is offering weekly career tips to encourage all students to stay on top of their career planning as the semester moves ahead with Virtual Salve. This week, we’ve got a couple more suggestions for things you may want to work on to help you reach your professional goals.
See our tips below, and as always please feel free to schedule an appointment with a career advisor through Handshake. We are happy to work with you remotely via phone or video.
Weekly Tips from Career Development
Tip #1: Explore major and career options by exploring what makes you tick
Have you ever been asked the question, “What do you want to do when you graduate?” For many of you, this question has been popping up more often now that you’re home. If you’re still not quite sure how to answer, we’d like to introduce you to two of our favorite TED Talks that are really helpful to think about this subject. Both of these Ted Talks will help you tap into your passions and explore potential major and career options.
The first TED Talk is by Emilie Wapnick entitled, “Why some of us don’t have one true calling.”
The second TED Talk is by Laura Berman Fortgang titled, “Find your dream job without ever looking at your resume.”
After watching these videos, come join our discussion over on Instagram, @salvecareer. Every #MotivationMonday we’ve be posting some career motivation to help you jumpstart your week.
The most important first step you can take toward career success is to know yourself and your interests. And if you’d like more help choosing a major or exploring careers, check out our career assessments and other resources. Our career advisors are happy to help you identify educational and career goals, and discuss the variety of academic majors, occupations and industries that may lead you to a satisfying career.
Tip #2: Practice your cover letter writing skills
A cover letter is typically your first formal communication with a potential employer. It is used to introduce yourself and demonstrate to the employer how the skills and experiences presented on your resume align with the position you are applying to.
If you haven’t already, now is a great time to start practicing your cover letter writing skills, especially If you are planning to apply to summer jobs or part-time positions when you return to campus.
Whether you are starting from scratch or just need to update what you have for a new position, our career advisors are happy to help you polish your writing and highlight exactly what employers want to see. Check out our Cover Letter Guide to help you get started, then schedule an appointment with a career advisor through Handshake.
Each Thursday, SALVEtoday will provide tips for success as well as success stories of current students and alumni to encourage and uplift the University community during this time of remote living and learning. #salvesgotthis #salvesuccess