Wednesday, February 13, 2019

What Do You Want to be When You Grow Up?


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We’ve all been asked this question hundreds of times throughout our lives. Whether your answer has changed from doctor to lawyer, or from astronaut to accountant, or even if it has stayed the same, the most important part of choosing a career path is finding something that makes you happy and fits your needs. In my case, from the time I was first asked “what do you want to be when you grow up?” my answer was always teacher. I spent almost 20 years giving everyone that same answer, until one day, it changed. College is a time for self-reflection, to make mistakes, and to change your mind and change it again, and while I was in my second year at college, the answer changed to “I don’t know.”

I am here to tell you that it is perfectly okay to not know what you want to do. You can change your mind dozens of times throughout your life, and just because your degree says one thing, doesn’t mean you can’t do something else. I have a degree in Physics that is currently sitting on my shelf collecting dust, as I purse another degree in Higher Education. My career path has changed at least 3 times already, and who knows if it will change again.

As you think about your career journey, here are some things to consider:

1.     Identify your skills: Every career requires a different skill set, and being able to identify your skills may help you to find a career that you enjoy and will thrive in.
2.     Determine your goals: What do you want to get out of a career?
3.     Know your work style: Your work style may affect your ability to thrive in certain careers. Are you a team player, or do you prefer to work individually?
4.     Try and try again: It’s okay to try a career and determine that you hate it. Internships, co-ops, fellowships and other experiential learning are ways to test out a career before making major decisions.
5.     Network, network, network: you never know who you might meet at a family event, a friend’s dinner, or at mom’s company holiday party. Online networking via LinkedIn is also great for informational interviews.
6.     Visit the Career Center: We’re here to help! Stop by or make an appointment with the Career Center! We have resources to help you identify your strengths, determine your goals, look for jobs and internships and more!


Take this time during college to reflect on your career choices. Consider trying something that sparks your interest, maybe interning at a company, volunteering with a non-profit, or shadowing a professional. No harm can come from trying something new. Nothing is ever set in stone and there is always time to change the road you’re on.

Cheryl Posner
Graduate Assistant- Career Development
The Career Center

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

From the Classroom to the Community



Do you want to travel the country, meet new people, create lifelong friendships, and give back to your community?

If the answer is yes, AmeriCorps is a way you can dedicate your time and skills to serve. According to AmeriCorps Youth Outreach Specialist for the NorthEast Region, Jessica Brown, each year more than 80,000 American’s enroll in AmeriCorps between the ages of 18-24. With more than one million alumni, AmeriCorps has provided life-changing experiences for members to jumpstart their career path. As a member of AmeriCorps, you can travel the country, earn money for school, and meet the critical needs in your community in 10 to 12 months!

AmeriCorps members are committed to getting things done by tackling different projects with non-profits, public agencies, institutions, and community based organizations. Here are just some of the ways you can help serve through AmeriCorps:

·       Filling and placing sandbags in local communities to mitigate the impact of natural disasters like flooding
·       Educating citizens on sustainability and energy conservation practices
·       Constructing or repairing hiking trails in local and national parks
·       Removing exotic vegetation and planting new trees
·       Assisting veterans, homeless and senior citizen populations
·       Constructing and rehabilitating low-income housing

The advantages of becoming a member allow you to receive money for college, student loan repayment assistance, living allowances, health benefits, and potential job opportunities. At AmeriCorps, you can gain professional skills, network, and begin living your dreams with no prior experience necessary!

If you’re ready to begin creating your future and want to find out more information, please visit www.corps.vet.

Here’s to making a difference!



Hofstra Career Center and Jennifer Fragleasso, External Relations Coordinator


Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Bringing Your A-Game: Second Semester and Beyond


As the winter break comes to an end, it is easy to find difficulty in getting back into the swing of things. You are halfway there and can almost feel that sweet, summer break at your fingertips. The finish line may be in sight, but you have some responsibilities to see through before you can start basking in the sun. There are a number of great habits that you can develop now that will help get you through the home stretch. The habits outlined below can help you bring your A-game throughout your academic endeavors.


  1. Prepare the night before- the simplest tasks can prove to be grueling in the morning. Take time at night to pack your backpack and meal prep your lunches. Having your daily necessities already accounted for will help you sleep easy (a full 8 hours, of course!)
  2. Show up early- with all the time you’re saving by prepping for your day the night before, do your best to show up to class a little earlier than normal. This extra time will give you a chance to settle in while also making a good impression on your professors. Developing this habit will also prove to be useful in the workplace, especially when you’re gunning for that promotion!
  3. Prioritize- as a college student, there is no doubt that you have a ton of different responsibilities that you must tend to on a regular basis. Plan out your days and determine the tasks that deserve your undivided attention from the very start. Mastering the prioritizing skill set will prove to be essential in the workplace as well. Assess what is truly essential and what can be saved for a future time slot.
  4. Ask Questions- there is NO SUCH THING as a dumb question. In fact, asking questions is how new ideas come to be, some of which can spark the foundation of clubs, organizations, and even new committees at work. Inquisitiveness and creativity go hand-in-hand, so you never know what could come of your questioning!
These 4 awesome tips are sure to help you achieve success during this upcoming spring semester. In fact, developing these habits now will also set you up for success as you enter the workforce as a professional! From meal prep to prioritization, your future starts now! ALWAYS bring your A-game!

Sabrina Iaria
Career Advisor
The Career Center
 

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

What To Do Over Winter Break


The semester is over! The textbooks are closed (and sold back to the bookstore), your Hofstra ID is tucked away in a drawer, and you don’t have to set your alarm clock.

So now what??



Maybe you have plans for the winter break, which can include trips, a class, a part-time job or an internship. Whatever your plans, there are many ways that you can jump-start your career or job search during the break, and some take very little time! See how many of these you can check-off this list by the end of the break:

o  Update your LinkedIn profile.  It’s never too early (or too late) to do this.  Complete your profile by adding special school projects, skills and honors. Search for LinkedIn groups in your field of interest and join them.  Connect with your professors, anyone at your part-time job and people who you see are involved in your career field.
o  Talk to people who are in your target job or career field. Where do you find these people? Ask around, you never know who will know someone.  
o  Write a draft of a resume. The career center is open during the winter break to help you create a resume, or fine-tune one you already have. A good place to start is our Career Guide, which can be found at Hofstra.edu/career.
o  Volunteer!  Even if it’s just for a few hours, volunteering in a field of interest can give you an inside-look at that career and also provide valuable networking connections.
o  Read articles and blogs about certain careers. Start to learn as much as possible about any field you are considering.

The Career Center wishes you a wonderful winter break!  Happy New Year!