Friday, October 28, 2011

Education Students - Don't Be a Dunce, Start Networking!

Last night, as part of Education Career Night, close to 100 students and alumni took advantage and networked with nine organizations seeking volunteers and part-time and full-time employees.  The key word here is “networked.”  Many times applicants see career nights and job fairs with tunnel vision, a place to get a job.  These events can be utilized as a form of networking.  Keep in touch with you who met.  They may not have something now for you but they may be able to refer you to people in their network. 

Speaking of networking, are you student teaching this semester?  This is a great way to build up your network of people you know! Here are some tips:

    1. Eat lunch in the faculty room and get to know the staff.
      • Become part of the community
      • Steer clear of inappropriate conversations
    1. Volunteer to help others in the building with activities, fundraisers, concerts, etc.
    2. Invite the school leadership to observe you in order to:
      • Receive constructive feedback
      • Remind them about your talents
    1. Attend staff training opportunities voluntarily
      • You may learn something
      • Demonstrates interest and enthusiasm to others in the school
    1. Volunteer to serve as a mentor or tutor to a student
      • Before, during or after school
      • Speak with school counselors or other teachers
    1. Arrange a meeting with the principal to review your resume
      • Receive constructive feedback
      • Remind him/her about your experience
    1. At the conclusion of your placement type a thank you letter to the principal and cooperating teacher(s)
      • Include your resume
      • Keep in contact with these individuals
      • Leave some sort of note or treats for the staff at the conclusion of your placement
    1. Offer to substitute teach at the conclusion of your placement.

~Suzanne Dagger, Director of Career Services, The Career Center

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