Thursday, February 23, 2012

Try This Out

Recently, our counselors have been making visits to classes on campus to introduce ourselves to students. I have really enjoyed meeting students and faculty, as for many of them this is the first time they are connecting with our office. Today I visited a class of sociology majors. One of the questions I was asked was “do you have any opportunities for me as a sociology major on Pride CMS or at the upcoming Job & Internship Fair?” As a career counselor and liaison to the Hofstra College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, I LOVE this question!

The truth is, you will rarely see a posting or an employer with a sign that says “Sociology Majors Wanted” or any other major for that matter. Employers don’t think in terms of majors, they think in terms of skills and so should you. My best advice to any student looking for opportunities is to keep an open mind and look at a posting and/or an employer and think about what type of person with what type of skills or experience would be a good fit. Market yourself this way too. You are so much more than your major!

So, when you are looking at the list of employers attending our Job & Internship Fair (available on our website at, click on the employer, read about them and the positions they are recruiting for, and ask yourself “does this sound interesting or like something I could do?” Don’t just think “are they looking for my major?” Approach this employer on March 7th and introduce yourself like this:

“Hi! My name is _____ and I’m a junior _____ major. I’m a member of _____ organization and have worked during the summer for a few years as a _____. I’m great at _____ and I’m looking for an opportunity that will allow me to _____. Do you have anything at your organization that might be a good fit for me?”

Just remember, our friendly staff will be available at the fair to help you as you try out this process. Don’t be shy, come and ask us a question. We will see you there!

~ Deanna Rodin, Associate Director

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