My name is Christine Jordan and I am ecstatic about the opportunity to serve as a blogger for the Career Development Center (CDC). I will be posting about my summer job/ internship search as the spring semester of 2016 winds down. Currently, I am a sophomore English major with a possible minor of either Apparel Merchandising or Psychology.
The questions I get most common about being an English major are ‘So you want to be a teacher?’ and ‘Who is going to hire you with that degree?’ When I majored in English, I never thought that I would be asked questions like that: I just thought people would assume I want to be a writer or editor or publisher. My career goals are not very concrete: I could see myself as a magazine editor, a column writer, as a publisher or a combination of all three. In order to narrow down exactly what I want to do, I plan on getting a summer job/ internship to gain more experience. The first thing I did before I began my hunt was rely on what I learned from the CDC.
I serve currently as one of the Peer Career Advisors for the Career Development Center. I work with students on a weekly basis through resume builders, cover letter reviews, interview prep, and mock interviews. I also host programs with other Career Development Center staff members that inform WIU students about various career related topics. Through this position, I learned about what information employers look for in a resume including education and work experience. I also learned that college students can place other topics such as related course work, leadership experience, and campus involvement on their resume as well. I also learned about the parts of a cover letter and how to catch the reader’s attention.
My position in CDC has taught me the skills I need to enter my job/internship hunt with plenty of confidence. I recommended that students, on any part of their job search, to come to the CDC office and make an appointment. It really prepares you for what the working world will be looking for out of its applicants. In my next blog post, I will discuss what I used to decide between a summer job, internship or both.