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1 Welcome to Western! Career Services Center a unit of Academic & Career Development Services Old Main 280 (360)

2 ACDS: The Triangle of Success Career Services Academic Advising Tutoring Center Registration Course selection Choosing a major Academic planning Monitoring progress toward degree Free, drop-in tutoring Tutor-assisted study groups Time management assistance Test preparation help Study skills coaching

3 The Career Services Center What you need to know: 2.) We can help 1.) We exist

4 The Career Services Center What we offer: link link Help with choosing a major Assessment tests link link Career counseling Internship & Job search guidance Resume clinics & Optimal Resume link link Viking CareerLink link link Career fairs and events Grad/Med school advising Mock interviews On campus interviewing

5 Putting Your Degree to Work First things first: What’s your major? Don’t know Pretty SureI’m Declared Check out What can I do with this major? Hyperlink Hyperlink and the WWU Employment Survey hyperlink hyperlink

6 WWU Employment Survey % of WWU Graduates found employment while in school or within three months of graduation 14% went on to graduate school 8% were still actively seeking employment

7 Class of 2011 Accounting………………..………….……….Tax Accountant, Deloitte, $57,000 Management…………....…………………..Team Leader, Target, $50,000 Management Info. Systems (MIS)...Programmer Analyst, Boeing, $58,000 Environ. Studies……..…..…………………Air Monitor, Environmental Solutions, $41,600 Environ. Science.……………………………Lab Technician, Columbia Pacific BioRefinery, $36,000 Geography……………………………………..GIS Specialist, Northwest Hydraulic Consultants, $42,000 Design….…………...…………………………..Design Production Artist, BrandQuery, $31,700 Biology……......………………………………..Research Associate, Emerald BioStructures, $35,000 Chemistry ………..…...………………………Chemist, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, $43,434 Computer Science Programmer, Corbis, $62,400 Engineering Tech…………………………….Manufacturing Engineer, Crane Electronics, $56,000 Archeology……………………………………..Archeologist/Lab Technician, Lummi Nation, $40,000 Communication……………… Public Educator, Pierce County Emergency Management, $44,075 Community Health………....…………....Health Coach, Healthways, $38,000 English Technical Writer, Golden Harvest, $27,000 History ……………………………………………Program Manager, Bureau of Education & Research, $33,000 Journalism………………………………….....Content Writer, Ascendance Digital Media, $30,000 Political Science……………………………..Staff Assistant, US House of Representatives, $28,000 Psychology……….……….……………………Volunteer Coordinator, Americorps, $18,000 Spanish……...…………………………………..Program Assistant, Susan Komen Foundation, $30,000 Hired

8 link link Choosing a Major workshops & fairs Online Assessments Focus & Optimal Resume Career counselors Career fairs Viking CareerLink Ask! Still Unsure? We’re here for you. Online or in person.

9 WWU Alumni Mentorship Program

10 When should you start career planning? Hint: Not the week before graduation.

11 Freshman and Transfer Students Old Main 280: You are here (And if you’re not, you should be!) 280 Find the Career Services Center Meet with a counselor or peer advisor Set up a Viking CareerLink account

12 Sophomores and Juniors Work on your resume Attend career fairs and special events Look for volunteer, internship and other career-related experiences Set up Search Alerts in Viking CareerLink

13 Special Events FALL QUARTER Community Internship & Volunteer Fair Oct. 18 Health Professional & Grad School Fair…………….Oct. 24 Business Career Fair …………………………………..Nov. 8 Law School Info Fair …………………………………...Nov. 13 WINTER QUARTER International Opportunities Fair ……………………..Jan. 31 Teach English Abroad ………………………….……..Jan. 31 Majors Fair ……………………………………………….Feb. 7 Etiquette Dinner ………………………………………...Feb. 13 Winter Career Fair ………………………………………Feb. 14 Huxley Internship & Career Fair ……………………..Feb. 14 Communication Sciences Disorders Fair ………….Feb. 28 SPRING QUARTER Spring Career Fair ……………………………………...April 18 Americorps Panel Discussion ……….……………….TBD US State Department……………………………………TBD

14 A Word About Internships Students who do internships tend to: Get hired more quickly Find work related to their field of study Receive higher starting salaries Internship conversion rates are rising 58.6% of internships turn into job offers Just say yes!

15 Seniors Perfect your resume Get LinkedIn See career counselors for job search strategies Engage with on-campus recruiters Set up camp in Viking CareerLink Try a mock interview …and then some real ones!

16 Your mission— should you choose to accept it −Visit the Career Services Center −Take an assessment (or two!) −Volunteer, participate in internships and obtain career related experiences −Attend career fairs and other special events to research companies and practice networking (preferably before graduation)

17 Mission: Not Impossible Remember these guys? Hired Still in school

18 Words from a Recent WWU Grad “If it hadn't been for Career Services, my employment prospects would be dead in the water.” Jonathan Geller Decision Sciences MIS Concentration Hired


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