Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Meghan Ellsworth, Intern of the Month for November 2011

The Career Services Center would like to congratulate junior Meghan Ellsworth as November’s Intern of the Month.

Meghan is a Broadcast Communication major and completed an internship with Coastal Television in Cape Coast, Ghana, West Africa in the summer of 2011. Meghan's primary responsibilities included producing, filming, and editing a TV show about the different cultures and lifestyles around the city of Cape Coast. Meghan says, "I faced cultural and language barriers. My experiences with all of these not only taught me how to overcome issues in the field using creativity and few supplies, but also how to deal with stereotypes in my work." Meghan is also involved with Ashland's TV-2 and is a writing assistant at the AU Writing Center. Congratulations, Meghan!

Applications for December Intern of the Month are due Friday, December 30, 2011. For more information about the Intern of the Month or to download the application, please see the Career Services web page.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Finding a Job for the Holiday Season

by Chelsea Kaminski, Career Services Center Intern

Would you like to earn money and build your resume this winter break? Consider applying for seasonal employment! The Career Services Center can help you with your resume and cover letter. Here are a few tips to finding a job over winter break:
  • When you are asking about job opportunities or interviewing, smile! A positive attitude will help you land a seasonal job more than you think.
  • Be flexible. Prepare to work evenings, weekends, and holidays.
  • Where did you work in the summer? Contact your boss and see if they need extra help for the holiday season. The best part of working somewhere you previously worked is that the company already has your employment documents on file. This means you can start immediately!
  • Apply everywhere and be creative. Retail is of course a good place to start, but they’re not the only ones hiring. Try restaurants, hotels, department stores, toy stores, or a temp agency. Think outside of the box. Apply at a local ski resort or to be Santa’s helper at your mall.

If you have any questions about your resume and cover letter, feel free to stop by the Career Services Center! We have walk-in resume help from 1:00-5:00pm Monday-Friday.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Intern of the Month for October 2011

The Career Services Center would like to congratulate junior Daniel Mitchell as October’s Intern of the Month. Daniel is an Economics & Marketing major and completed an internship with University Directories for Ashland University in the summer of 2011. Daniel's primary responsibility was calling local business owners in Ashland and presenting advertising samples to them that would improve their business and visibility to the college community. Daniel says, "The internship helped prepare me for my future by giving me real world experience with business owners." Daniel is also a Resident Assistant, Campus Tour Guide, Ashbrook Scholar, and the Executive Officer of Academic Affairs on Student Senate. Congratulations, Daniel!

Applications for November Intern of the Month are due Friday,  November 25, 2011. For more information about the Intern of the Month or to download the application, please see the Career Services web page.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Job & Internship Search Workshop

By Chelsea Kaminski, Career Services Center Intern

Did you miss the Job and Internship Workshop last week? No worries, I’ll catch you up! We received a few handouts such as the ‘Job Search Checklist,’ ‘Job Search Manual,’ and ‘Job Choice 2011 Magazine.’ These were all very useful. You can still stop by the Career Services Center to pick these up, along with many other handouts!

We learned about the steps to search for a job or internship. The first step is Self-Assessment. This involves identifying your ideal career, preferred work environments, and geographic preferences. Eagle Exploration is very helpful in this step. Eagle Exploration is designed to use students’ interests, skills, personality, and values to choose their career and to compare careers side-by-side. The next step is Research/Gathering Information. Find answers to questions such as: What is a typical entry level position in my career path? Do positions in the field meet my financial and other needs? The next step is Developing Your Tools. Prepare a resume and cover letter, which our office can definitely help with. Career assistants are here to help you with your resume and cover letter 1:00-5:00pm daily, so stop by anytime! The Career Services Center will also conduct mock interviews by appointment.

We learned about many Job Search Strategies that will help you find and land a job or internship. A few ways to find a position are using the internet and Career Services Center resources, networking and developing relationships, and attending Career Fairs.

We explored many internet resources such as AU Career Connect and CareerShift,, and which is a helpful way of tracking your job search. Networking is such a vital strategy when searching for a job or internship. Work on using your network and expanding your network- these relationships very well might make the difference. Informational Interviewing involves meeting with people in your field to gather information about their path, the industry, and recommendations for you. Informational interviewing can help you expand your network. Attending Career Fairs is another great way to gain an internship or job. Mark your calendars for the OFIC CareerFest February 3rd and the AU Career Fair February 22nd!

We learned other tips such as ethical considerations, e-mail etiquette, what to look for when researching a company, and how to make professional connections with social media. We have a workshop on November 9th, from 7:00-8:00pm that is completely devoted to how social media can help you with your professional connections and job search, as long as you use it responsibly. Hope to see you there!

Editor's Note: Slides from the event can be downloaded for a limited time!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Choosing a Graduate Program? The Grad School Fair Can Help!

By Dave Kokandy

Professionals today in the United States have earned more graduate and professional degrees than ever. According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, institutions in the United States awarded 755,287 graduate and professional degrees in 2006-2007. In 1996-1997, only 544,007 graduate and professional degrees were awarded. In only ten years, the number of degrees awarded grew nearly forty percent.

With the growing number of graduate degree holders in the workforce and more opportunities than ever for postgraduate study, prospective graduate students must carefully select the best graduate program for their individual needs. Graduate programs can vary significantly, from the program’s planned learning outcomes to student-to-faculty ratio and from admission requirements to the number of students who complete the program.

The Hawkins-Conard Student Center at Ashland University will host representatives from over 35 institutions offering graduate degrees at the Northeast Ohio Graduate School Fair-a-Van event on Thursday, October 6th, from 11 A.M. until 1 P.M. These representatives will be available to answer questions about graduate and professional degree programs their schools offer. Students of all majors and levels are encouraged to attend.

Students planning to apply to graduate schools should think about what they expect from a program and come prepared with questions. Here are some questions students have asked in the past:
  • What are the admission criteria? Do I need to take the GRE, GMAT, or another test? If so, is there a cut-off score? Do you require an interview or essay? Recommendations?
  • How much are tuition and fees? Is financial aid available?
  • How large is the program? How many students complete it? Are students cut during the program?
  • What is your curriculum? What is your faculty researching? Does the program focus on theory, or on practical application? Is a thesis required?
  • Why should I earn a postgraduate degree in this field? Is licensure required? Do graduate degree holders earn a larger salary in this field?
On Tuesday, Career Services hosted a Graduate School Workshop, at which these questions, as well as other important factors to consider when choosing a graduate program, were discussed.
Students who are unsure if a graduate degree is right for them should attend the fair, talk to faculty in their department, or set up an appointment with Career Services to learn about graduate school options that match their professional goals or interests. For more information, please contact Career Services at (419) 289-5064.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Meet the Accountant Night

By Dave Kokandy

Hello, Ashland students! Are you a freshman through senior studying accounting or thinking of studying accounting? Consider attending Meet the Accountant Night!

Thursday, September 8, 2011 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Ridenour Room, Richard E. and Sandra J. Dauch College of Business and Economics

Students will have the opportunity to network with top accounting firms and accounting professionals and to speak to recruiters about job opportunities in the accounting field.
  • Internships and full-time positions available!

  • Freshmen through seniors welcome!

  • Business professional dress is required.

  • Get your resume critiqued prior to the event in the Career Services Center.

You may RSVP to this event on Facebook.

Questions? Post a comment on this post, ask us on Facebook, or tweet us @AUCareerService!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Free Ashland University T-Shirts

By Dave Kokandy

Hello students! Please stop by the Career Services Center in the Hawkins-Conard Student Center to pick up your free t-shirt tomorrow, Wednesday, August 23rd, from 8AM-5PM (while supplies last).

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Welcome Back!

The Career Services Staff would like to welcome all new first-year, returning, graduate, professional, and transfer students to Ashland University. As we prepare to unveil a major new campaign at the Kick-Off Picnic and Involvement Fair, please check back here with this blog, with our Twitter feed, like us on Facebook, or join our group on LinkedIn.

We have lots of great programs, events, and opportunities planned for this upcoming year. Please stop by our website for a list of upcoming events.

Questions? Please stop into the CSC in room 254 of the Hawkins-Conard Student Center or call us at 419.289.5064. We'll see you soon.