For a brief list of objectives of this year's Career Center workshops, click on the links below. While the topics are targeted to students' needs at key points in their academic careers, students of all classes are welcome to attend these workshops. Because students learn a lot from each other's questions and input, they are strongly encouraged to participate in these sessions; however, some of the material can be covered by individual appointment on request. To find dates for these events, see our calendar.
Job Search Workshops
Applying to Grad School
We will consider questions such as: Should you go to grad school? When should you go? Which program should you pick?
We'll also discuss:
- Strategies for researching and selecting programs
- Admission tests
- Writing statements of purpose
- Letters of recommendation
- Application deadlines
- Financial aid
Writing your Curriculum Vitae
Learn how to write a Curriculum Vitae (otherwise known as a "CV" or an "academic résumé"); critique sample CVs; find out the critical information to include (and to avoid!) and get tips for formatting your CV effectively.
GRE Introduction to the General Test
Get up-to-the-minute information on the GRE including:
- An overview of the 3 test sections and the test day schedule;
- Tips for mastering the GRE's computer adaptive format;
- Information about excellent, free test preparation materials;
- Handouts listing essential grad school web sites and strategies for each GRE section;
- Information on eligibility for fee waivers; and
- Target scores for a wide range of grad school programs.
GRE Verbal Reasoning Focus Session:
Practice each of the three types of verbal reasoning questions and get tips on how you can improve your efficiency and improve your skill on those that challenge you. The workshop will include practice questions and an introduction to PowerPrep, and handouts with strategies to approach each type of question.
- Information about a free 100 page ETS Math Review booklet and other valuable resources,
- Practice questions demonstrating question types,
- Handouts with strategies to approach the Quantitative Reasoning section
- Tips in approaching the writing tasks,
- An overview of the way in which writing samples are scored,
- Practice in developing a typical GRE essay, and
- Information on the complete pools of questions from which yours will be drawn on test day
- Peace Corps
- Teach for America
- Help Exchange
Learn more about your options, and pick up some very useful handouts.
- Identify key points you want to be sure to cover,
- Effectively research companies,
- Nail tough questions,
- Develop effective questions for them,
- Plan a brief introductory elevator pitch to answer that tough, vague question: "Tell me about yourself."
- Research school systems
- Respond to tough interview questions
- Be ready for different styles of interviews
- Dress appropriately for job interviews
- What is a typical career path for my interests?
- How do I compare to my competition?
- How can I clarify my career goals?
- Who is in my network? How can I expand it?
- How can I research companies and learn about the insiders' perspective?
- Choose the best phrasing to convince employers you're qualified
- Make the most of your background
- Format your résumé effectively
- Identify the key components of a cover letter
Thinking about your Major
Learn a step-by-step approach to look at majors in detail and to compare your interest in them.
Find out about assessment and informational resources that are available to you.
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Job Search Workshops
- Get concrete practice ideas on how to search for a summer job
- Learn how to make the most of the job you've got--no matter what it is!
- Learn about steps you can take toward identifying your longer-term career interests
- Learn skills in landing a job
- Develop an action plan to get you started
- Find out how you should prepare your résumé for the fair
- Find out how to dress for success
- Get strategies for researching organizations to prepare for the fair
- Develop and practice your elevator pitch
- Plan a job search strategy
- Identify and reach out to your network (everyone has one!)
- Take advantage of the Internet and social networking sites for job search
- Learn about upcoming recruiting events