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  • Career Services Blog: February 2014
    to memorize questions and answers Instead develop key points that you want the interviewer to know about you based on your preparation You can practice using these key points to respond to a variety of questions It s also important for you to ask relevant questions during the interview Make a list of three things you want to know about the position or the organization Make sure you wouldn t be expected to know the answers to these questions from your research It s a good idea NOT to ask questions about salary vacation or other benefits until after you receive a job offer Our Resource Centre has various print resources that can help you come up with some great questions to ask Here are some additional pointers Get ready Make sure your interview attire is neat tidy and appropriate for the type of position and employer you are interviewing with Bring a nice portfolio with copies of your resume Include a pen and paper for note taking Be on time On time means five to ten minutes early If need be take some time to drive to the interview location ahead of time so you know exactly where you are going and how long it will take to get there Stay calm During the job interview try to relax and stay as calm as possible Take a moment to regroup Listen to the entire question before you answer and pay attention you will be embarrassed if you forget the question Show what you know Try to relate what you know about the company when answering questions When discussing your career accomplishments match them to what the company is looking for The follow up After the interview be sure to follow up with a thank you note that emphasizes two or three reasons why you re the ideal candidate for the position In the event that you are not chosen for the position don t be afraid to contact the interviewer to ask for some feedback on how you can improve your interview skills for next time Best of luck Jami Coughler Senior Career Assistant 4th Year Public Health Honours BA Sociology Honours 11 Posted by Career Services Blog at 9 00 AM 2 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags Career Services interview preparation interview skills Interview Stream Jami Coughler online resource centre Monday February 10 2014 Start your on campus job search now Are you interested in working on campus during your studies to gain some valuable experience and extra cash If your answer is yes then start your search NOW Employers on campus begin their hiring process for fall of the following school year very early and although some positions are still available in the fall many opportunities may already be filled Where do I start Career Zone is Brock s online job board which hosts a variety of on campus and off campus jobs Make sure to check if

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  • Career Services Blog: January 2014
    advancement opportunities Ultimately it is your goal to excel in your field This means that you would be dedicated and committed enough to deserve a promotion perhaps So when deciding among your career options take a look at the opportunities for advancement that a certain career offers This way you may set your mind into achieving a higher career goal Career Services has several resources that can help you make these decisions including career assessments like Career Cruising and Type Focus These can be accessed for free through C areerZone Also check out the Occupational Research section of our website for directories and databases that have tons of information needed to inform these vital decisions Once you have narrowed down your career choices you may want to conduct some Information Interviews to make sure the career is right for you Our Career Resource Centre has some great tips for gathering the information you need to make decisions andtranslating that information into action Best of luck Jami Coughler Senior Career Assistant 4th Year Public Health Honours BA Sociology Honours 11 Posted by Career Services Blog at 9 19 AM 8 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags Brock University Career Assessment career decisions career planning Career Services cosmiccoachingcentre Jami Coughler opportunities skills Tuesday January 14 2014 Reflecting on Your Ideal Career Options If you have been following along with the Career Services blog over the past few months you have probably spent a lot of time considering the different types of careers you are interested in pursuing Whether or not your career aspirations have changed it is time to regroup and make a list of careers you have found that fit the needs and wants of your future professional life Grab a piece of paper or open a Word document and write down your top 10 or top 5 if you have a short list careers that you have found interesting and realistic If you are still brainstorming careers then feel free to take or retake our self assessments which will give you some specific job titles that may interest you Write down any additional notes ie needs further education would need to move to find work beside each of these careers By writing things down you will have an easier time reflecting on what you have learned It will also help when revisiting your ideal career options in the future which is what we suggest you do every couple of weeks You never know if you will be inspired by a specific class or professor in your final months at Brock so its wise to keep your options open and welcome any potential changes that may come in the future before graduation Record everything you find interesting and add or remove careers from your list at your leisure Keep this list in a safe spot and continue to revisit it over the next few months If you would like to talk about your

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  • Career Services Blog: December 2013
    early Professors have busy lives and requesting a letter of reference a week before your application deadline just isn t going to fly They need time to write the letter and may also need time to review some of your previous academic work so that they can write about your abilities Giving them such a short timespan to complete your reference also shows a lack of organization and a lack of respect for their time Start contacting professors at least a couple of months before the deadline to give them ample time to write the letter as well as give you time to contact your back up references if your first choices decline Have back ups professors may not have time to write a reference letter for every student that asks they may not know you well enough to feel comfortable doing it or they may just say no for various reasons Having a couple back up options for a reference is crucial in case this happens so that you aren t scrambling to get to know your professor half way through the term Our friends at cosmiccoachingcentre wrote a great article about this topic that I think complements this post well Grad school Application Materials For those who are seriously considering applying for graduate school it would be very helpful to find a source of information about entering a graduate school particularly in terms of the requirements As an interested applicant you are encouraged to check out the website of the specific department you wish to apply to There you will see all the detailed information regarding the process of enrolling in a graduate program Generally speaking though the following are the materials that you need to prepare Personal Statement Graduate school applicants are required to send a personal statement expressing their interest in enrolling in a particular graduate program You may find that certain programs would also require you to use your personal statement to provide answers to specific questions Transcripts Applicants are encouraged to submit a scanned copy of their transcript when they submit their application because this can help speed up the process Those applicants who have earned their degree from international schools must include their transcripts with English translations These documents should then be forwarded to the Graduate School admission office As for college seniors they are required to send their current transcripts with the official transcript to be sent at a later time Letters of Recommendation It is common for graduate school programs to require three letters of recommendations from their applicants These recommendations must come from individuals who are qualified to attest to the applicant s eligibility for graduate study These letters should mention the applicant s ability to conduct research and perform in the coursework required by the program GRE Those applying to doctoral programs are required to send to the Graduate School the results of their Graduate Record Examination or GRE There could be some supplementary materials and other tests that will be required in some doctoral programs Thus you should take the time to visit the GRE page of the website of the graduate program you are considering IELTS TOEFL Graduate School applicants coming from countries where English is not the native language must submit their official IELTS or TOEFL score The International English Language Testing System IELTS and the Test of English as a Foreign Language TOEFL are always a requirement for international graduate school applicants Interview The interview is of course not going to be part of the graduate school application process but it is worth noting that interviews are often used by graduate school programs to have a better look at the interested applicants But for graduate school applicants an interview is also a great opportunity for them to know whether or not the programs offered by the institution will be a good fit Keep in mind that there s a bigger reason for your decision to enter a graduate school like for career advancement perhaps Thus you would want to know if the program is worth investing your time and money in I hope this overview of the most common graduate school application documents has helped you begin your grad school applications although I hope you would have already started at least a portion of it already Good luck and don t forget to stop by the Resource Centre Monday to Friday 9am 4 30pm with your questions concerns or documents for review Jami Coughler Senior Career Assistant 4 th Year Public Health Honours BA Sociology Honours 11 Posted by Career Services Blog at 10 00 AM 8 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags application Career Services cosmiccoachingcentre CVs further education grad school applications Jami Coughler letter of intent online resource centre personal statement references resource centre Thursday December 5 2013 Post Graduate Studies College vs University Masters and PhD programs aren t the only option for post graduate studies If you are looking for a more hands on and specialized post graduate experience you might want to look at both university and college based programs While both have the potential of offering this type of experience university post grad programs tend to be more research and academic focused while college post grad programs offer hands on industry specific skill sets However keep in mind that there are always exceptions to this rule I m just putting them into neat boxes in order to give you a general idea of how both of these institutions work A great website to consult if you are wondering what your target industry prefers in terms of post graduate programs is Career Cruising found through Career Zone Many programs such as Museum Studies can be done as both a post graduate certificate and a masters degree However it s important to do some research to find out which type of post graduate program a typical employer in your industry is looking for

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  • Career Services Blog: November 2013
    BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags Accreditation Career Services Nella Paris online degrees Thursday November 21 2013 Labour Market Info Is Your Future Career in Demand A frequent and legitimate concern most students have is the question of whether or not the career they hope to pursue after graduation is in high demand Thankfully there are a number of resources available for this type of research to be conducted Under the Labour Market and Salary Information heading on the Occupational Research section of our website which I discussed in my previous blog regarding the initiation of your career research are a number of useful websites that have been specifically selected to assist you with researching industry specific labour markets Working in Canada is my personal favourite to use when helping students in the Career Centre and when conducting my own labour market research Working in Canada gives region specific information regarding industry job creations and layoffs in order to help you construct an informed and viable career path for yourself If your industry isn t doing well in a specific region in the country then try searching a different nearby region or even one on the other side of the Canada Taking the time to explore your career path early on will help you prepare for your job search after university However keep in mind that a career that isn t in high demand is not impossible to get into there might just be more round about ways of being promoted into or acquiring these types of positions Keep your career research fun and interesting for yourself Research careers that you feel passionate about you will naturally feel more willing to explore something that stimulates your mind then something you feel that you have to do Finding a balance between passion and realism is important Good luck Feel free to drop by our office if you have any problems with your research We are here to help Monday to Friday from 9AM to 4 30PM Ashley Paolozzi Lead Career Assistant 4th Year History of Art Honours Posted by Career Services Blog at 1 14 PM 3 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags Ashley Paolozzi career exploration career planning career resources labour market occupational research Wednesday November 20 2013 Grad Survey Statistics are in In case you were wondering what your degree is worth the Graduate Employment Survey results are in Here is the link to the article for rates specific to BROCK We have also printed out the results for all university grads and have placed it in the very front of our TRENDS binder in the Career Services Resource Centre come in and take a look Posted by Career Services Blog at 3 04 PM 0 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags Career Services Graduate Employment Survey Jami Coughler jobs rates IEW 2013 Volunteer Abroad In staying with

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  • Career Services Blog: October 2013
    http www truecolorscareer com quiz asp Nella Paris Senior Career Assistant Psychology Major Honours Posted by Career Services Blog at 12 35 PM 10 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags Career Assessment Nella Paris self assessment Wednesday October 23 2013 Career Post Grad Expo Information and Registration Deadline Career Post Graduate Expo 2013 Date Time November 5th 2013 11am 3pm Location Ian Beddis Gymnasium Walker Complex The following information and more can be found on the CareerZone events calender There will be approximately 120 exhibitors representing post graduate institutions employers and non profit organizations attending this trade show style event Recruiters are eager to network and engage with Brock students graduates and alumni It s a one stop shop for students graduates and alumni to learn about full and part time employment post graduate education international opportunities professional development and volunteer positions New this year we are hosting Mock Interviews called Condensed Circuit Interviews at the Expo event in partnership with Mentorship Plus Students must register for Condensed Circuit Interviewing separately from the Career Expo registration in CareerZone The Career Post Graduate Expo provides a valuable link between a student s education and career goals by providing them with the proper contact people This event is an excellent opportunity for you to network and build relationships with employers determine prospective areas of employment and post graduate studies and gain a sense of community awareness from non profit organizations Registration for the Expo and Condensed Circuit Interviews is now open and can be done through CareerZone Events Calender Registration deadline is November 5th 2013 8am Information regarding Smart Finish and other career related events will be posted soon so keep your eyes open Best of luck Jami Coughler Senior Career Assistant 4th Year Public Health Honours BA Sociology Honours 11 Posted by Career Services Blog at 12 45 PM 15 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags career and post grad expo career event Career Expo Career Services graduating Jami Coughler Tuesday October 15 2013 Choose your Major Wisely Seriously Studying topics that are of interest to you may seem like it makes sense but if there is no work in that area then it may not have been the best decision Check out Working in Canada to research the job outlook for the careers you are interested in There are many different types of careers that have work available and that may also be of interest to you But you may not know they even exist until you do your research Career Services Career Zone has a great tool called Career Cruising that has assessments you can complete and based on your results will be matched with various careers that fit your values skills and interests When choosing a major try not to only focus on what you like but also broaden out and choose a major that balances interests and future career security Check out the infographic below to get a look at how the Major you choose can affect the career you get Click here for full screen view Special thanks to Camila Hynes for linking us with this infographic Posted by Career Services Blog at 9 32 AM 0 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Personal vs Career Related Interests I m really interested in playing the accordion should I put that on my resume When it comes to listing interests on your resume or CV it is always good to know the difference between personal interests and academic or career related interests For example a personal interest could be playing the accordion This is a unique personal Interest but it doesn t bring a whole lot to the table in terms of transferable skills or knowledge A career related interest would be something to do with your field or a specific research interest I will use myself as an example I am in Tourism and Environment and my specific career related interests are sustainable waste management solutions and implementing eco strategies at smaller tourism destinations This allows prospective employers or schools to see where my focus is and learn a little bit more about my academic personality When you are writing your resume some personal interests may not be pertinent to include Employers don t need to know everything you do in your down time but if you feel that an interest really speaks volumes about who you are and what you have to offer then by all means include it Academic or research interests are always valuable if they are specific and descriptive If you have any questions about what to include in your resume or CV come in to the career services center for a free review Please be sure to have a printed copy of your document for us to use J Posted by Career Services Blog at 9 00 AM 1 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags academic path Becky White Career Assistants Career Services resume writing showcasing yourself Friday October 11 2013 CS Thanksgiving Reading Week Hours Career Services will be closed Monday October 14th for Thanksgiving We will re open Tuesday October 15th 9am and will be open during Reading Week from 9am 4 30pm We know you all plan on reading next week but if you can peal yourself away from your books for 10 minutes we can help you with all things career related If you aren t on campus next week we can still be contacted via email at career brocku ca or by our Career Chat at https www brocku ca career services during most business hours Jami Coughler Senior Career Assistant 4th Year Public Health Honours BA Sociology Honours 11 Posted by Career Services Blog at 1 46 PM 1 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags Career

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  • Career Services Blog: September 2013
    which makes it easy to see what s happening every day See something you like Click on the event for more information or to register The resources section of career zone connects you to special services that are only available to brock students Websites such as www careercruising com www typefocus com and www goingglobal com are offered to Brock students FREE of charge Through them you will find valuable career assessments which can be a valuable tool and a great first step in your career planning process Come in to see a career assistant to learn more about this awesome resource Need help writing a resume or cover letter The workshops tab is a great place to start Our helpful workshops cover resume writing cover letter writing interviewing basics and portfolio development Once you have the basics down come on in to the career services center with a hard copy of your document and have a career assistant review your documents for free This is only a few of the great resources you can find on career zone Be sure to take a few minutes and explore how career zone can work for you Need help The career services team is always here for you just drop by between 9 4 30 Monday to Friday Posted by Career Services Blog at 9 00 AM 3 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags Becky White Career Assistants Career Cruising career events career exploration Career Zone find a job r resume writing workshops Thursday September 19 2013 Advantages to having a Part Time Job while attending Post Secondary School Working part time while attending university or college has many benefits Some students may shy away from work because of the belief that they won t have enough time for their studies if they are also working The fact is that there are many on campus jobs available for students that are extremely flexible and adaptable to student s school schedules Check out the links below Here you can find many different part time on campus jobs Career Zone has both on campus and off campus jobs Career Zone Brock University Student s Union B U S U Brock Dining Services Recreation Services Student Life and Community Experience Working Off Campus If you can t find work on campus don t be worried about working off campus Employers who hire students are aware that you are in school and usually expect that they need to be flexible in order to accommodate your schedule Be sure to discuss schedule flexibility in an interview It is important to be honest with yourself and the employer If the employer requests that you work a number of hours that you feel are too much in addition to your studies then let the employer know If you turn down the job you will at least have gained interview experience Benefits working while attending College or University As a Senior Career Assistant I see many students who have been well educated but lack real world work experience Education is important to have but employers also like to see candidates who have work related skills and experience This type of experience can be gained through volunteering internships and jobs If you have any other questions about working on or off campus stop by the Career Resource Centre in the Learning Commons or check out our resources online at http brocku ca career services Nella Paris Senior Career Assistant Psychology Major Honours Posted by Career Services Blog at 12 43 PM 11 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags BUSU Career Zone Nella Paris on campus job part time job Resource Centre Information Who are we and how can we help YOU Now that we have all had time to settle in to our new courses and schedules I wanted to let you know the amazing and helpful resources that the Career Services Resource Centre has to offer students alumni staff faculty and community members The Career Services Resource Centre is located on the main floor of the Matheson Learning across from the Peer Assistant Help Desk We are a free drop in service open Monday to Friday from 9 00am to 4 30pm Listing every single service and resource we provide would take forever so I just wanted to highlight some of the main the list is still pretty long though reasons why the Resource Centre should be on your list of places to visit frequently Career Planning Resources o Degree Exploration Guides Highlight career options job search resources volunteer and internships resources community directories and more We have these tailored to every single program at Brock They can also be accessed online through our website at http www brocku ca career services students alumni degree o Career Assessments We offer Brock students and alumni free accessed to Career Cruising and Type Focus Both are invaluable tools for figuring out who you are what your interests are and what jobs you would be good at They can both also be used as job search tools to find salary rates and job descriptions hint use the career options on your Degree Exploration Guide o Occupational Research Resources Doing your research is an important step in the career planning process Knowing what jobs are out there what they entail and what you need to do to get to your dream job can help make career related decisions much easier and practical Check out our Occupational Research section of our website at http www brocku ca career services students alumni research Career and Academic Documents o Resume and Cover Letter Reviews Aside from a multitude of resources and handouts that can help you create and tailor your resume and cover letter to employers we also offer workshops For more information go to http www brocku ca career services students alumni workshops After you create your career documents bring

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  • Career Services Blog: August 2013
    personal brand For example ensure all your social media sites represent a professional you You don t want party pictures so show up on your Facebook page when an employer decides to do a background search before contacting you for an interview 5 Once you have a polished resume and cover letter start applying 6 Keep an eye on how you are progressing with the application process If you don t hear anything back from employers you may need to re evaluate the quality of your resume and cover letter Remember Career Services has online workshops accessible through Career Zone that can help you with these documents You can also send employers follow up responses to find out what you could improve on 7 Prepare for the interview seriously If you want to perform well for the interview develop answers to common questions that employers may ask As I mentioned earlier Career Services has many interview question samples and even appropriate answers to interview questions If you are looking for a real feel you can schedule a mock interview with Career Services which is a great way to practice your interview skills and receive some constructive feedback 8 After the interview respond with a thank you follow up For example you could e mail the interviewer thanking them for the opportunity to meet with them and discuss your qualifications it also doesn t hurt to remind them why you so greatly want the position For more detailed information on TalentEggs How to Land your Dream Job in 8 Easy Steps check out the link provided below The 2013 September Recruitment Survival Guide How To Land Your Dream Job In 8 Easy Steps Nella Paris Senior Career Assistant Psychology Major Honours Posted by Career Services Blog at 10 41 AM 42 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags Dream Job Nella Paris Talent Egg Thursday August 22 2013 Resource Centre Closed August 26th to August 30th Fall Semester Hours Please be advised that the Career Services Resource Centre will be closed next week for Training Week We will re open Tuesday September 3rd 9 00am 4 30pm Our administrative office lower level hours will remain open 8 30am 4 30pm Also beginning Tuesday September 3rd the Resource Centre will be open 9 00am 4 30pm We can also be contacted via our Career Chat during office hours on our website or by email at career brocku ca Enjoy your last week of summer holidays rest up and we will see you in the fall Jami Coughler Senior Career Assistant 4th Year Public Health Honours BA Sociology Honours 11 Posted by Career Services Blog at 4 05 PM 6 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags Career Services closed Jami Coughler office hours summer is over Tuesday August 20 2013 New Resources CareerServices has a variety of new and updated resources to make your career research process even better We are always getting new resources in the centre and we expect to receive new magazines and other additional resources from external sources throughout the year What s New So Far Graduate Professional School Some recent additions to the centre are the 2014 GMAT GRE LSAT and PCAT graduate exam preparation books If you are interested in applying to a program which requires any of these entrance exams stop by Career Services to make use of these important resources for free Job Search Don t jump into the job search process blind Knock em Dead Secrets and Strategies for First Time Job Seekers is full of advice and strategies on how to develop social networks get interviews ace the interview and climb the ladder of professional success Career Documents Need to write a cover letter and resume but want to inquire about the process with an informative read at your own pace Career Services has two new detailed books to assist you with the process Knock em Dead Cover Letters is a great book full of information that can answer all your questions when it comes to the dos and don ts of cover letter writing Knock Em Dead Resumes has examples strategies and methods on how to write an effective and professional resume Interview Preparation If you have been offered an interview you may be wondering what to expect and what to say to improve your chances of coming out successfully Career Services has an interview preparation binder that has been totally re vamped this summer It was out with the old and in with the new You can find anything in this binder such as How to dress for success Appropriate body language What you should ask the employer during the interview What the employer will ask you throughout the interview Sample questions Differences between face to face interviews telephone skhhas iiiiiiiiiiii interviews Skype interviews and more Be sure to stop by Career Services Resource Centre to take advantage of these great resources Remember our services are always free and we are happy to help you Nella Paris Senior Career Assistant Psychology Major Honours Posted by Career Services Blog at 6 30 AM 0 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags career resources Career Services Nella Paris New Resources Wednesday August 14 2013 Interview Anxiety How We Can Help Anxious about an upcoming job interview There are a number of ways that Career Services can help your feel prepared and confident before you meet your potential employer for the first time Available in the Career Centre If you stop by our drop in centre you will find a number of interview related books including Don t stress out Fear of interviews is treatable with the right level of preparation and confidence 101 Dynamic Questions to Ask at Your Job Interview by Richard Fein The Job Interview Phrase Book by Nancy Schuman Sweaty Palms The Neglected Art of Being Interviewed by H Anthony Medley Get The Interview Every Time by Brenda Greene Interview Magic by Susan Britton Whitcomb Also available in our centre is our newly updated Interview Techniques binder which includes sections on Interview Preparation The Interview After the Interview and Specific Types of Interviews Interesting topics covered include proper attire portfolio resources follow up thank you emails and the four types of interview questions These print resources are available to all students and alumni to view within the Career Services office and the Learning Commons InterviewStream Worried if you have any distracting habits such as playing with your hair or talking with your hands during a job interview This innovative online tool allows you to practice your interviews with the assistance of a webcam and pre recorded interview questions Having the ability to view a video of yourself getting interviewed will bring any pesky gestures and bad habits to your attention With over 7000 questions to choose from students are given the opportunity to tailor the type of interview questions asked to them based on the type of job they are applying to And the best part is you can do this in the comfort of your own home You can choose to keep your practice interview videos private or share them with friends and family for any additional suggestions If you would like the opinion of one of our trained Senior Career Assistants you can email the video of your practice interview to our email at career brocku ca and we would be more then happy to provide you with feedback And luckily for future grad students InterviewStream isn t limited to job interviews If you are a current student applying for graduate school including Medical School then InterviewStream is a great place for you to practice for academic interviews as well This free service is available for both Brock University students and alumni with valid login information InterviewStream as well as additional assistance regarding interview preparation can be found on our website at the following link www brocku ca career services students alumni interview preparation practice interview If you have any questions or concerns about the interview process feel free to stop by the resource centre and we will be more then happy to help you out Ashley Paolozz i Lead Career Assistant 4th Year History of Art and Visual Culture Honours Posted by Career Services Blog at 10 01 AM 51 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags Ashley Paolozzi interview interview preparation interview skills Interview Stream Tuesday August 13 2013 Balancing Work and School The school year is fast approaching and of course we all want to be as successful as possible Often a barrier to this success is the difficulty we experience in balancing work and school We need to get good grades but we need a part time or full time job to pay for school books supplies parking passes food and the costs of everyday living Sometimes you may get overwhelmed especially during exam or term paper time when the pressure is on and you have to figure out how you are going to get everything done that week while still working your 3 shifts at your job I am here to give you a few basic tips for creating balance between your school work and your paid work volunteer positions and co ops internships can also be considered under this category Tip 1 Start off on the right foot Most of us have tried to get by the first few weeks of class without doing the assigned readings or perhaps some of you don t even go to the few couple classes because you believe you are not missing anything important I would advise against this for three reasons 1 If you are missing classes for non medical reasons you may miss something very important 2 Neglecting those first few assigned readings sets you back further than you may think and 3 This can set the tone for your entire semester and starts you off on the wrong foot Tip 2 Plan Plan Plan I personally love buying my day planner for the school year The first thing I do is write out which classes I have each day of the week and I leave enough space for that weeks assigned readings Once I get my course syllabus what I believe to be the key to success in any course I write out all of the readings that I have to do each week for every class In addition if there are due dates already specified in the syllabus I write those in as well and I highlight them in one colour I usually highlight all of my assignments in yellow highlighter so it stands out from all of the other colours I may use If the syllabus doesn t specify due dates I write them in AS SOON as I know them Other things you should include in your day planner are important dates from the course calender for the year i e dates that the school is closed when exams start and finish make up days for holidays etc This will help you to avoid missing class avoid scheduling conflicts and be able to schedule non academic activities around your school schedule I also save separate coloured highlighters for appointments and for work In my planner appointments are highlighted in orange and my work schedule and meetings are highlighted in blue You can use your own system but I find colour coded planners help distinguish important events and dates and they also keep you alert Tip 3 Organize Organize Organize Aside from my compulsively organized day planner I also like to keep my school books and notes well organized This helps you to keep on track with readings and assignments which can reduce some of the stress and imbalance you may be experiencing Once I have my course syllabus and the assigned readings for the course whether it be a textbook journal articles etc I purchase page tabs that I stick onto each chapter or reading that is assigned From there I write the date that the readings chapter must be read by and once I have read it I check mark the tab This lets me organize my weekly readings because I can quickly glance at a textbook or journal article to see which courses I have readings for that week and which ones I have already completed In addition to keeping your books organized I would suggest organizing your binders and or notebooks in a way that keeps all notes from one course together and separate from other courses i e separate binders notebooks or dividers in a binder I keep all of my binders and textbooks for the current semester on one shelf in my room this way I always know where they are and can easily access them Although it may be difficult I also try very hard to keep my room as clean and organized as possible especially my study space wherever it may be This helps keep you focused and your mind clutter free Tip 4 Don t bite off more than you can chew If you know yourself well enough to know that you get stressed out and overwhelmed during the school year perhaps reducing the number of hours you work volunteer could help If you choose to do this and are financially comfortable with it of course I would suggest making sure that you use those hours that you normally would have been working to study and complete readings This way you know for sure that you have added study hours to your week If you are not able to cut back on work volunteer hours I would recommend creating a weekly or even daily schedule that you follow and schedule yourself a certain number of hours each day for school related work ONLY This is a good idea for anyone to do even if you don t work This guarantees that you can get a decent amount of work done every week as long as you have the will power to stick to your schedule of course Tip 5 Take time for yourself As much as you may have a boat load of work on your plate every single day you still need to take time for yourself to avoid overload and burnout This step is going to vary depending on your individual needs likes dislikes and personality Some people may prefer to spend an hour or so a day laying in bed to unwind while others may go for a run or to the gym I personally enjoy taking my 2 dogs to the dog park or for a hike it helps me unwind and relax because I am not thinking about work OR school It also gets me outside in the fresh air and sunshine which have their own amazing benefits Whatever you choose to do make sure it s something you enjoy and that gets you out of your head and out of the books even if it s only for a short while Tip 6 Try something new Trying something new may help to get you out of any slump that you have fallen into over the school year It can also be a great way to unwind and meet new people Since the theme of this post is balance might I suggest trying Yoga Our friends from Cosmic Coaching Centre were gracious enough to write an article again this time about balancing work and school take a loo k Balancing Work and School As reported by Statistics Canada around 72 percent of the college students in the country are employed part time while attending school This is not surprising at all considering how expensive tuition fees are these days While it is ideal for students to have a steady source of income to support their needs being a student and an employee at the same time is not an easy thing to do Needless to say it can be very tricky to try to balance both your studies and your job With the help of these tips balancing work and school can be quite easier 1 Always have a plan How many hours of work should you do to earn the amount that you need Are you in a hurry to finish your studies or do you want to take it slow These are among the considerations you should make in making a realistic plan about how you could handle being a student and an employee 2 Go for workplace flexibility If possible try to get a part time job where your boss will allow you to have flextime You d want a job that offers programs such as job sharing leave of absences and the like Work from home is another perfect option to pursue 3 Benefit from school flexibility as well A lot of institutions these days are offering tailored services to accommodate employed individuals who want to earn a degree They do this by offering weekend and night classes longer library hours and the availability of online classes Inquire about such programs in your school to make it easier for you to manage your time 4 Make a list of priorities Decide on your priorities and accept the fact that you will have to sacrifice some of them Thus you have to make up your mind as to which tasks you can address at a later time 5 Be a smart worker rather than a hard worker Consider your job as an internship program where you can apply everything you are learning in school Write short notes and review them whenever possible During breaks at work you may also do your homework so you wouldn t cram to finish them at night 6 Avoid wasting time There is nothing wrong with keeping in touch with

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  • Career Services Blog: July 2013
    Services you will find a Degree Exploration Guide for every program offered at Brock University On the Education and ECE DEG you will find career information degree specific skills that you will have learned from the program specific and general job search resources and much more These DEGs are housed in the resource centre and are free to take or you can locate them on the Career Services Website from any location If you want to further research a career Career Cruising is a great place to start Simply log in to Career Zone with your Brock ID and access Career Cruising under the online resources tab On this site you can find out what type of education you need for a job how you will progress in a career earnings and real world descriptions of the career from people who currently work in the field The Career Services Website has a large list of online job boards that you can search through for all kinds of jobs including education related jobs Some great websites to check out include Education Canada and Apply to Education The above resources are a great way to get you started but the resource centre has many more resources to help you progess from student to career professional Nella Paris Senior Career Assistant Psychology Major Honours Posted by Career Services Blog at 2 55 PM 3 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags Faculty of Education Nella Paris teaching Friday July 19 2013 Nursing Occupational Trends in North America Interested in a job in the Health Care field Nursing vacancies are opening up in large numbers across Canada and the United States According to the Canadian Government site Working In Canada the demand for Nurses is at an all time rise due to the aging population of Canadian citizens and working Nurses To help alleviate the shortage of nurses in some provinces the provincial government is recruiting internationally educated nurses to help fill shortages and fill positions in some Regional Health Authorities If you are considering nursing the outlook for you is ideal and will continue to be ideal for many years to come With a shortage of nurses new graduates may have a large variety of specialties to choose from and work in In a shaky economy an unemployment rate of about 2 is looking pretty good Also check out the nursing trends in the United States The current trends are comparable to Canadian trends so if you would like to go abroad for your studies the U S may be a good place to start We Are Nursing Kids 2 7 Million Strong and Growing Retiring Nurses Create Hiring Opportunities infographic created and shared by Brown Mackie Special thanks to socialmonsters org for prviding us with this infographic Nella Paris Senior Career Assistant Psychology Major Honours Posted by Career Services Blog at 11 34 AM 0 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook

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