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  • Career Services Blog: October 2012
    becoming confident and successful CAs Remember to take the time today to thank your own boss A positive reminder that they are a wonderful person to work for could make their day a little less stressful Happy Boss s Day Ashley and the Career Assistants Posted by Career Services Blog at 11 28 AM 8 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags Ashley Paolozzi current boss Holiday Thursday October 11 2012 What Did You Do Wrong In First Year Ironically I m probably not the best person to be talking about what I did wrong in first year I was one of the few students already very dedicated to my studies right from the get go However I believe we could all have used a little more advice looking back to our young selves a few years ago Here are some things I think I should have done while in my first year and some of my recommendations to you Get involved I think I was way too nervous about doing well in school that I missed out on some great opportunities to get involved in extra curricular activities There is so much to do on campus Join a club become a member of an association within your program or volunteer for events happening around the school Not only are these wonderful resume boosters but can help you meet new people and get more out of your university experience Sign up for workshops Yes it s true you excelled in high school and got into university But that doesn t mean there s not going to be some sort of academic transition phase that you ll experience once you re here A Z Learning Services offers a variety of workshops that will help you from writing university level essays to taking multiple choice exams Talk to Your Professors It can be intimidating to approach your professors in first year especially if you have some large classes However putting yourself out there and talking to your professors can mean the difference between you understanding an assignment or getting an answer to something they lectured on It can also be a great way to get their insight on your field area of interest Explore I don t know about you but in first year I didn t travel much further than the Pen Centre to get groceries Especially if you re not acquainted with the city it s important to get out there and see what the different areas of town have to offer Who knows You might find a new favourite coffee place or a great store that you wouldn t have known about had you not stepped on that city bus All in all it s important to look at first year both as a learning curve and an opportunity to experience all kinds of new things Take advantage of all the services your university has to offer and also look out for ways to get the most out of your time here You won t regret it Good luck believe me when I tell you that these years absolutely fly by Lia Posted by Career Services Blog at 9 00 AM 2 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags Brock University Career Services first year students getting involved Lia Mancuso Tuesday October 9 2012 Brock Life Adjusting to Living at Home Sweet Not Home So Thanksgiving is over and maybe that was the first time you ve gotten to go home since being here at Brock And before going home you were totally fine with that But now that you re back at school classes in full swing and that long weekend was not quite long enough you re all oh my gosh when am I going to be home again It s only October Christmas is two months away I miss my friends I miss my family Okay so maybe you re all still fine and happy to be back at school woohoo but hey some of us had a hard time adjusting to living away and getting the chance to go home just reminds you of that It s totally okay Living away from home definitely has its ups and downs and there are ways to make that transition a lot easier Here are some tips I wish I used in my first year 1 Call or skype home at least once a week and make your family tell you whats going on with THEM They re missing 1 person from their household but you might be missing 2 6 Your parents will definitely want to hear about how everything is going for you on this end but getting a chance to hear about their lives will make you feel a little more connected to home Share a story tell a joke have a staring contest Whatever makes you feel more in the loop 2 Create a list of things that you didn t know how to do on your own before living by yourself You might include stuff about laundry cooking cleaning sending a letter paying bills managing finances etc Be as specific as you want Each month take the time to refer back to that list to see what you might have learned so you can cross it off Feel free to add something new to it as well you may have realized something else you didn t know that month and learned it too This will make you feel accomplished and remember why you might have made the decision to move away in the first place 3 Find some friends to have a family dinner with once a week Even if you re living in a dorm style residence room this is possible just find some things that can be made with a microwave or toaster and set up your dinner in the lounge This is a nice way to

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  • Career Services Blog: September 2012
    Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Thursday September 13 2012 Advantages of Part Time Jobs So it s a brand new school year and classes are well underway What are you going to do to fill those spaces between lectures before or preferably after you re done your assignments and to make some extra cash Well you re going to apply for a part time job of course Working during your studies poses many valuable advantages to your university career Just as a few examples you will Be able to learn valuable transferable skills such as organization teamwork professional etiquette customer service the list goes on Not to mention you might have the opportunity to take part in other professional development opportunities depending on your employer Meet new people network with professionals not to mention you will also have the opportunity to snap up some wonderful references from your employer Expand your resume and gain experience for your future career path your part time job may even open up doors for you in the future and turn into full time work Learn more about a specific field and or industry Help finance your education and other expenses Diversify your schedule and take a break from schoolwork other commitments So as you can see working during university has many benefits even for the modern day busy student If you re interested in part time work check out CareerZone for current opportunities both on and off campus For more general searches take a look at the Find A Job section of our website or as always stop by the Resource Centre for more tips tricks Happy job hunting Lia PS It s wonderful to be back writing the blog for 2012 2013 Looking forward to an exciting year Posted by Career Services Blog at 9 00 AM 1 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags Brock University Career Services job search Lia Mancuso on campus job part time job Wednesday September 12 2012 Welcome Back Brockers So by tomorrow school will have officially been back in session for one whole week and doesn t it feel like its full speed ahead In Career Services we definitely feel this way With Shop for Jobs just behind us and so many of you looking for part time jobs we have been happily busy with helping you guys We just wanted to take the time to welcome you all back and let you know that our school year hours are Monday Friday 9 4 30pm We are located just inside the South Entrance of the Learning Commons Remember to come by with questions about your degree finding a job graduate school applications you name it As well drop by with your resume and cover letter and we can review it for you no problem It only takes ten minutes Hope to see you all soon and here s to a successful and productive year to all Brittany

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  • Career Services Blog: August 2012
    to include on a CV as well as a description of the potential experiences to list under each heading He also provides tips on selecting appropriate references One of the services available to students and alumni at our career centre is a drop in CV review So if you have any questions while preparing your document or you are interested in having someone read over it for you feel free to stop by I highly suggest all future current and past graduate students stop by Career Services and take a look through Shane LeBlanc s Navigating Your Career Search guide Our Career Assistants are also more then happy to assist you with your graduate school preparation and career search Plan ahead and consider all of your options But most importantly enjoy being immersed in what you love Ashley Sr Career Assistant Further reading available in the career centre for graduate students The Academic Job Search Handbook 4th Edition by Julia Miller Vick and Jeniffer S Furlong The Chicago Guide to Your Academic Career by John A Goldsmith John Komlos and Penny Schine Gold Post Grad Studies Binder Brock University Career Services How to Prepare Your Curriculum Vitae by Acy L Jackson and C Kathleen Gecheis Posted by Career Services Blog at 1 06 PM 7 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags Ashley Paolozzi career planning curriculum vitae graduate school Thursday August 9 2012 Shop for Jobs 2012 It s that time of year again time to pay your tuition time to start thinking about how you re going to make money this year and therefore time to start preparing your career documents to apply if you haven t already started that is There are a bunch of new listings popping up on our Career Zone for both on and off campus positions but you can ALSO check out our annual Shop for Jobs event which is happening again in just one month The event is occurring on September 11th from 12 6pm at the Pen Centre You have exactly 33 days plenty of time to get your resume in gear and practice those interview skills You can check out our online workshops for resume writing cover letter writing and interview skills all on our Career Zone website under Workshops from your dashboard You can also check the Career Services website for more information on resume writing interview skills and also for using resources like Interview Stream Interview Stream is a really useful program where students can create a free account and film themselves being mock interviewed All you do is login choose some questions you d like to be asked and the program sets up a computerized interviewer who will ask you these questions while you re being filmed Why is this helpful Because it forces you to recognize your potentially bad habits that pop up in interviews and elsewhere You can watch the video back to see if you touch your

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  • Career Services Blog: July 2012
    analysis of both sides of the spectrum Networking can be intimidating for everyone even extroverts which makes this book an excellent companion for all of the social and not so social butterflies out there Zack creates an immersive read with her comedic writing style and light hearted attitude My favourite chapter Networking Survival Kit covers the basics of a networking event from conversation management feeling in control of the conversation from start to finish to dealing with your networking name tag Zack takes a genuine fear of many individuals and turns it into something that is almost bearable almost Networking for People Who Hate Networking has the potential to unite what Zack cleverly calls Introville and Extroland allowing us all to remove those awkward moments from professional interaction In general in order to succeed in each others company we require a solid understanding of how the mind of our opposites work I can question all day why someone would choose to spend their evenings surrounded by other people in a crowded bar or I can take the time to learn about why extroverts require this type of environment to flourish And in return extroverts can take the time to understand why I prefer to spend my time curled up on my couch with my dog a cup of Earl Grey and a good book Networking for People Who Hate Networking is available for citizens of both Introville and Extroland in the Career Resource Centre Ashley Posted by Career Services Blog at 11 19 AM 1 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags Ashley Paolozzi book review networking relationships Wednesday July 11 2012 Book Review No Canadian Experience Eh It s tough enough for Canadians to get hired with relevant experience in their field let alone for those who do not These people end up stretching out their achievement statements in order to prove how their skills qualify them it can be a difficult process Now imagine the difficulty for a person who might have little to no experience or even some excellent and relateable experience but not in the country which they re applying This is a common occurrence for International Students and Immigrants people who come to Canada seeking better education or work but without Canadian experience they can end up feeling lost Brock University is full of International students who choose to stay in Canada following their studies to pursue something in their field here What some of them are realizing is that their lack of Canadian experience is getting in the way of their career goals and job search Or is it In the second edition of No Canadian Experience Eh Daisy Wright covers literally everything a Canadian newcomer will need to know about how to immerse themselves in the culture of our career search and even provides some helpful tips about Canadian culture as a whole the term eh is defined on page xiii haha From attaining the accurate

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  • Career Services Blog: June 2012
    working abroad 2 Apply for an Internship Even for entry level positions it is necessary now that applicants will have some relevant experience in their field before they can expect to be hired Many employers will be looking for direct involvement within the field whether it s accounting or archaeology in order for them to feel comfortable investing their time and money into hiring you Never turn down a relevant internship even though some may be unpaid since this qualifies as excellent and relatable experience to put on your resume Consider finding a part time job to complement your unpaid internships Check Career Zone daily for new internship postings 3 Work Part time The reality is a lot of new grads won t be hired in their fields right away or sometimes for any full time positions after graduation This could be a result of the competitive job market unmet qualifications or just a lag in the need for hires in certain fields The best you can do is keep applying upgrading your experience and finding a way to make money in the meantime Working part time gives you the chance to make money which of course is important in order to pay off those students debts and take care of the bills enhance and hone relevant transferrable skills and it also gives you time to intern or volunteer in your career related field in order to better qualify you for your desired job And hey you might find new interests for yourself in the process Career Zone posts full and part time positions from all over Niagara and some parts of the GTA so take a look Or take a look at some other job posting boards here 4 Volunteer Volunteering is a great way to gain experience in your field or to try something entirely different There are always a multitude of positions to work with children youth special needs in schools in hospitals in food banks etc You could volunteer in your community to get to know it better or maybe a community less fortunate than yours Or you could go to a different province or country and gain a new perspective on life your career and the world Volunteering looks great on your resume but its also a great way to ensure you remain well rounded after having specialized in one field for four years So if you can manage it volunteer outside of your comfort zone you never know what you mind find out about yourself You can check career Zone for volunteer positions or take a look at Information Niagara in order to find a position best suited for you 5 Consider Further Education at Brock University Was there something you particularly enjoyed about your post secondary school experience Are you looking to further qualify yourself for your field of study Or maybe it s necessary to gain further experience in order to qualify for your career goal Then consider looking into graduate studies

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  • Career Services Blog: May 2012
    that you can watch yourself progress through A ttainable Do you feel that you will be able to stay committed to your goal R ealistic Are the expectations you are setting for yourself too high T imely When do you want this specific goal to be obtained by On the Career Services website we have a couple worksheets available to help you with your SMART goal planning Goal setting worksheet for exploring your SMART goals Goal Action Form for developing an action plan to help you achieve your goals Brittany and I have completed both of these worksheets for our own career goals and would be more then happy to assist anyone else having difficulty sorting things out I personally find that having a physical copy of my goals to look over is extremely valuable when sorting through my many unorganized thoughts Decision making can be stressful and discouraging at times but its all about keeping things simple Don t stress yourself out by making unrealistic goals I mean if you aren t going to go to med school you aren t going to be a doctor And don t be afraid to conduct any additional research in order to fine tune your SMART goals Double and triple check any information that is vital to your goals to ensure any confusion and unnecessary stress down the road Good luck and feel free to email us or stop by if you have any questions Ashley Posted by Career Services Blog at 10 00 AM 22 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags Ashley Paolozzi career resources fulltime work post grad Wednesday May 16 2012 Always Do Your Research So you ve self assessed You now know ALL about yourself exactly what you want to do and exactly how you re going to do it right Well for some of you it might have been that easy to figure it out and that s great We re happy for you But for those of you who are still unsure you re on the same side as most of us Sure we might have an idea and various options for career and or educational pathways now I put mine on a flow chart D but it doesn t end there Before you DECIDE on a career pathway it s always important to first do your RESEARCH Ask yourself Is this Pathway the right FIT Am I willing to proceed with Further Education or is Direct Employment right for me What are the job responsibilities Am I cut out for this type of work What else is out there Do I have the right EXPERIENCE Will I need experience before entry level positions How can I gain that experience now volunteering internships part time jobs What are the skills and knowledge requirements of the position Is there room for professional development and on the job training Am I looking for advancement opportunities Is that available to me within this field What is the Typical WORK ENVIRONMENT Will I be working inside outside With children with people older than me Alone Am I adaptable How much will I be making How do raises happen Is there a demand for this type of work Who HIRES for this type of work What should I know about the field The company organization How should I prepare to apply How do I ask prepare for an interview And always the BIG ONE Will I be granted a pension Benefits While these questions might be simple and provide you with the little details the affects of the answers can have some pretty great affects in the long run Here are some things to remember 1 Do what is right for you Job earnings are important but don t let the dollar sign cloud your vision when it comes to deciding on something you know will make you happy That also goes for career choices and graduate school Some people will refrain from doing a Master s program or Post Graduate Degree because they feel like they should be done spending money and instead earning it My motto is short term pain for long term gain anything extra we do now will only make it easier to pay off those student loans later on 2 While it s important to be qualified for a position don t let that stop you from applying to jobs of interest Hey you might not meet all of the job requirements but maybe nobody did You could still be the best applicant If you tailor your resume and cover letter right you could come out a shining star in their list of candidates So come on into the Career Resource Centre for a review and then get on out there 3 Your work environment should never be compromised You will be talking to these people seeing these walls and smelling these smells more often than you ll ever be seeing your family your walls or the smells in your household Make sure it s going to work for you And if it doesn t next Check out our website for some more tips and handy links for researching here And remember drop by the centre anytime between 9am 4pm Monday to Friday and Ashley or I will be happy to discuss your research with you or even help you get it all started See ya then Brittany Posted by Career Services Blog at 10 00 AM 10 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags academic path Brittany Stewart career exploration career planning Degree Exploration Guides entry level job following your passion graduate school internships self assessment starting salary Wednesday May 9 2012 Don t Stress Self Assess All through high school our parents and teachers bombarded us with questions about what type of degree we wanted to pursue once we started university Now that we are actually in university and

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  • Career Services Blog: April 2012
    on Careerzone and obtained a ticket from Career Services Any questions about this event please contact Lisa Kuiper at lkuiper brocku ca This is a great opportunity for students to engage in social activism and gain some professional development as well take advantage if you can Lia Posted by Career Services Blog at 9 18 AM 2 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags Career Services Career Zone Craig Kielburger Events Lia Mancuso Tuesday April 17 2012 Moving from unemployment to employment As the end of the year winds down you may find yourself packing up your residence room off campus housing or for the graduating students packing 4 years of life to move home or to a new city for a job Either way packing is difficult and can cause some headache After my past weekend experience I offer you 5 key words to keep in mind to help make this transition as smooth as possible 1 Toss Keep Sell When packing to move think to yourself what is garbage what can be sold what should I keep For some reason you end up accumulating much more then what you came with If you are able to sort through your items and separate what you can get rid of compared to what you will keep it makes it far less work in the long run plus you re able to earn a few dollars by selling some of your unwanted stuff Don t forget you can sell back old text books 2 Be Prepared Rent a truck Buy a truck Borrow a truck Whatever it is just make sure you have a large vehicle that will 100 fit all your stuff Unlike from my experience the last thing you want to have to do is create many trips to bring your stuff home The more prepared you are the better the transition 3 Relax Moving can be crazy draining and emotional but if you remember to relax and have the mindset that it will all come together the day doesn t become as hectic as it seems Not only are theses 5 key words great for moving out of student housing but they are key words to help you move from unemployed to employment Toss out your old resume and make a new one but be sure to Keep your skills and accomplishments so you can Sell yourself to employees Go Prepared and dress for success and don t forget to Relax I wish you all the best in your transitions Hillary Posted by Career Services Blog at 11 59 PM 0 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags Hillary MacDonald job search opportunity Transitions Thursday April 12 2012 Tough Interview Questions Salary Negotiations Here s another toughie what in the world do you say when your interviewer or potential employer asks you about what salary you re expecting This is a question that could

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  • Career Services Blog: March 2012
    descriptions chat with mangers and executives and talk with people who hold a student position you re interested in For more information please visit http www busu net get involved jobs and for cover letter and resume writing reviews please stop by the Career Resource Centre Have Fun Hillary Posted by Career Services Blog at 10 00 AM 3 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags Brock University BUSU Career Services Hillary MacDonald job search summer jobs Thursday March 15 2012 Stay On Track This is Career Services sending out a reminder to as you finish up your academic term Time to visit your Academic Adviser As an undergraduate student it is crucial that you check in with your Academic Adviser at least once a year to make sure you re on track with your degree Verify with your Adviser that you have all the correct mandatory courses for your program and that you re choosing electives that complement your minor or simply your interests It s important to have such conversations with your Academic Adviser to ensure that you are succeeding academically and are on the right path to graduation and even further studies Your Adviser can help you to narrow down your career choices and even recommend programs that students from your department typically choose to pursue They often have great ideas as they ve had tons of experience with students who are in your shoes so be sure to take advantage of all their knowledge Booking an appointment is as easy as 1 2 3 Visit the Book an Appointment page on the Brock website to set up a meeting with your Adviser or to view their walk in hours for quick consultations Good luck stay on track Lia Posted by Career Services Blog at 9 00 AM 5 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Tags academic advising academic path Brock University career advising Career Services Lia Mancuso stay on track Tuesday March 13 2012 Why take spring summer Courses This past weekend the sun was shining and we broke records for the highest reached temperature for March 11 People were wearing shorts and t shirts crazy snow shovels were put away outdoor patio furniture taken out of sheds and spring cleaning was underway For some students this was also the realization that spring is just around the corner and summer shortly follows It may mean moving out of residence house hunting packing to move home or some even graduation It also means the time is coming to register for spring and summer courses Here are some reasons as to why take spring and or summer courses Earn credits ahead of schedule which may lead to an early graduation Work towards an associate degree or minor Accelerated concentrated class time allowing for intense focus on the topic Allows for you to take courses that interests you and that may otherwise not fit in

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