How Penn State Can Help You Get a Post-Grad Job

The spring semester is upon us, which means second-semester seniors are feeling a lot of pressure to lock down a job before graduation. Regardless of your semester standing, Penn State has tons of resources available to help you score your dream job. We’ve put together a guide to help you get the most out of what Penn State offers.

Visit a Career Counselor 

Up to 10 times a year, students can schedule a private counseling appointment with a career advisor at the Bank of America Career Services Center. Counselors can help students with anything from writing a cover letter to improving networking skills. You can even work with the same counselor for every session by request. Drop-in appointments are available Monday through Friday for shorter sessions. If you have quick questions about résumé-writing or job interviews, drop-in appointments are your best bet.

Practice Your Interviewing Skills

A huge part of getting your dream job is nailing the interview. Luckily, Penn State offers mock interview sessions so you can practice your skills before it’s make-or-break time. Mock interviews are done just like the real thing — you’ll dress up and discuss your resume with an “employer.” They’re even recorded so you can receive better feedback. These are also available through Career Services.

Register for a Class

Penn State offers career planning courses to students at University Park. Those looking to learn more about transitioning into the “real world” should sign up for one of the four available courses. The courses are designed to aid students in their job search, and essentially teach them how to get hired.

Take a Workshop

If taking a class is too big of a commitment, you can always take a workshop. Penn State offers tons of workshops that help with career success, from making the best of your sophomore year to standing out at the career fair. Most workshops are offered a couple times a week at the Bank of America Career Services Center. You can check out a list of workshops on the career services website. Don’t see the workshop you want? You can even send Penn State a request to create one.

Get an Internship

Internships can open a lot of doors to employment post-graduation, and Penn State happens to have thousands available to students. Check out what internships are available for your major. You can send your college’s career services office a list of internships you’re interested in and they’ll assemble a folder with information one each. Who knows, you may end up working there full time!

Go to the Career Fair

The Career Fair can seem a bit daunting — thousands of students head to the BJC in their best business attire hoping to talk to their dream employer. It’s crowded, it’s intimidating, and it’s totally worth it. Networking is everything when it comes to getting a job, and what better place to network than a room full of potential employers? So pop on that business suit your parents bought you last Christmas and give it a go. Spring Career Days are Feb. 9 and 10 this year, but you can find a full list of opportunities online.

So fret not second-semester seniors, Penn State has tons of resources available to you. Hopefully our guide will help calm your panicked nerves a bit. See something we missed? Let us know in the comments.

Photo via Penn State Career Services

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Sarah Caskie

Sarah is a senior majoring in Journalism. She can usually be found at Saint’s looking up cat videos, or writing about music and stuff. She can be reached on Twitter at @classycaskie or via email at [email protected].

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