Beginning the search for a job or internship can be stressful. Sometimes you may not know where to start. Other times you may have a general idea of where to start, but you may be unsure of reliable resources. Here are 7 resources that can help you in your job or internship search! 1. CAP's Find … Continue reading 7 Resources for Your Job or Internship Search
If you’re feeling stuck or frustrated, if you want to try something new but you’re scared, or, heck, if you just really love reading about other people’s careers (we get you), read on to learn five lessons that, at the very least, will leave you feeling a little more inspired and motivated to hit the ground running.
1. Even Your Dream Career Will Have Downsides (But That Doesn’t Mean It’s Not Worth Trying)
Being in the fitness industry isn’t easy. The hours are long and irregular, making it hard to find time for friends and family, and the pay can be crappy at first. As Bo Hickey’s classmates started giving up, he was tempted to do so, too. But he just couldn’t.
“When I’d think about pursuing something different,” Hickey said, “it truly didn’t interest me. I thought, The passion is there, I’m not worried about that. I’ve just got…
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There is a theory we use in Career Services, referred to as Happenstance Theory by John Krumboltz. Essentially, Krumboltz theorized that “unpredictable social factors, chance events and environmental factors are important influences” on our careers. And when I look back, and the non-patterns become patterns, I see the influence of my Madison Experience on my career.
It all starts with a flyer. In the fall of 1999, I was admitted to JMU Early Action. Like every good applicant, I visited Harrisonburg but for some reason my dad never drove west of 81 or north of 11. I never experienced downtown. I didn’t realize the glory of “Mall-Mart”. I insisted on the private, out-of-state, super elite university instead. So off to the frozen tundra of Cleveland, Ohio I went. I changed my major five times, from Vocal Performance, to Music Education, to Psychology and finally to Communication Disorders. I got involved, and…
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College is a time of soul-searching and self-discovery. My friends and I have done a lot of growing up since embarking on our college journeys, and we credit a lot of it to the amazing experiences James Madison University has granted us in our four years here. With senior year coming to a close and graduation looming ahead of us, here are ten things I learned from my time at JMU.
- Balance: It can be difficult to prioritize between classes, work, extra-curricular activities, job/internship/scholarship applications, hanging out with friends, keeping up with family, and taking care of yourself in college. By senior year, I have the hang of it. Sort of. The point is, I’ve learned that while schoolwork and other obligations are incredibly important, so is taking time to unwind and do things I enjoy. The key is figuring out when to give yourself a break, and when it’s…
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Aaron Minnick ('17) graduated James Madison University with a degree in Philosophy, while being a graduate from the honors college. In this post, Aaron shares his involvement with City Year, from his biggest accomplishments to how City Year prepared him for his future. Tell us about campus activities you involved yourself … Continue reading Alumni Feature: City Year Employee Aaron Minnick
We’re all for flexibility. Going your own way. Paving your own path. Doing what works for you (and not doing what doesn’t).
We’re also big fans of not putting a timeline on things. We’ve even said that there are plenty of things you don’t have to have by 30 (or 40, or 50, or ever…).
But when it comes to your career, there are some things that we do recommend getting started on sooner rather than later. Not because some all-knowing career god out there says you have to, but because you’ll make your professional future—not to mention day-to-day work life—a whole lot easier.
So, do you need to check every box off this list by the time you’re 35? Definitely not. But, consider it a list of suggestions that, if taken, can have a really big impact on your career.
1. Really Refine Your Elevator Pitch
While it will…
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