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SophoMORE Connections Newsletter-September 2016



Upcoming Events:line

ideaCareer Tip: Sophomore year is a great take to take a self-assessment test to learn more about your aptitudes and interests.  Give us a call-410-543-6075 or email

arrow The Majors/Minors Fair

arrowThe General Job/Internship Fair
How can sophomores take advantage of a job fair?

arrowSophomores Serve Salisbury Volunteer Month
o    Have one volunteer opportunity a week for sophomores during a certain month.
o    Week 1-Saturday of Service (sophomores serve Salisbury?) dedicated just for sophomores
o    Week 2-Alternative weekend break
o    Week 3-City sponsored volunteer day
o    Week 4-Visit a school during a week day?

arrowSophomore Career Networking Night
Various alumni representing different majors will be avaiallbe to speak to sophomores about internships and careers within their fields.  Click here for more information.

Career-Related Tips:line

arrowDonald Asher, author of How to Get a Job with Any Major, From College to Career, and Graduate Admissions Essays has assembled a list of tips for sophomore students. Consider the following advice when planning your second year of college.

  • Prepare in the fall semester to get a summer internship.
  • Test your interest in one or more majors by deepening your class load in those subjects.
  • Continue to see faculty outside of the classroom.
  • Become involved in departmental activities, such as guest speakers, receptions, symposia, committee work open to students, and especially the informal events such as barbecues, softball Saturdays, whatever they're doing together.
  • Continue with an academic activity.
  • Begin to think seriously about what you're going to do after college.
  • Start going to all career fairs and asking lots of questions.
  • If you’re comfortable with your major and settled into college, consider taking the second semester abroad. Also, if you’re going to take a semester abroad in the junior year, you may need to plan on it now.
  • Get by without a car; your grades will be higher.
  • Live on campus; your grades will be higher.

Career Fair Myths for Freshmen and Sophomoresline

Myth #1:“Career Fairs are just for seniors.”
The Real Truth: There are numerous companies attending the Career Fair that are interested in hiring co-ops & interns. Employers want the opportunity to speak with all types of students.

Myth #2: “The employer couldn’t take my resume. What a waste of time!”
The Real Truth: Federal regulations may prevent some employers from accepting students’ resumes at Career Fairs. If a recruiter is unable to accept your resume, give them your business card! Also, this is still a great opportunity to speak with employers about career paths and your career goals.

Myth #3:“I’m too young to be at a Career Fair, I don’t even know what I would say to an employer!”
The Real Truth: Participating in a Career Fair as a first or second year student is a great way to learn about companies you may want to work for in the near future. Also, learning how to speak professionally with employers is a valuable, life-long skill. If you research companies in advance, you can prepare what you’ll say.

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