SU Career Services This office provides a variety of useful information and services which will be beneficial to your placement in graduate school or industry. The office is currently located on the second floor of the Guerrieri University Center.
Career Services periodically offers resume workshops which will assist you in preparing an organized informative and professional resume and cover letter and will keep your resume on file. Employers seeking to fill specific positions may request resumes from this file. Your resume will be kept on file through your senior year and for one year following graduation. In addition the office maintains a more complete credentials file for individual students. This file includes your resume transcripts letters of recommendation etc. which are sent to prospective employers by your consent only. This service is primarily intended for job seekers but you may take advantage of the service when applying to graduate schools.
Identifying Prospective Jobs/Employers:
There are several ways of identifying prospective employers through Career Services. There is a book of job vacancies which is regularly updated which includes job postings from all employers. There are also applications available for state and federal government positions and for State of Maryland teaching positions. Several reference books are kept in the office including Peterson's Job Opportunities for Engineering Science and Computer Graduates Opportunities in Chemistry Careers and others. You may also find useful information on chemistry careers including educational requirements and salary information by using SIGI a computer database which has compiled this information. The University also hosts a job fair each spring allowing students to meet with employers to obtain informal interview skills and to network with professionals in your chosen field.
The Job Interview:
Some companies interview on campus. To assist you with the interview process interview workshops are held which last one hour and are meant to inform you of services available and to prepare you for the campus interview process. Interview workshops may also be valuable to those interested in attending graduate school because often applicants are required to interview prior to being accepted into an institution.
SU Student Guide to Preparing for Graduate School:
If you are considering attending graduate school at the completion of your studies you will find this guide (available at Career Services) to be an invaluable source of information and further resources. The booklet will tell you what graduate school entails and will help you to decide whether graduate school is right for you. It will also provide information on selecting a graduate program financing graduate school and graduate admissions requirements (such as the Graduate Record Examinations). The graduate school checklist and timeline will prove to be especially useful. The timeline is given below:
Junior Year Fall and Spring:
- Research areas of interest institutions and programs.
- Talk to your advisor and professors about interests and application requirements.
- Register and prepare for appropriate graduate admissions tests.
Junior Year Summer
- Take required graduate admissions tests.
- Write for application materials
- Visit institutions of interest if possible.
- Write your application essay.
- Check on application deadlines and rolling admissions policies.
- For medical dental osteopathy podiatry or law school you may need to register for the national application or data assembly service most programs use.
Senior Year Fall
- Obtain letters of recommendation.
- Take graduate admission tests if you haven't already.
- Send in completed applications.
- Register for financial aid.
- Mail transcripts and letters of recommendation.
- Make plans to visit select institutions during winter break.
Senior Year Spring
- Check with institutions before the deadline to make sure your file is complete.
- Visit institutions.
- Send a deposit to your institution of choice.
- Notify other colleges that you have made a decision so they may admit students on the waiting list.
- Send "thank you" notes to people who wrote recommendation letters informing them of your success.
Finding a Graduate School:
Career Services maintains a listing of over 200 graduate school catalogs which will be helpful in selecting schools of interest. The center also provides the computerized "Graduate School Selector" which will be a useful source of information. The Peterson's guide to graduate programs is also available. If you have access to the Internet you may find current information regarding your schools of interest at the home page of the institution. The University also sponsors a graduate school fair during the graduate school week which is held during the fall semester. This gives you the chance to speak directly with the representatives of various colleges.
As mentioned in the jobs section the University maintains a credential file and can send pertinent information to schools of interest. You will also obtain help in registering for GRE exams and in writing effective personal statements.
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