What Can Career Services Offer You?September 19, 2018
By Sydney Glass
With the stress of completing assignments and looming deadlines, it is easy to overlook or push career-related activities to the side or wait until you graduate. Doing so often leads to a demanding environment as many grad students underestimate the amount of time and effort that goes into finding work after earning their degrees. Or you are on the opposite end of this spectrum and have started the job search early, but have gotten stuck on the next step you should take. Without the proper guidance, you can find yourself in an endless cycle, wasting your valuable time.
Here is where a visit to University Career Services or the Career Services office within your academic unit can come in handy. Career Services offices are well-equipped with staff members who can help any student at any stage of this process, ensuring that students can focus and be productive in their studies. If like most grad students your schedule is hectic and you have not had time to research your preferred field, come see one of the industry advisors within University Career Services who can provide you with detailed information on the types of jobs found in your discipline and the skills necessary. The industry advisors can also put you in contact with other like-minded professionals and build a connection with future employers. Career counselors are available to give advice and assist you with finding a career path that will best suit your interests, so don’t hesitate to come see them. In fact, Career Services has added virtual evening appointments, which can be scheduled through Handshake, from Sunday to Thursday, 7:00pm-11:00pm via phone and video (WebEx) to make sure that all Mason students have the same access to resources. Whether you have a late class or work during the day, talking to a career counselor has never been easier. So don’t wait to make an appointment; do it now and ensure that you have what it takes to be successful in any occupation. (Note: Students in the schools below should contact the career services offices within their school for appointments and drop-ins.)
School of Business Career Services
Antonin Scalia Law School
Schar School of Policy and Government
University Career Services offers many additional resources for career preparation; below I’ve highlighted a few that could be of interest to grad students:
Handshake: This is the new platform that replaced HireMason in order to provide Mason students with better job opportunities and access to employers. All students start with a generic profile with the option to customize it, adding their work history, career interests, and a list of skills. Handshake is especially nice for grad students. If you are uncertain about your career path or want advice from someone who has worked in the field, you can search for other students in their program or reach out to Mason alumni. Additionally, University Career Services staff have vetted all of the employers and organizations using this platform, making sure that Mason students only exchange information with secure sources. If you have not already activated your account or completed your profile, go do it now! There are hundreds of employers searching for talented grad students like you!
Interview Stream: Have you ever applied to a job and received an interview, only not to hear from them afterwards? Are you hesitant to apply to that dream job because you don’t know what to expect from the interviewer? Well, if you answered yes to either of these questions, I might have a solution for you. Interview Stream is a service offered through University Career Services that allows you to practice for an interview by video-recording your responses to pre-made or customized questions. This is a great resource to have as it can help lessen the anxiety when you actually come face-to-face with your interviewers. Being able to respond to questions is not the only important part of an interview; you must also dress and act appropriately. To help with this, the program has experts that can assess your recorded interview and give necessary feedback. The Interview Stream program is accessible on MAC, PC, android, and iOS devices, so you can prepare anywhere!
Career Fairs: Each semester University Career Services holds a major two-day career fair where representatives of employers from a wide range of industries, including companies like Google and Microsoft, host tables open only to Mason students and alumni. Academic units also host industry-specific career fairs throughout the year. These events provide a chance for students to present themselves to professionals in the field and extend their networks, conveniently in one location. Grad students should definitely mark their calendars for these events, as many organizations will be offering opportunities for internships and part-time and full-time jobs. The Fall Career Fair through University Career Services will be held on October 3 and 4, 11:00am-4:00pm in Dewberry Hall of the Johnson Center. For more information on how to prepare, visit the Career Events page.
Additionally, if you need to obtain business casual clothes or you simply want to add to your wardrobe, Career Services is hosting its annual “Suit Up Mason” event at JCPenney in Fair Oaks Mall on Sunday, September 30, 7:00-10:00pm. You do not want to miss it, as there will be great storewide discounts for Mason students, faculty and staff, and alumni! For more information, check out the Facebook Event page.
I hope that each of you will take advantage of all the resources at your disposal while you are at Mason, especially those offered through Career Services. Whether you are struggling to write a cover letter, piece together a portfolio, preparing for an interview, or simply wanting to talk with someone about career options, Mason’s Career Services professionals can provide everything you need and more!
University Career Services is located on the 3rd Floor of Sub I on the Fairfax Campus, Suite 3400.