Career & Professional Development

Helping Gonzaga University Students and Alumni Clarify and Achieve Their Academic and Professional Goals

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Step Up Event on February 24th

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Professional Networking Event

  • Practice networking with Gonzaga Alumni and employers
  • 35+ employers attending to meet YOU prior to the Career Fair!
  • Q & A panel featuring notable alumni
  • Hear advice on finding a job or internship
  • Practice your elevator pitch to prepare yourself for Partnership Career Fair on the 25th

February 24th at 5:30 p.m.

Jundt Art Museum | Gonzaga University

FREE FOOD

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Info Session: IT jobs, internships in Kent

IT Jobs & Internships

Kent, WA

Kent School District will be on-campus to promote school district IT jobs and internships

To view the openings, go to http://www.kent.k12.wa.us/Page/4330

Representatives will be on-campus to provide information!

Tuesday, March 18  from 4:00 to 6:00 pm
Crosby Student Center, Road to Bali, Rio and Utopia Conference Rooms

Please stop by and visit with a GU alum about these great opportunities!!

Need Career Services Help?

Attention GU Students!

Seeking resume or cover letter assistance? 

Need help locating a job or internship? 

Have questions about interviewing or want a mock interview? 

We can help in all these areas and more!

Schedule an appointment on ZagTrax.net today!

Use ZagTrax to Schedule Career Coaching Appointments

  1. Go to ZagTrax.net, choose “Student/Alumni” for user type
  2. Use your Gonzaga user name and password to login
  3. Scroll down, see lower right side of page, click on “Request an Appointment”

ZagTrax.net screenshot for reference:

Advice on Choosing and Applying to Graduate School

Considering Graduate School?

Need Some Help, Tips, Advice?

Dr. Vik Gumbhir will be hosting two graduate school info sessions later this month.  Both will occur on Tuesday, April 23rd in the Wolff Auditorium of Jepson.  The first is from 12:15 – 1:05 PM, and the second is from 6:15 – 7:05 PM. 
  • DATE:  Tuesday, April 23rd
  • TIME 1:  12:15 to 1:05 p.m.
  • TIME 2:  6:15 to 7:05 p.m.
  • LOCATION:  Wolff Auditorium, Jepson

CONTACT:
Vikas Kumar Gumbhir, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice
Gonzaga University
Office Phone: (509) 313-6495

Tues 3/26 Connect Event: Leveraging Your GU Experience + Job Search Advice

“I think we all need a little pep talk…”

What can I do with a Gonzaga Liberal Arts Degree?

A LOT.

Don’t Miss This Event!

TOMORROW

Tuesday, March 26th @ 5:30 p.m.

Foley Teleconference Room

Hear Career Advice from a GU Alum who Works at Microsoft as he talks about Leveraging Your GU Experience in Your Job Search and Career Path!

Great tips for Liberal Arts & Business majors alike!

RSVP appreciated through ZagTrax.net

Rick Collins will provide insights on how students can translate the knowledge and experience acquired at Gonzaga into a meaningful career field. Rick has taken a number of twists and turn in his own career and he will discuss how he was able to transfer his prior academic and career experiences into a variety of new and emerging career fields. Rick will also discuss the importance of personal branding and how to differentiate your Gonzaga experience in ways that have relevance for employers and sets you apart from your competition.

Bio of Rick Collins:

A GU alum with a Bachelor of Arts in Business and Communications, Rick Collins is currently Director of Business Development at Microsoft, with a focus on partnerships with Mobile phone companies and Broadband service providers to jointly distribute Microsoft devices and services to consumers and businesses around the world.

With a career spanning multiple industries including broadcasting, corporate marketing and communications, business training and education, and consumer software and services, Rick has consistently called on important learnings from his GU experience to help drive his own personal success and the success of the people and companies he has worked with throughout his career.

He joins us Tuesday, March 26th to share his insights on career success, and his thoughts on using the unique value of the GU experience and education for career advancement and growth.

 

 

Putting the “I” in Introduce

WetFeet knows the logistics of landing your dream job. A recent post on the website will help you obtain it.

The first question about yourself is tricky.Palms sweat and words ramble, but this appraoch is sure to help in interviews, networking, and coffee dates.

Just remember, “So tell me about yourself” really means “So, tell me why I might be helping you get a job today.” It starts a conversation that takes combining preparation with presentation.

Where to start? Keep this suggestoins in mind:

  • Before you meet or talk or Skype, reflect on your tangible skills (technical, not personal), challenges you overcame, and the specific reasons why you will be a great job candidate, employee, or contact.
  • Next, answer these WetFeet questions in a notebook
  • Which of your previous jobs, even if they were part-time or volunteer positions, provided you with experience relevant to what you hope to do now? If none, what about internships or academic experiences? What about courses you may have taken that gave you an understanding of the industry you’re pursuing?
  • What are your strongest skills?
  • List specific examples of projects that you worked on where you solved an important problem. You can use those to show that you are a great troubleshooter and can think under pressure.
  • What can you say about yourself that will set you apart from other young people or entry-level job candidates? In other words, what makes you memorable and special?”
  • Next, remember the 3×3, three stakes in your answer that establishe your focus and articulation, and three ways to practice saying them.
  • Say: Tell them who you are with one remarkable statement about yourself that urges the listener to want to know more (I am…

Examples from WetFeet

  • A magna cum laude graduate of ____________with a B.A. in ___________ .
  • A recent grad and recipient of the ________ award in __________ .
  • An accomplished musician who managed a band and put myself through college.
  • An extreme sports enthusiast who jumps out of airplanes and learned to fly them.
  • A strong researcher who made significant contributions to ___________ .
  • A championship athlete and captain of my soccer team.

 

  • Say: Tell them what you’re good at. Refer to your skills and how they benefited jobs, internships, study abroad, school or volunteering.
  • Say: Provide a call to action. Express clearly what you know you want and that you will do a great job.

Examples from WetFeet

  • “My principal career goal right now is ____________ and I’m excited to learn how your company’s leadership position in the industry might open up opportunities for me.”
  • “I believe very strongly in your company’s mission. I’d love to explore with you how my success in this position could make a contribution to that mission.”

PRACTICE ALL the above by being CLEAR, CREATIVE, and CONCSISE.

3 Ways to make this work

  • Do: Tape yourself, get to know your voice! And avoid ums, likes, uhs, all the fillers.
  • Do: Test it out in front of friendly ears (friends, family, coworkers)
  • Do: Create a cheat sheet on the back of a business card or index card that’s in your wallet always!

Always smile and be yourself!

Blog referenced Lindsay Pollack’s article on WetFeet.

CONNECT EVENT “Careers in Technology” Tues 11/27

Hey Zags! Don’t Miss This GREAT Opportunity to CONNECT with Employers!

Come Hear Industry Advice for Acquiring a TECH Job or Internship!


Tuesday, November 27th

5:30 to 7 p.m.

Foley Library Teleconference Room

 

Resumania this Thursday 5/3 (last one of the year!)

“So You’re Thinking About Graduate School?” Workshop

So You’re Thinking About Graduate School–Workshop for Gonzaga Students

From: Professor Vikas Gumbhir

This workshop is designed to introduce students to the process of finding, applying to, and eventually selecting graduate programs. While it is designed for students in the social sciences, other students from other disciplines are welcome.

Is graduate school in your future? If so, then you should consider attending one of these two meetings. We will provide you with a basic introduction as to what you can expect from graduate studies, and we will debunk some of the myths that may be preventing you from considering graduate school. We will also help you identify schools and programs that fit your interests and goals, as well as introduce you to the application process. These are introductory informational sessions and will be followed by a series of workshops during the fall semester that will help you craft your applications. While the specifics of this presentation will focus on the social sciences (criminal justice, history, political science, psychology, sociology), a number of the features we will discuss are relevant to graduate studies in a variety of other disciplines.

Tuesday, May 1st, from 12:15 PM – 1:10 PM in 203 College Hall.

Wednesday, May 2nd, from 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM in Wolff Auditorium (Jepson Center)

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Vikas Gumbhir (gumbhir@gonzaga.edu).

Peace Corps Info Session at Gonzaga! Wednesday 4/18

Peace Corps Visits Spokane: Apply Now to be overseas in May, June, July of 2013!

Since 1961, the Peace Corps has shared with the world America’s most precious resource – its people. Volunteers serve in over 70 countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe, the Pacific Islands and the Middle East. Peace Corps Volunteers live, learn, and work with a community overseas for 27 months, providing technical assistance in six program areas: education, youth and community development, health, business and information and communications technology, agriculture, and environment.

Peace Corps service is the opportunity of a lifetime and a great way to get two years of international experience under your belt upon graduation. Come learn about volunteer experiences, have your questions answered, and gain tips to guide you through the application process.

Tuesday, April 17
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
– Info Table @ Washington Educators’ Career Fair
Spokane Convention Center (334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd, downtown Spokane)

6 to 7:30 p.m.Peace Corps & Teach for America Joint Info Session
Auntie’s Book Store (402 W. Main Avenue, downtown Spokane)
* RSVP on Facebook *

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Wednesday, April 18
5 to 6:30 p.m.Info Session + Application Tips
Crosby Student Center – Road to Bali Room @ Gonzaga University
* RSVP on Facebook *

Unable to attend? Watch an Information Session Webinar on-demand! Read more about the benefits of Peace Corps service and how you can become a more qualified applicant. Or contact Gonzaga’s Peace Corps Representative, Erin Erickson at eerickson2@peacecorps.gov or call 206-239-6624 (Toll-free 1-800-424-8580, press Opt 1).

Interested in reading about Zag Alumnus serving in the Peace Corps? Visit: NextPCVsyou could be next!

 

The application process takes approximately 12 months so plan ahead, or APPLY NOW to begin your life-defining experience in May, June, July of 2013!

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