What the Texas A&M Career Center Can Do For You

By Annie Highfield on February 25, 2013

As a junior or senior, these last few years in college can be intimidating when faced with the task of acquiring an internship, networking, and eventually attaining a job. Not only do you have to decide what to do, but where do you do it? Do I stay in college station, go home, maybe a different city? These questions loom on the minds of most of us around the beginning of the spring semester and become even more stressful as the semester progresses. While this can all be extremely overwhelming, the Texas A&M Career Center has many resources to help direct Aggies toward acquiring a great internship and eventually a rewarding career. As someone who is currently faced with the task of acquiring an internship, I decided to look into what the career center could do for me. Here are just a few of the resources TAMU Career Center provides that can benefit students at any stage of their college career.

For those seeking an internship: Resume Reviews

Resumes. Where do you even begin, right? Whether you have a plethora of leadership roles and activities or just your name and address, if you haven’t had your resume reviewed, it most likely has errors that you could never imagine a future interviewer would notice. This is where the career center comes in. On the career centers’ website, not only do they have templates to model your resume after, but they have an abundance of tips for formatting and writing your resume. Once you have your resume written, during walk in hours, a career center staff member will sit down with you and scrutinize it; from basic formatting to word choice, these staff members can help to make your resume as appealing and functional as possible for employers. Resume reviews are available in the Koldus building room 209 Monday through Friday 8:30am – 11am or 1:30pm – 4pm.

 For those seeking a job: Mock Interviews

If you’ve had a part time job in high school or college, you know how stressful interviews can be, even if it’s only for a minimum wage job. Even if you’re a natural at communication, the difference between getting the job or not can be determined on a variety of levels, not just on how much of a people person you are. The Career Center is a great place to learn the dos and don’ts of interviewing. Their online resources provide information on various styles of interviewing, how to best prepare for an interview, and much more. Once you’ve gone through all their website has to offer, log on to hireaggies.com and register for a mock interview timeslot. These mock interviews are done by employer representatives as well as career center staff members and are to be taken as seriously as a real interview. Attire is business professional and your interviewer will contact you after to let you know if you got the job (passed the interview). While this may sound intimidating, these mock interviews are the best way Aggies can receive feedback from real employers on how to succeed in the world of interviewing.

For those about to Graduate: the HireAggies portal

While it can be frustrating to be directed to a website for help on anything these days, the HireAggies portal through the career centers’ website, as previously mentioned, is in itself one of the best resources available to Aggies. Through this website, you can manage your profile as a job seeking student and put yourself out there for potential employers. Hireaggies also gives you direct access to job listings applicable to your interests and major. It’s an easy way to communicate with prospective employers and have a direct link to the professional world. To access HireAggies, go to hireaggies.com, click current student and scroll down to career resources. There you will find the HireAggies portal. To edit your profile, search jobs and employers and maybe even find your future career.

In an ideal world, you would apply for the first job listing that appeals to you, have a successful interview, and get the job of your dreams; but in the real world, searching for a career is an arduous process that can be long and extremely frustrating. Texas A&M is one of the best schools in the country with one of the best career centers in the country. In the end, you’d be doing yourself a disservice by not taking advantage of all that the Career Center can do to help you stand out in the thousands of graduates seeking work.

By Annie Highfield

Uloop Writer
Anna is currently a junior at Texas A&M University majoring in communication and minoring in English.

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