Career Counseling FAQs
When students are faced with planning their career they usually have a lot of questions. One way to get those questions answered is to set up a Career Counseling appointment, but before you do, we suggest looking through the questions below as well as the general student FAQs. Chances are you’re not the only one who has that question!
- I haven’t decided what I want to major in yet. How can COM Career Services help me with my choice?
- Do I need an internship? If I do, how do I get one?
- There are so many different types of careers I can pursue with my major, how do I decide which jobs to apply for?
- I have always dreamed of working for a specific company, is it realistic to expect that I can get a job with them when I graduate?
Q: I haven’t decided what I want to major in yet. How can COM Career Services help me with my choice?
A: We provide a wide variety of resources to help you learn about your career options. Once you know more about your choices, you’ll be in a better position to make a decision.
Q: Do I need an internship? If I do, how do I get one?
A: Yes, you need to have completed at least one internship, preferably more, before you graduate so that you will be competitive with other candidates. Internships not only provide you with experience to include on your resume, they also help you determine what it is you want to do in the future. Once you see what an industry or position is really like, it may confirm what you want to do or cause you to look at other options. A great place to start is by attending our How to Get an Internship Seminar. You will need a resume and cover letter to apply for most internships, so you should also attend the resume and cover letter seminar we offer for that.
Q: There are so many different types of careers I can pursue with my major, how do I decide which jobs/internships to apply for?
A: You are right, all of the degrees offered at COM provide multiple career options when you graduate. Don’t see this as a reason to be overwhelmed, instead see it as a great opportunity. Use our other resources to learn more about different jobs and career paths. If you are looking for an internship then it is a perfect opportunity to try out a career field to see if it is a good fit for you. If you are looking for a job, think about what you learned during your internships and combine that with research using our resources. In either case, you may be limited by what options are available in your chosen geographic area, or you may decide that a particular type of job is more important and you’re willing to go anywhere for it.
Q: I have always dreamed of working for a specific company, is it realistic to expect that I can get a job with them when I graduate?
A: This is a great time to be asking that question, before you graduate. If you have a particular company in mind you should start doing your research. Most companies have a page on their web site with information about what it’s like working for them. Sometimes these pages even have tips on how to get started with the company. For example, a site might say that they prefer applicants with a particular degree and/or experience. You can also do an internet search to find out if anyone has any tips on getting hired by that company (remember to consider the source whenever you do this). Once you have an idea what they want, you need to get that experience before it’s time to apply for a job, so you’ll be well qualified. You should also begin creating your network while you are a student. Online networking tools like LinkedIn allow you to see how many connections you are away from people. You may be surprised to learn that a connection of one of your connections works for the company you’re targeting. Learn more about how to use networking to your advantage in your job search.