What do Mark Zuckerberg, Chris Bosh, and Michael Bloomberg all agree on? More students need to learn computer programming. If that strikes you as a little odd then you might be surprised to learn that by 2020 there will be 1 million more computer programming jobs than qualified students. This huge demand for computer programmers is making these jobs among the highest paid in America with no signs of stopping. The average salary for computer programmers is $77,000 which is 15% higher than average salaries for all job postings nationwide according to Indeed.com. If you are like the majority of students who were never exposed to computer programming during your education then I’d suggest trying your hand at coding by visiting http://www.code.org
Code.org is non-profit foundation dedicated to growing computer programming education. You can find a variety of FREE online courses and tutorials that can teach you everything from simple coding to how to design a mobile app. I played around with their interactive tutorial, Codecademy, and had fun learning some simple coding commands.
If you think you have a knack for coding then you should seriously consider taking a computer science class at Fairfield. Who knows, maybe you will find a new minor or even a major you had never considered before. If nothing else, coding helps you think outside of the box and develop critical thinking skills – something every employer wants!
Still not convinced? I bet you think those nap pods you’ve heard about at Google are pretty cool. Guess who works there? Computer programmers! Check out this video to learn even more from actual programmers.
Meredith Marquez, Associate Director
Looking for a way to volunteer and help other students on campus? The Career Planning Center has the opportunity you are looking for! Starting this fall the Career Planning Center will be launching a Peer Educator program. Upperclassmen will have the opportunity to assist underclassmen as they prepare for their journey to finding a career. These students will help with resumes, cover letters, and basic interviewing prep. Remember when you were an underclassman and had no idea where to begin when looking for a career? Well this is a great way to get involved and help out your fellow Stags.
This opportunity is also great to help boost your resume and give you experience in whatever field you are looking to enter. Psychology major? This is a great way to practice coaching/helping a person. Marketing major? What better way to get practice helping someone market themselves? English major? Who doesn’t need help with grammar and spelling? Whatever your field of study is, becoming a Peer Educator can give you firsthand experience and that extra bullet in your resume.
Below is the link to the application to get the ball rolling on this great experience!
Applications are due April 8th.
On Wednesday, March 20, 2013 the St. Robert Bellarmine Pre-Law Society is hosting an Alumni Speaker Series. Patrick Marano, a 2001 graduate from Fairfield University, will talk about his experiences as a student and his decision to attend law school. Patrick is Vice President with Barclays Capital IBD & Syndicate Compliance Specialties.
Prior to Patrick at 4:00p.m., there will be a presentation on the personal statement required for the law school application.
We hope you can join us for this event.
DATE: Wednesday, March 20,2013
TIME: 4:00p.m. An Overview on the Personal Statement
5:00p.m. -6:00 p.m. Patrick Marano, Vice President with Barclays Capital IBD & Syndicate Compliance Specialties
LOCATION: Alumni House
Refreshments will be provided.
Associate Director, Career Planning Center
It’s finally here, Spring Break. You have been planning this with your roommates for months and you are all leaving early in the morning for Cabo San Lucas…WOO-WOO!!!! Party time!!!
Before your start going wild, remember a few critical things:
1. Make sure you have a handle on your privacy settings for both Facebook and Twitter. You might be on the beach but employers who wish they were might be creeping on your posts!
2. Avoid uploading pictures of you in a compromising situation. This includes you as a bystander. People make judgments based on photos whether they are accurate or not.
3. If all of your friends decide to get tattoos at 2:00 a.m. make sure you put it somewhere you can cover up in the workplace. The vacation is a week but the tattoo is pretty much forever.
4. If you are expecting a job offer any day now, remember, it might be your future employer calling when the phone rings. If you can’t be professional let it go to voicemail and return the call ASAP once you have “gathered your thoughts.”
If you are staying at home this Spring Break, there are some things you can do to be productive.
1. Update your resume
2. Call at least two people that could help you network and invite them to coffee. This is a perfect time to catch up and begin asking for advice on navigating the internship/job search.
3. Don’t have an interview suit? This is a perfect time to visit Marshall’s, TJ Maxx or a consignment shop and see what you can find. Did you know you can sometimes go to Goodwill and find suits with the tags still on?
4. Begin lists of organizations you would be interested in learning more about or working for within your preferred geographic area. Don’t know what is out there? Starting researching.
Finally, wherever you go and whatever you do, remember to be safe and come back to campus with lots of stories!
Director, Career Planning Center
The Career Planning Center occasionally falls victim to rumors about what exactly the office can do for students and it’s time to set the record straight. A career center at a fellow Jesuit school, University of Loyola Maryland, has identified a few myths that are associated with career centers and we’d like to debunk some of these as well.
1. Most of the services are for seniors or business majors.
As Peter Griffin would say, this one really grinds our gears! The Career Planning Center has many services that any student can use, regardless of their major and year. At Fairfield, each career counselor works directly with one of the four schools and colleges (Arts & Sciences, Engineering, Nursing, and Business) to help ensure the entire staff is aware of the unique needs of all types of majors. Furthermore, think of each year as having a career development goal building on the previous years:
- First Year – Discover Yourself and Explore Options
- Sophomore Year – Start Formulating Career Plans
- Junior Year – Acquire Experience
- Senior Year – Transition to the Real World
2. The Career Center places people in jobs.
Remember the old adage, “Give a person a fish and they’ll eat for today. Teach a person to fish and he’ll eat for a lifetime”? The same concept applies with finding a job in the sense that the staff at the Career Planning Center wants you to learn how to do an effective job search so you’ll be able to do them throughout your entire life. The trends in career development show that most people change jobs about 10 times in their career, so there is an extremely good chance that your first job search will not be your last!
3. Good companies don’t come to campus.
The Career Center’s brings a wide range of companies to campus interested in recruiting students for full-time and internship opportunities. Keep in mind that for smaller or even out-of-state organizations, on-campus recruiting may not be worthwhile due to having too few available positions or because of the distance needed to travel to campus. Also, some of the companies that are extremely popular don’t necessarily need to come to campus because they know students will find them. Meet with one of our career counselors to discover ways to identify any of these types of employers and their “hidden” opportunities.
Visit Experience to find out which companies are posting opportunities and which are coming to campus to recruit, or conduct a corporate presentation or information session.
4. The jobs available through Experience or at the Career Fair are only for business majors.
While a number of companies seek business majors, there are many employers who seek and hire liberal arts and science majors. It’s also true that some companies have positions requiring specialized knowledge and skills, such as engineering and accounting. But others, especially when it comes to entry-level positions, are more interested in applicants who can communicate effectively, work well on teams, and can carefully illustrate how their skills and experiences align with the employer’s needs – a perfect fit for many liberal arts majors.
There is a separate Nursing Career Fair where local hospitals come to campus to recruit our nursing students. If you are a nursing student interested in working outside of the local area or at a very competitive hospital, please come to the Career Planning Center early and often so we can help you with your job search process.
5. The Career Center cannot help me apply to graduate school or to a post-graduate service program.
Career counselors are here to help you with every aspect of applying to graduate school, including program research, the application process, interviewing, and help with your personal statement. The same applies for post-graduate service and in that instance we work closely with the staff in Campus Ministry to make sure you are aware of a variety of opportunities.
6. The services are no longer available after I graduate.
We are happy to work with all Fairfield alumni at any stage of their career and our services are provided to alumni at no cost. Go Stags!
7. There are no internships for freshmen and sophomores.
While some internships are geared towards juniors and seniors, due to the knowledge and skills acquired in their advanced courses, many employers are interested in hiring freshmen and sophomore interns. The staff at the Career Center has numerous tips and resources to share when it comes to the internship search process that can apply to students at any stage of their college career.
Hopefully, we’ve debunked some of the myths you might have heard and we invite you to come to the Kelley Center to experience the services we provide for yourself. You can make an appointment by calling 203-254-4081 or come to drop-in hours Tuesday-Friday from 1:30-4:00pm. Let the truth set you free!
Meredith Marquez, Associate Director