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Her Campus – A great way to build resume & your personal brand!

HC Fairfield

Do you dream of writing for a magazine like Glamour some day? Obsessed with fashion blogs? Want to work in fashion, entertainment, or media? Well, if you asked yes to any of those then you should consider getting involved with Her Campus.

So what exactly is Her Campus?

Her Campus is an online magazine aimed at female college students. The website is divided into six sections: style, beauty, health, love, life, career, and high school. Any questions you need answered, you will find them throughout this wonderful website. But wait it gets better, they added the feature of “My Campus”, where colleges across the nation have the opportunity to have a HC chapter on their campus. And, lucky for us, this is what Danielle Tullo and Amanda McKelvey did!

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Amanda and Danielle at the HC Fairfield Launch Party

The two juniors got approval to launch Her Campus Fairfield, allowing them and their writers to post articles aimed towards the Fairfield women! Since the launch, there have been numerous amazing articles on the Fairfield page including why you should study abroad, cute Olympic athletes, a party playlist, and many more.

To boil it down, if you want to do something that has to do with creating content around fashion, pop culture, entertainment – so do a lot of other people. Writing for Her Campus at Fairfield will give you the opportunity to actually get some experience writing about those topics. This is a very powerful way for you to build your brand & resume.  Just imagine that you are in an interview with some folks at E! for a VERY competative summer Internship. Like they do for all of their applicants, they do a very quick google search before you come in. To their surprise, they find some concrete examples of your WORK and notice that you consistently write about pop culture – BOOM, they’re impressed.

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Her Campus Fairfield Page

If you want to get involved, or have a story idea that HC Fairfield should write, you can email Danielle (danielletullo@hercampus.com) or Amanda (amandamckelvey@hercampus.com)

Also make sure to get your daily dose of HC Fairfield at: www.hercampus.com/fairfield

Instagram: HCFairfieldU

Twitter: @HCFairfieldU

Mary Stampoulos

Mary Stampoulos
Career Peer Adviser

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Would You Attempt Competing in the Giant Slalom if You Have Never Been on Skis?

sochiIn recognition of the 2014 Olympics I thought I would use an Olympics analogy that applies to a lot of things in life.  For our purposes, consider the interview.  Why would anyone no matter where they are in the job search process, consider going on an important interview if they have never prepared. Interviewing is a skill that is built over time and requires practice.

My first recommendation would be to visit the Career Center and spend a session reviewing the interview.  What are direct, indirect, stress and behavioral interview techniques?  What is the simple “trick” you use in a behavioral interview?  Have the counselor review some of the most commonly asked interview questions.  If you are unsure about how one might go about researching a company your counselor can guide you on that in addition to offering pointers on dressing appropriately for the interview.  Then, as you are leaving that meeting, schedule a time to come back for a mock interview. What a concept!

A mock interview is an opportunity for you to simulate a real interview without the added pressure of knowing a job is actually on the line.  A company and position is selected that you will research (ideally within an industry you are interested in pursuing) and prepare as if it were the real deal.  Typically they will run about 20-30 minutes and the interviewer can provide valuable feedback on how you handled yourself.  Could you have provided stronger responses?  Was it clear that you knew the organization and you did your research? Did you say like/um/uh too much? How about that annoying habit you have of staring at the ceiling when answering the question?  You see where I am going with this?  This experience will help better understand the interview itself and where you might need some work.  Consider doing several of these interviews until you feel confident.

A wonderful resource the Fairfield Career Planning Center has made available to students is InterviewStream.  In the privacy of your own room you can go through a mock interview while filming yourself.  How do you think YOU will do? I dare you.  Go to www.fairfield.interviewstream.com

Want to practice with friends who are all going through the process also? You all have to be honest with each other (but in a nice way), and each have the list of 100 most commonly asked questions.  Take turns asking each other questions and critique the response.  After a while it becomes second nature.

Remember, you never want to go into an interview sounding as if you have memorized all of your answers and nothing is spontaneous; but to go into the interview knowing how you might respond to almost anything thrown your way is where you want to be.

Finally, when the time comes and you get that interview…and you know you will…take the time to prep. Don’t be that person that thinks their great personality and ability to hold a conversation will get you through.  Chances are you will be left wondering what happened.

To boil it down, Olympic athletes don’t go into their event unprepared… so you shouldn’t either.

 

Cathleen Borgman

 

 

 

 

 

Cath Borgman

Director, Career Planning Center

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What is your Road to #Stagcess? Tell us & you could win an iPad mini…

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The rules are simple:

1. Follow @FairfieldCPC on Twitter

2. In 140 characters share how Fairfield University has helped you on your “Road to Stagcess.” #Stagcess is more than just a hashtag. When students graduate from Fairfield University they will forever be a Stag. We want students to tell us how Fairfield has cultivated them on their personal journey throughout college. Whether it be preparing them for a future career, helping them grow socially, or even on a deeper personal level. In the tweet student must use the hashtag #stagcess in order to be entered into a drawing to win an iPad Mini.

3. If the contestant tags a friend into their “Stagcess” story, they will be entered TWICE in the contest. The drawing for the iPad Mini will take place at the Career Fair on Thursday, 2/27.

Message us on Twitter with questions.

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Law School, the next chapter!

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Deciding to become a lawyer is a major life decision and deserves careful thought. Make no mistake: going to law school will change your life. In deciding whether you should pursue this path, you should follow your instincts and consider the following questions as you explore if law is the career for you.

Should I go to Law School?

Law should be your career if you are hardworking, energetic, analytical, like to argue, enjoy reading and have excellent writing skills. If you have a passion for the law, that will carry you through the many difficult days that you will encounter in law school and in your career. Your career should be something you love not something you chose for the money you think you will make or the prestige you think it might bring you. If you are hesitant about law school you probably should consider waiting rather than going on directly upon graduation.

What kind of skills do I need to be successful in Law school?

Excellent reading and writing skills are essential to success in law school and beyond. The ability to speak confidently in public and to think critically are invaluable. Only those with a strong work ethic need apply. You should spend your undergraduate career acquiring a honing these skills to prepare yourself for law career.

What should I major in if I am planning to go to law school?

There is no required major for law school. Students major in areas as diverse as History, Politics, English, Psychology as well as Accounting and Nursing. 

Is your heart in it? 

Finally, check in with your intuition. What is it telling you about this move? Law school might make all the sense in the world, but if it isn’t right for you, no amount of effort will make it more right or less wrong. Take your time with this question. Envision yourself in the law school atmosphere and as an attorney (or whatever goals you have in mind after graduation). Can you see yourself happy and functioning at your peak in both scenarios? If so, then start researching schools and sign up for the LSAT. But if not, then realize it’s better to know now than three years (and many thousands of dollars in debt!) later, and move on to the next challenge.

Join the St. Robert Bellarmine Society

The Society is open to all undergraduate students interested in a law career. If you are considering law school you are encouraged to join. The Society offers programs and events to help you decide if law is what you want to pursue and offers information to help you prepare.

On Tuesday, March 4 the Pre-Law Society is sponsoring 2 events. Contact the Career Planning Center if you plan to attend and or wish to become a member of the St. Robert Bellarmine Pre-Law Society.

Financing Law School
Stephen G. Brown, Assistant Dean, Fordham Law School
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
4:00-4:45 p.m.
Alumni House

What is the First Year of Law School Like?
Presented by Fairfield alumni who are currently attending law school
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
5:00p.m.-6:00p.m.
Alumni House

Finally, schedule a meeting with the Career Planning Center, cpc@fairfield.edu  or Dr. Sharlene McEvoy, Director of Pre-Law Advising, smacevoy@fairfield.edu.

 

Sue Quinlivan

Sue Quinlivan

Associate Director, Career Planning Center

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