Is it to be manager of a touring band, a brew master, an IBM analyst, a Peace Corp member, a graphic designer at Food Network, a Teach for America corps member, or owner of an IT start-up?  These dreams are the real day jobs of some recent Loyola alumni.  Have you given yourself a chance to voice your dreams?  Today is the day to start.

November is National Career Development month, the perfect time to give voice to your career dreams, examine your options, gather your resources, and engage in academic and career decision-making activities.   Get started by asking yourself if you are ready to tell the world what you want to do after graduation.  Do you know what fields you need to study and what experiences you need to have to be competitive when you graduate?  Do you have advisors and mentors who are helping you reach your dream?  Do you have a toolbox of resources to help you find internships and job leads, and conduct an effective job search?

The Career Development Center (CDC) provides the resources, ideas, and experiences you need to help you discover your paths, practice your skills, communicate your differences, and create strategies for career success. Whether you are just beginning to think about a major and its career potential or wondering how to express four years of college work to a prospective employer, we can help.  Meet us in person in the Career Development Center on the second floor of the Danna Center or at any of our programs around campus.  We can help you sort out all your options, develop strategies for obtaining internships and part time jobs, review and edit resumes, help you complete graduate school applications, help you structure your job search, and make contacts for you with alumni and prospective employers.

Ready to get started now?  You don’t have to wait for our office to be open.  Visit our virtual career center and initiate your personal career development plan now.  Access FOCUS2 to take career self-assessments and learn how your unique set of interests, skills, and values can translate to rewarding career options.  Use What Can I Do With This Major to learn about all the possibilities for your degree field.  Make Career Insider and Going Global your personal library of occupational, industry, and job market news.  Take your job search to a new level by using Career Shift to make contacts with specific employers.  Follow us on Twitter @EMPLOYola_Surge and like us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/EMPLOYOLA) to learn about hot internships and job leads, on-campus career events, job searching tips, and general news about the world of work.  Ready to apply for the hot jobs and internships?  Do so through EMPLOYOLA, Loyola’s branded job board.

Make November your personal career development month.  Take a step today and let the team in the Career Development Center help you find a career where you find yourself.

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