The Graduate Gazette
A Bi-weekly Newsletter for Marymount's Graduate Students

February 27th, 2014 Edition

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The Academic Job Search
The world of academia offers several types of opportunities for individuals with graduate-level training. Whatever option you pursue, remember that your choices are largely determined by your short and long-range goals, not just your academic discipline. Take time to reflect on your skills and accomplishments throughout graduate school - which experiences have given you the most satisfaction? Was it your teaching, your research, or your leadership involvement?  As your skills and abilities develop, your values and preferences change, and your experiences and knowledge broaden over time, be aware that the "right" fit for you within the realm of academia may evolve several times.  


Regardless of whether you pursue a faculty, postdoc, teaching, or other academic position, you'll find that the academic job search is a structured process with strict deadlines and specific materials to prepare. Because strategies for the academic job search vary by discipline, familiarize yourself with the timelines and requirements associated with your discipline by consulting with your advisor and other faculty members in your program.  Finally, as you review job postings and determine where to apply, here are some important considerations to keep in mind:
  • Institutional Characteristics: Each institution and department has a unique culture and it is important to your long-term success that your preferences and the characteristics of the institution are a good match 
  • Academic Job Market: Anticipate tough competition from candidates with varying levels of career experience, as the market for open positions within some disciplines can be limited. Research the hiring outlook and trends for your discipline using resources from the Chronicle of Higher Education and professional organizations in your discipline. As you begin your job search, discuss the impact of current hiring trends with the faculty in your program and how that might impact your search. 
  • Personal Considerations: Many graduate students have life circumstances that impact career options. Are you a part of a dual career couple? Are you a parent or are you planning to have children in the near future? Do you have a family to relocate when you accept a position? 
Consult with trusted mentors for advice and to learn from their experience managing similar issues. Finally, don't forget that the Center for Career Services is here to support you each step of the way and provide guidance as you determine your priorities and evaluate potential opportunities! 
Need Support with the Academic Job Search?
Jobs4Saints Highlights
A Selection of Postings Based on MU Grad Programs
Upcoming Workshops & Events on Campus
Don't Miss Out on These Great Opportunities!

The Online Job Search and Networking Strategies for Success
Thursday, Febrary 27th, 2014 from 1:00pm - 2:00pm in Ballston 202
"Help! I need a job/internship and I don't know where to start!" Sound familiar? Well never fear, because Career Services is here with this computer-based workshop to help you learn the most effective strategies for finding a job/internship. Learn how to use research tools, websites, social-media forums, and implement effective networking strategies to find the opportunities right for you. Don't wait until the last semester of senior year to get started with your search -  Get ahead by adopting these strategies for success today!  

LinkedIn 101 Lab
Friday, February 28th, 2014 from 12:00pm - 1:00pm in Gailhac G103
You're on Facebook, but are you on LinkedIn? Get connected! This workshop is for beginners and new users of LinkedIn and will guide you through the process of setting up a professional profile, review important etiquette around connecting and networking with other professionals, and provide you with a comprehensive overview of the best ways to navigate LinkedIn's many features so that you can maximize them to meet your specific career goals.  Even better -- workshop attendees will be able to edit their LinkedIn profile live as they follow along with the presentation!


Connecting the Dots: Careers in Management
Tuesday, March 4th, 2014 from 6:30pm - 8:00pm in the Ballston Conference Center
Join the Center for Career Services for this special panel event highlighting pathways to careers in management. Whether you are a business major with a management concentration or majoring in another area of study with your sights set on leadership and management within your field of choice, this panel is a fantastic opportunity to learn about the various ways to enter into and pursue management careers while connecting with industry leaders. Come to this event to learn more about how to set yourself up for success in management roles, what top organizations are looking for in talented managers, and what it really means to have a career in management.  


Professionalism & Workplace Etiquette
Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 from 1:00pm - 2:00pm in Gailhac G114
This workshop is essential for all Marymount University students prior to entering an internship or job. The key to finding and obtaining employment is exhibiting the highest level of professionalism. Sure, your skills, education, and abilities are important to employers. But perhaps even more important is the employer's actual experience of you in the workplace setting. Come learn the secrets of professional behavior, attitude, and image and set yourself up for long-term career success! Turn that internship into a JOB! 
 Plan Ahead!
Center for Career Services
Suite 1005, Rowley Hall

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