For many incoming students, getting a part-time job is the last thing on their mind when having to move to a new place, meet new people and start new classes in a totally new environment.
While starting college is definitely a challenge, what many new students don’t realize is that having a part-time job or internship can be just as important as a good GPA when applying for jobs in the future.
“80-90 percent of employers are telling us that having actual work experience is useful to students when applying for positions, and students with experience are seen more favorably by employers,” Burnell said.
Burnell said the first step to finding a job is joining Handshake.
Registered students will automatically be added to the system and can log in with their University credentials. Once logged in, Burnell said to optimize one’s profile.
“We encourage students to have [their page] as updated as possible,” Burnell said. “They can essentially upload a resume and click ‘add to profile’ which will include all the elements of their resume fully.”
Burnell said the system works best when used frequently. The success rate in finding a position using this system is very high for students, Burnell said.
Helping to find a job during college isn’t the only service that the Career Center provides, though.
“It’s for everything career related, from the day they first walk on campus to five years after they’ve graduated,” Burnell said.
Students who visit the Career Center will be able to utilize services like career assessments, interview preparation, resume and CV reviews and professional development discussions. The Career Center is open to all students of any major, and students can have walk-in appointments during business hours, Monday-Friday.
For students eager to get a job when the fall semester starts, the Career Center will be holding an internship and part-time job fair on Aug. 30.
It will feature employers from the Auburn area who are going to be hiring in the fall. The event is free to all students.
“It’s a great way for students to get connected with positions they may not know about,” Burnell said.