Still thinking about whether you should attend the Career Linkages Conference on Friday, February 21st?
Well, let me ask you this. Do you have a back-up plan if your dream job doesn’t welcome you with open arms straight out of college? What about a Plan C or D, or if you’re like me (ridiculously unlucky at finding employment), a Plan “I Stopped Counting Applications A Long Time Ago?”
Jen Markin, organizer of the PCAL event, addressed some important questions for the ever-curious EMW interns.
1. What is the big takeaway (or takeaways) for the Career Linkages event?
The Career Linkages Conference was created to help liberal arts majors understand how qualified they are for today’s (and tomorrow’s) market, and for those students to know how to market those qualifications. It also provides an opportunity to brush up your resume and catch a few pointers for interviews. There is something for the student just beginning to plan their post-graduation life and those who are already knee-deep in job descriptions.
2. Are there any specific takeaways for English majors?
This concept is especially important for English majors who are capable of working in such a range of fields from publishing to entrepreneurship to healthcare to non-profit work to just-about-anything. The ability to communicate ideas and think creatively and critically are huge transferable skills across multiple career paths.
3. How will this event help English majors prepare for the ‘hot jobs’ that don’t have official titles yet?
Liberal arts majors are better prepared to move with a changing job market for several reasons. One of the most prominent being: the soft, transferable skills—like the ability to think critically and creatively or communicate effectively—are the skills which move employees past entry level positions. If your field is changing and you can only do task A, you can’t adapt when task B becomes the norm. The electronic impact on publishing being an example, or the rise in social media communication. Neither of these fields where prominent when I attended undergrad, yet several of my peers work in positions within this industry. They had the basic, transferable skills to adapt coupled with experience.
Whether you’re a senior who just can’t wait to graduate, or a freshman who likes to plan ahead, come out to Mass Media and Technology Hall anytime between 10:00-3:30! You can register and find the schedule of events right here.