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The Long Game, Summer Edition

Humanities majors get jobs: we know that. The challenge is, WHAT job? Unlike accounting or engineering or mortuary science majors, you probably aren’t going to work in an office that has “Humanities” on the door. Yet contrary to popular belief, majoring in humanities gives you more–rather than fewer–options. Turning that wealth of possibility into a […]

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Thinking about Your Future over Spring Break

Your future after graduating with a humanities major: you can’t foretell it, but you can take steps to shape it.  Spring break is a good time to take care of some of the career-planning details that get shoved aside during the semester. First thing EVERYONE can do is put our upcoming career-planning events on their calendars. […]

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From the other side of the table: Why those in positions to hire people should NOT agree to informational interviews (and why you should ask for them anyway).

L. V. Anderson, associate editor of Slate, describes her own experiences with giving informational interviews and makes the case for why people in positions to make hiring decisions should NOT agree to take part in them.  Her bottom line? It’s anti-meritocratic. It’s impossible for everyone who’s searching for a job to land an informational interview […]

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Uncovering the Cover Letter

A cover letter is the letter that you send an employer along with your resume. When you’re explicitly asked to write “a cover letter” to apply for a job, the letter should be a business-style letter, complete with formal salutation and signature. It should convey your enthusiasm for the position, along with your understanding of […]

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Coping with “No”

Whether your career plan involves grad school, finding an internship, or applying for jobs, there will be rejection on the way to success. Some advice as you move forward on your path through and out of college:  Get comfortable with hearing “no.”  People will say no and turn you down for things. It’s okay, and […]

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Eight Steps toward a Summer Internship

Now is a good time to start thinking about summer internships. Not sure what your career goals are?  Not clear on exactly how an internship fits into your plans?  Some advice:  Create a need/want list.  Brainstorm all the things you would like an internship to include, taking into account salary, location, opportunities to learn relevant […]

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More Alternative Paths to the Classroom

In October, we had a post on Alternative Paths to the Classroom giving information and deadlines on programs like Teach for America and City Year.  Another program, Bard MAT Los Angeles, is advertising directly on I-Link with an early action deadline of January 15 (they will continue accepting applications until March 15).  According to the website, […]

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Yes, You Should Have a LinkedIn Profile

If you’re not on LinkedIn yet, you should be. You don’t need to wait until you have an official�job title or a clear career objective. �LinkedIn has a lot to offer college students, even those who aren’t thinking yet about their plans for after college: Potential employers, mentors, contacts WILL look you up there. You […]

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