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Resources for Academic Advisors and the Student Success Center

Advising related to job search needs to differentiate between the advising and full-time employment needs of students whose majors do and do not directly translate into defined careers paths. This strategy deemphasizes the ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach of delivering job search resources through business and engineering-oriented career fairs and Handshake.

Instead, advising should match students with the dominant job search methods in their fields of study, such as major-specific Web-based job boards, LinkedIn and alumni networking, while at the same time encouraging students to attend career fairs and evaluate opportunities on Handshake.

As noted below, the Center for Career Exploration & Success Web site contains links to each job search method and provides students access to major and career interest-specific job search links organized by academic division.

This webpage will help advisors do the following:

  • Understand the liaison structure in the Center for Career Exploration & Success Offices and how to refer students for career advising.
  • Articulate the pathway to career development at Miami University.
  • Develop knowledge of the various recruiting cycles for jobs and internships.

A video with information on how academic advisers can support career development is available for review.

Center for Career Exploration & Success Liaison Structure

The Center for Career Exploration & Success is set up to support students’ career development at all points in the Miami University experience. Each academic division is assigned a Center for Career Exploration & Success Liaison who has a unique understanding of the majors within the division as well as the internship and job opportunities available to students within those divisions. Students can make appointments with their Liaison through Handshake.

Pathway to Career Development at Miami University

To help students think about the steps they can take throughout their Miami University experience to prepare for their future, the Center for Career Exploration & Success developed a four-year guide for students. These are not meant to serve as a linear path that all students must follow to be gainfully employed, but rather to provide insights into the types of experiences students may choose to pursue during their time at Miami in preparation for post-graduation plans.

Early Career Exploration

The Center for Career Exploration & Success offers an Early Career Exploration course (EDL 100). This two-credit hour course offers students an opportunity to explore who they are and what they have a passion for within the context of a number of different careers. Early career exploration panels are also offered each semester to help students explore different industries that recruit across majors. The panels include Miami alumni from different academic divisions and are facilitated by the Center for Career Exploration & Success or faculty. The following resources can also support students career exploration:

  • Focus 2 online assessment is free to all students but it is particularly useful for students in their first and second year. Focus 2 helps students learn more about themselves and what majors and careers may be a good fit.
  • Online job search resources organized by major can help students explore the kinds of opportunities that exist and help them develop goals for college to help them explore careers that peak their interest.
  • Career Fairs (particularly for those students who express interest in working for a for-profit organization) can help students explore the different organizations that recruit at Miami University.
  • LinkedIn is the leading professional network on the Web. A LinkedIn profile is an important supplement to a resume. Having a LinkedIn account and a complete LinkedIn profile allows a student to connect with classmates, alumni, faculty/staff, and industry professionals for networking purposes, and to find new opportunities for internships and full-time positions.
  • Stay Informed with resources that help students understand trends in the fields or industries they are interested in entering.

Preparing for the Internship and Job Search

Our office offers workshops that are available to all Miami University students on resume writing, job search strategies, LinkedIn, and so much more. In addition, there is a series of podcast episodes and videos to help students gain additional information and insights on things like resume building, networking, career exploration, and various career paths. In addition, students can set up a meeting with an advisor through Handshake to help them get ready for the internship/job search. The following resources are also available to support students in their preparation for the internship/job search:

Recruiting Cycles for Internships and Jobs

Internships

Most internships are completed the summer before a student's senior year. Some internships are available to students after their sophomore year particularly in the fields of accounting, finance and sometimes engineering and technology. While some recruiting for internships starts in the fall, a good deal of the recruiting happens in the early spring. Students interested in internships should check out the Spring Internship and Career Expo on campus. Additional internships may be found using the job search resources shown previously.

Depending on a student's major or career interest, there may not be a traditional internship for everyone who wants one, so we often encourage students to think about research experiences, summer employment, and high impact student jobs at Miami that provide them with transferable skills and help them acquire new skill sets. These experiences can be just as meaningful and employers take them just as seriously when hiring for full-time positions.

Job Search

Business and engineering students should begin their job search early in the fall semester of their senior year. Liberal arts and creative arts students, many of whom traditionally begin their formal job search in late spring and early summer, need to enter the labor market much sooner to compete for the best opportunities, leveraging the skill sets they have acquired under the Miami Plan as a competitive advantage.

Such students need to finalize their resume, LinkedIn profile and cover letter; explore opportunities on general aggregator sites (i.e. indeed.com) and major or interest-specific sites; and consider opportunities in industries or sectors ‘adjacent’ to their major, such as music publishing or production for non-education music majors, food wholesale companies or food brokers for nutrition majors, or textile firms for studio arts majors, during the same September time frame that business and engineering students follow. Major specific links by academic division are organized to highlight such adjacencies.

Questions to Ask Students

Students new to Miami

  • What are some careers of interest that you might be able to explore during college? If you are unsure, check out the Center for Career Exploration & Success website to explore possibilities and what is attractive or unattractive about them.
  • Are there careers in which you have been interested? What led to your interest in those careers? Why do you think they would be a good fit for you?
  • When you think about your best experience working on a project, team, or job, what did you believe contributed to that being a good experience?
  • Are you familiar with the Mapping Your Miami Journey brochure and how to use it?

Students in the Middle of their Miami Experience

  • What kind of work environment do you see yourself working in (non-profit, government, for profit, Corporate America, education, etc.)? What is it about those environments you find appealing or unappealing?
  • What strengths did you demonstrate during that experience?
  • What have you done to gather information about career fields?
  • Have you had any experience job shadowing or learning about fields of work that are of interest to you from a parent/friend/other? What did you learn about that (those) career(s)?
  • Have you considered how you can use your remaining electives to better prepare you for career paths you are interested in?
  • Are you registered on Handshake?

Students Preparing to Graduate

  • What activities/leadership roles have you been involved with/had on campus and what skills did you develop through those roles?
  • Tell me about what skills you believe you developed through your coursework that could support you in a job after you graduate.
  • Have you used the Telling Your Story workbook to think about how to talk to relate to an employer the skills you've acquired at Miami? Have you used the Value of Service in Your Career Search brochure to think about and articulate the value of your service activities?
  • Have you used the Translating Your Study Abroad Experience brochure to think about and articulate the value of your international experience?