The Career Center: How to make use of this campus resource

<p>Lucina Hall is where you can find the Career Center, where students can apply for jobs and get more information on employment opportunities. <strong>Samantha Brammer // DN File</strong></p>

Lucina Hall is where you can find the Career Center, where students can apply for jobs and get more information on employment opportunities. Samantha Brammer // DN File

Ball State’s Career Center, located in Lucina Hall, is full of a variety of resources for all students to take advantage of until graduation. According to the Career Center’s website, students who use its programs gain exposure to more jobs and land more jobs than competitors from similar universities.

The website states faculty, staff, alumni and employers who use the Career Center as a resource see the impacts on their classrooms, organizations and businesses where words like real-world learning, career-ready employees and return on investment are exemplified.

Some programs include:

Career Coaching

Every student has a trained career coach who interacts with employers.

These coaches have grown strong connections with alumni, employers and partners who wish to work alongside Ball State students. They help align students’ long-term goals with their everyday choices.

Additionally, career coaches connect students with professionals who tell them exactly what they need from Ball State graduates. They support students all throughout the job application process — from helping them develop a strong portfolio to reviewing their resume and cover letter.

Key Careers

Key Careers is the first program students will be introduced to through orientation and throughout the first semester. The online program helps raise students’ career clarity and engage in internships sooner by helping them identify a path for their passion and future career.

Intern and Career-Ready

Intern-Ready and Career-Ready are guided programs designed to help students earn and be successful in both their internships and jobs. The Intern-Ready program will fulfill 30 percent of the requirements for the Career-Ready program. It involves activities such as having a résumé and cover letter reviewed, professional etiquette training and workshop attendance.

The Career-Ready program has further requirements including career fair attendance, workshops and leadership skills development.

On-campus student employment

To apply for an on-campus job, students can visit the Career Center for a referral slip and bring that slip to a person or department on campus where they’re applying. Job openings are regularly posted on the Cardinal Career Link website.

Employer site visits

Each semester, the Career Center picks a few businesses for students for a tour in order to see what the company is like and connect with alumni.

Typically, transportation and a meal are provided. In the past, the Career Center has taken students to places like Indianapolis Monthly and Sweetwater Sound.

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How to get an internship

If you want to get a head start on career experience, you’ll probably want to apply for internships. While getting this process started can be overwhelming, there are plenty of resources both on and off campus that can help.

The Career Center

In addition to helping place you in on-campus jobs, the Career Center also helps students find off-campus opportunities and internships.

People often overlook this aspect of the Career Center and get left in the dust when it comes to finding the perfect summer internship. To avoid making a mistake, look early and often at the Career Center listings as they update throughout the year.

Your department

If you’re looking for an internship, chances are there’s someone in your college or department who can help. Professors and academic advisors have a wealth of knowledge and usually plenty of contacts that can hook you up with an internship. More often than not, these advisors are waiting to help you find a job because of the floods of emails they receive from professionals looking to hire students, particularly from Ball State.

Online Resources

In addition to on-campus resources, a simple online search can go a long way. You can search

for job opportunities from your dorm with websites like internships.com and WayUp.com. Also, depending on the type of internship, you can begin searching and filling out internship applications straight from the website. Be sure to give the company a phone call to not only ensure they received you materials, but to let them know you’re interested.

Other Tools

When you know what internship you want, you just have to submit a résumé and cover letter. You can find free templates for both online. All you have to do is pop your information in and make sure it looks professional. There are also design classes and LinkedIn Learning tutorials to help you create your own. If that’s not your style, you can always befriend an on-campus designer.

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