This week we were talking about common career-related myths on our Facebook page. Let’s review and bust those common myths!
Myth #1: The Career Center can only help seniors
Busted: We serve students at all class levels and encourage students to engage with us early and often to help in achieving their career goals. Programs like the Professional Network Program, MicroInternship program, and Career Immersion Trips are perfect for all class levels as they can all play a hand in exploring different careers and building a professional network.
Myth #2: Unpaid experience cannot go on your resume
Busted: Skills and knowledge are not just gained in paid positions. Employers are also looking for skills that are developed in the classroom, through volunteering, campus clubs, research, and more! Students can meet with an advisor or attend our Resume Clinics to learn more about formatting and experiences that should appear on their resume.
Myth #3: Your major will determine your career
Busted: While some majors strongly relate to specific career fields, many employers hire based on experience, skills, and personality – not necessarily major. MicroInternships and speaking to a member of the Professional Network Program are great ways to see what past SMCM students are doing with their majors.
Myth #4: There is one perfect job for me
Busted: Choosing a career path does not mean you will commit to that path forever – many people today have as many as 5 or 6 careers in their lifetime. We encourage students to explore their passions! One of the benefits of pursuing a liberal arts degree is the variety of areas students are exposed to and can develop skills in. You never know where one path might take you!
Myth #5: Job boards are the best way to find jobs & internships
Busted: Many organizations only post openings on their website. We recommend targeting specific organizations directly and utilizing your social and SMCM network. Programs like the Professional Network Program, MicroInternship program, and Career Immersion Trips can introduce students to professionals in the field who may be able to help in their job/internship search.
Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat (@SMCMCareers) for more helpful career resources and staying updated on Career Center events!