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Major Changes With Major Changes

30 Jan

I’ve always seen myself as a determined student. Someone who knows what to do and how to do it.

THEN I CAME TO COLLEGE.

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I came into college with one goal in mind: to become a lawyer. I thought being a lawyer was my destiny, my calling, my life. I knew becoming a lawyer was going to make my family extremely proud of me, which frankly is a serious and big goal in my life. Having a proud family is a big deal for me.

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Being a first generation student in his freshman year, I childishly thought I had my entire life figured out. I remember letting everyone in my freshman year dorm know of my goals, constantly repeating the phrase “I’m going to be a lawyer.”

And I believed it too.

Things started to change during the first semester of my sophomore year, once I started to take courses required for my major. I was not doing so great in them and even thinking about my major would stress me out.

I felt as if I were an alien in a foreign land, unaware of what to do next.

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I realized that I was feeling all of this because I wasn’t truly passionate about the subjects I had to focus on to succeed in my major.

I felt like a coffee aficionado being forced to drink water for the rest of his life.coffee animated GIF

I began to wonder if I truly wanted to be a lawyer. I felt scared, ashamed, and clueless.

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I wanted out.

I knew I wasn’t meant to go through college with doubt and dissatisfaction. I knew I had to make this experience my own, I had to formulate a plan that would get me where I need to be, where I truly want to be.

I forced myself to focus on MY goals and dreams, not anyone else’s. I realized college is a place for students to advance their knowledge on the things that they truly want to learn about, not what they think will make their parents proud. Although this is a big goal for many students, as it is for me, it is not all that students should focus on. At the end of the day, if you are passionate about something, you will always be eager to learn about it, which only guarantees your success.

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If you truly set your mind on the things you love, you can accomplish them.

And THAT will definitely make people proud.

I encourage students to reflect on their educational and professional goals throughout their college experience. Think of all of the high stake decisions you’ve had to make, and the many you know you’ll have to make. Focus on what your goals are, memorize the steps you need to take in order achieve them, and succeed. Remember, sometimes change is good.

Good luck, wildcats.

– Julian

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On-Campus Jobs: The Road to Getting that Moolah and More

4 Oct

College life doesn’t come cheap. If only getting money was as easy as rappers make it seem. “I get money.” Why yes, 50 Cent, you sure do, but a lot of us college kids aren’t lucky enough to be “stanky rich.”  

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So, when scholarships and loans don’t add up — and producersaren’t knocking down your door with multi-million-dollar record contracts — what’s the next best thing? A job. For many, the term causes a feeling of landing in unknown territory.

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For others, we know the term oh-too-well.

Wherever you’re at, let me take you through my journey of searching and landing a job on-campus.

Let’s start with the basics: do I want/need a job?

The first step is acceptance. After noticing that my adventurous food spree was depleting my high school summer savings faster than the speed of light, I came to terms with my problem and found a solution: I needed a job, pronto.

After acceptance is achieved, the next step is preparation.

As crazy as it may sound, landing a job takes effort and commitment; who knew? Career Services does. They provide free programs, both online and in-person, to help Wildcats develop a strong resume, search for jobs, and even practice interview skills. Thanks to such services, prepping is made easy! Know that you are not alone in this maze to a getting a job. Career Services has your back!

Once you have composed your resume, are interview-ready, have your references lined-up (make sure to ask them first if it is ok with them to be your reference and then discuss with them what’s going on) and you’re rocking that confidence, comes the next step in the journey: looking for a job.

Luckily for you and I, the UA loves student workers and helps facilitate and expedite the job-search by providing several tools.

Exhibit A: Wildcat Joblink. This dandy online tool can be found through Career Services and is a haven for employers as well as potential employees. The program integrates more helpful tips for resume-building and interview skills, but its main attraction is its compilation of on-campus and off campus jobs available to students. Cruise through the Web site and see what the UA has to offer you!

Exhibit B: Make sure to look into emails from your college and other departments on campus as they may contain job opportunities.

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If you’re not feeling the online-dating vibe of landing a job, don’t sweat it! There are other ways to find your perfect job-match.

Exhibit C: Simply communicate with others. Network! Ask around! Teachers, advisors, and even that dude who sleeps in class next to you  might know of an employer who is hiring, so why not pick their brains – even if you have to wake them up – for the valuable information? From personal experience, friends and previous coworkers referred me to the job I currently have (which allows me to write blogs). If you have already had a job on-campus, you have the advantage of being connected. Sometimes, it really comes down to who you know!

Okay, you’ve found something that looks interesting to you, and you meet the job-requirements … so, send in the required paperwork and wait for a possible interview.

Waiting doesn’t mean you can’t be productive. Prepare interview-worthy outfits, practice your interview skills, get to know more about the job, and develop questions about it. Employers love students who come prepared with a thirst for more information! Stand out—in a good way of course. 

Once you get an interview, think of it this way: you get to talk about yourself and how amazing and brilliant you are, just in a more structured, professional manner. For a lot of us, talking about ourselves comes naturally… it’s your time to shine!

I recall my first interview, and let me tell you, it was far from ideal. I was so   nervous that I stuttered my words, moved a little too much, and even blanked-out a couple times.

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Despite my struggles, I engaged effectively with the interviewer and asked questions that showed I had done my research regarding the position.

My resume also did wonders, as they loved the involvement and skills I could bring to the job. I can’t emphasize it enough: a strong resume makes all the difference.

Somehow after what I thought to be a train wreck, I got an email congratulating me on getting the job!

Once the “scary” parts are over, it’s all about the wait for that “congratulations.” 

Make sure that you don’t put all your eggs in one basket though. If you really need a job, apply for multiple positions on-campus. Also, know that if you don’t land a job the first time around you have many other opportunities, so don’t get discouraged! If anything, let it motivate you to continue your endeavors for that job that you’ll be a perfect match for.

Now that I have covered the basics of the process, you might be wondering, what good is a job if, like 50 Cent, “Money I got, money is got”?

A job can provide you with more than just that moolah. Having a job is a great resume-builder where you can acquire skills and connections that will influence your future endeavors.

Personally, all three of the jobs I’ve had on-campus have strengthened skills I already possessed and helped me acquire new ones. For example, during the summers, I worked as an Orientation and Welcome Leader. From this position, I obtained incredible knowledge of the UA and its resources, great communication skills, and mastered the art of confidently walking backwards around campus!

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The other job I have had as a Peer Advisor through Prodigy helped me realize that close interaction and helping others was something of great importance in my working life. This job served to reinforce the things I already knew I wanted in a possible future career and helped me discover some things I would rather steer away from like making gingerbread houses for a living.

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Whatever your motivation is for getting an on-campus job, know that you have an abundance of opportunities right at your Wildcat paws! It is up to you to embrace those options and be on your way! If you do, you’ll be surprised by what you can take away, besides just a paycheck to get you that “Bling like BLAOW.”

   –Lucero Pesqueira

Looking for a Job? Wildcat Joblink And Other Resources

1 Feb

Wildcat Joblink is the Career Services job network site at the UA. You can upload your resume and they will share it with possible future employers. You can also look through available jobs on campus and surrounding areas. Student positions are frequently posted to this site as well, so if you are looking for a job on campus it is a great resource.

I found a job as a maintenance assistant for ResLife for the summer on Wildcat Joblink last summer. It was a good job, with good hours, and kind of fun. I learned how to fix basic things in apartment buildings and got a lot of experience with painting living rooms, bedrooms, and closets different shades of white.

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Umm… which one do you like? The one on the left?

All I wanted was a summer job to cover the cost of living in Tucson for the summer, and it fit the bill perfectly. I also learned tons of practical stuff about fixing things that I would never have been taught otherwise.

More recently, an employer also contacted me via email to let me know about a job opening that she was interested in interviewing me for. It was a job in the Phoenix area, so I wasn’t interested, but in principle that is pretty nifty.

Career Services has many other services including resume and cover letter guidance, mock interviews, and they host the Career Fair each semester.

There is a fee, as we said in our newsletter. It is $5 to opt in to their online services. Well worth it if you ask me.

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Wildcat Joblink is not the only place campus jobs are listed, though. Job openings and announcements are frequently listed in many of the university listservs. For example, the two positions I have in the Nugent building were advertized in the Honors Listserv.

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You can also look for jobs around Tucson. If you have a car, you can work anywhere you want within driving distance. If not, you’ll have to look for jobs near where you live or near campus. I am using Indeed.com to look for jobs for after graduation. I’m pretty sure they list all jobs posted online. It seems like that. I’ve applied for a few different jobs around Tucson and also back home in the Seattle area, and I’ve found jobs from all different types of businesses.

I hope these three resources were helpful and best of luck job-hunting!

After College I Will Do…

7 Sep

First things first. Graduate. But what do you do after that? If you plan on starting your career after college Career Services is here to connect you to employers, check resumes, and set up mock-interviews in order to set you up for success after college. If you have any questions like;

What should I wear to an interview?

What is Business Casual?

What will employers ask and look for?

These can all be answered by connecting yourself to the proper resource. Career Services.