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RIT Office of Cooperative Education and Career Services

Welcome to the Office of Cooperative Education and Career Services Parent eZine, a quarterly electronic newsletter that shares information related to career events and topics.

Spring 2010

Spring Career Events

We have many career fair events coming up during the spring quarter, starting with our general Spring Career Fair on March 24th. Please encourage your son or daughter to take advantage of these opportunities to meet with companies that are eager to hire RIT students.

SPRING CAREER FAIR – Wednesday, March 24th
11 am – 4 pm, Gordon Field House
140+ Companies to date
Open to all students - All majors represented
Over 50 companies are staying to conduct interviews on Thursday March 25th
CREATIVITY: Careers In Motion 2010 Creative Industry Day and Portfolio Review
Thursday, April 8th, Noon – 6:00pm, Gordon Field House www.rit.edu/emcs/oce/student/Creativity.html, http://twitter.com/RIT_Creativity
Career Fair and Interviewing Event (Business Students)
Friday, April 9th Noon – 3:00pm
Syracuse University, Whitman School of Management, http://ubca.whitman.syr.edu
Monday, April 12th, 3:00-5:00pm, Henry’s, Bldg 1, 4th Floor UPSTATE NEW YORK BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING CAREER CONFERENCE
Friday, April 16th 8:30am-6pm, at the University of Rochester, School of Medicine & Dentistry
Building - Co-sponsored by RIT and the University of Rochester More information: www.unybecconference.org

We have numerous preparatory workshops to help students prepare for career fairs, including a mock interview program, all presented by our employer partners. Complete information on events and programs is found on our RIT Job Zone online system, on the student page of our website (www.rit.edu/co-op/careers).

Developing Leadership Skills

Leadership is consistently one of the top three skills valued by hiring companies. Employers value self-starters who demonstrate the ability to guide and direct others to achieve the goals set by the organization. There are many ways students can develop leadership skills that will set them apart from their competition.
• Project team leader role: many classes and labs have required team projects. Students should look for opportunities to assume team leader roles, managing the project and other team members.
• Student clubs or student government: membership in an on-campus club affords an opportunity to assume a position on the board of directors, which will demonstrate leadership abilities. Here’s a list of RIT clubs - http://campuslife.rit.edu/main/clubs/index
• Professional associations: related to a student’s industry or field, professional associations also give a student the opportunity to assume a board position, or even to manage a specific project or activity. RIT has many student chapters of professional associations.
• Employment: any job could offer a student the opportunity to assume a leadership role, whether or not it’s related to the student’s major. Advancing in a company, or even taking responsibility for additional projects will demonstrate initiative and leadership skills.
• Volunteer/community service: taking charge of a project or event for a volunteer organization also demonstrates leadership abilities.
• Formal leadership training: the RIT Leadership Institute and Community Service Center - http://campuslife.rit.edu/leadership/ - is committed to providing opportunities for leadership and professional development. They offer several leadership certificate programs, giving students the chance to develop, practice and apply leadership skills. These include: Personal Success Skills, Leading Others, Global Leadership, Women’s Career Leadership, Club Leadership and Management
• The Leadership Institute, in conjunction with the Office of Co-op & Career Services, also offers the annual RIT Connectology Leadership Advancement Conference, held this year on Saturday April 17th on the RIT campus. The RIT Connectology Leadership Conference offers a wide variety of Leadership Development and Career Readiness Workshops where students and alumni can develop the skills necessary to get ahead and stay ahead in their careers. The conference offers 24 separate workshops which are facilitated by speakers from RIT and the Greater Rochester Community, and features nationally renowned motivational speaker, Derek Greenfield and business etiquette guru John Bourdage. Connectology is guaranteed to leave students with leadership skills that will last a lifetime. http://campuslife.rit.edu/leadership/connectology/conference.php

Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival

Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival is a campus-wide event that showcases the innovative and creative spirit of RIT students, faculty and staff. Visitors experience the breadth and depth of RIT through interactive presentations, hands-on demonstrations, exhibitions, and research projects set up throughout campus. Inflatables, games and multiple performance stages with live music and entertainment are also a hit with visitors of all ages. Held annually each spring, Imagine RIT is the annual kickoff to Rochester’s rich festival season. This year, we expect more than 30,000 visitors to join us on Saturday, May 1, from 10am-5pm for this signature event. Free of charge, open to the public, and held rain or shine, Imagine RIT promises to be a spectacular day of creativity and fun! If you’re in the Rochester area, please join us, and see what RIT students are up to! More information is found on the Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival website: http://www.rit.edu/imagine/.

Leaving Campus Without A Job

Your son or daughter is looking for a summer co-op job, or is graduating and seeking an entry level position. Despite their best efforts, there is a real possibility that they may not have secured that job when the spring quarter ends. We recognize this situation happens, and want to assure you that we will continue to work with your student to help them achieve success in their job search. The overall search process may take longer, require more persistence, and may encompass more resources, but essentially remains the same. Here are some tips and suggestions for students seeking jobs.
• Target industries that are experiencing growth, including financial services, healthcare, government, energy/utilities, sustainability, environmental/green, education. Follow the stimulus money!
• Make sure your marketing tools are in order. Your resume should be revised, reviewed, and focused to your industry/field. Cover letters should be specific to each company. You should prepare a 60-second commercial to introduce yourself professionally. Interview skills should be practiced and polished. If appropriate, develop a portfolio or website to showcase your work. Determine what sets you apart from your competition (what are your strengths?).
• Utilize all available resources in your job search. These include:
- Office of Co-op & Career Services. Meet with your program coordinator, utilize our website, including CareerSearch, Internships.com, GoingGlobal and Job Zone (current job postings, archived jobs, employer database, information sessions/workshops, JobCentral, Professional Network)
- Other job search websites. We think Monster.com is too large, but there are many sites specific to your industry, field, or major. Check with your program coordinator for a suggested list, or do a Google search.
- Professional associations. Join organizations specific to your industry/field/major, and network with like-minded professionals in your field, gain access to job postings just for members, conduct informational interviews, attend conferences and events.
- U.S. Government. There are many opportunities at all levels in the government. Information is available at www.rit.edu/emcs/oce/student/HowTo/GovtJob.htm.
- Social Media. LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter are common groups that provide free business, social and professional online networking. Use them to exchange information, ideas and opportunities, join professional groups, search for jobs and company information, seek RIT alumni and join RIT Alumni Groups.
- Networking. Take advantage of every opportunity to meet and interact with professionals. Join professional organizations, attend employer information sessions and workshops, talk with your classmates about jobs they’ve had, talk with faculty about suggestions or referrals they may have, talk with your family and friends – expand your personal networking contacts, and check in with former co-op supervisors and co-workers.
- Alumni relations. Services are available to all students within four quarters of graduation. You can participate in chapter events (good networking opportunities), and use the Tiger Locator, a free online community database that allows you to browse 106,000 alumni contacts for networking.
• Finally, be flexible, be persistent, follow up, stay positive, and stay in contact with our office – we’re here to make sure you succeed!