Between all the books, websites, and people available to you that offer knowledge and insight into the world of work, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Lessen the “information overload” by targeting your efforts on resources that more directly pertain to your interests.
Professional Associations – If you’ve yet to consider the networking potential and insider knowledge that can be gained from a professional association, I’d urge you to look into it. Unsure where to start? I recently learned of Weddle’s Association Directory – www.weddles.com/associations – that offers an entryway into tons of organization websites.
- Did you know there are seven Economics associations? Eight in Sports Recreation? How about four separate categories related to Diversity – Diversity/Disabilities, Diversity/Ethnicity, Diversity/Gender, and Diversity/Religion.
The list goes on. Once you’ve found an association of interest, explore their website. You may be able to access information on industry trends, educational resources, and publications just by browsing the site. Or, consider becoming a member to view more in-depth information, be invited to events, and gain access to job boards or membership directories. You may even find that there are discounts on student membership rates!
Professional Associations offer direct access to your industry. Take advantage of them!
Industry (Subscription) Resources – Career Services offers several industry specific resources:
- ARTSEARCH – the national employment bulletin for the arts, published by Theatre Communications Group
- Internships USA – considered one of the most comprehensive sources of internship information on the web
- Environmental Career Opportunities – a bi-weekly electronic newsletter with hundreds of job vacancies in environmental policy, conservation, education, and engineering.
- Bridge Worldwide Music Connection – maintained by the New England Conservatory’s Career Services Center, this resource provides access to thousands of opportunities in music and arts administration.
- Opportunities in Public Affairs – find Capitol Hill jobs, government affairs, legislative and policy jobs, public relations, communications and fundraising; research, writing, and journalism jobs, etc.
- MyWorldAbroad – want to go abroad, study, volunteer, intern, teach, or work? Check out this extensive resource!
You can create your own account in MyWorldAbroad using your LVC email address; the other subscriptions require a username and password that can be acquired by contacting Career Services or going into the Resource Library of your JobCenter account.
Information is necessary in your career planning; but don’t get overwhelmed. Target your research and get more focused results!
~Gwen Miller, associate director, career services