Career Services

Lebanon Valley College

The Impact of Involvement

I’ve said it many times, it’s not the activity that matters to the employer, it’s what you’ve gained from that activity that counts.  The key is to identify the skills you’re developing, explain situations you’ve encountered, and make connections between your past behavior and how you will likely perform as a professional.

Involvement in clubs or organizations, community service, athletics, internships, and any work experiences (paid or unpaid) all count as valuable activities.  Don’t discount your academic involvement either!  Group projects and class assignments encourage critical thinking and team work; research papers and projects develop investigative and communication skills.  And what about those of you who have spent (or plan to spend) a semester studying abroad?  There is a wealth of attitudes and skills you acquire from an international experience.

For those of you studying abroad, consider participating in the new program, Expanding the Journey, a collaboration between the offices of Study Abroad and Career ServicesYou may have read Kaitlyn McDonald’s article about it in a recent edition of La Vie Collegienne, but in case you missed it, Kaitlyn has given permission for me to post it here!

“Studying abroad can be a life-changing experience, if you let it.

Being abroad will test your comfort zone, push your emotional boundaries, and open you up to experiences that you never knew existed. That is a lot to deal with on your own, both emotionally and physically. Luckily, there is a new program on campus that aids future study abroad students through their future endeavors.”  Read Kaitlyn McDonald’s full article ->

What Skills are Employers Looking For?

Each year, the National Associate of Colleges and Employers (NACE) surveys employers on the top skills/qualities they are seeking in the next graduating class.  Often times, the top skills remain the same, even if the order changes around a bit.  Would you be able to provide employers with examples of ways in which you’ve demonstrated these skills?  Does your resume help to illustrate your experiences in these areas?  Take a look at the 2013 results to see how you measure up and where you might need to focus your efforts:

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