Lebanon Valley College graduates find themselves studying and working all over the place. Sometimes they remain in Central Pennsylvania; sometimes they go across the globe. It’s fascinating and fun for the College to learn of the stories that explain what took one alumnus one way vs. another. As a student, you may also be wondering what’s out there and how you can expand upon your own career story. Perhaps there is a city you dream of, a state that excites you, or a study abroad destination that you yearn to return to.
Often times, when someone is telling a career story, the ignition point (the way in which the path was influenced or determined) is a resource they learned of, a networking connection they happened to make, a dream that they turned into a plan, a situation that set off a series of events, etc. Whatever the case, it has to start somewhere! Unfortunately, I can’t introduce you to networking contacts through a Blog (unless you’d like me to tell you about Career Connections, an online mentoring program that connects current students to LVC alumni and parents who have volunteered to offer career guidance…), nor can I turn your dream into a plan (although I could start by referring you to our TIP Sheet on Preparing Students to Reach Employment Destinations), but I can certainly introduce you to a few (more) resources!
Your JobCenter account will connect you with jobs or internships that employers post. It will also give you access to an employer directory that introduces you to companies who have recruited here in the past, as well as a Resource Library with oodles of folders on employers or internship programs to check out. Still, you may be interested in broadening your search considerably to focus on a specific industry or area. There are hundreds, probably thousands, of websites out there to help facilitate your search; so many, in fact, that it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Although we don’t endorse one over another, nor can anyone claim that one website casts a net broad enough to capture every opportunity, one site we would encourage you to take a look at is Urban Employ.
Urban Employ posts thousands of internships and jobs in major metropolitan regions for businesses, nonprofits, and governments. Interested in Atlanta? Chicago? Denver? Los Angeles? New York? Philadelphia? Search for positions representing 75+ fields in 25 major metropolitan areas. It certainly isn’t the only website out there, but it’s a great starting place!
Looking to travel a bit further? Say…overseas to study, volunteer, intern, teach, or work? Our office has partnered with the office of Study Abroad and the Bishop Library to offer My World Abroad, a vast resource for our students and graduates to utilize. When I say vast, I mean vast enough to have necessitated the creation of a User’s Guide to give users a glimpse of what they’ll see when they create an account and log in! I can’t even begin to describe all of the information you can gain by spending some time browsing; instead, I’ll offer a snapshot of the “table of contents” that will likely persuade anyone interested in leading their career story abroad to investigate further:
So, although we cannot be the authors of your career story, the office of career services will gladly offer you resources, a listening ear, advice and guidance on your professional development and pursuits, and always, always, always, a place where you can share and celebrate the events of your story, whether they take you down the road, across the country, or half-way across the world!
~Gwen Miller, associate director, career services