Career Services

Lebanon Valley College

We begin…again

Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?― L.M. Montgomery

A good thought, I think, to keep in mind.  Would you agree?

The 2015-16 academic year is sure to find us discouraged, frustrated, and unhappy with ourselves from time to time.  Failure of some kind will touch each of us.  Sometimes it will be of our own doing; often it will come because of neglect.

We didn’t mean to forget an important meeting or date.  We didn’t purposely ignore a person or problem.  We didn’t set out to cause harm or hurt to someone.  We didn’t intend to put off planning for life and work after LVC.

But, we will do all these things and there will be a cost.  But hopefully in the process of living out each day, we’ll learn some new things about our attitudes and habits, some new perspectives on how others think and feel, some new ways to act or react, some new behaviors and tools for getting from here to there.

And we’ll begin… again.

We look forward to helping you make your way each day this year, especially where it concerns finding your career direction and preparing for it.

-Sharon M. Givler, director of career development

In case you don’t know… Lucy Maud (L.M.) Montgomery was a Canadian author, best known for a series of novels beginning with Anne of Green Gables, published in 1908.

 

What? You want me to read another book?

Yes, I do.  Books can change us, help us to see things differently, expand our horizons.

Lakeisha M. Matthews, Director of the Career and Professional Development Center at the University of Baltimore, recently submitted a post to The NACE Blog titled Five Books Every Student Should Read. Click HERE to read her picks for the five books that “had an enormous impact on [her] professional development as a college student and entry-level professional. 

What I appreciated most in Ms. Matthews comments was the connection she made to the benefits of reading and the skills/qualities that employers seek in the candidates they hire. I’ve no doubt you could easily come up with those connections, but just maybe you need to be reminded of exactly what they are. 

So read… this post, for sure. You might even want to ask some of your favorite professors, administrators, or other professionals for books/articles they consider to be a good read for your development and maturity as a person and as a professional.

Consider this my “encouragement” for how to spend some of your summer days.

-Sharon M. Givler, director of career development

 

 

Identify your competence gaps

Do you have the passion to keep learning?

I certainly hope so. for no matter how educated and equipped you are with a degree from LVC there are going to be tasks and responsibilities in the days and years to come with which you will be unfamiliar.

Perhaps you are already aware of a few competence gaps. Maybe you want to run a non-profit company some day or start your own consulting or marketing business.  if your undergraduate studies are primarily in the liberal arts you likely have some work to do developing business skills and business saavy to achieve your goals.  Eventually pursuing an MBA might be needed, but in the meantime are there other things you could learn from a business mentor in our alumni network. Meeting regularly for advice and counsel can be quite valuable.  You may discover that you’ll need to learn what case interviews are or how to segment a market (see the stories of Harpreet and Theresa in Smart Moves for Liberal Arts Grads).

Project CLOSE-UP students who have put together a Professional SkillScan profile and discussed it with the mentor they shadow have frequently fund two things:

  • skills they don’t particularly want to use in their careers are sometimes actually used in the jobs they are considering
  • mentors often have great ideas for how students can begin to work on their competence (skills) gaps while still at LVC

So where do you need to grow?  Public speaking, making presentations, working with numbers, writing, developing proposals, researching, interviewing, analyzing data, understanding cultural differences, composing thank you notes…..

-Sharon M. Givler, director of career development