Choosing a major can feel like an overwhelming task. There are dozens of options available to you—how do you know which one to pick? The great news is that in today’s workplace, your major no longer defines you or pigeonholes you into just one career path. Your options are widely varied within any one major, so you don’t have to feel like you’re deciding your whole future when you declare your major.
Kentucky State University’s Career Counseling and Placement Office has resources available to help you choose a major that’s a great fit for you.
Individual counseling sessions may be arranged to help students and alumni clarify career interests, values and work-related skills; explore potential careers and employers; and refine job seeking, interviewing, and resume preparation skills. To schedule an appointment with a counselor, click here: firstname.lastname@example.org
Experience a simulation of a real interview. Receive feedback and guidance regarding effective interviewing skills. Many of these interviews are conducted by employers. Click here to schedule a mock interview: email@example.com
Your resume is a marketing tool created to market you. It may be your first contact with an employer, whether applying for an internship, co-op or job opportunity. Resumes may also be requested for leadership opportunities, graduate school, scholarship, and fellowship applications.
Employers often review resumes and cover letters in 10 seconds or less. Therefore, your resume must be well-written, concise, extremely organized, and easy to read in order to be effective. Customize your resume for the reader, looking for opportunities to match your accomplishments and interests to their needs. Tailoring your resume and cover letter to the specific employer is a key component of a successful resume and cover letter!
There is not one correct way to organize a resume. It depends on your unique education, experiences, and skills. It is a good idea to have different versions of your resume depending on the job type/industry that you’d like to target. Drop by the Career Counseling and Placement Office, Academic Service Building, Room 303 or e-mail your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Once we have received your resume, it will normally take three to five days to complete.
Internships provide meaningful work experience related to your academic studies.They allow you to experience and evaluate a potential career while you are still in school.An internship can also help you develop professional references and contacts for future networking. Internships are available for all academic majors. For more information, send an email to: email@example.com.
Business etiquette is all about professionalism and appropriate behavior. You will never have a second chance to make a first impression. First impressions are often lasting impressions with a potential employer. Here are a few tips:
- Do your homework. You’ll be more confident and prepared if you go into a business situation knowing what’s expected of you, and knowing about the company and the position you’re interviewing for. Bring multiple copies of your resume and references, and make sure they’re kept neat and unwrinkled in a folder, preferably leather bound portfolio.
- Be on time! In fact, plan to arrive 15 minutes early. That way, you won’t be rushed and will give your interviewer the sense that you’re punctual and prepared.
- Dress professionally. It’s always better to be overdressed and more traditional than too trendy or casual. If possible, find out the expected dress code. In an interview, a business suit is usually a safe choice. In most industries, conservative is better.
- Send thank-you notes. This small gesture can make a world of difference when you’re being considered against other candidates. Anytime an employer gives you their time, whether it’s a formal or informal setting, be sure to email them within a day and follow up with a hand-written thank you note. You want them to know that their time was appreciated and valued, and that you enjoyed learning more about their company and the open position.
If part of your interview or meeting with an employer includes a meal, good manners are essential. Remember to use utensils, working from the outside in if you’re faced with several forks or spoons, and eat slowly. A meal is a chance for your potential employer to see how you act in a more relaxed environment than the interview room, but that doesn’t mean you can be casual. Treat the meal as part of the interview process, and if you’re unsure about what to order or how to conduct yourself, take your cues from your host.
Check our website to see when the next etiquette seminar/dinner will be held or contact Mrs. Kim Jones at (502) 597-5792 or Ms. Annette Bruce at (502) 597-5948.
Careers and Majors
This is a convenient website that helps you connect majors with careers. For each major that interests you, you can find an outline of common career areas, typical employers, and strategies designed to maximize career opportunities.