Student Perspective by: Michael Ching
Freshman year can be TOUGH. As a former freshman, I can tell you that it is a time filled with excitement, curiosity, and most of all, rigorous coursework. At the time, thinking about a career, let alone a job, was the last thing on my mind. Some common phrases I used, included:
“I don’t have time for internships. I have too much work.”
“I have no idea on what I want to major in, let alone find an internship.”
Or my personal favorite: “No one is going to hire me; I don’t have any work experience!”
Fortunately, the SJSU Career Center is here to help students get internships as well as know more about career related skills and opportunities. It is an extremely valuable resource to all students, especially incoming freshman and transfers.
Their mission is to help students create meaningful lives by providing the tools to guide students in identifying their strengths and goals, market their unique skills, and obtain relevant real world experience. Here are their top 5 services that I feel have the biggest impact on supporting incoming students in starting their careers:
- SpartaJobs: Access Thousands of Jobs and Internships at Your Fingertips
At some point in your college life, you will need/want a job and want to know what opportunities there are in the job market. SpartaJobs is a job and internship database found on the career center website that contains thousands of opportunities for SJSU students. All job types can be found in SpartaJobs including: Internships, full and part time jobs, on-campus jobs, seasonal and even work study. You don’t have to be a senior to start checking out what jobs and internships are available. All you need to login is your 9-digit tower card number (as your username & as your password) and your in!
- Career Workshops/Online Resources: Learn the Career Hacks to Land You A Job
The Career Center provides many workshops/webinars both in person and online to help students in their career exploration. Workshops give you the tips you need to build a great resume, develop interviewing skills (i.e. Big interview), and learn strategies to connect with employers successfully, all from the comfort of your home, dorm, or local coffee shop. Check out the latest topics and tips on our virtual resource page.
- Major and Career Exploration: Figure Out What You Want To Do With Your Life
We have all been there. Being unsure of your major is a big issue that all first year students face. If you aren’t sure where to start, check out our online tutorial, “Choosing a Major at SJSU in Under 5 minutes”. Once you’ve narrowed down your choices, set up an appointment with a career consultant to help you review your career options and develop a job search plan.
If you’ve pick a major but just don’t know what types of jobs are related to that major, then check out the “What Can I Do With This Major” tool, and discover all of the opportunities that you could pursue.
- Job & Internship Fairs: Connect With Employers Without Leaving Campus
So, you’ve polished your resume, have been coached in the secret and complex art of interviewing, and now want to get started on landing your dream job. Your next step is attending one of the many employer connection events hosted by the Career Center. We offer multiple job fairs throughout the year to help students get connected with hundreds of recruiters both nationally and globally to launch your career/internship journey. The Career Center also provides drop in interviews for students who want to have a one on one with hiring employers.
- Challenging Situations: Professionals Who Advocate For You
Whether you are an international student feeling like you need some extra assistance, or a student with a need for accommodations, the Career Center staff is here to help. There are professionals on staff to help with almost every unique situation, including how to disclose a disability, accommodation requests, and veterans’ services.
So from a seasoned Spartan to all the new Spartans on campus, I welcome you, wish you a great year and hope to see you at the Career Center! We’re here to help and make your transition to the university and the world of work a lot smoother and stress free. Be sure to stay connected and get the most updated career information and trends by following the SJSU Career Center on this blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Michael Ching is an intern for the SJSU Career Center, supporting the Job Internship Initiative Group. Michael is currently a senior at San Jose state University. His background in Business Marketing gives him a unique perspective when focusing on Marketing campaigns, social media, and innovative ideas in working and understanding students with where they are at with career education.