Tuesday, February 4, 2014

On Messages and Myths: Why Students Need to Focus Goals

On Messages and Myths: Why Students Need to Focus Goals

Finding research experiences, internships and post-commencement jobs is, to say the least, challenging. Mixed messages from parents, alumni and, yes, faculty too often confound rather than facilitate.  In this, and future, editions of The Clarion I will identify issues, solicit questions and reactions, and share clarifications to help you advise students. 

While proud our students  generate significant numbers of interviews via Career and Internship Connections, and other on- and off-campus programs, we understand confusion regarding “career fairs.”   Wouldn’t it be wonderful if that were truly, as in decades past, the way most students generated interviews for jobs and internships?  But it’s not! These events do mobilize student actions and attitudes.  More importantly, they are opportunities for those who counsel, coach and mentor to encourage students to focus on specific career fields, job and internship functions, and type of firms or settings. 

Counter-intuitively, being open, flexible and well-rounded does not enhance a student's chances of generating interviews (and ultimately offers). In reality, the more targeted and articulate a student's goals the better. 

 What do you think?  What are you sharing with your students? Please continue the discussion below.

Burt Nadler
Director Gwen M. Greene Career and Internship Center
burton.nadler@rochester.edu • 585.275.2366

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