University Activities - From Classroom to Career Senior Year



cas_flag_seniorFinal Work With Career Planning

Fine-tune your resume by adding summer jobs and senior classes. Hone your interviewing techniques. Read the Experience calendar daily. Network with alumni through the Fairfield Alumni Network (FAN). Attend the fall and spring Career Fairs. Update your resume on Experience. Apply for specific jobs by uploading your resume to that job description. Participate in real interviews. 

Absolutely necessary... starting with your first day back Senior Year. - Jenn Lance '12, English; freelance editor

Learn While Doing
Look for learning opportunities where you also gain useful experience. They might include internships, Service Learning courses, volunteer positions, and campus leadership roles. Become a leader of a campus organization or club and gain management experience.
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Independent Studies are a great way to hone in on your focus and develop a strong relationship with a faculty mentor. I would urge any student to consider designing one with a professor... If you have a special project you would like to work on, talk to your advisor and look for grant opportunities at Fairfield for funding. Do not let financial difficulty prevent you from pursuing a goal you are passionate about. - Kerry Davies '11, Theatre (VPA) / English; Playwright in Residence of the Falcon Repertory Company, Inc.


ctc_uni_sr_2Preparing for Law School and Graduate Programs

About half of CAS students further their academic careers after four years at Fairfield. Fairfield's pre-law program has a full-four year agenda of recommended activities. For senior year, the program encourages interested students, in the summer before senior year, to  narrow the list of law schools in which you are interested. Work on your personal statement and application. Line up your letters of recommendation from faculty members and others. Have your application and supporting materials ready by late summer of your Senior year and apply as early as possible. If you were unable to take the LSAT in June of your junior year, plan to take the October exam in the fall of your Senior year. Apply as soon as possible after getting your scores. attend St. Robert Bellarmine Pre-Law Society Events. Let the Pre-Law Advisor know of your progress in getting accepted. Other students will be anxious to learn from your experience!

Here is some advice from a Fairfield grad on how faculty mentors here can better prepare you for graduate school:ctc_uni_sr_3

Phyllis Braun, professor of biology, directed me to Georgetown for my Ph.D. She really prompted my interest in continuing my education. Professor Braun inspired me through several courses I took with her, in particular, molecular biology. She was really very informative and supportive of a larger vision for my life that I couldn't really see at the time. I'm very grateful to her. After Georgetown, I did a residency as a clinical scientist at Dartmouth. Then, I went out to Loyola Chicago, which is where I learned cancer research techniques and engaged with the cancer field. Currently, I am running the largest clinical prostate cancer trial in the country at MD Anderson in Texas.- Dr. John Araujo '91, Biology; medical doctor, MD Anderson Cancer Center, The University of Texas

Research 
Look for opportunities to publicly present your research at academic conferences or on-campus poster sessions.
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Independent Studies are a great way to hone in on your focus and develop a strong relationship with a faculty mentor. I would urge any student to consider designing one with a professor... If you have a special project you would like to work on, talk to your advisor and look for grant opportunities at Fairfield for funding. Do not let financial difficulty prevent you from pursuing a goal you are passionate about. - Kerry Davies '11, Theatre (VPA) / English; Playwright in Residence of the Falcon Repertory Company, Inc.

Capstone? Internship? 
How can you most effectively tie together what you have learned? Your final courses allow you to reflect upon how you have grown at Fairfield and where your path will lead you next.

Role Models 
Look for lectures on campus when professionals in your field come to speak and often meet students. Start with the Open VISIONS Forum.ctc_uni_sr_5

Technical Skills
Attend workshops (sponsored by RCADE) to strengthen technical and computer skills. How can you use courses to gain additional skills needed for your dream job?


ctc_uni_sr_6Non-Profit Sector

Look for a relevant job on campus to gain work experience. Consider volunteer opportunities, often tied to your academic interest, to give your experience and provide information on potential careers, especially with non-profit organizations.

Service Learning
Look at potential Service Learning courses that will give you a chance to interact with the off-campus community.ctc_uni_sr_7

Library Help
The DiMenna-Nyselius Library has a large array of resources to help you to discover, begin and manage your career: If you would like assistance in using any of these resources, please contact a librarian.


Senior Seminar Series

The Career Planning Center sponsors a series of events that focuses on major issues seniors face as they prepare for life after graduation. These events give seniors a chance to engage with the staff at the Career Center as well as outside experts to get the information they need in order to prepare for their next step


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View Your Contacts As A Network

Do you have faculty references lined up? How about classmates who can help inform you about jobs they hear about. Have you tapped the alumni resources? Network!

Be sure to connect with Alumni Career Services and its Fairfield Alumni Network (FAN) program. Look for relevant information in the Alumni Career Webinar Series, focusing on such issues as the job search and professional development. Look at the Fairfield Alumni groups on LinkedIn and join those that are relevant. Look at the Jobs Board and Internship Board. Seniors are also invited to any networking event in the area; see the alumni event calendar

...(Networking) also helps current students who have a better idea of what to expect when they enter the real world (not to mention a network of professionals to build from) because they receive a lot more feedback about the real world. In late 2008/early 2009, when it seemed like everyone was staring at layoffs, this was helpful. When I graduated from Fairfield, many of us from The Mirror kept in touch, but there wasn't much of a network other than that. - Frank Washkuch '02, Communication major, English/Philosophy minor; News Editor at PRWeek in New York

More career activities by class year, from across the University

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