With this Spring semester coming to an end and graduation approaching, some graduating students are excited for what is to come. But others are realizing they will soon graduate without a job.
With little time left, students are scrambling to find “the job” they were hoping to find their freshman year. Finding the right job isn’t always easy. Luckily, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi has resources such as Career Services that can help a student not only develop a plan, but develop their future career.
“We hold all kinds of career fairs throughout the year,” said Nancy Salinas, senior career counselor of the College of Liberal Arts and College of Education. “A lot of graduating students find their employers by going to those and meeting the recruiters.”
Salinas said students should go to career fairs even as freshmen. She said meeting the recruiters, seeing local employment opportunities and developing their resume gives them helpful experience for their junior and senior year, when they are looking for the right job.
“We even have on-campus Recruiting,” Salinas said. “Which is when recruiters come to campus to interview our students.”
Located in the University Center, Room 304, Career Services offers many resources to students of all classifications such as mock interviews, Izzy’s Suit Lending Closet where you can visit professional attire for an interview, resume reviews and career counseling.
“If students are interested in a certain field, we can sit down and look at a program called ‘Choices’, which gives students an idea of what jobs can come from certain degrees,” Salinas said.
Salinas said career counseling will help students conduct a career assessment that evaluates a student’s interests, abilities, values and personalities which ultimately gives students an idea of what fields they may be interested in.
“It was my junior year when I decided I didn’t want to become an educator and dropped my teaching certification,” said Sasha Mendez, senior English major. “I went to career counseling because I had no idea what I wanted to do, and it seriously changed my life.”
Mendez said she was able to find an internship through one of the career fairs and now has a job after graduation through the same company.
“I cannot stress to people how helpful those career fairs are,” she said. “They’re nerve-wracking, sure, but they give you hands-on experience to what comes after you graduate.”
Mendez said for freshmen and sophomore students, graduation seems so far away that it doesn’t even cross their mind.
“But graduation is coming,” she said. “So it’s always good to expose yourself early on…there’s nothing more terrifying than realizing your junior year that you have no idea what you want to do. So don’t procrastinate.”
For more information about Career Services, visit their website at career-services.tamucc.edu/index.html.