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The Big Bang Theory: How Successful Careers Truly Begin

Quantrell WillisBy Quantrell Willis, Career Employment Services

This is an effort to explain what should happen at the very beginning of your career development for Spring 2015. Research has shown beyond a reasonable doubt that the launching pad for your career does in fact begin while in college. Let’s pretend that prior to this semester there was nothing; no career fairs and no orientation or visits to CES (Career and Employment Services). What would the beginning of your career development look like at this point in Spring 2015? How would you go from nothing to something? Well if you don’t know the answer to those questions allow me to postulate some steps on how successful careers truly begin by utilizing Career and Employment Services:

ACTIVATE your CES account by going to ksu.edu/ces. Once on the website look for the section that says “My CES Account Login”. Click on the “students” link and proceed with logging in with your Eid and password. Your CES account allows you to upload your resume and other pertinent information for jobs that are posted. A number of employers posting jobs to the CES website oftentimes prefer that you apply through your CES account.

VISIT the CES Office at 100 Holtz Hall; north of Anderson Hall and directly behind Eisenhower Hall. We have a plethora of resources available to you free of charge to help you explore future career and job opportunities.

SCHEDULE a meeting with ME your career liaison for the College of Arts & Sciences EVEN IF YOU DON’T KNOW WHERE TO BEGIN. Whether you are planning to attend graduate school, interview for jobs and graduate schools, or just need help with your resume, cover letter, or graduate school personal statement feel free to contact me at 785-532-1685 or Qwillis@ksu.edu to schedule an appointment.

ATTEND CES events. Don’t have professional clothing for interviewing? Attend our FREE Career Closet and choose from a great selection of FREE business wear for both men and women. For more information on this great event and many others please visit the following link: http://www.k-state.edu/ces/students/events.html

FOLLOW us on Twitter @KSU_CES us for updates about CES services and events, info regarding on-campus employment, application deadlines and info sessions, and other articles, research findings, and blog posts relevant to students’ career development and transition to the world of work.

Following the above steps can definitely help you form an effective pathway to your future job or career. I look forward to hearing from you! Contact me at: 785-532-1685 or Qwillis@ksu.edu if you have any questions.

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