By Alicia Smyth
Daytona Beach Career Services welcomes all students to the 2017-2018 academic year! We are very excited about all of the events we have to offer this year including a number of presentations, some very exciting company visits (Tesla, anyone?), and not one, but two Industry/Career Expos in Daytona Beach – one in the Fall (no classes!) and another in the Spring.
Everyone on our team participated in the Orientation activities this past week and it was energizing to see so many motivated first year students! We hope you all, regardless of whether you are a first year student, senior, or doctoral student, have that same sense of excitement as the semester begins. We are most certainly excited to have you here!
I’d like to offer the following suggestions to help you achieve your career goals:
- Get involved. There are nearly 200 clubs and organizations on campus! Join at least one that feeds your personal interest and one that will help you professionally. This is a great way to get to know people (who will inevitably be your colleagues out in industry when you graduate). Employers don’t just look at GPA anymore. They like to see involvement and demonstrated leadership.
- Think of your resume as a working document. Every time you do or learn something new, add it to your resume. If your resume is sparse today, start doing things and gaining experiences to fill it up. Visit our office for assistance.
- Attend the Industry/Career Expo. There are no classes on October 12th so that you can spend the day in the ICI Center researching opportunities, networking with alumni, and sharing your experiences with employers in hopes of landing a job or internship. The Spring Industry/Career Expo will be held on February 7th. Download the Career Fair Plus app using keyword search “Embry Riddle Career Fair Plus.” You can also find more information about the Expo on our website. There are also Industry/Career Expos being held at the Prescott, AZ campus and in Seattle, WA in the coming weeks.
- Consider doing an internship. More and more companies want to see internship experience on a resume before they will hire candidates for full-time positions. Some companies even require an internship before they will consider candidates for an internship! Internships are managed through Career Services and they are offered summer, spring and fall. We will be hosting an information session on September 19 at 5:30pm in IC 104. If you can’t make it, call to schedule a meeting with your Program Manager.
- Utilize EagleHire. You have single sign on access through ERNIE under the Tools section on the front page. This is where we house all of our proprietary resources such as Goinglobal and CareerShift, a place to look up employer contact information, and where all of our full-time and co-op/internship opportunities are located. Upload your resume for a review from your Career Services Program Manager to get started!
- Attend Career Services events. You will receive a weekly email every Sunday with information on what’s happening that week, along with events scheduled further out. READ THAT EMAIL! There is no reason for you to be caught unaware when a company you are interested in is here on campus, or a presentation is being held in an area in which you need assistance. Even if you aren’t ready to apply for jobs, keep in mind that recruiters come back year after year. Give them the opportunity to get to know you!
- Follow Career Services on social media. We are on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. On Twitter, we post an EagleHire job of the day every day for internships, new grad, and experienced positions. You can also follow the hashtag #EaglesHired on Instagram to see where Embry-Riddle graduates go when they graduate or do internships.
- Come in and visit us. It’s never too early! Stop by our office in SC-250 or call 386-226-6054 to schedule an appointment to meet with your Program Manager. Our office has a team of professionals dedicated to assisting you in your pursuit of your career aspirations.
The Daytona Beach Career Services team is very excited to work with you! Please do not hesitate to reach out to us for assistance. In the meantime, we wish you a great semester! Whether it’s your first or your last, make it count.
Alicia Smyth is the Executive Director of Career Services for the Daytona Beach campus. During her nearly 18 years at Embry-Riddle, Alicia has worked primarily in Career Services at the Daytona Beach campus but has also served in leadership roles with Worldwide Career Services, Prescott Career Services and University Development Services. Alicia has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Florida and a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership (Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education) from the University of Central Florida. She is the 2017-18 Past President for the Florida Association of Colleges and Employers Board of Directors and also serves as Director, Communications & Marketing for the Southern Association of Colleges and Employers Board of Directors. Alicia has a passion for social media, information systems, web design, and working with the amazing students at Embry-Riddle as well as the outstanding team of professionals in Career Services. Follow her on Twitter or Instagram at @asmyth_erau.