Develop in your career

Focus on what you're great at and grow and develop the life skills desired most by employers and your community.

Most workshops are offered in both a face-to-face and virtual format. If you are unable to attend a face-to-face event you may request a substitution. If you are enrolled in an academic leadership class a substitution for some requirements may also be available. Contact a Career Counselor for further guidance: Mr. Darius Anthony, dlanthony@valdosta.edu

Learn more about the Diversity Certificate

 

Objectives

Log into your BlazerLink to access the Blazer Ready Experience. As you complete each objective, you will earn credit toward the Diversity and Inclusion Certificate. Click here to review a helpful guide on accessing and completing these objectives.

  • Complete the Initial Participation Survey in BlazerLink
  • Visit the Office of Career Opportunities to complete a major and career self-assessment.
  • Create a Blazing Careers (handshake) profile and download the app. <GooglePlay> <Apple App Store>
  • Submit a one-page resume in Blazing Careers and attend a peer review meeting with a student career mentor.
  • Attend two of the following Career Opportunities events:
    • Part-time job fair
    • Professional Dress Event
      • JCPenney Suit Up
      • Career Fashion Show
    • Networking Event
      • Mocktails and Mingling
  • Submit the reflection of your experience.

Reflection Questions

Your reflection question responses are submitted inside BlazerLink once you have completed the Career Preparation EXPLORE Objectives.

These questions are provided for your review to better understand what reflection prompts are asked.

  1. Why did you choose to participate in this career preparation opportunity?  
  2. What new information did you learn about yourself by conducting a major and career self-assessment?  
  3. Describe your experience creating your resume and having it reviewed. How do you feel about the information you were able to put on your resume? Do you have an idea of what additional experiences and credentials you would like to gain while at VSU?  
  4. Describe one Career Opportunities event you attended. What did you learn from your experience that helps with your career preparation?  

Objectives

Log into your BlazerLink to access the Blazer Ready Experience. As you complete each objective, you will earn credit toward the Career Preparation Experience. Click here to review a helpful guide on accessing and completing these objectives.

  • Search Blazing Careers (handshake) to identify a potential internship or job in your future area of employment. Draft a cover letter and update your resume to align with the requirements of the position. Submit a copy of the job description, your cover letter, and updated resume to Career Opportunities for review and feedback. 
  • Complete a mock interview with a Career Opportunities staff member related to a potential internship or job in your future area of employment.  
  • Conduct an informational interview or job shadow experience with potential internship or employer related to your field. 
  • Attend three of the following Career Opportunities events:
    • Job Fair/Career Expo
    • Elevator Pitch Workshop
    • Branding Yourself
      • Watch a Brand Yourself video in Blazerview
      • Managing Your Online Presence Workshop
    • Professionalism and Emotional Intelligence Workshop
    • Nuts and Bolts of Internships Workshop
  • Submit the reflection of your experience.

Reflection Questions

Your reflection question responses are submitted inside BlazerLink once you have completed the Career Preparation FOCUS Objectives.

These questions are provided for your review to better understand what reflection prompts are asked.

The Focus level of Career Preparation challenged you to complete the initial steps of a job search process: 1. identify an employment opportunity; 2. write a cover letter and resume for the position; 3. conduct research through job shadow or informational interview; and 4. practice interviewing for the position.  

  1. What was the most helpful step of the process for you and why?  
  2. What was the most difficult step of the process for you to complete and why? 
  3. What did you learn about yourself after completing these initial steps?  
  4. Lastly, describe one Career Opportunities event you attended. What did you learn from your experience that helps with your career preparation? 

 

Objectives - Recommend starting 3 semesters prior to Graduation

Log into your BlazerLink to access the Blazer Ready Experience. As you complete each objective, you will earn credit toward the Career Preparation Experience. Click here to review a helpful guide on accessing and completing these objectives.

  • Job Search Process: 
    • Attend an Employer Drive-in Information session 
    • Attend a Job Fair/ Career Expo to apply/interview for jobs 
    • Complete job applications with at least 3 potential employers 
  • Attend two of the following Career Opportunities events that you have not yet participated in. 
    •  Professional Dress Event  
      • JCPenney Suit Up  
      • Career Fashion Show 
    • Networking Event 
      • Mocktails and Mingling 
    • Elevator Pitch Workshop 
    • Branding Yourself 
      • Watch a video on Branding Yourself in Blazeview (link) 
      • Managing Your Online Presence workshop 
    • Professionalism and Emotional Intelligence workshop 
    • Interview follow-up, Thank You Cards, and Negotiating the Job Offer workshop 
  • Submit the Career Preparation Certificate Excellence Packet. 

Career Preparation Excellence Packet

Your reflection question responses are submitted inside BlazerLink once you have completed the Career Preparation ACHIEVE Objectives.

These questions are provided for your review to better understand what reflection prompts are asked.

  1. How have your career goals and plans been influenced by participating in the Career Preparation program?  
  2. What have you learned about your interests, abilities, values, or personality? How has it informed your career search process?  
  3. What connections do you see between this experience and what you have learned in your college courses? 
  4. Having completed Career Preparation program, please evaluate your level of experience with the following competencies: 
    1. Career and Self Development – Proactively develop oneself and one’s career through continual personal and professional learning, awareness of one’s strengths and weaknesses, navigation of career opportunities, and networking to build relationships within and without one’s organization. 
    2. Communication – Clearly and effectively exchange information, ideas, facts, and perspectives with persons inside and outside of an organization. 
    3. Technology – Understand and leverage technologies ethically to enhance efficiencies, complete tasks, and accomplish goals. 
    4. Professionalism – Knowing work environments differ greatly, understand and demonstrate effective work habits, and act in the interest of the larger community and workplace. 
  5. Provide any additional feedback you believe is helpful in knowing more about your experience with the Career Preparation program. 

Objectives

Log into your BlazerLink to access the Blazer Ready Experience. As you complete each objective, you will earn credit toward the Diversity and Inclusion Certificate. Click here to review a helpful guide on accessing and completing these objectives.

  • Complete the Initial Participation Survey in BlazerLink
  • Visit the Office of Career Opportunities to complete a major and career self-assessment.
  • Create a Blazing Careers (handshake) profile and download the app. <GooglePlay> <Apple App Store>
  • Submit a one-page resume in Blazing Careers and attend a peer review meeting with a student career mentor.
  • Attend two of the following Career Opportunities events:
    • Part-time job fair
    • Professional Dress Event
      • JCPenney Suit Up
      • Career Fashion Show
    • Networking Event
      • Mocktails and Mingling
  • Submit the reflection of your experience.

Reflection Questions

Your reflection question responses are submitted inside BlazerLink once you have completed the Career Preparation EXPLORE Objectives.

These questions are provided for your review to better understand what reflection prompts are asked.

  1. Why did you choose to participate in this career preparation opportunity?  
  2. What new information did you learn about yourself by conducting a major and career self-assessment?  
  3. Describe your experience creating your resume and having it reviewed. How do you feel about the information you were able to put on your resume? Do you have an idea of what additional experiences and credentials you would like to gain while at VSU?  
  4. Describe one Career Opportunities event you attended. What did you learn from your experience that helps with your career preparation?  

Objectives

Log into your BlazerLink to access the Blazer Ready Experience. As you complete each objective, you will earn credit toward the Career Preparation Experience. Click here to review a helpful guide on accessing and completing these objectives.

  • Search Blazing Careers (handshake) to identify a potential internship or job in your future area of employment. Draft a cover letter and update your resume to align with the requirements of the position. Submit a copy of the job description, your cover letter, and updated resume to Career Opportunities for review and feedback. 
  • Complete a mock interview with a Career Opportunities staff member related to a potential internship or job in your future area of employment.  
  • Conduct an informational interview or job shadow experience with potential internship or employer related to your field. 
  • Attend three of the following Career Opportunities events:
    • Job Fair/Career Expo
    • Elevator Pitch Workshop
    • Branding Yourself
      • Watch a Brand Yourself video in Blazerview
      • Managing Your Online Presence Workshop
    • Professionalism and Emotional Intelligence Workshop
    • Nuts and Bolts of Internships Workshop
  • Submit the reflection of your experience.

Reflection Questions

Your reflection question responses are submitted inside BlazerLink once you have completed the Career Preparation FOCUS Objectives.

These questions are provided for your review to better understand what reflection prompts are asked.

The Focus level of Career Preparation challenged you to complete the initial steps of a job search process: 1. identify an employment opportunity; 2. write a cover letter and resume for the position; 3. conduct research through job shadow or informational interview; and 4. practice interviewing for the position.  

  1. What was the most helpful step of the process for you and why?  
  2. What was the most difficult step of the process for you to complete and why? 
  3. What did you learn about yourself after completing these initial steps?  
  4. Lastly, describe one Career Opportunities event you attended. What did you learn from your experience that helps with your career preparation? 

 

Objectives - Recommend starting 3 semesters prior to Graduation

Log into your BlazerLink to access the Blazer Ready Experience. As you complete each objective, you will earn credit toward the Career Preparation Experience. Click here to review a helpful guide on accessing and completing these objectives.

  • Job Search Process: 
    • Attend an Employer Drive-in Information session 
    • Attend a Job Fair/ Career Expo to apply/interview for jobs 
    • Complete job applications with at least 3 potential employers 
  • Attend two of the following Career Opportunities events that you have not yet participated in. 
    •  Professional Dress Event  
      • JCPenney Suit Up  
      • Career Fashion Show 
    • Networking Event 
      • Mocktails and Mingling 
    • Elevator Pitch Workshop 
    • Branding Yourself 
      • Watch a video on Branding Yourself in Blazeview (link) 
      • Managing Your Online Presence workshop 
    • Professionalism and Emotional Intelligence workshop 
    • Interview follow-up, Thank You Cards, and Negotiating the Job Offer workshop 
  • Submit the Career Preparation Certificate Excellence Packet. 

Career Preparation Excellence Packet

Your reflection question responses are submitted inside BlazerLink once you have completed the Career Preparation ACHIEVE Objectives.

These questions are provided for your review to better understand what reflection prompts are asked.

  1. How have your career goals and plans been influenced by participating in the Career Preparation program?  
  2. What have you learned about your interests, abilities, values, or personality? How has it informed your career search process?  
  3. What connections do you see between this experience and what you have learned in your college courses? 
  4. Having completed Career Preparation program, please evaluate your level of experience with the following competencies: 
    1. Career and Self Development – Proactively develop oneself and one’s career through continual personal and professional learning, awareness of one’s strengths and weaknesses, navigation of career opportunities, and networking to build relationships within and without one’s organization. 
    2. Communication – Clearly and effectively exchange information, ideas, facts, and perspectives with persons inside and outside of an organization. 
    3. Technology – Understand and leverage technologies ethically to enhance efficiencies, complete tasks, and accomplish goals. 
    4. Professionalism – Knowing work environments differ greatly, understand and demonstrate effective work habits, and act in the interest of the larger community and workplace. 
  5. Provide any additional feedback you believe is helpful in knowing more about your experience with the Career Preparation program. 
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