Looking for a job can be overwhelming. It is hard to know where to start. To begin with your search, we recommend the following steps:
Stage 1: Exploration and Research
Stage 2: Get Experience and Build Your Skills
After you have explored your interests, we encourage you to apply for part-time jobs or seasonal jobs to build on your transferable skills. This is also a great time to start creating a list of internships at your favorite companies – you may be surprised to know that you may qualify for them sooner than you thought.
Outside of earning your degree, we encourage you to enroll in supplementary certificates and training. One of the platforms available to you as a Westcliff University student is Rubin – a platform where you enroll in self-paced modules to earn Badges and Certificates – all for FREE!
We also recommend you consider volunteering on the leadership board of nonprofits or associations that are in line with your career goals or volunteer to be the team leader in your group assignments and projects. This will help you develop team management skills.
Stage 3: Brand Development
Stage 4: Networking:
We have all heard, “It’s Not What You Know. It’s Who You Know”
This statement has a lot of truth to it and points to the importance of networking. Some experts say that 70 percent of people ended up in their current position thanks to networking, while others say it’s more like 80 percent or even 85 percent.
Engage in networking and industry specific events where you can connect with others in your target field. We also encourage you to join industry associations, many of which have student discounted memberships and private job boards for members. We also recommend you network online. The best career networking platform is LinkedIn. Go to the LinkedIn tab for more details on the benefits of using this platform.
**The Career Services Staff is also part of your network! Reach out to us for a 1-on-1 appointment to explore the Employer Connections we have established. We can send your resume to the hiring manager for their closer consideration**
Stage 5: Applying
To search for TESOL jobs: TESOL Jobs and Resources
Contact us for a comprehensive internship/job search list for your industry and career level.