Category Archives: Career Learning

‘Just in Time’ Career Fair on April 12 at Hughes-Trigg

careerfairStudents should mark their calendars for the last Career Fair event of the academic year, sponsored by the Hegi Family Career Development Center. The event will take place on Tuesday, April 12, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Ballroom.

At the event, students will be able to network with employers who are recruiting for both full-time and internship opportunities. Students are encouraged to come prepared with resumes printed and research completed. Counselors at the Hegi Center can help students prepare for the event.

– Hena Rafiq

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Students present their research on SMU Research Day

SMU students shared the results of their research with other students and guests at the annual Research Day on Feb. 10. Learn more and see a list of winners at www.smu.edu/researchday.

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Make the most of SMU Career and Internship Fair

CareerFairPic1At the Spring 2016 Career and Internship Fair on Thursday, February 18, students will have the opportunity to network with over 75 companies, including Southwest Airlines, Peace Corps, EY, Epsilon and Sendero. Sponsored by the SMU Hegi Family Career Development Center, the fair is set for 4 to 7 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballrooms.

“Networking is such an integral part of the job process, and this event provides students of all majors with an open forum to do so on a larger scale,” says Regina James, associate director of the Hegi Career Center. “The Career Fair is a recruiting, networking and educational event, and we look forward to students taking advantage of that opportunity.”

  • Watch a Mustang Minute! video of the February 2015 Career and Internship Fair by Myles Taylor of SMU News.

Hegi Career Center counselors encourage students to view the Career Fair as their first job interview and to be prepared. Here are their tips to being a top candidate:

  • Attend drop-in hours at the Career Center from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays and have a counselor review your resume. Bring plenty of copies of your resume to the Career Fair.
  • While you’re at the Career Center, you can take assessments to identify your values, interests, personality and skills.
  • Do your research. Review the list of participating employers, and learn more about the ones that interest you.
  • Download the new SMU Career Fair + app on Google Play or Apple Store to get up-to-date information about the fair and participating employers.

SMU students who serve as Career Development Ambassadors for the Hegi Career Center also have advice for students about the fair:

  • “The Career Fair can be crowded, loud and overwhelming. Make the most of it by preparing a resume and elevator pitch before attending.” – Katie Anderson
  • “Show your interest, and make a genuine connection. Collect a business card, and send a follow-up within 24 hours. Do this, and the recruiter will remember you when you turn in an application. Remember, a job search is a full-time job for some people. Put in the time to do it right, and you will be rewarded.” – Justin Wolfe

– Hena Rafiq

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Mustang Minute: SMU Career and Internship Fair

Students had the opportunity to meet with more than 90 employers representing a range of industries at the February 10 Career and Internship Fair sponsored by SMU’s Hegi Family Career Development Center.

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Students Can Make Connections at Career and Internship Fair

At the Spring 2014 Career and Internship Fair on February 24, students will have the opportunity to meet 117 companies and network with more than 225 employer representatives. Employers attending include the U.S. Department of Labor, Neiman Marcus, Peace Corps, McAfee Inc., American Airlines, KPMG, Citi, Ernst and Young, Deliotte, JCPenney and many others.

  • Watch a video of the February 2013 Career and Internship Fair by Myles Taylor of SMU News video

Sponsored by the SMU Hegi Family Career Development Center, the fair is set for noon to 4 p.m. at the Hughes-Trigg Student Center.

Darin Ford, director of the Hegi Career Center, says the event can open a variety of doors for students, whether it is their first semester or their last. “For the first time, we have partnered with eight SMU graduate school departments who will be in attendance recruiting students for graduate school opportunities on the Hilltop,” he says.

“Be prepared,” he adds. “Students who do their research always stand out above the rest.” 

To prepare for the fair, Hegi Career Center counselors suggest:

  • Dress for success by wearing professional business attire;
  • Print out and bring multiple copies of your résumé for the opportunity to network with multiple companies;
  • Research the companies that will be in attendance and choose the ones that interest you most;
  • Come early to meet with “fresh and ready” recruiters.

The center offers students and alumni multiple resources in addition to the biannual fair, including:

  • One-on-one meetings with counselors, career assessments and a four-year plan;
  • Discussions with industry panels composed of employers who provide professional advice;
  • Workshops on interviewing, résumés and other career skills;
  • MustangTRAK, an online database featuring hundreds of jobs and internships, and UCAN, or University Career Action Network, a shared internship database among universities across the country.

Alumni are invited to share their career expertise and mentor SMU students. Learn more at SMU Connection.

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Unique Networking Opportunities at Fall Career and Internship Fair

At the Fall 2013 Career and Internship Fair on September 19, students will have the opportunity to meet 112 companies and network with more than 270 employer representatives. Employers attending include the U.S. State Department, Neiman Marcus, Peace Corp, Scribe.ology, American Airlines, General Motors, KPMG, the FDIC, Ernst and Young, Deliotte, Hitachi Consulting and many others.

  • Watch a video of the February 2013 Career and Internship Fair by Myles Taylor of SMU News video

Sponsored by the SMU Hegi Family Career Development Center, the fair is set for noon to 4 p.m. at the Hughes-Trigg Student Center.

Darin Ford, director of the Hegi Career Center, says the event will open a variety of door for all SMU students, whether it is their first semester or their last. “Students are four times more likely to receive a job or internship offer if they have networked with someone in their dream company,” he says.

All majors are encouraged to attend the fair in order to gain real-world practice by using the skills and knowledge they’ve acquired in the classroom, says Ford.

To prepare for the fair, Hegi Career Center counselors suggest:

  • Dress for success by wearing professional business attire;
  • Print out and bring multiple copies of your résumé for the opportunity to network with multiple companies;
  • Research the companies that will be in attendance and choose the ones that interest you most;
  • Come early to meet with “fresh and ready” recruiters.

The center is offering extended drop-in hours – from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. – to help students prepare through September 18.

The center offers students and alumni multiple resources in addition to the biannual fair, including:

  • One-on-one meetings with counselors, career assessments and a four-year plan;
  • Discussions with industry panels composed of employers who provide professional advice;
  • Workshops on interviewing, résumés and other career skills;
  • MustangTRAK, an online database featuring hundreds of jobs and internships, and UCAN, or University Career Action Network, a shared internship database among universities across the country.

Alumni are invited to share their career expertise and mentor SMU students. Learn more at SMU Connection.

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Students Make Connections at Career and Internship Fair

The spring Career and Internship Fair sponsored by the SMU Hegi Family Career Development Center brought hundreds of students and alumni to the Hughes-Trigg Student Center to meet with more than 100 employers, including finance and insurance firms, technology and engineering companies, retailers, nonprofits and government agencies.

  • Watch a video of the Career and Internship Fair by Myles Taylor of SMU News video

Before the fair, the Hegi Career Center offers a Career Prep Day, where students participate with employers and alumni in events including Resumania and Speed Networking.

Career counselors encourage students to begin exploring internship opportunities and the career development process during their first year at SMU. “Today’s employers want to see not only solid GPA and campus involvement on students’ resumes, but also multiple relevant work experiences,” says Darin Ford, director of the Hegi Career Center.

The Hegi Career Center offers students and alumni multiple resources in addition to the fair, including:

Learn more about career development resources at smu.edu/career.

    • Alumni are invited to share their career expertise and mentor SMU students. Learn more at SMU Connection.
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Tips for the Career and Internship Fair from the Hegi Career Center

More than 100 employers are participating in SMU’s Career and Internship Fair on Thursday, September 20, from noon to 4 p.m. at Hughes-Trigg Student Center. Janet Lewis, assistant director of the Hegi Family Career Development Center, advises students to make a plan before the fair about the employer representatives they’d like to visit so they can use their time efficiently. Students can find a list of participating employers here.

“Do some research and find at least one thing that interests you,” Lewis says. “You can use that in your conversation with the representative. Employers are impressed by students who take the time to learn a little about their company.”

Hegi Career Center counselors also offered these tips:

“As part of your research before the fair, check out your target employers on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. Social media may provide you more information about the company culture and what it is like to work there.”  – Guy Davis

“Dress in business casual clothing for the fair. Make eye contact and have a firm handshake when meeting employers for the first time.  These are simple yet powerful ways to be remembered.” – Darin Ford

“After the fair, if you met with a company that has a strong presence on Twitter or Facebook, tweet or post on its page about how great it was to learn about the company and its opportunities, and mention something specific that you discussed. The company’s social media team will be impressed and might even tweet back!”  – Allison Dupuis

“After the fair, make sure you follow up with employer representatives who provided you their contact information. Thank-you notes are always appreciated. Also, check the career center website to see whether the company will be hosting an information session that you can attend.” – Lisa Tran

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Hegi Career Center Connects Students With Jobs and Internships

After graduating in May, Laura Baez will begin training for her new teaching position in Memphis, Tennessee, with Teach for America. She was accepted into the competitive program after an intense application process, and she credits the Hegi Family Career Development Center with helping her prepare.

“The Hegi Center offered a session about what to expect during our interviews,” says Baez, a senior political science and Spanish major in Dedman College. “We had the opportunity to ask a Teach for America executive director and SMU alum questions directly through Skype, which eased a lot of our concerns. I don’t know where else I could have gotten that kind of preparation.”

Caryn Statman, assistant director of the Hegi Family Career Development Center, urges graduating seniors and other students who are seeking jobs and internships to make use of the career center’s resources. The center’s MustangTrak database, for example, features thousands of jobs and internships in Dallas and around the country. SMU also participates in a 21-school internship consortium called UCAN, where students can search for in-state, out-of-state and international internships.

“The latest numbers from the Labor Department show that more businesses are hiring, which is good news for our students,” Statman says. “However, competition is still strong, so students must remain persistent and be creative in their job searches.”

Here are more tips from Statman:

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How to Prepare for the Career Fair

More than 50 employers are participating in SMU’s Career and Internship Fair on Wednesday, February 16, from noon to 4 p.m. at Hughes-Trigg Student Center. Caryn Statman, assistant director of the Hegi Family Career Development Center, says students should review the list of participating companies and their open positions before they attend the fair. The list is available here.

“I urge students to visit company websites and jot down a few notes so they can have informed discussions with the employers at the fair,” she says. “By gathering information beforehand, students will be more targeted and strategic in their approach.”

Other Hegi Career Center staff members also offered tips:

CareerFair.jpgAllison Rhodes, assistant director of operations:
Practice networking and getting your message across with career counselors, your parents or in front of a mirror before you get in front of an actual employer.

Marva McGrew, associate director of employer relations:
Arrive at the beginning of the fair, and know what employers you will visit. Recruiters are fresh and ready at the start of the fair.

Think about a typical day on the job: You arrive at 8 a.m., ready to go to work. You have had your coffee, and you are working down your list of “to do’s.” As you are wrapping up at 4:50 p.m., someone drops by to visit. Are you going to be focused on that individual, or focused on rushing that person out the door so that you can leave? Chances are it would be the latter. Well, so it is with the Career Fair. Recruiters are fresh and ready to go at noon when the doors open. Start early, start fresh!

Darin Ford, director:
As a potential colleague, display the confidence, enthusiasm and ability to think and speak “on your feet” – and under the microscope.

Janet Lewis, assistant director of career counseling:
After talking with an employer, jot down relevant information and repeat it in your thank-you note. This communicates interest and attention to detail, and also helps the employer remember you.

• Read about a Hilltop Ambassador’s internship plans here.

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