What’s your dream job? We all began contemplating that question in early childhood, when we imagined growing up to become a doctor, a firefighter, a teacher, a pop singer or even a superhero.
But how do you get there?
That’s the hard part, and you’re not alone if you haven’t figured out the answer. That’s why we’re here. Think of us as your personal Alexa. You can ask us anything related to your journey from Auburn University at Montgomery student to whatever professional destination you’ve pictured. We make it our mission to educate, empower and create opportunities for AUM students and alumni to achieve individual professional success. If you still want to be a superhero, you’re on your own, but we can offer guidance on everything else.
How do we help you figure it all out?
It starts with you visiting our office in the Taylor Center and meeting one of our career development specialists. The sooner, the better, since employers love to hire graduates who have a wealth of internship or co-op experience. Every step after that initial visit represents a building block. The process looks like this:
- Assess: Are you an analytical problem-solver or are you a creative type? Are you a Type A personality or an introvert? Sure, we’ll ask a lot of questions, but we’ll do a lot of listening. Your search for a fulfilling career begins with knowing yourself. Identify your interests, skills and values and create SMART goals (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, time-bound) for your future. Make decisions about your major.
- Explore: What can you do with your major? We’ll help you research and select career options that align with your talents, interests and goals. You’ll have an opportunity to observe professionals in the workplace as you develop your own Career Action Plan.
- Prepare: It’s time to work your plan by gaining experience through involvement and internships. Build your portfolio and sharpen the skills that will give you the edge in competing for jobs after graduation.
- Engage: It’s time to put it all together, to apply what you’ve learned in those earlier stages and launch your job search strategy. Refine your resume, build out your LinkedIn profile, network, research potential employers and participate in mock interviews so you’ll be ready for the real thing.
We don’t think of ourselves as a “job center,” but a “knowledge center.”
We’ll teach you and inspire you, and you’ll do the rest. You’ve got this.