The pursuit of knowledge has existed from the discovery of fire, to the Parthenon in Ancient Greece, to the Salons of the Enlightenment, and to the halls of liberal arts colleges. As careers decrease in polarity during the transition from an industrial economy to a service economy, the need for a well-rounded education has increased exponentially. A liberal arts education allows students to explore multiple disciplines while focusing on one area of content in which the student wants to specialize. This study of subjects outside one’s major helps students to develop multiple skills needed for a service economy job and to understand the world better.
I am majoring in English Literature with a minor in Philosophy. I intend to go to graduate school for either creative writing or literature, and I would like to be a professor and fiction writer. To accomplish this, I could easily take only literature and writing classes, but I enjoy taking classes outside my field of interest. One of my favorite classes so far has been my Introduction to Psychology class. The professor taught me the importance of mental health, and the class improved my interpersonal communications, which is a necessary skill to survive in the modern world of mass communications.
I choose to take classes outside my academic discipline to expand my educational profile. If one limits himself or herself to only the bare minimum, they decrease their marketability. For example, if I were to take only literature and writing classes, I would limit my ability to find a job within and outside my field, and I would limit my ability to understand much of literature and my ability to write my own literature.
A liberal arts education is necessary to survive in a service based economy. An individual will need various skills in a single job, and if one does not have well-roundedness, he or she will fall behind those who do. As Mark Twain said, “A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read.” To paraphrase, a person who does not take advantage of a liberal arts education has no advantage over one who does not attend college. It is important to develop well-roundedness in the twenty-first century in order to survive in the battle for a job.
On September 23, 2013, Drexel University played host to the Idealist Grad Fair, an event that had representatives from over 60 Graduate schools across the nation. Despite it being the eve of my 21st birthday, this dedicated student decided to brave Philadelphia public transportation in order to get a better idea of what grad schools were looking for future students. On the flip side, prospective students could also get information on obtaining degrees in social work, public health, international affairs, information science, public administration, law school and many other options.
Among the schools which were represented at the IDEALIST GRAD FAIR were –
Columbia University School of Social Work
Cornell Institute for Public Affairs
Drexel University School of Public Health
Eastern University – School of Leadership and Development
George Mason University – School of Public Policy
George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs
Georgetown University, Communication, Culture and Technology
Georgetown University, Public Policy Institute
Harvard Kennedy School
Harvard School of Public Health Admissions Office
Holy Family University
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
International Institute for Restorative Practices
Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health
Johns Hopkins University School of Education
Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University
Monterey Institute of International Studies
NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
National Urban Fellows, Inc.
New York University Silver School of Social Work
Peace Corps – Volunteer Recruitment & Selection
Rutgers University – School of Management and Labor Relations
Rutgers University – The Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy
SIT Graduate Institute
Saint Joseph’s University Graduate Arts and Sciences
School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago
Suffolk University, Boston, MA
Temple University – College of Education
Temple University – Graduate School & School of Social Work
The New School Graduate Programs
The Pennsylvania State University – School of International Affairs
The University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work
The University of Sheffield
Tufts University – The Fletcher School
Tufts University – Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy
University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy
University of Delaware School of Public Policy and Administration
University of Maryland School of Public Policy
University of Pennsylvania / School of Social Policy &
As you can tell from the list above, this was a big event and there was a diverse group of schools which were represented. As a result, I found about the admissions criteria for grad schools are very different.
One of the most important lessons I came away from this Grad Fair was the fact that grad schools really look at your college experience from a very holistic stand point. That means that they won’t just simply fixate on your GPA, or your GRE scores. In fact, the head of Admissions from the University of Pittsburgh specifically stated that their university did not have an admissions criteria and they look at every aspect of your application from your personal letter, GPA, GRE scores and etc. In fact, to take it a step farther the University of Pittsburgh representative also stated that their admissions team looks into the specifics of your transcripts. Using me as an example, he said that they would look into how I did in classes which were specific to my major (Political Science) and weigh that against my overall GPA as well.
Another lesson, I took away from this GRAD fair was the importance of knowing the financial details (how much you can afford, what kind of financial aid is being offered) when picking a college. While names such as Syracuse or Georgetown University sound really exciting, they may not be best option for you because of the expense involved in attending them. Furthermore, one should also to take into consideration the difference in tuition if you go to a school which is considered “in-state” for you. For instance, I found myself being really impressed by what Ohio State University had to offer yet I also realized that I would have to pay $5,000 to $7,000 more if I attended Ohio State instead of University of Pittsburgh.
Those are just some of things that I took away from attending the Idealist Grad Fair. However, if you are looking to go to Graduate School, I would very much advise you to do your own research, possibly attend a Graduate School Fair, and talk to people who are already attending grad school. After all, there is no such thing as too much information when it comes to making one of the most important decisions of your life.
In high school, I had two jobs. During the school year, I was an office aide at my parish rectory, and during the summers, I lifeguarded at my swim club. They were two jobs that I loved as a high school student, but when Christmas break arrived during my first year at college, I realized that I did not want to lifeguard that summer. When I started my second semester, I decided that I would not lifeguard in the summer and that I would get a different job.
I work as an office aide in the career development office at my college (once an office a aide, always an office aide), and when I told my boss that I wanted a job this summer in which I would not have to walk around half naked with a whistle around my neck. The first thing she told me to do. Write a resume. At first, I thought this was a tad premature, what if the job I picked didn’t require a resume? Write a resume. But it’s only February, I won’t be applying until April. Write a resume. Every rebuttal I could think of ended the same way – write a resume.
So I decided to write my resume. Now, writing a resume is not that difficult. It’s not fun, but as long as you grab the cheat sheet on career development’s blackboard page, it’s a simple process of fill in the blank. After finishing the resume, I saved it to my computer and went on with the semester. And then when the papers and finals of April and May seized my time utterly, I already had written my resume for employers, so the application process was much easier.
My advice – if you don’t have a resume written right now, stop reading blogs and write one. Even if you don’t need it now because it is much easier to update one in the future than to start from scratch while you’re already stressed to get a job. Write your resume.
Criminal Justice, defined as the “system of practices and institutions of governments directed at upholding social control, deterring and mitigating crime, or sanctioning those who violate laws with criminal penalties and rehabilitation efforts” is one of the most popular majors here at Chestnut Hill College. Students who graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice often go into careers with law enforcement with it’s pursuing a career in law enforcement such as a police officer, probation officer, corrections officer, border patrol agent and etc. Other may want a career in the legal field such as becoming a paralegal, or use that Criminal Justice degree to later on become a lawyer or a judge. Either way, Criminal Justice offers a diverse range of careers that you can pursue.
To help you pick a career or get a job with your Criminal Justice degree, Career Development will proudly host the Criminal Justice & Sociology Networking Event on October 2nd, 2013 in the East Parlor Room at 2pm. Companies which will be attending this event will include :
Montgomery County Adult Probation – The Adult Probation and Parole Department acts as an extension of the Board of Judges of Montgomery County. The agency has the responsibility to supervise in the community all probationers, parolees, and intermediate punishment cases who are under the Montgomery County Board of Judges’ authority.
Philadelphia Police Recruiting – The Philadelphia Police Department (PPD) is the nation’s fourth largest police department, with over 6600 sworn members and 800 civilian personnel. The PPD is the primary law enforcement agency responsible for serving Philadelphia County, extending over 140 square-miles in which approximately 1.5 million reside.
River’s Edge Nursing and Rehabilitation – River’s Edge, a highly skilled nursing center, is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). Setting the standard in providing high quality care, River’s Edge offers Long Term Care and Sub-Acute/Rehabilitative Services.
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) – ATF is a unique law enforcement agency in the United State Department of Justice that protects our communities from violent criminals, criminal organizations, the illegal use and trafficking of firearms, the illegal use and storage of explosives, acts of arson and bombings, acts of terrorism, and the illegal diversion of alcohol and tobacco products. We partner with communities, industries, law enforcement, and public safety agencies to safeguard the public we serve through information sharing, training, research and use of technology.
Department of Homeland Security/Homeland Security Investigations – The ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate is a critical asset in the ICE mission, responsible for investigating a wide range of domestic and international activities arising from the illegal movement of people and goods into, within and out of the United States.
Dept of Justice Federal Bureau of Prisons – The Federal Bureau of Prisons protects society by confining offenders in the controlled environments of prisons and community-based facilities that are safe, humane, cost-efficient, and appropriately secure, and that provide work and other self-improvement opportunities to assist offenders in becoming law-abiding citizens.
If you are a Criminal Justice major or interested in a career in any of the aforementioned agencies, don’t miss out on your chance to come and the necessary information for pursuing a career in the Criminal Justice field. The Criminal Justice & Sociology Networking Event on October 2nd, 2013 in the East Parlor Room at 2pm.
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A short time back, I was asked to test out a job search service that Career Development had bought a subscription to on a trial basis. The website named, Career Shift, promises to help job seekers “successfully navigate the published and hidden job market to find gainful employment.” Of course, the first thing I did upon being asked to try out Career Shift was to find out what made this website service better than the numerous others which are also available. On their “about us” section Career Shift is cites the fact that they use ” an exclusively licensed, patent-pending set of integrated tools, job seekers are able to find employment more easily and conveniently.” With that in mind, I delved into using Career Shift and finding out if this job search tool would be useful to the fine students of Chestnut Hill College.
What I found was quite encouraging. The first thing I want to talk about is the ease with which you can navigate the job search on Career Shift. You just need to add in the name of the profession that you seek and the results will appear as long as there are openings for your desired job. What also makes the search engine a pleasure to use is the fact that your search can be narrowed down to area of the country that you are seeking to work in. For instance, I have lived in Philadelphia for the past 10 years and I don’t have the intent of moving anytime soon so I don’t need to look at jobs in other areas. On the other hand, if you are someone who is not from the Philadelphia area and is going to back to their state of residence, you can find jobs in that region too.
Another aspect of Career Shift that is remarkable is saving your job searches. As someone who has used other job search websites, I cannot truly express just how happy it makes me that Career Shift allows you to save the jobs that you are interested in. Furthermore, Career Shift allows you to have a calendar which allows you to save appointments or plans on a particular day. I will freely admit that I’m not the most organized person so for Career Shift to include this kind of tool in quite beneficial for me. Now, I can have my job searches, my interview dates among other plans to all be saved in one place.
After my experience on Career Shift, my answer to Career Development was a resounding yes. Chestnut Hill should indeed use Career Shift as a job search tool for current students because Career Shit is in unique, easy and comprehensive which is what I want from my job search website. However, if you don’t believe me — Chestnut Hill College students are free to try for themselves.
As graduation is fast approaching for some of us, it is common to feel a bit of pressure when thinking about our first steps into the world. Conversing with a family member one day, we came upon the subject of finding employment after graduation. Even though the thought is scary for most, my cousin, who has spina bifida, was most concerned because of his disability.
After our conversation, I decided to search for some great resources for persons with physical and learning disabilities.
Works for Me is a free resource that connects persons with disabilities with agencies and programs in Pennsylvania. They will help you find jobs, obtain essential training and support applicants in any other areas needed (health benefits, assistive technology, financial security).
The sometimes all too common misconception for persons with disabilities is that once you start earning your own income, you will lose any or all of your health insurance benefits. Works for Me offers work incentives, which are a set of rules designed to protect your monthly Social Security, Medicaid/Medicare or any other payments you receive. In other words, the organization assures you that you can work without the worry of losing any benefits; helping to promote workers to eventually become self-supporting, if possible.
The Office of Career Development is also a great place of resource if you are a person with a disability. Last November, they held a recruiting event with the Workforce Recruitment Program, funded by the government, which offered summer internships with potential for full-time employment. A total of eight students (including some from other Sepche schools) met with a recruiter; an event Nancy Dachille, the director of Career Development, is excited to offer again.
“This was a great way for students with disabilities to prepare for and participate in the interview process—especially from the comfort of their own campus,” said Dachille.
In writing this, I was very pleased to see all the resources available for individuals with disabilities. Knowing that these support systems work to ensure that those who have disabilities feel valued is a great comfort.
For more information visit the Office of Career Development or click the provided links above!