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If you're having difficulty defining your career goals, you are not alone. It is normal to question and reflect on your future plans. We take a holistic view in helping you to reflect on who you are, your values, interests, skills, and other parts as you play an important part in your career.

GSEHD is composed of various types of job searchers. We want to support your professional journey by providing these helpful, career-advancement resources. Check them out and get started toward your dream career.

Career Changes and Shifters

A career changer or shifter is someone who has decided to change gears into a completely new career. If this aligns with you, here is the professional to-do list and resources to help you get started in moving into that new career or industry.

  • Set up an appointment with your Career Counselor to discuss tips and tricks on career transitioning and industry switches.
  • Tailor your resume/CV and LinkedIn profile toward your new role or industry and update your Education section.
  • Join GW Career Connect to network with alumni who share similar career interests or are working in the roles or fields you’d like to explore.
  • Identify professors and classmates who share similar career interests as yourself. It is helpful to find colleagues that are looking into shifting careers.
  • Identify gaps in the skills you have and those you need for your target role or industry. You can do this through informational interviewing, networking, and reviewing job posts.
  • Build your skills for your new career path through professional development coursework on LinkedIn Learning (free for students), EdX, or Coursera.
  • Attend conferences and join professional associations to build your network in your new industry. These contacts can help you land your next job.
  • Hold informational interviews with experts in your new field so that they can provide insight into your next career.
  • Find meaningful internship opportunities to build your professional experience and network. Check out Parker Dewey and HandShake for internship opportunities.

Helpful Resources

The Balance Careers: 10 Steps to a Successful Career Change

The Muse: 11 Must-Reads for Anyone Thinking About Completely Changing Careers This Year

ZipRecruiter: How to Change Careers from One Industry to Another

Forbes: Want To Switch Industries? Here's How

Career Shifters: How To Move Into A New Career With No Relevant Experience On Your CV


LinkedIn Courses

Making a Career Change

Figuring Out your Next Move

Switching your Career

Taking Charge of Your Career

Career Advancers

Career advancers are those that want to take their current careers to the next level. If this is you, here is a professional to-do list and resources to assist with your advancement.

  • Set up an appointment with your Career Counselor to discuss ways to build your professional profile.
  • Join GW Career Connect to network with alumni who share similar career interests.
  • Update your resume and LinkedIn profile with the graduate school degree/certificate information.
  • Identify professors and classmates who share similar career interests as yourself.
  • Seek out professional development opportunities to showcase your commitment to the field (e.g. workshops, skill training) or make one yourself.
  • Join professional associations to build your network and to stay up to date with your industry.
  • Hold informational interviews with individuals in the roles you are hoping to reach to understand their trajectories and what might work for you.

Helpful Resources

Forbes: Five Simple Tips To Advance Your Career

CareerCast: 10 Habits to Help Advance Your Career

The Muse: 45 Pieces of Career Advice That Will Get You to the Top

The Balance Careers: What is Career Advancement? How to Move up at Work

The Job Network: 9 Tips to Advance your Career


LinkedIn Courses

Managing your Career: Mid-Career

Learning to Be Promotable

Increase Visibility to Advance Your Career

Take a Holistic Approach to Advancing Your Career

Bachelor’s to Master’s

If you are someone who went directly from undergraduate to graduate school, this section is for you. Here is a professional to-do list and resources to help prepare for the ever-changing job market.

  • Set up an appointment with your Career Counselor to discuss ways to build your professional profile.
  • Discuss your career goals with your academic advisor and determine what electives and internships will help you reach your goals.
  • Start cleaning out your social media accounts of anything that would hinder your job search. Check out the Professional Development toolbox to learn more about social media cleaning (coming soon).
  • Highlight your degree program information and work you did during your time in undergrad on your resume.
  • Create a LinkedIn profile if you did not make one already. Check out the LinkedIn section to learn more about how to bring attention to your profile.
  • Find meaningful internship opportunities to build your professional experience and network. Check out Parker Dewey and HandShake for internship opportunities.
  • Start seeking out a mentor that can help you on your professional journey. Alumni are a great place to start. You can connect with alumni through GW Career Connect.
  • Identify conferences and associations that align with your career interests. This is great for building a network of contacts and learning more about your industry.

Helpful Articles

Monster: Nine Tips for Starting Out or Starting Over

ZipRecruiter: How to Transition Into Your First Full-Time Job

TopResume: 6 Ways to Rock Your First Entry-Level Job After Graduation

TalentCulture: How To Mentally Prepare For Working Life

Forbes: How To Negotiate Salary For Your First Full-Time Job


LinkedIn Courses

What to Do in the First 90 Days of Your New Job

Finding Your Time Management Style

Negotiating Your Job Offer

Turning an Internship into a Job

International Job Searchers

If you are looking for job opportunities as an international job searchers, here is a professional to-do list and resources to help you advance and prosper in your career journey in the United States.

  • Set up an appointment with your Career Counselor to discuss strategies in building professional image.
  • Update your resume and LinkedIn profile with the graduate school information.
  • Find meaningful internship opportunities to build your professional experience and network. Check out HandShake for internship opportunities (there is a CPT/OPT option available).
  • Visit the International Services Office and set an appointment with an International Student Community Ambassador to learn more about ways to gain meaningful internships and jobs in the United States.
  • Attend a workshop through the International Services Office about CPT/OPT information.
  • Build a network of contacts in your industry so that you can connect with them when you are ready to start job searching.
  • Start seeking out a mentor that can help you on your professional journey. Alumni are a great place to start. You can connect with alumni through GW Career Connect.
  • Identify conferences and associations that align with your career interests.

Helpful Resources

International Student: Job Search in the U.S.

InsideHigherEd: Job Tips for International Students

The International Advantage: 10 Tips for International Students Entering the U.S. Workforce

OPT Nation: 13 Factors to Consider at Job Search for International Students in USA

Vault: 4 Ways International Students Can Gain U.S. Work Experience with F-1 Visas

First Gen Graduate Students

It is a great accomplishment to be the first in your family to pursue a graduate degree. Here is a professional to-do list and resources to help you get started on the path of becoming the first in your career.

  • Set up a career appointment with your Career Counselor to discuss opportunities and services available to you.
  • Research different internship opportunities that support your career path.
  • Attend a GSEHD virtual workshop to learn about ways to advance in your career.
  • Identify a mentor that can help you on your career journey.

Helpful Resources

InsideHigherEd: Career Tips for First-Generation Grad Students

Cooper Square Review: You’re a First-Generation Graduate Student—How do you Succeed?

Idealist: Advice for First Generation Graduate School Students

Veterans

If you have served or currently serving to protect our country, this section is to support you. Here is a professional to-do list and resources to help you take on your next career.

  • Set up an appointment with your Career Counselor to discuss tips and tricks to showcase your experiences in the military in your job search.
  • Tailor the language in your resume, LinkedIn profile, and other professional marketing materials to civilian language.
  • Find meaningful internship opportunities to build your professional experience and network. Check out Parker Dewey and HandShake for internship opportunities.
  • Identify conferences and associations that align with your career interests.

Helpful Articles

Military.com: Top 10 Career Tips for Veterans

Monster: Military Veterans: 5 Secrets to Help you Transition to a Civilian Job

Hiring America: 12 Great Online Resources for Veterans Looking for Jobs

US Veterans Magazine: 10 “Did You Know” Tips For Veterans Entering The Job Market

Big Interview: The Ultimate Guide to Finding a Job as a Veteran


LinkedIn Courses

LinkedIn for Veterans

Transition from Military to Civilian Employment

Translating Your Military Skills to Civilian Workplace

Alumni

Congratulations on graduating from GSEHD and welcome to the GW alumni family! One of the benefits of being a GSEHD graduate is that the Office of Career Services will always be available to you. There is no time limit on how long you can utilize the career services at GSEHD. Whether you need to schedule a career appointment to discuss professional development opportunities or update your resume, GSEHD will always be here to support you on your career journey.

Here’s a simple professional to-do list as you prepare for the career path ahead.

  • Don’t forget to update your resume stating your graduation month and year.
  • Share some relevant coursework and projects on your resume to showcase how your work is relevant to the positions applied to.
  • Update your LinkedIn profile and share the news that you graduated from GSEHD (Don’t forget to tag us).
  • Update your HandShake account with relevant experiences and skills so that employers can keep a lookout for your profile.

GSEHD’s Office of Career Development also provides many volunteer opportunities so that you can stay involved in the GSEHD community. Check out these different resources and opportunities available to you.

  • Stay connected with GW’s Office of Alumni Services. They offer professional development opportunities for alumni as well.
  • Join the GWAA LinkedIn Group.
  • Sign up for GW Career Connect.
  • Stay up to date on events and happenings in GSEHD’s Office of Career Development on HandShake. If you do not have an account, request one here.
  • Sign up to host a Dinner or Coffee with Alumni event.
  • Co-host a Career Development Event with the GSEHD’s Career Counselor. You can email requests to gsehdcareer@gwu.edu.
  • Join our employer community. Check out the employer resources section to learn more.