Briton Career Connections
Briton Career Connections
Share your Career Experiences and Guide Current Students on their Paths
Location: Kellogg Center, 2nd Floor
Date: Friday, October 11, 2013
Time: 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
What is Briton Career Connections? Briton Career Connections is a great opportunity for alumni and parents to have personal conversations with students about their professional fields in a fair-style format. Attendees will be expected to talk about their career paths and offer suggestions for aspiring young professionals. This is also an ideal time to provide students with information on internships and jobs at your place of work or within your network.
Who Should Participate? Anyone who would like to provide current students with information on their career path, company/organization or industry. Current professionals, current graduate students, and retired professionals all have very important information to communicate to students.
What is the Format of the Event? You can choose to attend as an individual or represent your company. Participants will be organized by career area - all will be provided table space that encourages networking with students and other alumni. The atmosphere will be a blend of a college career fair and networking event.
What Will/Should I Do at the Event? As students visit your table it will be helpful if you can:
- Provide them with information about your career path
- Advise students about pursuing careers similar to yours
- Discuss past experiences and what has provided a strong sense of meaning during your career
Discuss graduate program options and your experience
Communicate pointers about trends in applicable career fields
Provide advice regarding students’ networking/elevator speeches
Questions? Please contact Troy Kase, Director of the Career and Internship Center at
Sign-Up Deadline: Friday, October 4, 2013
Often the resume is the first piece of information that an employer sees about you. It is of utmost importance to make your resume professional and communicate your intended message. We can help you demystify the process!
Please review our comprehensive Resume Handout for resume information. Seeking personalized help with your résumé? Schedule an appointment with the Career Development Office.
Meet Troy Kase, Director of Albion's Career and Internship Center
How does Albion's Career and Internship Center help students with career planning?
If you look at our mission statement, you can see that it is inherent that we provide tools and empowerment for students to explore and achieve their goals. To that extent, we provide career counseling, access to thousands of internship and job postings, connections with alumni, and opportunities to meet with employers.
What have you noticed about Albion students since arriving?
I believe that you can learn a lot about a student, or in this case, a student population through their resumes. I noticed how involved students were with on-campus leadership positions, research opportunities, internships, and jobs. I also started to see how connected Albion students are in the community of Albion through mentoring at Harrington Elementary, and other volunteer and internship experiences.
What's one thing students can do to start on their career path?
Take control. Really, it is about that simple. Students have an incredible amount of resources available to them on campus.
First, students need to learn about themselves.This is why the first component of the Albion Advantage is "Explore Your Interests." Included in this is getting to know your values and abilities. The Career and Internship Center has worked with all FYE students in learning more about their personality. This year, we are helping to administer the O*Net Interest Inventory which is a great tool that has direct ties from their interests to various careers. Additionally, we have the Myers Briggs Type Indicator, Strong Interest Inventory, O*Net Values Inventory, Values Card Sort, and Personality Mosaic.
While these are great tools, they cannot replace the one-on-one attention that students will receive when they come and see us in the office. Of course, these tools are also presented in group settings including in the classroom.
How can alumni and parents help students with networking?
Alumni and parents have been a lot of fun to work with on this campus. They are passionate supporters of Albion and want to assist students. Specifically, we have the Briton Career Connections event and the mentoring group on LinkedIn. The Briton Career Connections will be launched for the first time this fall. Alumni and parents will connect with students and help them learn more about their own career paths, advice on how to proceed in a similar field, and possible connections to jobs and internships.
Mentors play a variety of roles, from offering basic advice about a job search to sharing critical insights on career readiness. Topics that may be covered within a mentoring relationship may be as simple as questions about how to communicate a skill in a resume. Students and mentors may form longer term mentoring relationships that cover choice of career, success in college, and success after college.
Events are scheduled by the Office of Career Development to provide experiences that enhance your academic learning.
2011 Fall Events Calendar-
|| New York Arts Symposium Night
||5pm - 7pm
|| Off Campus Program Fair
||6:00pm - 8:00 pm
Marketing Yourself in a Recession: The ABC's of Getting a Job
Presented by Michael Edmondson, PhD, Director of Marketing and Recruiting, The Philidelphia Center and co-founder of MEAPA, a professional development company for the 21st century.
|| Career Development Open House
||12pm - 5pm
|| Ernst & Young Discussion Panel
||Meet the Firm Night- Finance and Accounting Internship/Job Fair
|September 15 or September 22
2011 Rehmann Recruiting Nights *Click here for more details
|5:15pm - 8:30pm
|| Off Campus
|| Deadline to Submit applications for Off Campus Programs
||Career Development Office
|| FREE Practice GRE Test * Click here to register
Law School Day
||Ann Arbor, MI - University of Michigan
M & M Night (Marketing and Management) Internship and Job Fair (For more information, contact Vicki Baker:
|| University of Michigan- Fall Expo Job Fair (For more information and registration fee details, contact:
|| Michigan Union- Ann Arbor
|| Graduate School Fair
||3pm - 6pm
||Ann Arbor, MI - University of Michigan
|| FREE Practice LSAT Test * Click here to register
|| FREE Practice MCAT Test * Click here to register
||5:30pm - 7:30pm
|| LiveWorkDetroit Fall 2011 * Click link for info on how to register
|| Compuware & Michigan Colleges Foundation Career Fair *Stop by the Office of Career Development for more information
||10:30am - 2pm
|| University of Detroit Mercy Law School
||12pm - 1:30pm
||Robinson Hall 201
|| Michigan Collegiate Job Fair
||9am - 3pm
2012 Spring Events Calendar
Winter Career Expo
||Ann Arbor, MI - University of Michigan
EPrize Career Fair
* Contact the Career Development Office for more details
||Pleasant Ridge , MI
Compuware Career Fair
*IT/Computer Science students only. Contact the Office of Career Development for more details
JOB PURSUIT *Registration Fee
Register with the Career Development Office
||Lexington Lansing Hotel, Lansing, MI
Whirlpool Career Fair
*Contact the Office of Career Development for more details
Medical School Information Fair
||Ann Arbor, MI - University of Michigan
Focus: Healthcare Career Fair
* Contact the Office of Career Development for more details
Education Job Fair
||Ann Arbor, MI - University of Michigan
Mentor an Albion Student
Do you want to help an Albion student?
As Albion College alumni, you know the quality of the educational experience at Albion and its students. You also know that the people working in careers have an expertise that can go beyond what is available at the College. If you are interested in assisting current Albion students, we are interested in adding you to our network of mentors.
The Albion College mentoring program uses the strengths of the LinkedIn network, Albion alumni, and supporters. The Albion Mentoring LinkedIn Group is a subgroup of the Albion College official LinkedIn group. You will need to be granted permission to be a part of the Mentoring group and will be expected to adhere to strong ethical standards to participate.
Topics that may be covered within a mentoring relationship may be as simple as questions about how to communicate a skill in a resume. Students and mentors may form longer term mentoring relationships that cover choice of career, success in college, and success after college.
Getting Matched with a Mentee
The matching process will materialize in one of a few ways: the public arena of the Linkedin group or through a student reaching out to a specific mentor that is a member of the group. Public postings allow the Career Development, Alumni, and Parent Leadership offices to monitor and facilitate matches.
Mentoring Program Handout for Mentors
If you have any additional questions, please contact the Office of Career Development.
We hope you consider giving back to Albion College students. The role of mentoring is very important to the success of our graduates!
Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey!
Your reponses are key to information that will assist in improving services at the college as well as provide information in respond to questions from faculty, graduate schools, employers, alumni, and prospective students. Grouped data is also used in response to requests from organizations like Barron’s, Peterson’s and U.S. News and World Report.
Information provided will remain strictly confidential and absolutely no identifying information will be used.
How to complete the survey
- You will be mailed a copy of the survey to complete and return
- If you prefer, you can complete the survey on-line
Thank you very much for your time and participation!
A Cover Letter... What's That?
A cover letter is your face to the company. It is addressed to a person at the company when possible and always accompanies your résumé. It is an opportunity to let your potential employer know more about you than just what is on the résumé.
Use the cover letter to express yourself, your passion for working at the company, and as an example of your writing skills. You want to reflect on how your skills and experiences match the needs and interests of your potential employer, as well as the requirements for the position. Always send a cover letter with your résumé - even if the job description does not specifically say to.
Things to keep in mind as you write a cover letter
- Research the company of interest. Find out about the services offered and the logistics of the job so that you can tailor your letter to that position and company.
- Focus on what you can do for the employer, not how this job will benefit you as an employee. What makes you stand out from other applicants?
- The desired length of a cover letter should be one page. You may consider using the same heading on your cover letter as you did on your resume for consistency and style. This can help you stand out in the crowd.
- Font size should be 10-12 point in Arial or Times New Roman font type consistent with style used on your résumé.
- Salary Requirements: Visit the Office of Career Development to review nationwide average salary data for new graduates if you are asked to include this in your cover letter.
- Print your cover letter on the same bond paper that you used for your résumé.
- Don't forget to sign your name at the end. Make sure to use either blue or black ink.
- Neatness counts! Proof well for typing or grammar errors and use only clean copies of your cover letter.
The staff in the Office of Career Development are happy to provide assistance as you develop your cover letter and provide critical review as needed. Contact us!
Steps to Your Future
Whether you are a Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, or Senior, the Career Development Office is available to assist you as you move through your college career and on to the next steps of your life. If you utilize the services of the Career Development Office, in addition to the assistance provided by the faculty and Institutes, you will be more confident as you move into the world beyond Albion.
Contact the Career Development Office
Walk-in Times are available in the Career Development office for simple questions such as a resume critique or assistance in knowing where to start. This is a time you do not need to schedule this appointment, but you may have to wait if others are receiving assistance.
Individualized appointments allow us to take the time to focus on your specific needs - choosing a major, career planning, job search skills, obtaining an internship, preparing for graduate/professional school, and so on. Contact us to make an appointment.
Career Development offers self-assessment inventories to help you explore potential majors and your career options. Simply make an appointment with a Career Development staff member, identify your wish to take a self-assessment tool, complete the inventory prior to the appointment, and we will review the information with you at the meeting.
Research/Investigate Career Opportunities
You need to do research on career possibilities, learn about job search strategies, and explore graduate schools and admission processes. The Career Development office has a Career Resource Center to assist you. Any staff member will be happy to help you find the resources of interest to you. In addition to the Resource Center, it is important you look to the Internet as a source of up-to-date information on careers and graduate schools. The Career Development staff are interested in assisting you to learn search sources and strategies to enhance your use of the Internet.
Carefully consider your Social Networking Presence
More and more businesses and programs look online for information about who you are. Jobs and internships can be lost if your online presence is unprofessional. The Career Development office is available to consult with you regarding the content of your social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace. You should also consider joining professional social networking sites, such as
Attend Workshops and Events
The Career Development staff present a variety of workshops on campus. Workshops for student organizations, Greek Life, residence hall staff, and faculty are available; simply request a specialized meeting. In addition to workshops, Career Development participates in several career events throughout the year. A calendar of meetings and events is posted on our website
Develop Targeted Resumes, Cover Letters, and/or Personal Statements
These documents are your initial “face” to organizations and graduate schools. Career Development staff will assist you in the steps to start a resume, cover letter, and/or personal statement, discuss strategies to enhance these documents, and critique your drafts.
Gain Experience while at Albion
Summer jobs and internships provide you experiences that will assist you in standing out as you apply for post Albion jobs and graduate school. The Career Development office maintains online services that provide job and internship searching, career research resources, and the on-campus recruiting program. Make sure to complete your profile, upload your resume, and check out all jobs, internships, programs, and resources available to you! Are you connected with Albion’s online job search tool? Click on and get started!
Mock interviews provide you with experience prior to graduate school or internship/job interviews. During the mock interview you will be videotaped. A Career Development staff member will view the video with you and discuss what you did well and areas for improvement. Ten out of ten students say that completing a mock interview in Career Development was a very helpful experience!
Attend On-Campus Recruiting Events
Employers come to campus to interview students for a variety of internship and full-time job opportunities. In addition, employers may collect resumes through the Career Development office’s on-line system. Create a profile on and check out the employers coming to campus on the Career Development calendar.
Most importantly – be proactive!
The staff of Career Development will assist you in gaining the knowledge needed to find internship and job opportunities that meet your needs. You, however, must take the first step in contacting Career Development if you need assistance and doing the work required to find those opportunities that fit your interests.
Preparing for an Interview
The interview is your chance to meet potential employers or graduate school colleagues and to expand upon the information highlighted in your résumé and application materials. It is also the chance to learn first hand and in detail about positions and organizations in your field of interest.
Think of the interview as the opportunity to exchange information, not a one-way monologue in which your role is to only answer questions asked.
Although interviewing time lines and processes vary according to your field or the organization, there are many standard aspects of interviewing. These include:
- Interacting with employers before and after the interview
- Preparing for the interview
- Tips on the interview itself
The Office of Career Development is available to assist you as you prepare for an interview. Preparation and practice are key in acing your interview!
Correspondence with Potential Employers
Although most of your job search letters will be written to seek out employment opportunities, there will be occasions that will require other forms of correspondence. These too should be prepared carefully and professionally.
This letter is designed to generate informational interviews - not job interviews. During informational interviews you can meet with individuals who may be able to give you information about your intended career. Informational interviewing is a valuable way to research job markets, define career goals, and possibly uncover vacancy information.
A resume is not typically attached to a networking letter - again your goal with informational interviewing is not to interview for a job, but to gain information that may help you in your job search. However, during your informational interview, you may want to bring your resume in order to assist the interviewer in helping you answer questions or further clarify goals.
Thank You Letters
This is one of the most important, yet least used forms of correspondence. It is used to establish goodwill, express appreciation, and strengthen your candidacy. Make sure that everyone who helps you in your job search receives a thank you letter. When used to follow up a job interview, try to send your thank you letter (or email) within 24 hours.
This letter should be brief and concise. Make sure to restate your interest in the position, reemphasizing your qualifications and expressing your sincere appreciation for the interview.
This letter is used to accept a job and confirm the terms of your employment (salary, starting date, etc.). Most often this letter follows a telephone conversation during which details of the offer and terms of employment are discussed. Some employers will specifically request that you respond in writing. Even when this is not the case, write a formal letter of acceptance to project your professionalism and avoid any confusion about your employment.
Once you accept a position, you have the obligation to inform all other employers of your decision, and to withdraw your application from consideration. Express appreciation for the employer's consideration and state simply and cordially that you have accepted other employment.
Letter of Decline
Employers aren't the only ones who send rejection letters. You may decide to decline job offers that don't fit your personal objectives and interests. Rejecting an offer should be done tactfully and thoughtfully. Indicate that you have given the offer careful consideration and have decided not to accept it. Be sure to thank the employer for the offer and for considering you as a candidate.
Sports and Recreation
The Market: Careers in College Athletics - an NCAA site providing a wide range of opportunities in every aspect of college athletics
TeamWork Online - an online job board providing information on opening with teams in all sporting fields
CoolWorks.com - positions in recreational areas for year-round or seasonal work
YMCA of the Rockies - seasonal or year-round volunteer and employment opportunities in the Rockies and Internationally