Below are resources to help you throughout your career exploration and planning process. Although not exhaustive, it’s an extensive list of resources that will help you develop and achieve your career goals.
Things to Think About
- As you think about your career, consider what value your diverse background brings to a position and organization.
- Remember that many employers appreciate the unique insight that women candidates bring to their position!
- Check organization rankings regarding general commitment to gender equity at DiversityInc.
- Educate yourself about the gender pay equity gap and learn how to negotiate for the salary you deserve.
Getting Your Career on Track
Landing a great job after graduation, or getting into graduate school, takes more than simply going to class each day. Check out the tips below to help you gain some insight about what you can do now to succeed after graduation.
- Explore your Options. Examine your interests, strengths, personality, and values and how they relate to major and career options. Start by making an appointment with a career counselor in your career office.
- Get Experience. 50% of employers expect students to have 2 or more internships by graduation and graduate schools like applicants who have conducted research. Don’t know where to begin? Your career office can help you get started!
- Become a Leader. Employers rank leadership experiences as second in importance when reviewing applicants. Take a leadership role in a student organization or register for a leadership class or workshop.
- Visit Career Services. Because we regularly talk to employers in your industry, we have more insight than you will find through general online resources. Contact your career services office to schedule an appointment.
While there are countless online career resources for women students, we have summarized these five high-quality resources to help you as you search for jobs and internships:
- WAGE Project – Inspires and helps working women to take the steps needed to close the pay equity gap and to ensure that every woman is paid what she’s worth.
- IMDiversity.com (Women’s Village) – Job bank and resources for diverse groups.
- Womenforhire.com - Offers a wide variety of career-related information and videos geared to working women.
- Careerwomen.com – the national leader in for online job searching for women..
- U.S. Department of Labor, Women’s Bureau– Contains information about standards and policies regarding wage-earning women, and resources to advance their opportunities for profitable employment.
Connect with Professionals and Peers
Meeting with professional can be a great way to get career advice and find leads on positions. Below are a few ways you can find people in industry that might be able to help.
For an extensive list, visit the Gateway to Associations online search engine.
Your Legal Rights
As a woman, you may have concerns about experiencing discrimination within your job search or career and how to handle this should it arise. Check out the resources below to help you understand your rights if you encounter discrimination in a job interview or in the work place.
To learn about what constitutes an illegal interview question and how to handle it if the situation happens in a job interview read the article title Handling Improper Interview Questions written by career experts from the National Association of Colleges and Employers. If you experience discrimination once you are in a job, check out Dealing with Discrimination: Tips for Employees.