Loyola University Maryland

The Career Center

Career Center Myths

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  1. Most of the services are for seniors or business majors.

    The Career Center has many services that any student can use, regardless of their major and year. Furthermore, think of each year as having a career development goal building on the previous years:

    • First Year - Investigate Options
    • Sophomore Year - Formulate Career Plans
    • Junior Year - Acquire Experience
    • Senior Year - Transition to the Real World

    Review our services and find out how we can help you develop a four-year career action plan.

  2. The Career Center places people in jobs.

    The Career Center is ready to be working with you. While the On-Campus Recruitment Program is a significant function of The Career Center, we do not serve as a placement center. It is our mission to help students conduct a thoughtful, thorough, and effective job search that includes self-assessment, workshops, internships, career field research, and graduate school planning. Remember: it is important that you play a proactive role in your career development, and visit The Career Center early and often.

  3. Good companies don't come to campus.

    The Career Center's extensive On-Campus Recruitment Program brings a wide range of companies to campus interested in recruiting students for full-time and internship opportunities. Keep in mind that for smaller or even out-of-state organizations, on-campus recruiting may not be worthwhile due to having too few available positions or because of the distance needed to travel to campus. Meet with one of our career advisors to discover ways to identify these employers and their "hidden" opportunities.

    Visit HireLOYOLA to find out which companies are posting opportunities and which are coming to campus to recruit, or conduct a corporate presentation or information session.

  4. The jobs available through the On-Campus Recruitment Program are only for business majors.

    While a number of on-campus recruiters seek business majors, there are many employers who seek and hire liberal arts and science majors. It's true that some companies have positions requiring specialized knowledge and skills, such as engineering and accounting. But others, especially when it comes to entry-level positions, are more interested in applicants who can communicate effectively, learn quickly, and carefully illustrate how their skills and experiences align with the employer's needs - a perfect fit for many liberal arts majors.

    Don't forget, your education doesn't end the day you graduate. Majoring in the liberal arts doesn't prevent you from gaining business experience. For example, one recent Loyola communication graduate is now a financial advisor.

  5. The Career Center cannot help me apply to graduate school.

    Career advisors are here to help you with every aspect of applying to graduate school, including program research, the application process, interviewing, and help with your personal statement.

  6. The services are no longer available after I graduate.

    As a Loyola alumnus/a, The Career Center’s resources are available to you as long as you need them.

  7. There are no internships for freshmen and sophomores.

    While some internships are geared toward upperclass students, due to the knowledge and skills acquired in their advanced courses, many employers are interested in hiring freshmen and sophomore interns. The Career Center has numerous resources, including HireLOYOLA, Internships.com and Internmatch.com, which can help you to start exploring opportunities.

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