Jul 13 2018

It’s Okay To Not Work In The Field You Majored In

by blogemu

In college, you’ll meet people who have planned out everything after graduation. They’ll tell you the details of all their next steps until they’re 30.

 

And you’ll also meet people who have no idea what career they want to pursue after college. Some students might not even be sure of what they want their major to be yet.

 

The good thing is that success isn’t dependent on how well you know your future. In fact, both types of people are already successful – they’re in college!

 

Realistically, though, many people fall somewhere in the middle. We have a rough idea of what we can do with our careers once we graduate, but we know that plans change.

 

For instance, I’m pursuing a creative writing major with a minor in marketing. There are several different career fields I could go into with that combination. However, for all I know, I could end up in a job that has nothing to do with either field of study.

 

Matthew Duarte is a recent Eastern Michigan graduate who earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology last December with a minor in criminology. He now works as a Campus Talent Acquisition Specialist, or Campus Recruiter, with United Shore – a mortgage company.

 

“My job includes scouting for campus talent in Michigan,” Matthew explained, “I also manage the company’s summer internship program.”

 

This may seem like a step from psychology and criminology, but the job you land after college is determined by a ton of different factors. For Matthew and a lot of others, it’s all about prior experience and the job search itself.

 

According to another article by Miriam Caldwell, the average length of the job search after graduation takes about 6 months (The Balance).

 

It took Matthew about half that time, but as you can imagine, he was hungry to jump into a working environment. His drive and some previous recruiting experience, while he was in the military, led to his job with United Shore.

 

At this point, you might be thinking, “If I might not end up in a career that goes with my major, why bother getting the degree in the first place?”

 

First of all, degrees are invaluable when it comes to getting a job. Even if it’s in a different field, companies love to see that you have earned a degree. In many cases, it’s even a requirement. But also, you learn way more in college than what’s included on the exams, and those bonus lessons can go along way in getting and keeping a job.

 

“I learned a lot of leadership and group collaboration skills,” Matthew explained, “I also learned how to use computer programs that I now have to use on a daily basis, like Microsoft.”

 

Your coursework right now is offering a ton of really valuable experience that you might not even know about until you get into the working world, no matter what career you end up having. And if you’re one of the many people who land a job in a different career from your major, make the most of it and always keep your focus on growth!

 

At his job now, Matthew is very happy because he’s paid well and treated well. He feels engaged and challenged in his work, and he feels as though the environment is one he can thrive in.

 

And when I asked if he would ever consider furthering his degree in psychology to become a therapist, he said, “No, but I have thought about going back to get an MBA (Master’s in Business Administration).”

 

So don’t sweat what type of career you’ll get after graduation. You’re going to find something somewhere, and it might even be related to your major.

 

However, if it’s not, just remember that if you’re positive and focused on growth, you may find a great job that you love and a new path to pursue.

 

Reilly McGovern is a current EMU senior studying Creative Writing and Marketing. She works at the University Writing Center during the fall and winter semesters and works on her novels over the summer.

Jul 10 2018

7 Tips For Moving On Campus

by blogemu

So you decided to live in one of Eastern Michigan University’s 13 residence halls – from EMU Housing and Residence Life to you, welcome!

 

We are excited to have you living the FULL Eastern experience with us in the beautiful city of Ypsilanti. Going away to college can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be!

 

Moving away to college is often times trying for a lot of people because packing in itself is stressful.

 

Once you get through the first move of your college career though, you’re golden for the rest of your future moves to our residence halls.

 

We at Housing and Residence Life want to make things easier for you for when it comes time to start school, so here are 7 tips and tricks to make your life easier when it comes to moving away for college.

 

1) Make sure you coordinate big purchases with your roommate. You’ll be able to contact your future roommate a few weeks prior to move-in day, so take this time to talk about who will bring what.

 

Having two mini fridges in your room would take up too much space, so make sure this doesn’t happen by planning ahead with your new roommate.

 

2) If you can buy it for cheap near campus, don’t pack it. This means any school supplies, toiletries, and snacks. There are a number of grocery stores close to EMU that make this easy, like Meijer, Target, and Walmart.

 

Save the space your notebooks would take up and use it for something else.

 

3) Don’t bring your whole wardrobe with you. Sure, Michigan weather is unpredictable, but you’re not going to need your snow boots the first couple of months after you move in.

 

4) Invest in a good foam mattress topper. This will be one of the best purchases of your college career.

 

Foam mattress toppers will not only help you get a better night’s sleep, but it will make naps and Netflix lounging much more enjoyable.

 

5) Bring at least one business casual outfit with you. You never know when you might be attending a job interview or need to dress up for a presentation, so it’s a smart idea to have one set aside just in case.

 

6) Trash bags are your friend. Bring your clothes to school with you in trash bags so that you’re not hauling around heavy totes on move-in day. Trash bags can easily be thrown away or reused later.

 

7) Be selective about what extra stuff you bring. It might not be necessary for you to bring your whole DVD collection with you, but it’s okay to bring your favorites to choose from for when you have movie nights with your friends.

This blog is brought to you by Housing and Residence Life.

Jun 29 2018

My College of Education Experience: Sierra Moran

by blogemu

With 4 years of undergrad in the books, I am getting ready to finish up my remaining credits and start my student teaching experience.

 

Although the thought of graduating is exciting, I am well-aware of the lingering job search that awaits me.

 

So, the big question is: How will I stand out among fellow educators and secure a teaching position?

 

Experience.

 

EMU’s College of Education stands out because of the number of field experiences that are offered to their students.

 

The COE requires all their teacher candidates to complete a minimum of 100 pre-student teaching hours before they can start their actual student teaching experience.

 

Those 100 hours are spent working with students of all ages, in a variety of different schools and other learning environments.

 

My teacher education courses have given me endless opportunities to be in a classroom working hands-on with students; whether it was working with 5th-grade students on the Carton 2 Garden contest or weekly literacy sessions with 3rd graders at a local charter school.

 

Out of all the opportunities that I have been fortunate enough to have experience, I am most grateful for my involvement in the grant-funded, River Rouge Art Integration Project.

 

The objective of this project was to incorporate art instruction into the core curriculum. As outlined in the program’s description, the purpose of this project was to explore the benefits of art programs and the influence they can have on students’ academic performance.

 

Alongside my peers, we worked diligently each week to transform the curriculum topic into a fun, creative activity for 7th and 8th-grade students. A few of my favorite lessons that we taught were building lemon volcanoes to observe a chemical reaction…

…and designing Calder inspired mobiles to introduce kinetic energy.

It was amazing to watch my students understand the content and excel at the task at hand. As a teacher, it doesn’t get much better than that.

 

This project put me in a position to use what I have been learning in my courses, design engaging lessons, and teach those lessons to middle school students.

 

I am certain that everything I have learned from this experience will continue to mold me into the teacher that I strive to be.

 

I am thankful to be in a program that recognizes the importance of real-world experiences and knows the impact that it will have on our futures beyond EMU.

 

When the time comes for me to hang up my cap and gown, I know that I will not only have the knowledge to back me up, but I will have the experience too.

 

If you would like to learn more about the River Rouge Art Integration project, check out: http://www.riverrougearts.org

 

 

My name is Sierra Moran. I am a 5th year student here at EMU, studying elementary education with a focus in integrated science. Ideally, I would like to use my degree to teach middle school science or upper elementary. My experience at Eastern helped me to find my home among my sisters in the Alpha Chapter of the Alpha Sigma Tau sorority. This fall I will be an NSOA and I can’t wait to meet all our new Eagles! When I am not at school, I am typically working as a barista at Starbucks.