Major? Campus Leadership? Internships? Career?
You might have these questions all figured out; but if you are like many students, these questions can be daunting, scary, or even paralyzing. Regardless of where you are in your career journey, the Hegi Family Career Development Center is here to help.
At Hegi, we focus on understanding you as the basis for our career development process. Our staff is trained to help you be intentional in defining who you are. At the end of the day, we hope to give you the language to articulate:
1. Values: what are your principles and standards
2. Interests: what gets you motivated, excited, curious, or passionate
3. Personality: the combination of characteristics that make you, you
4. Strengths: your strongest attributes and assets
From there, we can schedule counseling appointments to help navigate to where you want to be. Don’t have any formal career goals? Let’s define some. Need to develop your personal brand? We can help write resumes, cover letters, and LinkedIn profiles. Want to look for a job? Let’s look together. Have no idea how to prepare for an interview? Let’s do a mock interview. Whatever career development topic you can think of, we have an answer.
Outside of these appointments, Hegi has many resources to help you along your career journey. Our website is full of great career tools, and SMU’s very own job posting site, Mustang Trak. Our team works hard to keep these resources up to date, and to offer students access to top Dallas employers. Also look for our events, such as the Career Fair and employer information sessions. Employers are on campus every week, and relish the opportunity to meet you. Even better, these employers are often willing to meet with you one on one, to be a mentor, and may even be the key to your next job opportunity.
Finally, we are here to help you put yourself out there. We believe that experiential learning is one of the best ways to find yourself as an individual, while increasing your opportunities for finding prospective jobs. From a database of mentors to the annual SMU Connection one day externship, we have resources to get you in front of actual employers in order to see if you want to do what they do and are a good fit with career goals.
So, don’t let career questions be scary. Start Early and Visit Often – the Hegi Family Career Development Center is here to help.
At the Hegi Family Career Development Center, we want to form a relationship with every student that walks through our doors. Our staff members care about developing you into a well-rounded student, and are dedicated to the values of consistency, authenticity, and a commitment to excellence.
Hegi staff members and peer mentors are available every Monday - Thursday 11-12 and 1-4 and Friday 11-12 and 2-4 for a 20 minute drop in sessions. In these sessions, we like to start a conversation about your career development. We’ll take the time to get to know you, and then jump into the nitty gritty. Just getting started, or need help editing your resume? Drop-ins are the place for you.
Many of our staff members hold designated office hours for certain majors. During these set times, you are welcome to stop by and chat about anything.
Need just a little more help? Counseling appointments are longer sessions with a staff member to help you navigate the more complex issues of career development. Understanding yourself, creating goals, and developing strategies are some of the many things we can help with.
Want to learn more about an industry, company, or specific job? Experiential learning is the best way to do so.
Coffee Chats: meet an employer in an informal setting to learn about their career journey
Mentors: connect and develop a relationship with an SMU alum who is in a career you are interested in
Externship: shadow an SMU alum for the day and learn about their career path and what they do on a daily basis
Informational Interview: hear from and chat with an alum and/or employer for an hour to see what they are all about