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Willamette Career Center

8 Ways to Ace the Interview

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Don’t make this interview mistake

Don’t waste the interviewer’s time with basic questions that you can find on the company website like “what does the company do?” You want to show that you’re interested enough to have done your due diligence, says Mr. Batka, who recalls a particular job candidate that he interviewed while working as a senior manager at PepsiCo in Chicago.

“On top of asking questions that showed he wasn’t familiar with other brands under PepsiCo like Frito-Lay, he’d also brought in a bottle of Dasani water into the interview, which is a Coke product,” Mr. Batka says. “He didn’t get the job.”


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Seniors: Have you visited your career office yet?

Finding a job is going to be difficult, but not impossible! There are many available resources that can help you successfully gain employment after graduation. If you’re about to graduate schedule a meeting with a counselor at your career office. All you have to do is schedule time to meet with a career counselor, and be prepared to talk about yourself and what you want to do after graduation. The career counselors have been through this process hundreds of times and they can assist you in a variety of ways.

College and university career offices are a good starting point for many graduating seniors entering the job market because they have a wealth of detailed information, networks and experience at their disposal. They can tweak and improve your resume, and they can host mock interviews so you can practice. They can help you identify appropriate job openings you may want to consider based of your academic major or field of interest. They are there to help you find a job, so don't hesitate to use them.

Career offices often have relationships with alumni, all of whom are willing to help graduates from their alma mater find work. No matter the steps you’re already taking to find a job, it's wise to meet with your career office. All you have to do is schedule time and start the conversation.

We have drop-in hours Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from  2- 5pm or call 503-370-6413 for an appointment on different date/time.

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Paid Compass Teaching Assistants for Fall

The Career Center is looking to hire 40 students for paid positions this fall, which is listed on JobCat as "1st Year Compass Teaching Assistant" (ID #19509).Compass TAs will attend 1 class hour each week and assist the instructor in class, as well as meet with students occasionally outside of class. This position requires a positive attitude and willingness to support 1st year students' success at Willamette by connecting them to resources, participating in class activities, facilitating make up sessions, and other duties. A Digication e-Portfolio is required for this application- remember, you can access it through your Wumail account! A resume and cover letter are also required. Apply February 9-23. WU JobCat for Students

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Alumni Advice

Find your passion and pursue it. If your passion corresponds with a career (as mine does), great, pursue that. If your passion is something else, find a career that allows you the time and financial security to pursue what you are passionate about. Alina Cansler ’02 (Pol Sc & Env Sc), Research Assistant, University of Washington

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Jobs and internships.

Jobs and internships are posted on JobCat. First time users must register. Here are a few examples

  • 19856-Production Intern- Chamber Music Northwest- Portland, Non-Profit, Paid
  • 19585-Merchandising & Sales Intern- Chamber Music Northwest- Portland, Non-Profit, Paid
  • 19582-Youth Camp Intern- Portland Timbers- Portland, Paid
  • 19577-Events and Promotions Intern- Portland Timbers- Portland, Paid
  • 19578-Residential Counselor- PTCN- Salem, OR- Part-time, Paid, Healthcare
  • 19575- Residential Floor Counselors- Rivers and Roads Residential & Consulting- Keizer, Full-time, Paid
  • 19567- Outdoor Animal Care Intern- West Sound Wildlife Shelter-Bainbridge Island, WA-Non-Profit, Unpaid
  • 19568- Administrative Summer Internships- Legacy Health-Portland, Part-time, Paid

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Summer Global Solutions Lab at the United Nations

The 11th Annual Global Solutions Lab is June 21–29, 2015, at the United Nations in New York and Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, PA. Participants are coming from around the world.

This year's design and planning challenge is Human Rights and Human Development: Eliminating Extreme Poverty by 2030. Participants will have a unique opportunity to present their work at the United Nations in New York to a group of UN, corporate and foundation leaders.


Participants are briefed by UN experts (from the UNDP, UNEP, UNESCO, UNICEF, WHO, FAO and other UN agencies), learn a design and planning methodology developed by Buckminster Fuller and other strategic thinkers, and then develop designs, programs and strategies that deal with one of the critical problems facing our world and present their solutions at the UN.

The participants' work is then published in the book, Designing a World that Works for All. See last year's acclaimed publication.

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Students and young professionals from around the world* are coming to the 2015 Lab. They will be briefed by UN experts (from the UN Development Program, UN Environmental Program, UNESCO, UNICEF, WHO and other UN agencies),** develop comprehensive strategies for solving some of the world’s most critical problems, and then present their work at the UN. They will learn a powerful strategic design and planning methodology that will be of use for the rest of their life, as well learn about leadership, problem solving and the design revolution. They will learn about global problems, options, technology, culture, resources and what they can do to make a difference. They will meet others with similar passions about the state of the world—and what we can do to make things better.

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Summer 2015 Policy Internship Program

The Office of Science and Technology Policy is currently accepting applications for its Summer 2015 Policy Internship Program. The application deadline is 11:59pm Sunday, March 15.  Students who are U.S. citizens and who will be actively enrolled in an academic program are welcome to apply.

More information and application instructions are available at

 About OSTP.  The Office of Science and Technology Policy advises the President on the effects of science and technology on domestic and international affairs. The office serves as a source of scientific and technological analysis and judgment for the President with respect to major policies, plans and programs of the Federal Government.

About the Internship Program.  Interns are accepted for one of three annual terms (Spring, Summer, or Fall), which each last no more than 90 days. While these positions are without compensation, the assignments provide educational enrichment, practical work experience, and network opportunities with other individuals in the science and technology policy arena. For questions, please contact Rebecca Grimm


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View all of our events here.   

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Career Paths: Veterinary Medicine

March 9th,  1:50 p.m. Ford 122, Career Paths: Veterinary Medicine, Helen Diggs, Oregon State University  

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