Welcome to Career Services

Career Services is committed to serving Brenau’s entire student population all through and after your education here at the university. Whether you are interested in figuring out what to major in or you are looking for a work-study position on campus, an internship, a part-time position or finding that full-time opportunity when you are getting ready to graduate, we can assist you. We hope you will visit us in person. We look forward to assisting you with connecting with your dreams. Please make sure you take advantage of our available services and keep a look out for announcements about work-shops and other programs as well as job fairs to help you achieve you career goals. If at anytime you have a question or need more information, please feel free to contact us or drop in.

We look forward to meeting you! We are located on the first floor of the Owens Student Center next to Crudup Hall and across the street from the Science Building.

Michelle McGowan, MBA, MS, APC
Director of Career Services
mmcgowan@brenau.edu or 770-534-6265

Importance of Internships

More and more employers tell us every year that they of course, want college graduates who have good GPA’s and have participated in extracurricular activities. And, they say they want them to have some experience in their field of study as well. Internships are an excellent way to get that experience. We highly recommend that as a first step you visit the Office of Career Services so we can assist you in developing a powerful, effective and targeted resume. Without this the search for an internship or other position can be extremely frustrating. After you have your resume where you want it, we will discuss how to undertake a search for an internship. We have provided you with links to some of the websites that are available to you in the box above. Good luck and we hope to see you soon.

Career Myths and Realities

You are probably suited to several occupations. It’s wise not to “marry” an occupational goal, but rather to stay open to alternatives. Instead of saying to yourself, “I want to become a doctor,” try saying “I want to explore a career in medicine. I’ll give it my best shot. If I get any better ideas along the way, I’ll stay flexible.”

According to John D. Krumboltz, Ph.D. and Al S. Levin, Ed.D, in the book Luck is No Accident, only about 2 percent of people they surveyed actually planned their career from a young age. No one can predict the future, and unexpected events are inevitable. Don’t miss an opportunity because it doesn’t fit in with your ‘plan’.

Your first two years in college are a great time to explore. It’s okay to try something and decide you want to change direction. Replace the word indecisive with open-minded.

Test results can provide you with additional information that may be helpful as a part of the career planning process. But tests, however, can provide infallible predictions. Use tests with caution. Critically examine test results with an experienced career counselor, and use your own experience and knowledge.

Some people may have a major or career in mind when they enter college and may actually stick with their first goal. However, the majority of entering college students change their minds about majors and careers approximately 4 times before graduation.