April 29, 2015

Finals Week Got You Down?

"I love finals week!" - said no one ever.

No one is a fan of endless studying, stressful exams and looming deadlines. Everyone could use a lot more energy and a big dose of caffeine. 

Finals often ramps up your coffee addiction... So if you're a Starbucks-aholic  (like me) check out these 14 Starbucks Hacks That Will Save You Money. All of these money-saving tips are great; but my favorites are "ask for no water in your iced tea" and "50 cent refills" for when you've got your laptop, flash cards, highlighters, blankie and pillow in it with you for a Starbucks all-nighter. 

Coffee is great, but that buzz wears off and you're left with the reality of FINALS. And it's stressful...
Yesterday was Armstrong's annual Stress Free Day. But if you couldn't make it to that, here are some suggestions for beating the finals freakouts!

Don't worry, the end is near. Good luck everyone!

April 23, 2015

13 Important Tips for Twentysomethings in Their First Job

Have you thought about how you will conduct yourself at your first job or internship? The way you act and present yourself are key to making you successful.

Take a look at these memes for some helpful tips: 13 Important Tips for Twentysomethings in Their First Job

April 14, 2015

Salary Negotiation

So, you nailed the interview and the company makes you an offer. Congrats!
Now, how do you handle salary negotiation? 

Check out these "9 Failproof Salary Negotiation Tricks" from Kate White. This article may be catered toward women, but it is definitely applicable for everyone. 

April 8, 2015

Top 7 Questions to Ask Your Interviewer

Wondering what will give you a leg up on the competition during your next job or internship interview? 

Here are 7 suggestions for questions to ask your interviewer to show that you are engaged, prepared, and have a vested interest in their company. 

What questions have you asked a potential employer that nailed you the job?


April 2, 2015

Crystal's Internship Experience

Crystal Pittman is the Career Services intern for the Spring semester. We asked her a few questions to find out more about her experience in our office. She also offers some suggestions to other students for their internship experiences. 

Can you tell us about your internship experience?
My internship is at Armstrong’s Career Services department, which is located in Armstrong’s Memorial College Center.  Our department assists Armstrong students and alumni with resume and cover letter critiques, job interviewing, job searches, and degree exploration.  We administer the Self-Directed Search (SDS) and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator to direct students toward a career path that best fits.

What influenced you to apply for this internship position?
I chose this position because I was interested in human resources and guidance counseling and saw that career services fell slightly in the middle of my two interests at the time. 

What aspect of the internship experience did you enjoy the most?
I really enjoyed working on the two events, Clothing Closet and Spring Career Fair, which were hosted while I was doing my internship at Career Services.  However, my favorite part of my experience was helping the career counselors with Self-Directed Search assessments to help students choose their major or specialize their degree.  It was very rewarding to see students get excited about their future.  
What surprised you about the internship?
It surprised me to see how much work and effort it takes to run an event, especially the Clothing Closet.  There are so many things that need to be done before the event can take place, and even more things must be done to fully wrap-up the event. 

What did you learn about yourself?
I learned that I am able to open up more during appointments once I am knowledgeable in the subject matter, which surprised me because I am usually a very introverted, quiet person.   

What is next for you?
After graduation. I hope to continue my education in a master’s program in communication sciences and disorders. 

What advice do you have for other internship-seeking students in your major?
My advice would be to look into internships in fields in which you are interested and find something that will challenge you to get out of your comfort zone. Also, I would advise other psychology majors to seek out multiple internships throughout your college career to build your resume.   

What advice do you have for freshman?
I would advise freshman to seek out as many volunteer opportunities as possible and join clubs and organizations that interest you.  Study hard, but do not forget to build relationships with classmates and professors.

March 25, 2015

12 Things Killer Employees Do Before Noon

Graduation is getting near... Have you thought about how you can be most effective in the office during your summer job or internship?

These tips from U.S. News highlight the task highly efficient employees make sure to cross off their to-do lists before lunchtime rolls around. The U.S. News site gives in-depth descriptions for each of the 12 tips, but blogger from Val Marie Paper puts the tips into a more skim-worthy list.

March 24, 2015

Meet Our New Professional Pirate Staff

I am a graduate student at Armstrong in the Professional Communications and Leadership (PCL) program. I graduated from the University of Georgia in 2014. Go Dawgs! When it was time to look at grad schools, of course I came straight back to Savannah with all my favorites: Soho South Cafe, First Friday Fireworks and the beautiful Bluff Drive in Isle of Hope!

I am a transfer student from Augusta State University in Augusta, GA, attending Armstrong State University. I am studying Psychology in hopes of pursuing a Master's in Clinical Psychology. I strongly suggest anyone who is seeking to further their education to consider this awesome school! There are so many activities to become involved in and plenty of helpful staff, such as the Career Services team, to aid students in fulfilling their lifetime goals!