Some helpful information towards advancing your career as a major towards your journey beyond XU CPSC. The information on this page is meant as a guide towards your planning process. This information is by no means exhaustive!
PLAN TO SUCCEED
Have a plan! Internship? Undergraduate Research? Job in industry? Graduate School? All these require you to market and portray your skill(s) and talent(s) and creating/updating your resumé is a great start! if you intend to find any internship, job in industry, research experience, or get accepted to a post-graduate institution, you will need all or most of the following:
* Sample CPSC Resumé [ .docx pdf ]
* Register with XU Career Services
* Register with XU Graduate Placement Office [and register for the GRE if intending to pursue post-graduate studies]
* Decide on/Find an area of choice/interest to pursue post-graduate studies in
* Pick 5 schools of choice to apply to and begin the process
* Get letters of recommendation
* Get a rapport with Professors at prospective post-graduate institution
Finding a Job/Internship/REU
Creating/updating your resumé is a great start! View the sample CPSC resumé [ .docx pdf ] as a guide.
- Sample CPSC Resumé [ .docx pdf ]
- Find very useful tips at XU Career Services and take advantage of them as a resource (how to interview, job placements, opportunities, resumé critiques etc.)
- Register and use valuable job sites to apply for positions such as:
Jobipedia.org -- Opportunities and advice from the actual folks who hire at America's top companies
Idealist.org -- Internships, jobs, opportunities etc.
The Riley Guide -- Internships, jobs, opportunities etc. (referenced by MIT, Yale, Princeton etc. as location for internships, jobs, opportunities)
Glassdoor -- An inside look at companies
Other sites to visit may be monster.com, dice.com, careers.microsoft.com, google.com/about/careers/, jobs.apple.com etc.
Getting a Letter of Recommendation
A letter of recommendation is a VERY important piece of your career advancement be it an internship, undergraduate research experience, or a career in industry. It also requires considerable effort. Plan, time, and choose your recommendation writers carefully! DO NOT just stop your writer(instructor, supervisor, etc.) on his/her way to the bathroom to ask for a letter of recommendation. DO NOT procrastinate and importantly, give enough notice(time) as much as possible. The following are some tips:
- Ask someone who knows you well [especially in your major for post-graduate studies]
- Ask personally [if possible]
- Ask early [2-weeks at least]
- Provide all necessary materials
- You may want to waive your right to read the letter [reassures the reader that the instructor has written a candid letter. Some applications may ask if this was done]
- Provide your resumé [of-course no?]
- Provide copies of some of your best work from your instructor's class[if possible]
- Provide a description of the opportunity you are applying for
- Provide the essay you are writing for the application. This may be a "personal essay" or "statement of purpose."
- Provide all the relevant forms
- Provide stamped addressed envelopes and a summary page with the relevant addresses and due dates
- Provide anything else the recommender asks for (e.g. copy of your transcript)
- Send a thank-you note to your recommenders[very important]