Tulane University Career Services Center
Tell us about yourself. How did you come to Tulane?
I am from a small town just outside Boston, MA and did not know anything about Tulane and had never been to New Orleans before
I applied. I figured, and my parents agreed, that if I was accepted I would come down to visit. Tulane was the first school I heard back from and the moment I stepped off the street car and on to campus, I knew it was the right fit.
Bachelor of Science, Psychology 2012
What do you do?
On a daily basis I provide one on one guidance and consultation related to career development for Tulane students. I assist students in developing their knowledge of internship and job opportunities in their chosen academic field. I also work with students to create documents such as their resume, and practice their networking and interviewing skills. Even though the University can feel large, I work with a close knit team in the Career Services Center and it is never a dull moment!
What skills do you use regularly?
Listening, communicating, and team work are three important skills that come to mind.
How did you get to where you are today?
I actually worked at Tulane's Career Services Center starting in my sophomore year of undergrad. Unfortunately, I could no longer work in the office once I graduated, but I kept in touch with the office. I knew I wanted to stay in New Orleans and took on a job post-graduation in the area, but was still searching. I happened to come in to the office during the summer just to say hello and I was told a position for a Career Advisor would be posted in the near future. I applied, went through two rounds of interviews (including a presentation), and was beyond excited when I was offered the job.
What are some of the pros of your current position or role?
-It’s great to work with a team that I am happy to see every morning, especially on a Monday morning after a fun weekend in New Orleans.
-I enjoy being able to really help students along their career development journey. It's rewarding to hear back from students after a successful interview or acceptance of a job offer.
-Tulane's campus is certainly not a bad place to work. There is always something going on, even during the slower summer months, and it was a plus that I already knew my way around.
Some of the cons?
-The one down side of working at Tulane is that I miss being a student every now and then and bumping in to my friends on campus.
What did you study at Tulane?
I earned a BS in Psychology with a minor in Sociology.
What insights did you have as a college student?
Take advantage of everything that Tulane and New Orleans have to offer, but also be sure to take some time to reflect. Figure out YOUR likes and dislikes, strengths and weaknesses, and what you value academically and personally...it will really help you come second semester senior year when you realize graduation is right around the corner!
What academic advice would you offer incoming students?
Meet with your Academic Advisor. I met with mine around registration time every semester to make sure I would register for the right courses to satisfy graduation requirements. This made it easier for me to study abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark where I took classes that interested me such as Positive Psychology and also had time to travel across Europe. Planning ahead also allowed me to take classes such as African Dance. Focusing on your major and career path is obviously the most important, but have some fun too!
Do you have any other recommendations?
I mentioned study abroad already, but I highly recommend it. If you don't have time during the spring or fall semesters consider a summer program. It was hard at first knowing I would miss a spring semester of Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest, and Crawfest while I was in Copenhagen where I did not even know the language, but it turned out to be an amazing experience (and I still could come back to New Orleans after!).
I also highly recommend stepping outside of the classroom and interning in New Orleans. I was able to secure an internship my senior year through the Center for Public Service with a program that worked with school age children dealing with trauma post-Katrina. Besides the excellent real world experience, I also received academic credit, completed my Capstone requirement, and satisfied my second tier of Service Learning.
What do you wish you had known as a first-semester freshman?
Make connections and be open to meeting new people whether it's a professor, a new roommate, or a runner in Audubon Park. You never know what that initial conversation may lead to down the road.
Also, take advantage of everything Tulane offers academically and socially. Once you have done that, take advantage of everything New Orleans has to offer. You will soon realize there is no place like NOLA, which is why I was not ready to leave after my four years at Tulane!
LinkedIn: Anna Eulau
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