The Career Development Center hopes everyone had a great summer and is ready for a great year at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU). A few things happened at the career center while students were away for the summer. New staff members who are excited to start working with the SNHU community were hired, new programs and resources were developed to help students get more from their SNHU experience, and many rocks were blown up for the construction of the Gustafson Center that students should be sure to visit Career Development in when it opens in December. It is a new school year and therefore a new opportunity to add to your Penmen Story. Whether you are new to SNHU (shout out to the class of 2020) or a senior, excited to leave your mark before graduation, your time is now to do things your future self will thank you for. Here are three things students can do to have a memorable year at SNHU as well as prepare them to achieve the career they want. Get to know people: You are part of a community of dedicated faculty, academic advisors, residence directors, coaches, and career staff. SNHU is the place to get outside your comfort zone and ask questions. You can learn something from everyone you meet. Talk to people and connect. The people you meet today and the relationships you build can become the network that can help you tomorrow. Get involved: New friends, new experiences,and good times. Get out and about on campus and beyond. Join a club or start one, volunteer, participate in an internship, study abroad. The bonus is that you are building skills you need and making memories. Getting involved in these pre-professional experiences, especially internships, will help you be competitive for the jobs you want. Be more than your major: Your time at SNHU is about learning who you are and want to be while pursuing your interests. Do not limit yourself saying, “I’m a [fill in the blank] major.” You are so much more than what you study in class. It is okay you do not know what you want to do with your major. Meeting with a friendly and helpful career advisor at the Career Development Center is a great way to explore your  options. The Career Development team is looking forward to seeing you at one of our events this semester. Follow Career Edge ( to stay up to date.

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