Once you’ve chosen a college to attend and get settled in, you should set aside some time to learn more about the resources the college offers to help you succeed.
Going to college is more than just enrolling in classes, listening to instructors and doing homework. Most colleges have a variety of helpful assets available of which students may or may not be aware.
If you’re enrolled at Rasmussen College, you have a whole slew of student resources at disposal. We want to make sure you’re getting the very most out of your educational experience, so we put together this list of 10 resources you may not know were available … until now!
1. Online tutoring services
Students can access academic assistance and tutoring from anywhere. The online services include 24/7 math help, expert tutoring on any subject, a writing lab to help with papers or other assignments, archived tutoring sessions, flash cards to help study for upcoming tests and quizzes and even a student meeting place.
2. Live chat with a librarian
Whether you’re having issues with NoodleBib, the APA Guide or finding resources for a paper you’re writing, you can count on one of the college’s online librarians to help you. You must have a Rasmussen College email address and state whether you’re a student or faculty member before beginning your chat. You can find this tool highlighted in yellow on the right-hand side of the Library and Learning Services Home Page. A librarian is there to assist you during most regular business hours.
3. Library & Learning Services live webinars
The Library and Learning Services (LLS) team offers periodic live webinars every quarter. The LLS team chooses the topics to cover based on what will be of the highest interest and impact to the college’s new students.
Some of the topics covered in the past were: habits shared by highly successful students, mastering technology, time management, test-taking skills, APA citation, online library resources and using the citation builder, NoodleBib. Each webinar is recorded during the live session and is available by the next day for viewing on the Webinar Series Guide.
4. Career services
The college offers career services to each of its students and the relationship remains well after you transition from student to alumnus. You’re welcome to connect with a career services advisor (CSA) on your first day of school—or any day after—throughout your college tenure.
Career services can help prepare you with job search documents, networking tips, mock interviewing opportunities and provides guidance on volunteering and internship or externship opportunities. They’ll work with you to create a customized job search plan. While they’re not a staffing agency, they work tirelessly to build relationships with employers in the community to connect students and graduates with jobs.
The ties aren’t cut off after graduation either—the CSA team will remain in contact with you throughout your post-college career, providing you access to career services regardless of where you are in your professional journey.
This tool will come in handy for you throughout your entire schooling and post-collegiate career. JobConnect is Rasmussen College’s own online employment database. This free, easy-to-use resource features job postings both in campus communities and across the nation. You can even sync JobConnect with your social media profiles. This will allow you to receive notifications when new postings are added that align with your search preferences.
Students can find part-time, full-time or volunteer opportunities for after graduation or even to help supplement income during school. The tool is exclusively available to Rasmussen College students and alumni, so there is less competition among jobseekers.
Career Explorer is another part of JobConnect. Career Explorer is linked to O*Net Online, a career exploration resource hosted by the U.S. Department of Labor. Career Explorer allows you to research your field, incorporate keywords into your resume and seek out transferable skills that can be used in your field.
6. Optimal resume
This resource provides an entire suite of career-launching tools to help guide students and graduates through their career search. There are numerous templates to help you develop your resume, cover letters and thank you letters. The resource will also walk you through creating important portfolio documents, which aligns with some of the college’s capstone courses.
It also incorporates a mock interview tool where you can record yourself answering questions from a virtual coach. You can then send the recording, resumes, cover letters, etc. to a career services advisor who will happily review your work and provide feedback.
7. Bi-annual career fairs
Are you looking to make connections with future employers? Then you don’t want to miss these events! Twice a year the college hosts career fairs for both on-campus and off-campus students—and they’re even open to the public.
Leading up to each career fair, you review which employers will be in attendance and prepare by using some of the other resources on this list to polish your resume or master your interviewing skills. During the event, you’ll have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with recruiting contacts for prominent employers. The events incorporate other helpful perks such as LinkedIn profile advice, free professional pictures taken for your LinkedIn profile, mock interviews, resume guidance and advice from a professional dress consultant.
8. Quarterly job search strategy webinars
The career services team produces quarterly job search strategy webinars for students and alumni on a variety of career-related topics. Some of the topics include interviewing, LinkedIn, resume writing and career fair preparation. The webinars are broadcasted live and later hosted on the College Life Blog, as well as Rasmussen College’s YouTube channel.
9. Employer information sessions
Are you interested in learning more about prospective employers? The college offers Employer Information Sessions to allow students and graduates to begin building relationships with key recruiting contacts.
Simply log in to the Career Services Manager (CSM) to find out which employers will be hosting information sessions on which campuses. Once you find a session that interests you, you can RSVP with a click of the mouse and a reminder will be sent via text message and email so you'll never have to worry about missing a session.
10. Personal support center
There’s nothing more frustrating than dealing with technical difficulties in the midst of an important assignment. Whether it’s the dead of night or middle of the afternoon, the college’s support specialists are your first line of technical support. The Personal Support Center is available 24/7 to assist you with everything from software installation and online course access to password resets and other troubleshooting issues.
Rely on your resources
As you can see, there is a plethora of supportive student resources available to you. Even if you weren’t aware of these helpful tools, the good news is there’s still time to take advantage of them. Maximize the rest of your college career and beyond by tapping into the team of experts here to help you at Rasmussen College.
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