By Brooke Allison

If you are a senior on Eastern’s campus, you’re probably focusing on getting the final grades to graduate, getting to all the home football games, and spending time with your friends. But what about after graduation? Do you have a resume ready? What about business cards? Have you decided on a career path?

On September 19, Career Services here at Eastern will open its doors for Senior Step Day. Step Day is an event designed to prepare students who will soon leave Eastern for future careers.

The seminar, which has already sold out, will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, September 18. A $15 fee is charged per student, which covers more than just a general fee. Seniors will get breakfast and lunch, plus personalized business cards and a leather portfolio that students can keep for years to come.

During the day, seniors will research their majors to discover job options that interest them in their fields of study. Seniors will have time to dig deeper into these jobs to see if they are interested in them. Career Services representatives can help them find ways to get the jobs they want, Career Services Assistant Director Mary Raide rsaid.

“This will be a laid back, non-threatening environment,” Raider said.

Seniors will also explore career related issues they may not have thought of.

Parts of the seminar include creating business cards and resumes that students get to keep along with their portfolio.

“All the things they gave us help make you look prepared at an interview,” said Kimberly Chastine, an Eastern graduate who attended the very first Senior Step Day in 2007. “I carry the portfolio with me to interviews to hold my resume, and it looks really professional.”

Along with these important business tools, seniors will be given a crash course on applying for jobs online.

“It’s all about getting your foot in that virtual door,” Raider said.

A portion of the day will even be devoted to dining etiquette and dressing for success.

“What if you have an interview over dinner?” Raider said. “You need to know what to do and how to dress in that situation.”

After the day is finished, Career Services will make follow-up appointments with seniors in attendance to give them more advice for future job hunts.

“We have career liaisons in different areas of study that can help anyone that’s a student in a job search,” Raider said.

If you want to attend, you’ll need to plan ahead.

Tomorrow’s Senior Step Day is already fully booked. Seniors interested in the seminar can call Career Services to be put on a waiting list for the next Senior Step Day, which is scheduled for this spring. Two or three Senior Step Days are currently planned for spring 2009.

Senior Step Day will also be held for the first time on an extended campus in Corbin on November 21.

“It’s a good time investment to go to other campuses and reach students there,” Raider said. Students from other campuses are also free to attend any Senior Step Day.

Seniors interested in Senior Step Day, or any other services offered through Eastern Career Services, can call 859-622-1568.

“It’s a really great tool for students who want to get a jump start on a job hunt,” Chastine said.