The Ship Experience is More Than Four Years

IT LASTS A LIFETIME!

Once a Raider, always a Raider. That's the spirit of the Shippensburg University Alumni Association. 

Today, the SU Alumni Association network encompasses more than 65,000 alumni. Because they know the university best, alumni are a vital part of the campus community and serve an important role in Shippensburg's continued success.

Career Corner 


Making Change

People change jobs and careers multiple times over the course of their working lives. According to the January 2018 Bureau of Labor Statistics report, the median employee tenure at one job was 4.3 years for men and 4.0 years for women.  

The current workplace culture does not encourage individuals to stay long-term at one job or career. Employers and employees are not as loyal as they once were. Employees leave for a variety of reasons, including higher pay, better benefits and perks, career advancement, choosing a less stressful job, escaping a negative boss, or changing their career focus.

The below steps can make the process of changing careers a little less daunting. 

  • Network—According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, over 70 percent of people are hired as a result of networking. Let people you know, as well as your connections through university alumni LinkedIn groups, that you are changing careers. 

  • Go on informational interviews—Spend time talking to professionals in the career field you are considering. For every five people you talk to, they each know five more people who build your network. 

  • Review and revise—Take time reviewing and revising your resume and cover letter.

  • Volunteer—If you do not have experience in the career you are interested in switching to, take time to volunteer in that field. Learning new skills and getting involved in the field can help you long term. 

  • Take a class—Don’t be afraid to take a class to hone the skills you may need. Looking to switch to a career where knowing the ins and outs of Excel is necessary? Take a class. 

  • Adjust—Be willing to start at the bottom.

  • Assess your transferrable skills—Many skills that you have developed in your current field are transferable to other fields. Think about what you are good at and how these skills apply to other career fields. 

  • Have a chat—Let your supervisor know what you are looking for. You may find an opportunity at your current company.  

If you are considering a career change, need assistance to update your resume, or want to make networking connections, reach out to career@ship.edu


Did You Know? 

Did you know that Shippensburg University Admissions now offers the recruitment schedule online?  

Visit ship.edu/admissions/recruitment_map, to view a county map of Pennsylvania. Click on your county to view the admissions representative assigned to your area. Beginning September 1, a full listing of high schools and college fairs will be published for each territory for the fall semester. 

The map is a convenient way for legacy families to quickly find out when a Ship representative will visit your student’s high school and who to contact with questions about your student’s application. It is also a great opportunity to get involved with recruitment efforts. See your local high school on the map, and want to speak with high school students about Ship? Just e-mail alumni@ship.edu to get involved! 

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