(not exactly this kind of Vault…. but it will open your eyes to Career Secrets)
By: Kristy Wu
First off, what is Vault?
Vault is an online resource where Macaulay students can access Career Data and in-depth information about a specific industry or profession for FREE. It is a unique way for you to get your foot in the door of your dream job! This professional resource provides articles with valuable career advice, company rankings of many internship programs, what it’s like to work in a particular industry and MORE. Read on to view 3 tips on how to jumpstart your career with Vault.
Tip #1: Find a Career That is the Best Fit
Believe it or not, there are a plethora of unique careers that you might not have known exists. Vault is here to help you find your best professional fit. If you go to their website’s Explore Careers page, you’ll find the best jobs arranged by industry type. See below:
As you explore the page, you’ll find you can access an overview of professional characteristics. These characteristics will help you find a profession that might be most suitable based on your personal interests and passions. Here are a few key points to remember when you explore a profession:
- What salary range are you comfortable living with?
- Would you be willing to pursue graduate school?
- Evaluate your personality traits. Are you creative, analytical, etc.?
- What skills does the profession place an emphasis on?
One of my favorite sections of Vault is their “Tips for Entry” page, located under each profession. For example, the profession of Video Game Art Director, Vault provides relevant articles on how an interested applicant can get their foot in the door. Personally, I enjoy that I’m able to browse the Vault database, which is filled with companies are hiring. Yay! One step closer to getting the job of your dreams 🙂
Tip #2: Learn the Real Company Culture from Reliable Reviews
Now that you’ve found potential careers you could see yourself pursuing, it is time to find a company that will hire you! Vault shares lists of companies per industry and reviews their work culture through trusted reviews. If you feel unsure of what kind of work environment you fit into, it may help to reflect on the following questions:
- Are you a fast-paced or slow-paced worker?
- Reflect on your lifestyle priorities. Are you willing to work relatively long hours or would you need flexibility?
- Is the company team-oriented or individual-oriented? Which do you prefer?
- Would you need to relocate for this company?
- Does the company implement learning programs to support employee growth?
Tip #3: Discover Internships in Your Top Industries
Now that we’ve covered how to find a dream profession and how to find a company to work for, let’s use Vault to help locate specific jobs in your area! Under each career industry, there are various internships and job postings you can view/apply to. What’s more, Vault lists the requirements for each shared opportunity.
Finding a career path that’s right for you is an ongoing journey. It is going to take some trial and error — you won’t discover your likes or dislikes until you immerse yourself in an industry or speak to someone that lives and breathes it every day. Vault is a fantastic starting point to explore various professions. My advice to you is to get as much experience and information as you can!
How to Log-in
Visit Vault’s website, click on an item that has a LOCK icon (like the lock icon below – but smaller). Once you select that item, you will be prompted with this image:
There you can enter your Macaulay email, then it will prompt you to pick your campus. Select Macaulay Honors College Career Center. And from there you will have UNLIMITED access to the entire website.
Want to learn more about this fantastic tool?
We have a Vault representative speaking at Macaulay Honors College on Friday, September 13, 2019 at the Business and Tech Career Fair at 10am. (Plus, there will be delicious breakfast there!)
Additional questions on what Career to pursue?
Schedule an appointment with the Career Development team! Gianina Chrisman and Jamie Ruden at Macaulay Honors College are available for a customized approach.
Interested in writing a blog for the Career Development blog? It’s open to Macaulay students and alums. If you would like to contribute or have any questions, feel free to email Jamie.Ruden@mhc.cuny.edu.