The Academic and Career Development Center works to provide services and resources for all undergraduate students. The earlier you engage in the career planning process, the better prepared you will be for that next step. It may be helpful to start with the suggested timeline of how you can work with CPC.
Discovering Who I Am and Future Possibilities
Explore Potential Careers
Tools for a Job or Internship Search
Graduate School and Post-Grad Service
The Academic and Career Development Center has a series of events including workshops, career fairs, company information sessions, etc. that you should attend throughout your four years. In addition, we also have a series of annual programs for students at different stages of their academic career:
The Career Services offers a host of services to assist alumni in the job search process. Whether you are re-entering the job market, evaluating a career change, or seeking to move into a different organization, our services can support you in reaching your career goals.
Tools for the Job Search
The interview is your opportunity to evaluate a prospective employer as well as the prospective employer's opportunity to assess you. As the candidate, your goal is to elaborate on your resume, sell yourself and your skills and to obtain firsthand information about the organization and the job. The employer will evaluate your personality, attitudes and aptitudes in relation to the job and the culture of the organization. Click here to learn more on how to prepare for an interview.
The Academic & Career Development Center offers a number of services, including workshops, to help students prepare for their future after graduation. One such service is to help students compose their resumes and cover letters.
There are a wide variety of career resources for people in traditionally underrepresented groups. These resources don't replace the services offered by the Career Planning Center but rather provide supplemental guidance, job postings, and informational articles in career exploration and internship and job searches.
All Academic & Career Development Services offered are extended to students with disabilities and other diverse populations. In addition to those services, below is a link to resources specifically for students with disabilities.
This is a partial list of sites for researching careers and finding links to internships and job listings by career field. Some links also contain related career resources for the particular field which can help as you research potential industries.
Individual Career Counseling
Counselors can provide assistance in the following areas:
Appointments can be made by:
MBTI - What's my personality type
In career planning, the MBTI may be used to explore learning styles and to help determine what occupational fields individuals might be best suited. Use with millions of people around the globe have made the Myers Briggs Type Indicator assessment the most valid personality assessment in modern psychology.
The insight gained has helped the lives of countless people by:
Schedule an appointment at the Academic & Career Development Center to discuss taking the MBTI.
Strong Interest Inventory - What are my interests?
The Strong Interest Inventory (SII) is one of the most widely used assessment tool of occupational interests and designed to compare your interests to individuals in many different occupations. While no test is able to tell you what career path to follow, the Strong Inventory is a great place to begin looking for possible careers/majors that match your interests. The Strong Interest Inventory has helped individuals:
Schedule an appointment at the Academic & Career Development Center to discuss taking The Strong Interest Inventory.
What is networking?
"Networking" is a means of utilizing people to learn about organizations, career fields and to share knowledge. It's not new or unusual. Chances are you do it everyday! How did you find out about your car mechanic or your favorite restaurant? Most likely, someone referred you to them. This process is what employers use to fill positions. Their "contacts" refer job candidates to them. The key is for you to be the one referred when openings are available.
Networking is not asking for a job! First generate a list of possible contacts these may include:
In connecting with your network let your contact understand why you chose them. This will help to clarify why you want to meet with them. Remember, your goal is to meet with them to obtain and share information. You want to make a good impression so that your contact will feel comfortable referring you to their network contacts.
You meet, preferably at their workplace, usually for about a half hour. You ask most of the questions, and in return, you gain insights into their profession. In addition, you can ask for advice regarding your own job search. You may even learn about some interesting job openings. And you always ask for the names and phone numbers of other professionals whom you might also interview. Thus, the process of building your network continues.
Just because your college years are over does not mean that you will no longer be able to participate in social outreach programs. Consider a year or two of post-graduate service to determine if this is your life's calling. There are a myriad of organizations internationally and domestically that are interested in working with you.
Samples of some are:
Amigos de Jesus
Associate Missionaries of the Assumption
Jesuit Volunteer Corps
The Haitian Project
Friends of the Orphans
Teach for America
Habitat for Humanity
Career Fairs are popular among job seekers and employers alike. They offer opportunities for individuals seeking employment, or in some cases internships, to meet with several employers. Employers are located in booths or at tables in a large auditorium or conference center. In order to meet with employers, candidates wait in line to speak briefly with employment representatives. Employers use this process to meet many candidates and identify individuals who will be invited for a more in depth interview.
The value of a career fair to a job seeker will vary depending upon the "match" between the qualifications being sought by employers and the background of a candidate. The types of positions that are being offered, reflect the current labor market, and will likely influence whether or not a job seeker will perceive a career fair as a worthwhile experience.
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