Dear Parents and Families:
We want to assure you the Career Development Office is available to all students, first-year through seniors, as well as alumni, and to stress how important career preparation is to the success of your student.
It is never too early for students to take the initiative in preparing themselves for their first professional position, applying to graduate/professional school, or seeking post-graduate service. We regularly publicize our services to students, but we want to make our services known to you as well.
Advising - Our Career Staff can assist with self-assessment and career exploration in addition to enhancing job and graduate school search techniques. Career Counseling can help students define skills, values, and interests, while developing a plan for the future.
Internships - Internships help students gain the practical knowledge and skills that will be marketable upon graduation. Students plan their own internships, shaping them to fit their interests, skills, and academic background.
On-Campus Recruiting - Organizations, companies, and graduate schools visit the CDO each year to conduct preliminary interviews with prospective candidates.
A Job Shadow - Job shadows are a great way for students to get a glimpse into the life of a certain position or career field. Job shadows are set up between students and the person they are shadowing. CDO Staff counsel students on how to find and contact a shadowing employer.
Workshop Series - Sessions are presented on resume/cover letter writing, networking, interview techniques, senior interviewing events, graduate school planning, professional etiquette, and job search strategies, to name a few. Check the CDO calendar for the presentation schedule and descriptions.
Library and Printed Publications - The CDO Library includes titles on resume writing, interviewing, job searching, internships, and various careers available for check out. In addition, booklets pertaining to resume and cover letter writing and networking are available at no charge to students.
Testing - To assist the career advising process, the CDO staff can incorporate a variety of instruments including the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and StrengthsFinder.
Credential Files - The CDO has partnered with Interfolio, the premier application portfolio management service. Interfolio is the easiest and most affordable way for a student to send application materials to graduate and professional schools, a prospective teacher to apply for a new position, or a PhD to send academic credentials to a search committee.
Mock Interviews - Videotaped practice interviews are available for those entering the job market, seeking internships, and applying to graduate school.
FOCUS 2 - A comprehensive career planning program that provides guidance and information to help people make important career and educational decisions. Research-based assessments of career-relevant interests, abilities, and job values help individuals consider career options that are a good match for them
Resume Reviews - Students meet one-on-one with a Career Counselor to have resumes critiqued, as well as making sure it is ready to go to employers. The CDO staff can assist with the beginning stages of resumes right up to proof-reading the final draft. Application letters as well.