Our approach to career planning is developmental. In today’s competitive market, we are committed to excellence through continuously improving our efforts to educate and prepare our students and alumni to anticipate the future and become collaborative contributors in the global community. We achieve this through individualized career exploration counseling, self-assessment, skill development, and utilizing internship and job search strategies that empower students to take ownership in their personal and professional success.
Your Path to Success in Four Steps: Explore | Experience | Focus | Achieve
Connect on Campus
♦ Get to know students, staff, and faculty. ♦ Check out The Ville to search clubs and organizations on campus ♦ Meet with your Academic Advisor to review course options and electives that interest you ♦ Stop by the Library to learn about all the available resources ♦ Activate your Handshake account to apply for on campus jobs and check out internships opportunities ♦ Follow CCD on Facebookand Instagram to learn about events and workshops to start building your network ♦ Stop by the Center for Career Development to learn about career resources, build relationships with counselors to help you during your transition to college
♦ Meet with your Career Counselor to complete career assessments (MyPlan and YouScience) and review your results together ♦ Draft a resume and cover letter using the CCD guidebooks and review with a career counselor. ♦ Attend career panels, workshops and internship and job fairs. ♦ Apply for summer internships using Handshake and other CCD recommended resources. ♦ Ensure you have professional interview attire.
♦ Keep up with your coursework ♦ Step into leadership positions. ♦ Continue to expand your experiential learning to build your resume. ♦ Complete the Graduate Student Survey at the end of your Spring semester to ensure you stay connected with the CCD.
Expand Career Connections
♦ Meet with a Career Counselor to create a post-graduation plan. ♦ Network with potential employers by attending career-related events and job fairs. ♦ Join a professional association. ♦ Attend an industry event or conference to cultivate your network ♦ Connect with alumni throughLinkedIn and networking events.
Implement Your Search
♦ Start applying for full-time jobs prior to graduation (deadlines vary by industry). ♦ Use CCD resources to prepare for interviews. ♦ Select and contact faculty and past employers to request professional references. ♦ Participate in on-campus recruiting & Career Fairs. ♦ Applying to Graduate School? Take the GREs ♦ Track applications/follow-up.