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January 13, 2016

Career Development through Your College Years

Many students do not know the valuable resources the Career Development Center has to offer. I have to admit that until I was interviewing to work for the office I was unaware of what Career Development entailed. Many students may only see the office as something to use for job search in their senior year, but the office offers resources to be used in every level of your college years.

As a freshman, a great resource the Career Development Center offers to you is a career assessment. This assessment helps you to understand your personality, skills, and interests and how they may play out in a career. As you are starting the college experience it is important to make sure you have chosen the right major.  Not only will taking a career assessment aid you in choosing your major, it will also guide you in establishing relationships with professors and advisors as you explore different options.

In your sophomore year, you should begin thinking about internships for the summer and the possibility of studying abroad. As you consider these things you should sign up for and check out the internship postings. A well written resume is also a vital part of the internship process. Set up an appointment with the Career Development Center or stop in during Walk-in-Wednesday or during Resume Drop-in on Friday from 10:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m. If you are thinking of studying abroad the Career Development Center would love to talk to you about how that opportunity can enhance your global perspective, as well as your career options.

As a junior you are nearing the season of job hunting or graduate school preparation. The Career Development Center wants to make sure you are prepared as best as possible for that time. Fine tuning your resume and participating in a mock interview are great ways to get ready for the next step. Sign up for an appointment refine your presentation skills so you can ace your interview. If grad school is in your future, your junior year is the time to get started. Stop by the office to pick up a GRE prep book and for help choosing the best grad school for you.  Another way to begin networking is setting up a LinkedIn account, where you can highlight your education and your skills for employers to see.  You’ll want to attend the spring Career Fair that is hosted by Geneva as well; employers are waiting to meet you!

At the beginning of your senior year, set up an appointment with the Career Development Center to learn more about the best job search strategies or to edit your graduate school essays. Continue to talk with faculty, advisors and our career counselors about job opportunities they are aware of at the time. Also, be sure to attend the Western PA Collegiate Job & Internship Fair, which takes place in the fall and spring.  What better way to network than when surrounded by over 150 employers all in one room!

Don’t let the Career Development Center remain an unknown area on campus. From choosing your major as a freshman to finding a job as a senior, our office has many tools and resources to help you along the way. Please stop in, we would love to tell you all about it. 

—Grace Marras ’17, Career Development Student Assistant

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