Judith Kratochvil is a Graduate of DePaul University in Chicago , IL. She studies political science and spent 8 years as an administrative assistant. She enjoys reading writing and advising people about education and careers.
by Judith Kratochvil
Career Services is an important point of contact from the time a student is admitted until shortly after graduation. Therefore, it should be one of the items investigated during college exploration to determine the support offered to students and alumni.
During initial exploration of a school you should visit and explore the school’s career services website to determine a general scope of services and how services are structured. Look at the information provided on the website and what external services are used such as eRecruiting, CareerNetwork, etc. Read the “About” section carefully and even see weather there are specific Career Advisors available to work with specific majors. On a campus visit you should visit career services on a campus visit and have someone explain the services offered as well as getting any brochures that tell you about the career services.
Once enrolled and registered students should make contact with career services immediately. The center offers workshops, one-on-one advising, peer career advising, and other services. Even if a student is an undecided major contact should be made because there are different assessments one can take to assist in determining major and career. The assessments, workshops and advising services will be very helpful in making initial career and major decisions.
For example, the Career Center, my alma mater, DePaul University, provides a Career Roadmap that is meant to guide students by suggesting tasks and workshops that they should take each year. The student can also speak with the Career Advisor that handles their college. This will be your primary contact for Career Advice throughout your time at the school. The center also provides assistance with student employment, including work study, and internship or co-operative education placement.
The Career Center also sponsors networking events, career fairs and on-campus recruiting events. These events give students a chance to meet with potential employers. Networking events are either a particular company or an industry night. Career fairs are arranged around specific colleges, by season or by industry, such as College to Careers in the City Colleges of Chicago.
Finally, students should use the Career Center to craft their resume, professional core message, and practice interviewing. Students may have either a Career Advisor or a Peer Career Advisor review their resume. There are also workshops that attend to resumes, interviews and professional core message. Career Advisors or Alumni volunteers are available to complete mock interviews. Some universities also use programs like InterviewStream so students and alumni can practice interviewing skills.
In summary, Career Services offers many opportunities and people that students and alumni can use to bolster their career decision-making or job search. I would suggest that all prospective students, students, and alumni check on what the Career Services office at their school can do to help them.