By Tommy McCardle |Staff Writer|
Starting a career after graduation could be a scary thought for some, but have no fear. The Career Center can help transform that fear into confidence for students.
The Career Center, located in University Hall on the third floor in room 329, offers services such as resume building, job interview training, and personality assessments to match with majors for students fearful of entering the workforce.
“What we offer here at the Career Center are mainly things that students can use to find a job,” said Victoria Fleming, a student assistant.
Cusara Kennedy, a junior majoring in Business Administration/Accounting, noted she remembered hearing about it during S.O.A.R (Student Orientation Advising and Registration).
“I have not needed it [Career Center] as of yet, but I might go there sometime before I graduate,” said Kennedy. “Resume building is of interest to me.”
They also conduct the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), in which, is an assessment that matches student’s interests to potential majors and careers based on four components of personality.
“So if students are having issues with what major they want to choose, or where they want to go with the major that they have…we can set them up with that as well,” said Fleming.
Jessica Donate, a junior transfer student majoring in Accounting, said she wanted to acquire an internship to help with establishing a career after college.
\We also help with internships and if you’re not looking for a job quite yet, but you just want to get experience in a certain field we may be able to help you said Fleming.
They will host The Career & Internship Expo. an event targeted to help students with obtaining an internship.
The event will take place on Tuesday, November 1, from 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM, at the Santos Manuel Student Union Events Center.
Companies such as CVS Health, Living Spaces, Sherwin-Williams, Target and more will be represented at the expo.
The expo is an opportunity for students to network with companies.
Job interviews can be nerve-wracking for some people and The Career Center has made sure all instances can be practiced before the student’s official interview.
“Another thing we do are mock interviews; You will know what to wear, what to say and what to avoid when talking during an interview,” said Fleming.
In recent years, social media has been a factor in employment, according to Monster.com, a job listing website.
There have been cases where employees have been fired from their jobs due to inappropriate content posted to social media.
LinkedIn is a social network dedicated for business and employment-oriented services, but is one of many social media services constantly being checked by your employers.
Fleming added, “We also have presentations on how students can clean up their social media so that when employers are looking at that they aren’t looking at anything bad.”
If a student does not have access to professional wear for job interviews they can go to the Career Center.
They have a wardrobe selection for students to use at no charge.
“We actually have donations of professional wear from professors, people all over the place, and employers,” said Fleming.
The Career Center there for all and all for one; don’t take it out of your options.