Undergraduate Blog / Career Development

Welcome From the Director, Fall 2016

Dear Parents,

Throughout the summer, the Undergraduate Center for Career Development has been working feverishly to develop a robust offering of career focused programming for the fall.

Feverishly, you say?  With the recruiting cycle for many companies moving to early fall, for both full time and internship opportunities, we have revised our programming to ensure that students are prepared and ready to engage.  Preparation is the key.  We want our students to be familiar with the recruiting cycles for specific industry sectors and understand what they need to do, when they need to do it, and how we can assist them.

On September 9th, we are hosting Career Boot Camp for juniors and seniors to help them get into shape for the busy fall recruiting season; resume strength training, high intensity interview preparation and employer panels for specific industry/function insight.  The following week, we host Industry Spotlights, providing students the opportunity to explore specific industries, network with working professionals and learn how to differentiate themselves.  Resumania adds the final touch of preparation, ensuring students are knowledgeable regarding how to represent and brand themselves on paper and social media.  All this and more prepare our students for our big Fall Career EXPO (job fair) on September 22nd.  We understand the needs and readiness of our first year class are different from our more experienced students and as such we are debuting, First Year Fridays; dedicated programming and services specifically designed for those who are entering college and at the front end of their career journey.

In addition to all of the recruiting events, we offer an array of programs and services that allow students to explore career options.  We host workshops, provide networking opportunities with alumni, staff, faculty and employer partners, bring many employers to campus, visit employers, offer externships (job shadow) and internships, to name a few.  The role of the Center for Career Development (CCD) is to educate our students about the wide array of career options available to them, provide opportunities for exploration, both personally and professionally and partner with them to design their own career action plans.

We are energized and excited about this fall.  It promises to be one filled with opportunity for exploration and engagement.  We hope you will encourage your students to take full advantage of the programs and services through The Center for Career Development.  We look forward to an exciting 2016-2017 school year.

Cheers to the year ahead!