• Career Services is most beneficial for the value they provide in the areas above (paragraph 2). Additionally, the connection that Career Services has with corporate recruiters and industries is of great value – one-off networking alone can still achieve this, but it is harder to do.
• Students should start utilizing their Career Services office beginning with their freshman year, not waiting until two months before graduation to solicit résumé assistance or interview preparation.
When I talked with Christian Garcia, Director of the Toppel Career Center at University of Miami about why students should use career centers, he gave the simple answer that rings true:
“Why not? It certainly won’t hurt and can help provide much-needed career direction and assistance. Career centers are designed to help. Once you’re out in the real world, where are you going to find this help for FREE?”
Other notable comments came from Michael Hernandez, Regional Campus Recruiter, JC Penney, who said,
“As they (students) progress through their academic program, career services should be used to network with potential employers. They (students) often wait until the final two years of school to do this. Students can stand out from the crowd by already demonstrating successful résumé writing, interviewing, networking, etc.”
So, why wouldn’t you want to set yourself apart and utilize the free services available to you?
Special thanks to:
Cindy Billington – Assistant Director, Graduate Business Career Services – Texas A & M University (@CindyBillington)
Mallory Bower - Assistant Director, Career Services, University of N. Carolina –Pembroke (@MalloryBower)
Judith Clare – Director, Career Services, Bryant University (via @BryantUniv)
Tom Fitch - Assistant Dean, Career Services, McIntire School of Commerce, University of Virginia (@tomfUVA)
Christian Garcia - Director, Toppel Career Center, University of Miami (@christiangarcia)
Michael Hernandez – Regional Campus Recruiter, JC Penney (@MrCareerGuy)
Jennifer Rutt – Director of Strategic Alliances, NACE (National Association of Colleges & Employers) (@NACEJenRutt)
Next week, I’ll be covering some of the student and alumni I was able to gather around the topic of using their career center. My question to them was “Why do (or don’t) you use your career center?” So far, I’ve gotten some great comments! Do you have something to add? Please feel free to leave a comment below, or email me at email@example.com, if you’d prefer to remain anonymous on the blog. As always, thanks for reading!