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2 Topics for Today Why College? A Model for Success Benefits of Using the Center’s Resources The Importance of Engagement

3 Why College? To get a JOB! Knowledge, skills, and training Growth, maturity, experience Long-term earning potential Graduate with a plan for future careers Job vs. Career?

4 Keys to Student Success Academic Performance Engagement & Involvement Utilize Resources and Be Proactive Experience – Internships, Student Teaching, Volunteer

5 Why the Career Center…NOW? Not for Seniors Only Not for Job Search Only Conveniently located with: – Dining Hall & Einstein Bagels – Learning Assistance & Resource Center – Pre-Major Academic Advising – Office for Students with Disabilities – Women’s Center – Service Learning & Volunteer Programs

6 Our Mission Provide services, programs, and resources which facilitate the lifelong career development process and assist students and alumni with implementing and securing satisfying careers.

7 Career Development Process

8 How We Help Career Center Activities: Usage Rates For Graduating Seniors *As reported in the 2013 NACE Student Survey Career Center Activities: Usage Rates For Graduating Seniors *As reported in the 2013 NACE Student Survey

9 Employers Want WCU Students & Alumni! : 1,777 internships, full-time and part-time jobs posted & 2006 resumes reviewed in Ram Career Network 66 employers with 132 internships and full-time jobs participated in On-Campus Recruiting 132 employers attended our on-campus Career Fairs

10 What Employers Want Attributes Employers Seek on a Candidate’s Resume *As reported in the 2014 NACE Job Outlook *Gold borders indicate skills noted by our Employer Advisory Board Attributes Employers Seek on a Candidate’s Resume *As reported in the 2014 NACE Job Outlook *Gold borders indicate skills noted by our Employer Advisory Board

11 What Employers Are Saying “Students were well prepared and extremely interested in our company and finding the right fit for themselves and their career.” “You are doing a top-notch job! All students were prepared, and the interview process was seamless. Of five schools where we are recruiting, West Chester's career development center gave the best presentation.” 169 unique employers participated in various on-campus recruiting options ( ) Visit for institutional data on plans for WCU graduateswww.wcupa.edu/oir

12 Student Strategies Resources Used in Employer Information Search *As reported in the 2013 NACE Student Survey Resources Used in Employer Information Search *As reported in the 2013 NACE Student Survey

13 What Students Are Saying “With the insightful advice and encouragement by the career center, along with the informative resources provided, I was able to successfully enter into a professional career. I hope other students and alumni will take the time and opportunity to explore this valuable resource.” "For someone who had no direction when first arriving to West Chester, it was very helpful and reassuring to learn I was not at all an exception; with the Center I was able to bounce off ideas and begin first steps towards a major and career. The people there are kind, understanding and knowledgeable and I'll definitely use their assistance in the future.” 28,957 log-ins by students and alumni in Ram Career Network ( )

14 Keys to Student Success Academic Performance Engagement & Involvement Utilize Resources and Be Proactive Experience – Internships, Student Teaching, etc. Utilize the Career Center and start your job or internship search early

15 QUESTIONS?!


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