Welcome Parents, Family, & Friends
The Career Development Center is home to limitless resources for your student's career development! We can assist your student with all career-related issues including choosing a major, finding an internship, writing a resume, and learning how to conduct the job search process. The staff is well-trained and eager to share its knowledge by assisting your student's career development. Please encourage your KU student to begin the career development process early by stopping by our office, visiting our website, and participating in events. Students are also encouraged to schedule a one-on-one appointment by calling 610-683-4067.
What does Career Development Center provide my student?
Our services and resources assist your student with combining self-knowledge and skills to transform his or her academic work into career goals.
Internship & job fairs, networking events, employer information sessions, and links to alumni are also provided for students to build relationships with employers and others who can assist in their career planning and job search process.
What happens during a typical career counseling appointment?
This is an opportunity for your student to meet one-on-one with a professional who is well-versed on career issues and understands the major field he/she is pursuing.Â In addition, counselors utilize assessment instruments to aid your student in clarifying his or her career direction. Confidentiality is maintained so that your student feels comfortable.
When should my student begin working with your office?
The model of fostering a student's career development ideally begins when a student is a freshman (see Key to a Successful College Experience). Your student can use our services and resources at any time during his/her academic career and after graduation.
My freshman has already decided on a major, why would he or she need the Career Development Center?
Many students begin their freshman year of college with a good deal of confidence in their major. With any major, there are a number of career paths that a student can choose depending on their interests and abilities. Shadowing, networking, and gaining "hands-on" experience through an internship or volunteer work, can assist your student in developing important skills that employers look for, while providing experiences that aid in focusing on career goals.
My student is completely undecided about a major. How can the Career Development Center help?
We often meet with students to discuss academic and career goals. By utilizing our services and resources students have the tools to succeed .
As a freshman, my student knew exactly what he/she wanted to do with his/her life, but now is confused and considering a completely different direction. Should I be concerned, or is this normal?
The college years for most students are a time of growth and development. College is designed to provide opportunity for exploring new ideas and subjects. The common result is for students to change their minds about majors and future careers. Our mission is to support your student through this process.
What can I do to support my student as he or she establishes career goals?
Families are often challenged to find the best way to support their student. Because each student is unique, try to:
- Keep an open mind
- Listen to their ideas
- Act as a networking resource
- Encourage career discussion
- Learn about current career and job market trends
- Coaching Your Student to Succeed! (a Microsoft PowerPoint File)
INTERNSHIPS, JOBS & GRADUATE SCHOOL
How can my student find an internship?
In today's rapidly changing work place, gaining work-related experience is key to a new graduate's success in finding employment. For this reason we encourage all students to engage in some form of experiential learning such as an internship. The internships listed through the College Central Network are both paid and unpaid. Some may also provide academic credit. In addition, there are multiple resources for identifying internships available in the Career Resource Library and on the website.
What is the Career Development Center's role in finding my student a job after graduation?
The Career Development Center is committed to preparing your student. While we do not "place" students into jobs, we provide numerous opportunities and resources that support the career development and job search processes. Our office sponsors or co-sponsors several internship and job fairs and other events where students have the opportunity to interact with employers. Please visit our services and resources page for more information.
What help does the Career Development Center provide if my student wants to go to graduate school?
The staff can assist your student in finding specific graduate programs as well as provide practice information and test dates on various admission exams such as the GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT or DAT. In addition to providing guides to graduate education in the Career Resource Library, the Career Development Center participates in several graduate school fairs, both on and off campus.
***Persons with a disability and who require accommodation for a service, resource or event, should notify the Career Development Center two weeks prior to the event at 610.683.4067 or email@example.com, TDD number: 610.683.4499. Every effort will be made to provide reasonable accommodations.***