The career services center at a college is an invaluable resource often available to not only current students but graduates as well. Below is a ranking of colleges based on the quality of their Career Services. This list was derived from statistics on job/internship placement and experience of the counselors at the center. Additionally, students who used the career center were surveyed based on satisfaction.
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The recession is hitting everyone hard – but recent college graduates in particular. In fact, underemployment for recent graduations is at 53%. That means 53% of this year’s graduating class won’t be able to find a full time job in their career of choice but instead will end up working a job such as bar tender, barista, administrative work, and other jobs along these lines. It’s a scary job market to graduate into – but students do have one college service they can turn to for help: Career Services. All the best colleges and universities have a whole department dedicated to career services – namely, helping students transition from studying to working, and in a career they can grow in and feel proud of. Here’s what a college career services center has to offer.
The first step to getting a job is sending out a resume. People often stress over interviews, but in truth, resumes are the true first impression. Studies show an employer only looks at a resume for 10 seconds before tossing it out or clicking on to the next one. In those 10 seconds, a recent graduate will really have to grab their future employer’s attention with something great. Career services will have professionals on hand to help format and flesh out resumes, as well as do the final grammatical and spelling check required to make the best first impression possible.
After the great resume hopefully comes an interview. This is where the real magic happens. In sports, music, and academics, there is the 10,000 Rule. This rule dictates a person must practice something 10,000 before they are perfect. While no one has the time to practice interviewing this much, every little bit of practice will pay off. The career services center at a college will have counselors who are ready to help students prepare by setting up a mock interview.
In the age of the internet, searching for a job or internship is an art form. The professionals at the career service office will know how to help students weed through the fake ads, pointless jobs, and get to the good stuff. They will teach students how to reach out through their network to find work, approach a company for an informational interview, and much more.