by Annie Rose Stathes
Published February 8, 2013
Many colleges and universities have career resources and planning centers devoted to providing students with career-oriented guidance and resources. These resources are typically free to the student and may help students prepare for careers logistically, practically, mentally, and experientially. Career resources and planning centers often offer the following services:
- Guidance in preparing and structuring resumes and CVs
- Help in writing cover-letters for job applications
- Guidance in finding post-graduation jobs
- Guidance in finding jobs, internships, or apprenticeships while still in school
- Preparation for interviews
- Preparation for working in various professional settings
- Resources for finding employment (job-search software, etc.)
Many of these centers have counselors who guide students to make choices in school that will lead to greater success in their future careers. Counselors might connect students with internships, externships, apprenticeships, part-time jobs, full-time jobs, or volunteer opportunities. They might also connect students with departments or instructors who can offer assistantships or apprenticeships.
Access to Work-Study Programs
Career resources and planning centers work with departments in colleges and universities to fill work-study and similar programs with qualified students. Most work-study programs pay for tuition, fees, or housing. Students who qualify for work-study employment are given the opportunity to work on campus, with employers who are sympathetic to their schedules and needs.
Access to Jobs or Assistantships at the College or University
Career resources and planning centers are often privy to job openings throughout the institution. They often know of jobs open to the public as well as jobs open to enrolled students, such as teaching or research assistant positions. They also know about part-time, temporary, or project-based jobs made available specifically to students.
Access to Jobs in Your Future Field
Career resources and planning centers often work with companies and organizations in the area to connect employers to students. They work with companies and organizations willing to hire students or recent graduates with little to no experience.
Career resources and planning centers also work with companies and organizations to fill internships. Internships provide students with valuable opportunities to gain experience. They afford students the opportunity to practice techniques, test theories, and experiment with new ways of thinking, working, and relating. They often come with guided and intentional supervision, and provide students with experiences that increase their knowledge, raise their confidence, and boost their hire-ability.
About the Author: Annie Rose Stathes holds a B.A. in International Affairs and an M.A. in Political Science, from the University of Colorado, Denver. She is currently an instructor of writing at Fort Lewis College in Durango Colorado