What type of guidance and services does the Career Center provide?
The Career Center is committed to each student’s success. We assist students with major selection, evaluating career paths, finding jobs in various fields of study, and conducting research on careers. Career counseling with the director is available by appointment. The Career Center also helps students find part-time work and internships which will help students gain necessary experience for future employment. Additionally, we offer assistance with résumés, cover letters, career assessments, and developing interview and other career skills. Career Center hours are Monday-Friday 8:00 am-12:00 pm and 1:00 pm-5:00 pm.
Are there special events on campus to help students find jobs?
Career Day is held twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring. It is a one-day event where employers and graduate school representatives assemble to provide information and meet our students for future hire or graduate studies.
How many employers attend Career Day?
Approximately 75-80 employers and graduate schools attend Career Day.
How many students attend Career Day?
Approximately 300-400 students attend Career Day.
What’s the average starting salary for a graduate?
The Career Center has tools designed to find this information for many careers. A Career Center associate provides assistance to students in researching this information.
What is the employment rate for C of O students after graduation?
According to our Graduate Status Report, 75% of students are employed post-graduation. This reported is generated by an annual survey of graduates.
How many students attend graduate school upon graduation?
According to our Graduate Status Report, 15% attend a graduate school post-graduation. This reported is generated by an annual survey of graduates.
Do I need an appointment to visit the Career Center?
An appointment is not needed to visit the Career Center. Students are welcome to stop by any time and the staff will available for assistance. If a visit with the Career Center Director is desired, an appointment is encouraged.
What is an internship?
An internship is a work experience related to a major or area of interest. Internships may be required for certain majors, or may be optional. Internships are supervised by faculty, typically from the major field of study, in conjunction with an on-site supervisor. Students earn college credit for approved internships.
What steps are taken to assist students with selecting a major?
The Career Center offers assessments for students to evaluate strengths, weaknesses, likes and dislikes to become aware of possible satisfying careers.
Are there Career Planning courses offered at C of O?
Yes, Career Planning (PSY 101) is offered each fall, and Career Placement (PSY 301) is offered each spring. The objectives of the courses include learning and practicing approaches to career planning and decision making which may be used on a repetitive basis in problems of career selection or career change. In the process, each student will make a tentative decision based upon his/her current level of self-knowledge.
When should students begin thinking about a career?
The Career Center greatly encourages career planning as early as the freshman year. Students are encouraged to start a career file, draft a resume, begin networking with professionals by attending Career Day and career convocations, and become familiar with and utilize Career Center services