The Career Development Center advises students and provides resources on the types of planning and preparation necessary to help students meet their career goals. This includes internships, job seeking, labor market trends, individual career counseling, workshops, and employer contacts via career fairs, informational sessions, career events, and other on-campus events.
The role of the Career Development Center is to act as an educational agency, rather than an employment agency. We empower these young adults to obtain the tools, resources, and opportunities to find internships, plan for their career, make sound career decisions, obtain jobs. Ultimately the student is responsible for preparing for his or her career goals and for finding their position.
As a parent, your role can be to encourage your student to work independently to utilize the resources offered by the Career Development Center to strengthen their qualifications and find gainful employment after graduation.
Finding the perfect fit
Your student’s Career Counselor can work with your student to help him or her explore and pursue an academic major that fits both their goals and abilities. This exploration can be done by assessment testing, elective courses, job shadows, and other means.
Highlight employment experience
Whether your student is pursuing a job or internship, or simply wants to have his or her materials ready for future opportunities, the Career Development Center can help students craft professional and focused résumés and cover letters. Students should make an appointment with their career counselor, and arrive at the appointment with a list of work experience and extracurricular activities as well as a description of the tasks performed at each area of employment.
Get on-the-job knowledge
Western New England University has a network of more than 1,000 internship sites. Whether your student would like to work with an organization in the Springfield area, or intern at a hometown company, the Career Development Center will help students through the application and interview process. Once a student secures an internship site, he or she will continue to work with a Career Counselor in order for the experience to count for credit.
become a young professional
When your student is ready to start looking for jobs after graduation, the Career Development Center will help him or her sharpen their cover letters and résumé, hold mock interviews, discuss professional attire, and share other job search resources.
Continue your Education
The Career Development Center offers students help with writing personal statements, researching graduate programs, informational sessions about testing and admission requirements, and other requirements for graduate schools. The process for preparing for graduate school should start before senior year.