Career Services provides a wealth of options to prepare students for success
Within 10 months of graduating, 98 percent of Centre College alums are employed or engaged in advanced study. Playing a significant role in that extraordinarily high percentage is the College’s Office of Career Services, which is devoted to helping current students, as well as alumni, find the jobs or graduate school programs they desire.
Each year, Career Services offers an array of opportunities for students to network, shadow professionals, complete internships, practice interviewing techniques and meet with prospective employers
And Centre students know the importance of attending events like these. A record number of students attended the recent 2011 Spotlight Career Fair, taking advantage of the opportunity to meet employers seeking both full-time employees and interns. Students also discovered more about graduate programs during the event.
Held in Lexington, the annual event is sponsored by all the private colleges of Kentucky plus Hanover College in Indiana.
“Our staff takes a very active role in the planning of the event,” says Deb Jones, director of Career Services. “This year, Joy Asher, associate director, was the chair; Mindy Wilson, assistant director, was the software liaison; and I was in charge of employer registration. It’s a great opportunity for students to practice interacting professionally with employers and graduate schools, to ask questions about opportunities and to possibly arrange for individual job interviews.”
As a result of the Spotlight event, the Office of Career Services has been contacted by employers who wish to come to campus to interview some of the students they met on the day of the fair. Career Services has also had some additional employers contact them to collect resumes and/or come to campus.
Jones says that career fairs such as this are invaluable resources for current students.
“Once a student leaves college, it becomes more difficult to have access to resources such as the ones we have available,” she says. “By attending events such as Spotlight, they have the opportunity to interact with multiple potential employers in a short period of time. We’ve also held events like one in which we hosted speakers from the Department of State and the CIA. Having access to these types of career information sessions is rare outside of the college environment.”
In addition, she says, “We provide hands-on help with the job search, summer jobs, internships, resumes, cover letters and interviewing. Self-assessment tools such as the Strong Interest Inventory and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator are also available at no charge.”
Students wishing to make the most use of the opportunities provided by Career Services should start early—as soon as they arrive on campus as first-year students, in fact.
“Don’t put off thinking about your future,” Jones says. “Four years go by very quickly. The better we know you in Career Services, the better we can help. Employers like to see candidates who show initiative, as do graduate schools.”