Center for Career & Professional Development informs, inspires student job search through Spring events
Spring is an exciting time at Centre College, with students exploring their options for internships, jobs, graduate programs and more. The Center for Career & Professional Development (CCPD) has several upcoming events to inform and inspire students on their search.
Upcoming events include the Spotlight Career Fair, which will take place Thursday, Feb. 25 in Lexington, Ky., and will include 80 employers and organizations to discuss jobs, internships and graduate school opportunities. Students must complete one career fair prep session in order to attend the fair. Additionally, Edelweiss Lodge and Resort in Garmisch, Germany, will pay Centre a campus visit on Feb. 22 and 23 to conduct interviews for 15-month, post-graduate positions. Other events include the session “How to Get a Job on Capitol Hill” on Tuesday, Feb. 23 and “Reynolds & Reynolds Networking Skills” on Wednesday, Feb. 24.
A fun addition to the CCPD office includes the new mannequins stationed outside the entrance. Each well-dressed mannequin is accompanied by 10 percent Macy’s discount cards available to any student who needs to buy professional clothes for an interview or career fair.
“We’re extremely excited about all of the events taking place in our office this year,” Joy Asher, director of the Center for Career & Professional Development, said. “It’s important to us to really take a holistic approach to working with students. Whether focusing on career development, modern-day professionalism issues or bringing employers to campus for one-on-one interaction, we’ve been able to offer a wide array of career and professional development programming that reaches students from first-years through seniors.”
CCPD began the monthly Career Chats and Emerging Professionals series last fall in an effort to support the department’s two areas of focus: career development and professional development. Career Chats connect students on the second Tuesday of each month with “industry insiders,” who discuss their occupation and give tips on breaking into their industry. Emerging Professionals meets on the fourth Thursday of each month and brings employers and other professionals to campus to speak with students about topics related to professional development.
Both programs have been successful thus far and have allowed the students to learn more about certain career fields and professionalism topics. CCPD has also been able to bring in speakers virtually from across the U.S. with the help of a MondoPad given to the department through a donation from the Parents Committee.
“The response to both the Career Chats and the Emerging Professionals series have been overwhelmingly positive,” Asher said. “Students really enjoy hearing from alumni who know firsthand what it’s like to be a Centre student and can speak to them about using their College education and experience to succeed in a given career field. Alumni appreciate the chance to ‘give back’ to Centre and to talk with students interested in their occupations. It’s really a win-win!”
by Elise L. Murrell
February 19, 2016