CENTER FOR CAREER & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
The Center for Career & Professional Development (CCPD) helps students and alumni plan, prepare, and promote their careers. CCPD helps students apply for internships, jobs and graduate school, as well as explore career options and interests.
Kirk Knott joined the Center for Career & Professional Development as Associate Director in Sept. 2014. In this role, Kirk provides comprehensive career counseling to students and alumni in Division II (Social Studies) and to all undecided students, and will be creating and managing a Peer Educator program. Kirk comes to us from Bluegrass Community and Technical College, where he has worked as both a career counselor and a faculty member. Kirk has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and English from the University of Texas, and a Master of Education in community counseling from Texas Tech University.
The mission of the Center for Career & Professional Development is to prepare students for lifelong career achievement. Specifically, we will:
guide students through the process of exploring and choosing careers;
- engage the faculty to help students connect the dots between their academic and career development;
- facilitate alumni engagement to further students’ career and professional development; and
- provide students and alumni with the tools and skills needed to access experiential opportunities and to achieve post-graduate success.
Career Counseling: One career counselor is assigned to each academic division. In addition, one career counselor is assigned for undecided students. Topics covered are at student direction, but often include: choosing a major, career exploration and decision-making (including self-assessments like YouScience, MBTI, Strong Interest Inventory), choosing and locating experiential opportunities, job searching, researching and applying to graduate school, and personal statement reviews.
- Career Roadmap: a four-year guide to career success.
- Career KickStart: an annual career exploration event for sophomores.
Career Chats: a monthly series focused on a different career field each month.
- Emerging Professionals series: a monthly series focusing on professional development topics.
- Career Mentor Network: an online directory of alumni who have volunteered to provide career information and/or advice to students.
- Resume and cover letter reviews.
- Mock interviews.
- Direct connection with employers: on-campus information sessions, on-campus and virtual interviews, resume review and mock interview days, Spotlight Career Fair.
Internships & Funding
- The CCPD works directly with students to help locate and apply to summer and school-year internships
- Internship funding programs to help support CentreTerm and summer internships.
- Peer educators are Centre students trained to provide front-line services to their peers.
- Weekly walk-in hours in the CCPD.
- Presentations for residence halls and student organizations (upon request).
Additional Special Events
- Senior Kickoff
- Law School Fair
- Local Internship Fair
- Programs specific to certain majors, in partnership with academic programs.
- Etiquette Dinner