Center for Career and Professional Development

Parents

How do we help students?

Here at the Center for Career and Professional Development our goal is to prepare your son or daughter for life after graduation. We have a multitude of services designed to not only help decide on a career path, but also develop their professional skills. Some services we have include professional workshops that educate and develop professional skills, meetings with career counselors, and assistance in creating resumes and cover letters. In order to be as helpful as possible we are open five days a week. Your student can even set up an appointment in the office, over the phone, or online so they can find a time that best fits their schedule. In the end, we are here to help, so be sure to have your student drop by for a visit.

Events

View our "Upcoming Events" list on this page for the major events by the Center for Career and Professional Development. In addition to these large events, we also hold smaller workshops throughout the semester that are intended for smaller groups.

What Can You Do?

You can still play a part in helping your student plan their career goals event though they are on their way to college. Below is a list of steps that you could do to help your student plan their career.

Career Planning Guide

Freshman

  • Encourage your student to meet with a Career Center Staff member to learn how to develop and implement a personalized 4-year career plan.
  • Encourage your student to visit the Career and Professional Development Center’s website at careers.wcu.edu and log into their account on JobCat 2.0 to become familiar with the layout of the website.
  • Remind your student to log into Focus II and take the skills and personality assessments.
  • Encourage your student to attend a resume/cover letter workshop.
  • Remind your student to get involved on the college campus by joining clubs and organizations.
  • Support your student by helping them get experience with a summer job.

 

Sophomore

  • Encourage your student to review their career plan at the Center for and Professional Development.
  • Talk to your student about researching their career options and attend professional development workshops on campus.
  • Develop a resume that can be looked over in the Center for Career and Professional Development.
  • Discuss getting an internship for the summer, and have them look at JobCat 2.0 for some internship options.

 

Junior

  • Remind your student to attend any and all careers fairs. It will be good practice talking to employers and they might get a job too.
  • Use JobCat 2.0 to see what events are being held this year by the Center for Career and Professional Development.
  • Use vault to look at different companies your student might be interested in working at.
  • Encourage your student to take on leadership roles on campus or complete research for classes.
  • Help your student by talking about getting a higher level internship this summer.

 

Senior

  • Gather reference options that your student could use on applications.
  • Talk with your student about preparing for interviews.
  • Think of possible places your student could apply for jobs.
  • Remind your student to go to the career fairs on campus to meet employers.
  • Talk about the job search regularly with your student. Remind them to look at the job postings on JobCat 2.0.
  • Make sure there is a “Plan B” in case your student’s primary plan falls through.

Be sure to look on the other pages of our website to learn more about different services we provide, tools that are available, and events we will be hosting. 

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