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.
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
- 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.
- Encourage your student to review their career plan at the Center for and Professional
- 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
- Discuss getting an internship for the summer, and have them look at JobCat 2.0 for
some internship options.
- 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
- Encourage your student to take on leadership roles on campus or complete research
- Help your student by talking about getting a higher level internship this summer.
- 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.