Only 52% of U.S. college graduates report visiting their career services office at least once during their undergraduate experience, according to a Gallup poll. But of those who did, about eight in 10 students said it was “very helpful,” “helpful” or “somewhat helpful.”
With New England College’s Office of Career and Life Planning (CLP) being a quick walk or a click away, this is an opportunity you don’t want to miss.
Because college career centers have connections with employers all over the world, reaching out to them to help guide your career path and/or start your job search will help you get a leg up on the competition. The staff can help you align your experience and skills to what employers are looking for because they are in-the-know about industry happenings, labor markets and in-demand jobs.
So, what can you expect to get out of your college’s career center?
- Internship and job information: CLP has a network of professional contacts that can lead to internship or job opportunities for you, depending on your skills and background. And to better prepare you for the application process, CLP can help you determine which openings may be the best fit for you.
- Job search tools: NEC’s College Central Network (CCN) portal gives students and alumni the opportunity to start conversations with a database of employers. Approved employers can post internships and jobs, as well as search students’ resumes. Because it’s online, you can access the services at your convenience. Additionally, you can find articles and podcasts on every aspect of the job search on the CCN site.
- Career path guidance: Need a little clarity on where your career is headed? Don’t worry, it’s more common than you think to be unsure about the future. (According to USA Today College, 80% of college students nationwide report changing their major at least once before graduating.) A career counselor can conduct exploration exercises, help set up informational interviews and recommend classes that may shed light on your interests and career goals.
- Networking opportunities: You’ve probably heard, “it’s not what you know, but who you know.” While it’s not all you need to land a job, your connections can help you get in front of the right opportunities at the right time. The staff at a college career center can help you make new connections, and show you how to construct the right message to introduce yourself or write the appropriate questions for an informational interview.
- Events: A college career center can provide a calendar of internship and job events for you to attend, but you must be prepared before showing up. Career counselors can review with you how to dress professionally, answer (and ask) smart questions, and write cover letters and resumes for specific positions. They can even conduct practice interview sessions to ensure you’re prepared for any on-the-spot questions.
Whether you’re a student who doesn’t know where to get started or you’re an alum who’s looking for additional guidance, CLP is there for you. Reach out today for sound career advice to get you to your next career goal.