By Laura Gore
Career & Counseling Center
College can be a lot of fun but is also a time of big decisions. It is a time of exploration and discovery, trying to find who you are and where you’re supposed to fit in in a lot of ways, especially socially and professionally. I see this a lot as PUC’s Career Counselor. I struggled in college with knowing what to major in and where I wanted to go with my life, but I eventually found a great fit as a social work major and now as a career counselor. That didn’t mean I had all the answers (still don’t, in case you were wondering). It also doesn’t mean I have all the answers for you. It does mean I’ve been there, and I’ve worked with a lot of students trying to figure things out over the last few years. PUC has a lot to offer as you are exploring your options and getting ready to launch as a professional. Here are a few of the things we do to help you along the way:
- One-on-one help for career counseling, employment/internship preparation (i.e. we work on resumes and cover letters together), mock interviews, career testing, grad school personal statements, job or internship search strategies and more
- Monthly resume clinics
- Regular workshops on resume writing, interviewing, and job searching
- An online job and internship board with local and national opportunities
- On-campus recruiter visits and interviews
- Events like the Grad School Fair and Career Day
The Grad School Fair is coming up quickly, on October 15 this year, and is open to all students. We have a wide range of schools and programs represented and it’s a great chance to see what some options after PUC might be, everything from Physical Therapy to International Relations to Anthropology.
Career Day is a special 30-some-year-old tradition at PUC where we bring professionals (usually 50-60) from all different fields to the dining commons to chat with you about what they do and how they got there—and what advice they have for you. Many of them are PUC alumni, so you can learn firsthand where your major can take you. Some are even recruiting for internships or jobs, so you never know what a connection made here can do for you.
Instead of having an Internship & Job Fair as we have had in the past, we are planning a more individualized approach with the departments and students’ interests, which is one advantage of attending a small school. We’ve already got a few recruiters planning visits this fall for interviews for internships for spring and summer, and our Business and Communication departments even have internship coordinators dedicated to helping their majors. As a PUC student you’ll have resources and I think you’ll find PUC a great place to get you ready for what’s next.
The key thing is for you to not be afraid—get out there and try things, get experience (notice the theme of a lot of recent blog posts: internships, volunteer, serve, get involved…), and take advantage of the opportunities and resources we have waiting for you here at PUC.
Check out these resources:
- http://www.puc.edu/campus-services/counseling-center/your-career/employment The online job board I mentioned and more.
- http://www.puc.edu/puc-life/student-employment/home Exclusively part-time local and on-campus jobs.
- www.facebook.com/PUCcareerservices Our Facebook page.
P.S. The Career & Counseling Center is also where you can access free, confidential counseling on a variety of issues. See our website for more information.