To help ensure a successful transition into the professional world, encourage your student to take avantage of the many resources offered through the Career Resource Center. Below are some ways your student can get started in the career development process:
- Visit the Career Resource Center early and get to know the staff and services. Students can start developing and individualized career plan as early as their first year at Pacific.
- Take advantage of the assessments and career exploration tools that are available to help with major and career choice.
- Enroll in Career Planning Courses - Co-Op 088 "Career Exploration and Planning" and Co-Op 188 "Career Search Essentials" (each course is 1 academic unit)
- Attend the Career and Internship Fair each spring semester. Students can begin networking with employers and exploring options for internship and career opportunities.
Student Success- from the Career Perspective
From the Career Resource Center's perspective, student success relies on managing both college activities and potential opportunities for the future. We serve as the connector between what students experience in school and what employers are looking for when students exit our gates. In addition to excelling in their academic achievements, there are two other things we recommend students make a priority while at Pacific:
1) Gain experience
The experience gives students the skills that qualify them for their first career. It's what makes a student look competitive on the resume. Internships are a must, but there are lots of other ways to build those qualifications. Often times these other activities also help them land that first internship. Those activities can include: volunteer work, student clubs, leadership roles, class projects, study abroad, and let's not forget those campus jobs they found through the CRC provided system- Tiger Jobs.
Networking- it's how students can increase the chances of their resume getting seen. It's also not something that gets developed overnight, so they need to start early and manage it constantly. Plus, it's an important skill they will need to succeed in their careers. From our signature events that allow them to meet recruiters in person, to our counseling services that coach students on how to network professionally, we provide them with a variety of outlets to invest in their career early on. One specific program that serves this need is our Student Alumni Connection in Tiger Jobs. Through this, the students can access Pacific Alumni who have registered as mentors. To complement this program, we also invite alumni mentors to campus each semester for our Student Alumni Mixer where the mentors help facilitate a practice networking event for students. The next one is April 3, 4pm at the Alumni House. If you know of alumni who would like to participate, contact Aubrey Ramos.
Whether your student is finishing up school this semester, or needs some direction with their major, encourage them to visit us! Follow us on Facebook for updates on our latest offerings. www.facebook.com/CareerResourceCenter