Career Development aids students

Services include practice interviews, job hunting tips

By Robyn Simpkins
On February 23, 2017

Photo by Kaitlin Trujillo
Members of the Career Development Center greet students as they walk in to discuss their futures. The center is one of the unique tools for students offered by ASU.

A number of resources are offered to students in order to better prepare them for the future and the endeavors they may embark on. The Career Development Center is among the many on that list.

The Career Development Center offers a number of services including counseling, career testing, interview tips, practice job fairs, resume building, etiquette dinners as well as occupational/salary information. All resources through the CDC are completely free to students, even after graduation.

"Career Development helped me substantially in revamping my resume," Ariel Anglin, a junior studying Social Work, said. "They were so helpful and very creative; they even sent me multiple job openings based on my availability and interests. I will certainly have an ongoing relationship with our Career Development Center."

According to Julie Ruthenbeck, CDC Director of 17 years, the center helps students identify careers that may be a good match for them as well as gather the necessary information required to market them upon graduation. The CDC also helps students find employment and relevant experience.

"Career exploration and/or the job search (whether its part-time, full-time, or internships) can be completely overwhelming," Ruthenbeck said. "We won’t do it for them but we are here to assist them through it. Plus, it is always smart to take advantage of all your resources."

Andrew Acevedo, a junior studying Management, found interview preparation through the CDC specifically helpful.

"I scheduled a time to go in for a mock interview and going in, I was extremely nervous," Acevedo said. "Without the Career Development Center I would not have had the self-confidence to go into that interview and leave the impression I did. I was offered the job on the spot."

The CDC said the most rewarding part of their job is working with students and seeing them succeed.

The most challenging part of the job is that the small staff of two wear many hats in order to cater to the needs of students; however they are thankful for their student assistants and the help they provide.

The CDC also said that many students graduate without ever knowing that these many resources exist.

For those who don’t know, Career Development is located in the University Center in Room 107 across from the campus bookstore. They also have information provided on their website and their resources are completely free.

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