Forging futures

Career Services provides students with practical steps to succeed

By Eunice Tibay
On September 14, 2017

Photos Contributed by Career Services

Career Services helps students learn valuable skills for the world of work and job hunting.

Headed by Julie Ruthenbeck, Director of Career Development, Career Services prides itself on guiding students as they go into the job market. They help them develop the skills necessary for job hunting after college.

"Our purpose is to serve students and to teach them what they’re going to need to know and use throughout their life with everything that has to do with jobs and careers," Ruthenbeck said. "Understanding themselves, their interests, their work-related values, how do those relate to various careers so that they can find career satisfaction."

Giving advice and critiquing resumes and cover letters to compete for jobs isn’t all Career Services offers; they also give advice for graduate school.

Ruthenbeck said that students should be considering what they must do to be accepted into the graduate school of their choice.

"It is important for them to realize early on, ‘Does this career in mind I have for myself going to require additional education beyond a four-year degree?’," Ruthenbeck said, "And if so, they need to make sure that they are being very competitive."

In addition, Career Services also offers career counseling for students who are still unsure of what they want to do career-wise after college.

Ruthenbeck said that students are welcome to make an appointment with a career services counselor and during the session take an assessment to help determine the right direction for their career.

With the existence of Career Services, students have access to useful resources they might need in the future.

"It’s very organized and helps you find jobs and other things, and help you set up your career as you go through school," Cassidy Mckiddy, freshman, said.

"It is helpful to the students because they guide and prepare us for our future careers," Sophomore David Novilla said. "They also help us to find part-time jobs and internships that can save a lot of our time."

The Career Services Office is located at the University Center at UC 107 and is open to students.

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