Once again, the CEU Career Services Office (CSO) kicked off the academic year by offering “Welcome to Career Development” sessions to all incoming students. These interactive sessions, tailored to each department, are where the CSO team first tells students “Your future starts today,” shares alumni career information, and urges students to engage with the career development process from the start of their CEU experience. This year’s 23 sessions, offered in a hybrid in-person/online format, were attended by 346 incoming students. As a result, 203 students requested accounts in CareerNext, CEU’s exclusive job and internship platform, and 47 students registered in the SPARK Your Career Certificate Program. With an overall satisfaction rate of 4.69/5.00, students shared valuable feedback with our office:
- I am very impressed that CEU assigns career center staff to work with specific departments. Also, it was very refreshing to have a session like this in the middle of an overwhelming amount of work for our courses... our advisor was so kind and willing to help us, I could shake off my worries and Covid blues. Thank you so much!
- I will now make a list of companies and make a table of necessary skills, knowledge and experience, so it makes it easier to understand what to do to obtain a position at certain companies.
- I am preparing to begin my job search earlier than I planned, beginning with updating my CV and creating a better LinkedIn profile.
The Welcome to Career Development sessions pave the way for engagement with students throughout the year. CSO looks forward to seeing students at career skills sessions, employer and practitioner events, and more. Students and alumni can also request one-on-one career advising sessions with their designated advisor in addition to having 24/7 access to useful and relevant materials on the Career Knowledge Hub.