You have SO many things to do when you arrive on campus as a freshman or transfer student. Most students wait until the last year of their degree program to visit the career services office. It can be tempting to wait when you have so many other things to do!

But don't wait. Go today, if you can.

Career Services offices can give you an advantage. If you are a student that has a condition like anxiety, autism spectrum disorder, depression, AD/HD, or a health issue, you may believe that all you can manage is your classes. But you may be wrong.

Experience in the workplace is essential to landing that first professional job. If you work on campus in your field, you will be able to have that experience to add to your work history. You can add that to your resume.

Counselors at your campus career services office can guide you in selecting a career that is compatible with any condition you may have. You can schedule a confidential meeting with a career counselor. You can take career assessments that may guide your degree selection. The career services counselor can discuss internships and practicums that give you valuable experience as well.

Campus Career Services

Common services offered by career services office include:

  1. Employment portal - Your career services office may maintain a system with employment listing, area job search events, career workshops, and other information. In addition, you can post your resume, set appointments for interview help, and search for on-campus jobs.
  2. Resume templates and review - Products like Taleo can be configured to guide students toward building a basic resume and submit it for review by a career counselor.
  3. Interview coaching and prep - Peer interview coaches and volunteer business professionals can give students feedback during mock interviews to help them avoid critical mistakes.
  4. Career assessment -  Students still considering which career can get guidance on which careers might suit their interests and aptitudes best.
  5. Graduate school applications - Career service offices can provide valuable feedback on essays and the graduate application process by providing candid feedback on the student's probability on getting accepted to a particular program.
  6. Internship and practicums - With limited on campus opportunities, career services offices can help students find and get hired for valuable off campus internships.
  7. Cooperative work experiences - Non-traditional work study schedules allow students to gain experience in intervening semesters while taking classes every other semester.
  8. And a whole lot more!

Some employers hire early in the job search process. If you wish to go to work for larger corporations, the interview process may start in your junior year. You need to prepare for such a lengthy interview process.

Other students need to work full time while they go to school even if the student is also living with a disability. You might use career services to get a job upgrade, so that you can earn more money as your degree progresses. Use them for interview practice, updating your resume into a professional format, and to explore what opportunities may best serve you at this stage of your career.

Finally, some students also need accommodations at work as well. You can discuss the need for your job with career services and decide if you can "self-accommodate". To find out what accommodations might be appropriate, see the resources at the Job Action Network. If you need help during the job search and interview process, career counselors can help you advocate for yourself. You can strategize with a counselor how to approach a potential employer.

Career services offices are available on every campus with a variety of services. Take advantage of services that your student fees have already paid and book a consultation today.

If you are no longer in touch with your campus office, Accessible Career can offer you  an individualized plan for your situation. For a free phone consultation, contact us.

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