What is Career Counseling?

In Career Counseling we:

  • Focus on you. We’re here for you and what’s important to you. We can help you with a wide range of issues ranging from broad career exploration to specific plans for reaching your internship, job, or higher education goals.

  • Are confidential, safe, and supportive. We respect your privacy, your values, and your uniqueness.

  • Need you to participate. In order to make progress you need to be an active participant. We can advise you about appropriate action steps but you must be the one to act.

  • Recommend career information resources. Career Counselors have a breadth of knowledge about a variety of career fields, but our main expertise lies in the career planning process. Instead of telling you details about careers, we can help you find the resources to get the information you need.

  • Recommend tactics and strategies for finding a job or internship. We talk with you about ways you can discover job or internship opportunities but we cannot provide you a ready-made list of open positions that fit your exact situation.

In Career Counseling we are not:

  • Always a quick solution to your problems. We cannot provide you with a list of employers, graduate school programs, or jobs that are a fit for you. We can point you toward resources for you to develop your own unique lists.

  • Predictive or omniscient. We cannot tell you what career path is best for you or what you should do, nor do we have a "test" that will do so. We can discuss strategies for exploring your options and making informed decisions.

  • Academic advisers. You need to meet with your department or college advisors for advice about your coursework.

  • A job placement service. The Career Center provides many opportunities for you to connect with employers in person and online. We do not have a hidden database of jobs or internships for our clients and we cannot make referrals for you.

  • A resume writing service. Instead we will help you develop and revise your own resumes and cover letters.

 

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