Career Services sponsors a wide variety of programs and workshops to help students in all areas related to career exploration and planning, from choosing a major to job search techniques. Special events, including “Professional Practice Interview Day,” “Etiquette Dinner” and “Career Connections BBQ” are offered throughout the year to assist students in building career-related skills. Students may meet individually with a career advisor for assistance in discerning interests, values and skills as they relate to majors and careers. Self-assessment inventories include the Strong Interest Inventory and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Career Services offers students a Resource Center and access to NACElink, an online job and internship site with a résumé database used to refer students to employers. In addition, Career Services maintains an extensive Web site that provides links to many career exploration and job search sites, as well as information on upcoming programs and events.
At what time are students encouraged to visit Career Services?
Students are encouraged to begin visiting Career Services during their first year at Southwestern. Students who work with Career Services all four years gain a better understanding of the career exploration and job search process and are more successful at transitioning from college to the world of work or to an advanced degree program. When students are ready to experience an internship, they can visit the Career Services internship coordinator to obtain information about the application process and available opportunities.
What services are available? What about job fairs or résumé writing?
A variety of services and resources are provided by Career Services, from one-on-one career advising to a Resource Center housing more than 650 career-related books plus hundreds of job listings. Career Services publicizes job fairs across Texas and provides transportation to several large fairs during the year. Students may attend fairs to meet employers who offer entry-level, summer and internship positions. Résumé writing booklets are available, as is downloadable résumé information from the Career Services Web site (www.southwestern.edu/careers). Résumé critique appointments are available to help students develop résumés suited to their individual career needs. Career Services also helps students with the graduate and professional school application process.
What job search assistance do you provide for students and graduates?
Tailored, individual job search advice is available through appointments with Career Services staff. Career Services maintains a list of alumni who are willing to share occupational information with students and answer questions about their chosen career fields. Among numerous Web links and print resources, NACElink is a Web-based job search tool with a résumé database that connects Southwestern candidates with national employers for full-time employment and internships. Career Services also sponsors employer information sessions and hosts recruiters interviewing Southwestern candidates.
Career Services Staff
Director of Career Services
Associate Director of Career Services
Maria Kruger '91
Web site: www.southwestern.edu/careers