Not only does college present students with recreational opportunities to do in their free time, but thanks to services such as the Career and Professional Development Center, it also offers students possible professional experiences to enhance their academic careers both at Clarion and in their future endeavors.
Informing and empowering students and alumni by connecting them with accomplished professionals related to or involved in the students’ majors and interests to establish internships and employment opportunities is the Career Services’ primary goal.
William Bailey, director of Career and Professional Development, said, “We have 4,244 employers registered in our Career Connections database. They range from federal agencies, high-tech and Fortune 500 companies, to school systems and non-profit social service organizations.”
In addition to collaborating with professionals outside the university, they also work with academic departments, student organizations and a wide variety of university offices at Clarion to provide a diverse array of options for the students to develop advantageous knowledge and skills to help them successfully transition into an employment and professional setting that will be beneficial for their future.
Bailey said that examples of assistance include, “career decision-making, conducting career and major research, skill building and gaining career related experiences, such as internships and related experiences, preparing internship and job search materials like resumes and cover letters, use of social media, applying for career opportunities, and preparing for interviews.”
By holding events such as job fairs, campus recruitment opportunities, career-building workshops, Internet resources including a career research center and job search preparation, Career Services provides students with a number of activities and resources to promote and build their professional portfolio.
These services are provided through classroom, student group and virtual presentations, information tables and one-on-one appointments in 114 Egbert Hall.
The department’s most recent event was the Spring Job and Internship Fair that was held Feb. 18 in the Gemmell Multi-Purpose Room, with a turnout of 51 employers and 180 student attendees.
The Career Services Center has also collaborated with other Western Pennsylvania colleges to host a Fall Job and Internship fair at the Monroeville Convention Center March 11.
Following that, they will be hosting the PERC Education Job Fair with other Western Pennsylvania colleges March 25.