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Was Your Alma Mater's Career Counseling Center Helpful?

Was Your Alma Mater's Career Counseling Center Helpful?

The career center at my alma mater was a spacious building with a unique paint color that stood out in its prime campus location. Unfortunately, the up-front locale had nothing to do with how important the quality of services rendered was to the university.

Career counseling centers shouldn't have to hold students' hands through the process of job searching and career discovery, but they should be able to give advice on résumé improvements and the most effective way to approach a job search. Ours did none of this — how could it, when those working inside were inexperienced undergrads themselves?


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lexichloe lexichloe 8 years
Wish I would have been aware of it, as a freshman or a senior! :)
Megatron Megatron 8 years
I don't think we have a career counseling center yet because we are a relatively new school and still fairly small. There are perks, but also drawbacks. I graduate in May, so I would definitely use the services if they were offered.
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 8 years
I didn't find a job through the center. They did help me build a resume and learn interview and networking skills.
karisaamy karisaamy 8 years
Mine wasn't very helpful unless you were getting a business degree, and with my Political Science degree they didn't help at all.
citizenkane citizenkane 8 years
I have no idea why I put an apostrophe in resume in the above comment, either.
citizenkane citizenkane 8 years
My school had one, but no one really used it but business majors. My particular college, communications, had an actual course that you took your last semester that discussed resume's and interviews. That is where I got most of the advice from. And look where it got me..... no where.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
not really. i went to the department to get my internship and i felt like they weren't really helpful with me, and then when it was time to get a job, i was just another face to them, and they didn't help or provide direction at all. being in NYC - ANY help you can get it appreciated, and i didn't get any from my school which is the first place that i would have assumed would help.
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 8 years
I went to get resume help and the first time I went, I think it was another student who counseled me. The second time I went with a revised resume, I had a different person helping me and she basically told me the exact opposite of what the previous person had said a week earlier. My college also had career fairs, but unless you wanted to work at Steak'n'Shake, Blockbuster, or in some other business position (my major was Journalism) it wasn't very helpful, so I never went.
HoneyAndtheMoon HoneyAndtheMoon 8 years
When I went to school, the center was not helpful, they told me things I already knew. Their advice? You'll get a job, just any old one. After I graduated and a lot of people complained, my school stepped up their services.
valancyjane valancyjane 8 years
I was lucky to be in a department that had its own career services center. The director had gone through the program himself and had worked in the field for a while, so he had a lot of contacts and knew which outlets were overrated, which were hidden gems, etc. I had internships for 3 out of 4 summers and I went from my last internship straight into a full-time job. I don't think I used any of the resources at the campus career center; it was too general and I knew there wouldn't be much applicable to my career. But a general career center is better than none. I hire interns now, and some of the resumes that come across my desk are flat-out embarrassing. If they just used the resources available to them, I have to believe these kids would have a lot better materials.
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 8 years
Yes, they help me very much. They helped me apply for jobs, had mock interviews and helped with my resume. it was pretty helpful, the guided me towards the right direction. I got a job 1 1/2 months after graduation.
ixswtheatherxi ixswtheatherxi 8 years
i was actually one of those undergraduates at the career center at my university. its not like when we couldnt answer a question we would end up telling the person to go home. there were back up counselors that we could lead the student to for further help. most of the students that come into the career center have questions that can be answered without the help of the actual full-time staff. unfortunately, many students dont find undergraduates credible, especially if the person giving the answers was younger. to be honest, there were many times that the students who came in did expect to land a job/internship without considering the amount of work they would have to put in. i think this is a major part of the perspective to why career centers dont really help. on the other hand, ive had just as many students who went out of the center, if not even more, who did feel like they have been helped and questions answered.
ccsugar ccsugar 8 years
Our business school at my alma mater was pretty big, so we had a nice career counseling center. They gave us a lot of helpful info on resume tips, interviewing tips, etc. and would host two career fairs a year. I thought it was very helpful.
jspeed jspeed 8 years
actually, yes - their resume referral network landed me my first job!
fleurfairy fleurfairy 8 years
My school (The University of Texas at Austin) had a career center for each college within the university. So they were very helpful for me in planning my resume and it was nice to go in and talk to someone about where to get started on my job search. I miss school :(
tee0206 tee0206 8 years
The business students at my university had our own career services department. In order to even interview with companies recruiting at the school, we had to go through a mock interview and have our resumes critiqued. I learned plenty of helpful tips. Occasionally, the career services department even offered etiquette classes (including free multi-course dinners!) to prepare students for business dinners. I thought the services offered were great.
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 8 years
I picked other. My school did have a career center for all majors except for mine because the department thought that they wouldn't be of any help to us. So instead our department did zero to help us and left more then half of the students (the non brown nosers) to fend for ourselves. It only makes you stronger in the future when you have to work so hard.
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