GUEST BLOGGER: Allie D’Aprile ’13, Intern, Center for Career Education & Professional Development at Providence College. Allie received her B.A. in Psychology from Providence College and will be completing her M.Ed. from Providence College this May. Additionally, she is a Graduate Assistant in the Office of College Events, and has loved every minute of her time as an undergraduate and graduate student at PC.
As a graduate student and former undergraduate student of PC, one would think that by now I know all of the ins and outs of the College. I can tell you that you can rely on McPhail’s for a really great milkshake, you should avoid Concannon Fitness Center between the hours of 2p.m.-5p.m. if you want to get a treadmill, and that going to a professor’s Office Hours are actually worth it. And now, I can also tell you all about the ins and outs of the Career Education Center!
During my time as an undergraduate, I was by no means a “frequent-flyer” of the Career Education Center. It was not until now, in my 6th year at PC (because of the amazing opportunity I have to work towards completing my internship for my Master’s degree in Counseling in the Career Education Center at PC) that I am able to tell you what a fantastic resource this office truly is! Through this experience and my own, I present to you: Three Resources of the Career Education Center That I Wish I Took Advantage Of as an Undergraduate Student
Though I used this particular resource as an undergraduate, I wish I went back for follow-up appointments regarding my resume. The staff in this office are truly dedicated to helping students develop a strategic and competitive resume that highlights your skills in relation to specific jobs in which you hope to apply.
- Bring a draft of your resume to your scheduled appointment. I found that going through my resume bullet by bullet with my Career Counselor to be the most beneficial to the development of my final resume.
eFriars in my opinion, is the hub of internship, job and interview searches, postings of Career Workshops, and Events that are hosted by the Career Ed Office!
- Within the job, internship, & interview tab you can not only look for jobs that have been posted on eFriars, but also jobs on indeed.com, and internships through internships.com.
- Employers frequently come to campus for info sessions about their companies, and the Career Education Center also hosts educational workshops and career development opportunities. Under the Career Events & Workshops tab students are able to see a listing of these events with time, date and location information.
The Career Education Center offers three main assessments that allow students to take a deeper look into themselves, what strengths they have, and which careers may align with their work interests.
- The Myers Briggs Type Indicator is a personality assessment which can help students with career planning at every stage. Knowing one’s personality type is a practical tool for investigating what works for you, then looking for and recognizing work that satisfies your natural preferences.
- STRENGTHS QUEST
- Strengths Quest is an assessment that allows students to gain insights into how to use their talents to achieve academic success, to explore careers, and in leadership development by learning about their top five strengths.
- Focus combines self-assessment, career and major exploration, decision making and action planning in one comprehensive website. Customized with PC’s majors, students’ assessment results are matched to career options and majors/programs offered at PC. FOCUS guides students through a reliable career and education decision making model to help them select their majors, make informed career decisions and take action.
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