Career Development Center

Welcome to the Career Development Center (CDC) where all students and alumnae/i are offered career planning services and access to career development resources.

The CDC is committed to serving Wilson College's entire student population both during and after your education. Whether you are interested in figuring out what to major in, looking for an internship, a part-time position, or a full-time career we are here to assist you. We offer a number of programs and services to help you write professional resumes and cover letters, identify positions, experience great interviews, and research career information.

Additionally, the Career Development Center also sponsors a variety of workshops on topics of interest, job fairs, on-campus recruitment, and several online resources. The CDC also has a excellent Career Library with a vast collection of information.

Stop by to learn more about what we offer and to set up your 4-Year Career Development Plan today!

Services Offered to Students and Alumnae/i:

  • Assistance with Career Planning
  • Assistance with Major Selection
  • Resume Writing and Critique
  • Cover Letter Writing
  • Business Etiquette
  • Interview Preparation
  • Mock Interviews
  • Internship Opportunities
  • Graduate School Application Assistance

Career Development Plan

FIRST YEAR STUDENTS - SELF-ASSESSMENT

  • Visit the Career Development Center in Lenfest 103/104 and get to know that staff.
  • Identify your interests, skills, and values. Some assessments from the CDC may help.
  • Take a variety of TDS courses to see what piques your interest.
  • Develop academic and career goals.
  • Explore a variety of majors by talking to staff, faculty, students, employers, friends, advisor,parents.
  • Do some job shadowing in the areas that interest you most. The CDC can help to arrange this.
  • Identify campus organizations and activities that interest you and GET INVOLVED!!!
  • Register on www.collegecentral.com/wilson so that you can see what kinds of jobs and internships are available in the area.
  • Attend a Resume Writing workshop so that you can make your first draft of a resume.
SOPHOMORE YEAR - EXPLORATION

  • Choose a major consistent with your interest, abilities and goals.
  • Continue exploring careers in your fields of interest. Remember that medicine requires administrators and accountants just as much as it requires doctors and nurses.
  • Build relationships with faculty and instructors. You may find a mentor as you work with them.
  • Get involved in career-related activities such as workshops, summer employment, the etiquette dinner, recruiters on campus.
  • Start to look for internship sites to use during your junior and senior years.
  • Talk to people about your career plans. Counselors, faculty, advisors and employers can provide great feedback.
  • Use College Central to find internships and summer jobs.
  • Revamp your resume and meet with the Director of Career Development to critique it.
  • Attend job fairs to look for internship sites and summer jobs.
  • Join professional organizations related to your major.
  • Take a Job Search workshop.
  • Work towards leadership positions on campus. Be an RA. Be a club president.
JUNIOR YEAR - PREPARATION

  • Start to think about your plans after graduation. Grad school? Work?
  • Narrow down your career path.
  • Update your resume and post it on College Central.
  • Attend career fairs, meet with on campus recruiters and on campus grad school representatives.
  • Start networking with alumnae/i, business people, the College.
  • Complete an internship.
  • Take graduate or professional school exams
  • Take an interviewing workshop.
  • Find out how to "work" a job fair.
  • Establish a list of references and get their approval to serve as such.
  • Be a campus leader
  • Research potential employers
  • Complete informational interviews in areas you would like to explore.
SENIOR YEAR - IMPLEMENTATION

  • Begin the job search process as you begin your senior year. Commit yourself to a thorough search.
  • Identify the skills and abilities you have developed throughout college. Be ready to share them with employers.
  • Finalize your resume.
  • Meet with the Director of the Career Development Center to discuss job searching, interviewing or graduate school.
  • Update your resume on College Central and search the current positions.
  • Schedule mock interviews through the CDC.
  • Participate in job fairs and on campus recruitment.
  • Apply for positions of interest and prepare to interview.
  • Keep networking!!!
  • Consider and review job offers. Send thank you letters to all prospective employers.
  • Attend financial literacy workshops to prepare you for being on your own.

*Adapted from Indiana University-Fort Wayne-2007

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Contact

Kristin Guthrie
Phone: 717-262-2006 ext.3314
kristin.guthrie@wilson.edu

Wilson College
1015 Philadelphia Avenue

Chambersburg, PA 17201
(717) 264-1578 Fax

Location:
Lenfest Commons #103

Spring Semester Office Hours

January 27 - May 18

Monday - Friday    8:30am - 5:00pm

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