What are the benefits of using career services?
When your student uses career services, he or she is choosing to participate in a planful career planning process. This process encourages students to go through a self-assessment process, explore occupations through career research, match a career to a major, and then seek out experiential education and conduct a strategic job search. This process is done with the support of experienced career professionals, so your student receives the benefit of time-tested methods.
When should my student come in to see you?
Career planning is an important process, so we encourage students to begin using services their first semester. Studies show that students who have a clear career goal are much more motivated and less likely to drop out of school. The Career Services office is located in the Student Services (SVC) building, along with other students services such as Financial Aid and Admissions. We're in room 2088, on the second floor, by the elevator.
What if my student and I disagree on the best choice of a career?
Although you probably know your student very well, you might suggest that he/she comes to Career Services for a career assessment to ensure he/she is going down the right career path. Through Career Express, our walk-in advising service, students can meet with a Career Counselor to get started. One or more follow-up appointments may be scheduled to help your student develop a career action plan and answer questions.
Can I schedule an appointment for my student?
No appointment is necessary. Career Express is a quick way for students to get started. Encourage your student to drop by and sign-in. This informal process is a non-intimidating way to get some information. While some questions may have a quick answer, others may require one student to many an appointment with their Career Counselor for a few sessions.
Is it all right to attend an appointment with my student?
If your student feels strongly that he/she needs your support on his/her first visit, you many accompany your student when meeting a Career Counselor. However, as an adult, your student must consent to your participation. Feel free to familiarize yourself with our website, as many resources are available.
How can my student find employment?
The Career Center uses Career Connections, an on-line job search system and résumé database, to post off-campus part-time and full-time jobs, internships, and cooperative education positions. These jobs are sent to us from local, state, national, and international employers. Your student will need to sign a résumé release form and upload a résumé in order to open a Career Connections account and access these opportunities.
Do you have career fairs?
We hold career fairs and recruitment events to connect your student to employers. We hold two career fairs a year, typically in late September and late January, for full-time, internship, and cooperative education positions. The purpose of the career fair is to allow employer (typically 100+) and USF students/alumni to network. Professional attire is required and students should bring résumés. We also hold a number of workshops to help student prepare for the fair. Internship and part-time job fairs are also held each fall and spring.
Can you guarantee that my student will have a job when he/she graduates?
What we can guarantee is to provide services to help your student choose a career, plan and prepare for his/her job search, and provide opportunities for your student to network and interview with employers. We teach students how to conduct a self-directed job search, which will help them not only when they graduate, but in years to come.