Saturday October 22, 2016

Career Services

By Tony Narducci

Career services is the most important aspect in college. Why is this, you ask? Because career services can connect you with so much more than you can be connected with in the classroom. You go to career services for so many different reasons. The main one is for once you get hired on campus. When I got hired for my two jobs junior year (an intramural official and this very blog I’m typing right now), I went to career services to fill out the necessary paperwork so that I could get paid. They are very welcoming, and even have student workers there themselves that are able to help you fill out the paperwork, as for me it was overwhelming. There is so much information to fill out, and I didn’t know what some of it even meant.

For a class, I was instructed to go to career services for a mock interview, with one catch: the interview was being recorded, and was sent to one of my professors to view. It was the most intimidating 20 or so minutes of my life. I learned more from this exercise than I learned in a lot of my classes at UD. The great thing is that you don’t need to be a sport management major or in a class to do this. All you need to do is call career services to set it up and they’d be more than happy to help you. This is exactly what I did, but all they ask is that you plan it a week or two out for them to make sure they have space for you.

For housing, you are required to get PATH points to get the housing that you want, and Career Services has a ton of opportunities for you to get PATH points at their events. They have a resume building workshop, a cover letter building workshop, workshops on how to use LinkedIn, and all sorts of other useful tools to aid you for after graduation. I attended the cover letter workshop, and walked away with some insightful tips that I have actually used in my own cover letters.

The last thing that career services does that is insanely beneficial is their career fairs. There are two of them, one in the fall and one in the spring. Companies mainly from Ohio attend the fair and you get the opportunity to network with them and talk about internships, co-ops, and full time jobs after graduation. It’s all what you make of it at the career fair. They also give you the chance to take a picture in your professional attire for your LinkedIn profile.

At the end of the day, career services is what you make of it. A lot of people will regret not using them enough. I wish I would have went there when I was a freshman/sophomore more often, but I used them to the best of my ability to sharpen all of my skills and were a huge help during my college tenure. 

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