Career Development and Calling
For students attending an accredited college or university, a degree is synonymous with preparation, a symbol that represents years of work intended to equip them for satisfying employment and a meaningful life.
The Office of Career Development and Calling is committed to assisting your son or daughter with the career planning process. Career counselors help students learn about themselves and the world of work; better understand vocation and calling; build career decision-making skills; and develop lifelong job search skills.
Parents can help their students with the career planning process by becoming familiar with our services and encouraging their student to utilize these services. We hope the information provided here will be helpful to you in supporting your student through the career development process.
Student Use of Career Center Correlates to Job-Search Success
Results from NACE’s 2009 Student Survey* show that students who used career center resources intensely were more likely to land a job or get a job offer than others who didn’t use or used the career center in a limited way.
Nearly 26 percent of those who reported “intense” use of career center services (i.e., the student used a variety of services, not just the most popular offerings—job listings and resume development help) had accepted a job compared to 21 percent of those who didn’t use the career center. Similarly, 50 percent of those who reported intense use had a job offer compared to 43 percent of those who didn’t use the career center.
* The 2009 Student Survey was conducted from February 19 through April 30, 2009; more than 35,000 students from more than 840 colleges and universities nationwide—including more than 16,500 graduating seniors—participated.