Career Center Opens With First Walk-In Sessions
The Career center prepares for future workshops. PN Photo/Octavia Johnson
UNCP’s Career Center started a Career Counseling walk-in session in UC room 221 this fall.
The room is open at 1:30-4:30 p.m. from Monday-Thursday for any student who needs help picking a major, career choices, internship or job search, resumes, cover letters, interviewing and creating an online profile on LinkedIn with online branding.
The room used to be occupied with University Center and Programs but was switched to the Career Center.
The idea to create the walk-in was to help students have easier access to meeting face to face with career counselors on anything they need.
The career center with the help of their new director, Marlane Mowitz, wanted to continue to push the concept to help more students with their future within and after college.
“We want everyone to know that we want everyone to succeed and do their very best,” Marketing Assistant of the Career Center Shay Chandler said.
The career center has full-time Career Counselors, Career Peers who are UNCP students who are trained to help students and Graduate Counseling Students who are UNCP graduate students who help other students.
“Walk-in can be helpful for working on your resume or cover letter, getting an internship, job search, interviewing or graduate school application tips,” Mowitz said.
Chandler also believes students can benefit from the walk-in.
“Students come in and they learn a lot from the experience,” Chandler said. “I had students who came to me after they worked on their resumes and they learned a lot about themselves, their skills that they acquired at their jobs that they didn’t realize that they had.”
Undergraduate and graduate students are going to the career center for help and the students can meet with a Career counselor for up to 60 minutes.
The Career Center tries to use the walk-in to help graduating seniors who are not sure about what they wanted to do.
“We want to students to be able to use the services here,” Mowitz said. “We want them to use it so that they can get instant help.”
There are still some changes being made in the Career Center. For the future, they plan to have a member of the Career Center involved in each department on campus to learn how to better assist the students. They also plan to work with online students.
When asked about how about stats that show how well the students are doing after their time in the walk-in Chandler said she would love to use anything to help us and to help the students as well.
Even though there is a walk-in, student can set an appointment by calling the Career Center’s office and set up an appointment on handshake.
Handshake is a new platform for UNCP students and alumni that creates an easier access to connect with employers, job and internship opportunities, event information, schedule appointments with UNCP career counselors for resume preparation, career exploration, mock interviews, employment, study abroad and graduate school preparation.
For more information about the Career Center contact the office at 910.521.6270.