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Student interns offer advice

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female-intern.jpgCareer coaches consistently tout the benefits of internships to our students; however, the best advocates for this experience are the students who have had an internship themselves. 

English, History, Modern Languages, Philosophy, and Women & Gender Studies majors enrolled in the internship course for their major, also took Humanities 370, a career course taught by the CEC.  Here's what a few of those students had to say about their internship experience this fall:

"It helped me become more confident in my overall abilities.  Working for a non-profit organization, you're asked to work on a myriad of projects.  It can be overwhelming, but I learned how to manage my work and finish it with time to spare.  I surpassed my own expectations and it gave me confidence to pursue anything I desire in the future." Veronica Kildare, English 2013.

Laptop2-CSO Upgrade.jpgATTENTION CareerLink and CA$H users!

This morning, Friday, December 14, 2012, we will be upgrading the look and feel of our CareerLink and CA$H online job boards.

The goal is to improve the look and feel of our systems so that they are easier to search and navigate and so that they are compatible with mobile devices.

With the exception of the search feature, which will be integrated with the search results screen, this will not affect the operation of the systems and we do not anticipate any downtime while this upgrade is being implemented. 

For more information on the upgrade and changes to the system, check out this You Tube video tutorial from the system's provider, CSO Research.

We hope you enjoy your improved job searching experience! Please send any feedback or questions to

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Maybe 13 is a lucky number after all. 

Last week's release of the November unemployment and hiring statistics by the U.S. Department of Labor indicated a gradual but definite improvement in the US employment market.  The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 7.7%, the lowest in almost four years, and 146,000 jobs were added to the economy, according to the story on the jobs report

This positive news was in contrast to expectations in the media, which had initially anticipated an uptick in the unemployment rate as an after-effect of the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy and the ongoing battle over the "fiscal cliff" in Washington.  Additionally, the National Association of Colleges and Employers released a report of survey findings last month (NACE Job Outlook 2013) that indicated employers are looking to hire 13% more college graduates in 2013 than they did in 2012.

With the job market shaping up to be the best in years, it is time now to get started on preparing to enter the workforce - no matter what your class year.  Stop by the Career Education Center to get advice on how to network, what industries are a good fit for your skills and interests, how to find an internship and turn it into a full-time position, or to just brush up your resume and cover letter.  The CEC can also help you prepare for that big interview, or give you tips on how to negotiate once you have that job offer in hand.

Meanwhile, you can get started on the CEC website with the Undergraduate Career Toolkit.