USA Career Services, located at 6420 Old Shell Road, assists students and alumni in all phases of career exploration, development, and job search strategies. Using total career technology, USA Career Services is a comprehensive career education and career service center. The division of Career and Education Information Services provides self-directed activities to assist in career exploration, the selection of appropriate academic programs, and identification of career related strengths and preferences in determining careers. The specialized Career Library is the core resource for these and other self-directed career and education research activities. The Career Experience Opportunities program helps students confirm career choices through pre-professional internships and work experiences through Alternating and Parallel Cooperative Education. Students approaching graduation and alumni are eligible for Career Employment Assistance. This service links qualified candidates with prospective employers. Interview techniques, resume writing, managing an effective job campaign, and strategies for changing careers are part of this program. Career Employment Assistance includes the on-campus recruitment program and resume referral service.
CAREER AND EDUCATION INFORMATION SERVICE
These and many other Career and Education Information services housed in the Career Library are available to students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the community.
Option 1. Parallel Cooperative Education: Students work part-time, usually 15 to 20 hours per week, while attending classes for a minimum of 12 academic credit hours per semester for the Fall and Spring semesters. The Summer semester may be taken as a “vacation” semester. Students must have at least three semesters remaining before graduation to enter this option.
Option 2. Alternating Cooperative Education: Students work full-time one semester and attend classes full-time the following semester on a rotating schedule until graduation. The work assignment is usually shared by a pair of students on an alternating basis. Students must have at least three semesters remaining before graduation to enter this option.
Option 3. Internship: Students work between two and fifteen hours per week for various lengths of time depending upon the unique needs of the organization providing the experience. Some internships are not paid; experience is the reward. The option of receiving academic credit for this experience is approved through the academic advisor or department chair.
Option 4. Engineering Cooperative Education - The Five Year Plan: This program allows students to gain one year of valuable engineering experience as they pursue their degree. The freshman year is spent as a full-time student at the university. During the sophomore and junior years, the student alternates working full-time for one semester and taking full-time course work the next semester. Students are paid an excellent pre-professional salary during the work semester. The student returns to campus full- time for the senior year. This program offers many advantages for the student. Interested students should consult with either Career Services or the College of Engineering.
Application should be made for admission to the program when entering the university or no later than the end of the second semester of the freshman year.
The Career Services staff facilitates the match between employer needs and candidates launching or continuing careers. Some of the services provided include:
Five major Career Expositions annually: The USA Fall Career Expo, all majors; Allied Health and Nursing Expo, Federal Career Expo, all majors; Education Career Expo; Spring Expo, all majors.
Several specialized career conferences in areas such as: Banking and Finance; Marketing; Insurance; Communication; and others are developed in cooperation with the academic department.
Prerequisites to registration for on campus interviewing and resume referral include attending the Employability Skills Seminar and payment of the materials fee in effect at the time of application for the program. Topics covered in the training seminars broaden the students understanding of: