Services, located at 6420 Old Shell Road,
assists students and alumni in all phases of
career exploration, development, and job search
strategies. 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. Interviewing
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.
offices are located in the Mitchell College
of Business, College of Engineering, and the
College of Arts and Sciences.
AND EDUCATION INFORMATION SERVICE
Career and Education Information Service guides
students in self-directed activities to determine
career interests and selection of appropriate
academic programs to reach their career goals.
Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are urged
to take advantage of this service. The appropriate
selection of a major can impact a students
desire to complete a college education and a
students success in college and the workplace.
The Career Library
is the central location for these activities
and is staffed by graduate level Career Advisors.
Career Advisors are trained to assist students
in the various aspects of career and related
academic development. Among the many resources
available to students are:
Career Library containing the recruiting
literature of more than 1,500 local and national
Computer assisted career guidance programs
On-line access to national, local, state,
and federal job openings.
Books and videos on career development,
job search skills, resume preparation, interviewing
techniques, letter writing, and employer information.
Occupational literature on numerous career
fields including entrance requirements and projected
Graduate and professional school information
including: directories, catalogs, admissions,
and financial aid information.
many other Career and Education Information
services housed in the Career Library are available
to students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the
Experience Opportunities Program enables students
to combine classroom studies with paid work
experience related to their major field of study.
Practical experience is available in industrial,
business, governmental, or service organizations.
may apply at the Career Services Center
to enter the Cooperative Education Program when
they have completed 12 credit hours, attained
a cumulative grade-point average of 2.3 or above,
and are classified as a full-time student upon
commencement of participation in the program.
The internship option requires a 2.0 GPA or
above and sufficient time remaining before graduation
to complete the internship. Graduate
students may apply to enter the Career
Experience Opportunities Program after they
are accepted into a graduate program.
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.
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 six semesters
remaining before graduation to enter this 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.
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.
|PREREQUISITES FOR PARTICIPATION
for participation in the Career Experience Opportunities
Program include attending the Employability
Skills Seminar, offered continuously by Career
Services, and payment of the materials fee in
effect at the time of application for the program.
To remain in the program, students must maintain
good academic standing; a cumulative grade-point
average of 2.3 or above for the parallel and
alternating programs, a grade-point average
of 2.0 for the internship program, and comply
with the policies and procedures of the employer
and the Career Experience Opportunities Program.
are urged to register for Career Employment
Assistance at Career Services three semesters
before graduation to begin preparation for the
employment search process. Seniors and Juniors
are advised to take advantage of the career
and employability skills training and the career
advising functions of Career Services. Alumni
may initiate service when needed.
A fully web-based system facilitating
communication between the student, employer,
and Career Services.
Online registration with Career Services.
Creating a quality resume online.
Viewing job listings.
Signing up for on-campus recruiting activities.
Receiving and responding to employer
Five major Career Expositions annually:
The USA Career Expo, all majors; Allied Health
and Nursing Expo; Education Career Expo; Spring
Expo, all majors.
Several specialized career conferences
are developed in cooperation with the academic
to registration for on-campus
interviewing and resume referral include attending
the Employability Skills Seminar designed to
enhance candidates approach to employers
and payment of the materials fee in effect at
the time of application for the program.