CAREER SERVICES

1997-1998 Bulletin Information

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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 is designed to assist and provide qualified candidates for interviews 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
The Center's 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 since the appropriate selection of a major can impact a student's desire to complete a college education and a student's success in college and the workplace. The Career Library serves as the central location for these activities and is staffed by professional and 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:

These and many other Career and Education Information services housed in the Career Library are available to students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the community.

Career Experience Opportunities
The Career Experience Opportunities Program enables students to combine classroom studies and paid work experience related to their major field of study. Practical experience is available in industrial, business, governmental, or service organizations. Undergraduate students may apply at the Career Services Center to enter the Cooperative Education Program when they have completed 36 credit hours, attained a cumulative grade-point average of 2.3 or above, have at least four quarters remaining before graduation, 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.

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 quarter for the Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters. The Summer quarter may be taken as a "vacation" quarter.

Option 2. Alternating Cooperative Education: Students work full-time one quarter and attend classes full-time the following quarter on a rotating schedule until graduation. The work assignment is usually shared by a pair of students on an alternating basis.

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/department chair.

Option 4. Engineering Cooperative Education - The Five Year Plan: This program allows the student to gain valuable engineering experience as he or she pursues his or her degree. The first year is spent as a full time student at the university. During the sophomore and junior years the student alternates working full time with an excellent salary for one quarter and taking full time course work the next quarter. The student returns to school 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.

Prerequisites for participation in the Career Experience Opportunities Program include attending the one hour Employability Skills Training Seminar offered continuously by Career Services and payment of the materials and service 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.

Career Employment Assistance
All students are urged to register for Career Employment Assistance at Career Services four quarters 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.
The Career Services staff facilitates the match between employer needs and candidates eager to launch or continue careers. The following services are provided:

Prerequisites to registration for on campus interviewing and resume referral include attending the one hour Employability Skills Training Seminar designed to enhance candidates' approach to employers and payment of the materials and service fee in effect at the time of application for the program. Topics covered in the training seminar broaden the student's understanding of: