What direction can the Career Development Center (CDC) offer in helping my student select a major?
A liberal arts education is designed to expose students to a broad range of opportunities both inside and outside of the classroom that lead to a lifetime of learning and personal growth and development. We in the Career Development Center (CDC) believe that to set that lifetime course, an individual must identify his/her own unique gifts and talents. The CDC has career exploration tools available to help students identify these areas and match them with occupational and academic options.
What does my child's major have to offer?
The CDC has an abundant amount of information related to what occupations relate to particular major areas of study which students can access on the Raven CareerLink (RCL) site. Students should also talk directly with AU faculty in their area of study to learn more about what types of opportunities arise from study in the academic major.
Do you offer career interest testing? What does it cost me?
Students have access to career exploration assessments which help them to identify their unique work interests, skills, personality traits, and values FREE of charge as part of their AU experience. They can then schedule an appointment with a Career Advisor to review their results and plan next steps to reach their personal and professional goals.
Who does my student contact for employment during the school year?
Student employment opportunities are available through the Human Resources office.
During the fall and spring semesters, the CDC coordinates on-campus recruiting visits with employers who hire students for full-time and part-time summer jobs and internships.
Is there help writing a résumé and cover letter?
The CDC provides assistance with resume and cover letter writing either during drop-in hours with career peers or graduate assistants or by appointment with a Career Advisor. Students may submit documents online through their Raven CareerLink (RCL) account for review by a CDC staff person as well.
What preparation is there before going to a job interview?
CDC staff members are available to assist students with interview skill development. We also provide opportunities for students to attend mock interview sessions to practice their interview skills with professional interviewers.
Are internships available for students at any level of their college education?
It’s never too early for students to start investigating internship opportunities. Employers expect today’s college graduates to have one or more of these types of experiences in their relevant field. The CDC provides access to multiple internship resources and helps students navigate the process of identifying and applying for these opportunities. While we do not place students in these positions, we teach students the skills they need to successfully find and secure these opportunities – skills they’ll use throughout their professional lives.
Does it cost anything to participate in internships? Do students get college credit?
It does not cost anything for students to participate in an internship program – however, internships may be unpaid or paid positions depending upon the employer.
Students may receive academic credit for their time in an internship, but that will vary depending upon the student’s academic department and the employer. Students who are enrolled in an internship for academic credit are subject to associated tuition fees for each credit hour they receive.
Can a student expect to be paid for interning?
Many students can earn a wage (minimum wage or above) or receive a stipend for their time in an internship. While it is wonderful if a student can earn money while completing an internship, we encourage students to be open to all opportunities which provide them with important professional skill development in their field of interest.
Where can students go for graduate school information?
The CDC provides resources which help students to prepare for the graduate school application process. This includes writing personal statements, application essays, and preparing for graduate school interviews. We are available for mock interview appointments as well.
Are students encouraged to attend career fairs?
The CDC coordinates several career fairs on the AU campus which students are encouraged to attend throughout the year. Career fairs provide a terrific way for students to begin to grow their professional network and practice interview skills. The CDC also participates in several career fairs held in the Indianapolis area as a member of a career consortium. These much larger events provide our students with access to recruiters who are hiring interns and full-time employees, many of whom conduct interviews at these events.
Does Career Development Center handle job placement after graduation?
While the CDC provides many opportunities for students to network with hiring professionals (e.g., career fairs and campus visits), we do not place students in post-graduate jobs. However, we do provide job search and preparation services for all students who take advantage of these opportunities while they are here. We also coordinate on-campus recruiting visits through which employers come to campus to recruit and interview students for internship and job opportunities.
How do students find out about job openings?
We post countless job and internship opportunities on the Raven CareerLink (RCL) site which is a FREE service for AU students. We also have links to many industry-specific job boards available on the CDC website for students to explore.