This fall brings many exciting changes to the Career Development Center (CDC). Formerly known as the Office of Career Services, the new name of the center better reflects its mission: the CDC seeks to provide more than just services to Saint Anselm College students; they are eager to partner with students to develop their strengths, build new skills, and create plans for what lies ahead in the professional field.
Along with its new name, the CDC will soon settle into its new home. In October, the center will temporarily relocate to a modular unit in the parking lot of Holy Cross Hall, making way for the construction of the new Student Center Complex.
Although the CDC will remain in the unit until the complex is built, its team will also be taking its show on the road. The CDC team will hold Career Cafés and regular drop-in hours in the Living Learning Commons, Geisel Library, and Davison Hall during the academic year. The CDC will continue to offer services both in their unit and across campus.
In addition, ACES is now known as HawkCareers. HawkCareers is Saint Anselm College’s online job and internship database for students and alumni. Students are encouraged to use HawkCareers actively, as there are between 150 and 350 postings on any given day.
HawkCareers offers a wide range of resources including information about resume building, LinkedIn profiles, and cover letters. Behind HawkCareers you’ll also find three great online tools: Interview Stream, FOCUS2, and GoinGlobal.
“Interview Stream” is an online tool for interview practice. On their personal computers, students are able to select the type of interview questions they would like to practice, and they can then record it with their webcam. The students can then review the interview and send it to professors, mentors, or CDC advisors for feedback. Interview Stream prepares students for professional interviews, allowing them to gain confidence by practice. After using Interview Stream students are encouraged to schedule an in-person mock interview with a career advisor.
“FOCUS2” is designed for self-assessment. It gauges one’s skills, interests, and values to help students make informed decisions about education and career planning. FOCUS2 identifies compatible majors, jobs, and careers to students after they complete a variety of assessments.
“GoinGlobal” is a program for those interested in both studying and working abroad. GoinGlobal provides employment information about different countries and regions across the globe. It seeks to increase awareness of culture-specific customs, etiquette, employment culture, and job opportunities.
On October 26, CDC will host their annual Internship Fair in the Carr Center from 1-4 p.m. To date, over 50 businesses and organizations have registered. The team at the CDC encourages students of all years and majors to take advantage of this opportunity to find an internship, network, and have informative conversations with representatives from a range of industries. The CDC will be offering workshops to prepare students for success at the fair.
The team at the CDC encourages all students to utilize their resources in their first year at Saint Anselm College to harness all opportunities available. In 2016, it was reported that 98% of the class of 2015 were either employed, in school, or engaged in service within six months of commencement. Executive Director Kimberly DelGizzo believes that being proactive, using the resources at hand, and learning through experience are the keys to success.
DelGizzo recognizes that preparing for either employment, graduate studies, or service post-graduation is a process. She says, “We have a dedicated team of individuals at the Career Development Center who are eager to work with Saint Anselm students at any and all steps along the way.”
Stay tuned for all of the exciting programs and initiatives the CDC has in store for the months to come.