Career development and learning are both lifetime processes that our undergraduate and graduate student populations should be encouraged to embrace as early as possible, and simultaneously throughout their university experience. It is our pleasure to partner with you at the developmental or classroom level to create unique personal and career development programming, supporting, your established learning outcomes for your respective students. We here at Worcester State University’s Career Services want to share our wealth of information and resources to support your curriculum, regardless of discipline or area of interest.
Career Services Offerings & Working Collaborative Initiatives
Let Career Services help you to assist students in meeting their goals of utilizing their academic knowledge and college experiences to gain internship, part-time and full-time positions of worth and excitement. Read on and learn about a few ways that we can work together!
Learn more about how Career Services can help with:
- Building a Resume
- Introduction to Handshake
- Introduction to LinkedIn
- Navigating your internship/job search
- The Art of Interviewing
- The Washington Center for Academic Internships Presentation
- Impact of Networking
- Writing a Powerful Cover Letter
We look forward to reaching across the campus to your department and classroom supporting student success.
- One-on-one career advising- students can schedule a 1-1 appointment via Handshake or by contacting our office at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Resource Guides- Printed copies of our resource guides are available in our office. To schedule a time to pick up copies of our resource guides contact our office (link to page with resource guides)
- The Washington Center- Academic Internship Program
- Big Interview
- Career Closet- Open during regular office hours, the WSU Career Closet offers free new and gently used professional clothing to students. No appointment is necessary.
- STRONG Interest Inventory– Interested in having your students take the STRONG Inventory career assessment? Contact Career Services for more information.
- Mock Interviews- Interested in setting up mock interviews for your class? Contact Melisa Alves, email@example.com to discuss a timeline that works for your class.
- Drop-In hours- Career Services offers daily drop-in hours, Monday through Friday 1:00-3:00PM. Students and alumni can stop by during this time to meet with a career advisor without an appointment.
- Support with Academic Internships- Career Services is available to provide students who are searching for internship opportunities for academic credit. Utilize our Academic Vs. Experience Internship Guide to help students get started and connect them to our office for support with creating a resume, writing cover letters, and searching for internship opportunities with our employer partners. We work closely with faculty liaisons and department chairs, to ensure students are taking the appropriate steps and completing the registration paperwork.
Faculty, please consider adding Career Services as a campus resource to your syllabus. Here is a draft blurb that you can include in your syllabus each semester.
If you are interested in learning more about our services, and resources or want some training to help you become familiar with any of our resources, contact Melisa Alves at firstname.lastname@example.org
Not able to attend one of your classes and considering cancelling it all together? Why not see if you can schedule Career Services personnel to instead cover your class session by presenting sector specific career related topics? Trust us to take attendance and relay necessary announcements
To schedule coverage, fill out the Request a Collaboration form.
If you are interested in incorporating career-related topic assignments into your classroom, Career Services has a variety of resources that you can utilize. Contact career services at email@example.com for a list of assignments you can incorporate into your classroom.
Handshake is our free online internship and job database dedicated to helping students and alumni make professional connections with employers and be aware of on-campus career development recruiting programs and fairs. Worcester State University students can access their account by using their WSU email address to log in.
Faculty and staff also have access to a student account. To log into your student account, simply use your WSU email address. We encourage faculty/staff to create a student profile including adding a major (your department major) and a class year (we recommend senior). This will allow you to receive updates from career services and navigate the platform as our students do. To learn more about Handshake, check out this short presentation for faculty and staff.
If you are interested in planning an event in collaboration with Career Services, such as a panel discussion or employer roundtable, please reach out to Michelle Kaelin, firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss event ideas and planning timeline.
For a list of semesterly programs and events offered through Career Services, contact email@example.com
Include in your syllabus a time for your entire class to come and visit our offices, as a whole, or for private one-to-one scheduled appointments with a skilled Career Services professional. Consider scheduling a group career assessment for your class. Each of these interactions offers students the opportunity to learn about the vast array of services we have to support them with regard to reaching their career goals.
Individual career advising, depending on the particular needs of the student, often utilizes a variety of career assessment inventories/exercises, such as the STRONG Interest Inventory. A major goal of career advising is to show the student how delving into and reflecting upon one’s unique set of values, interests, personality and skills can suggest career paths that would be a good “fit” for the student.
To schedule a group appointment, fill out the Request a Collaboration form.
To schedule an individual student appointment, contact us:
Office: Student Center, 3rd Floor
Are you seeking qualified professionals from within your respective fields to come and share their sector specific work advice to your class? We can call upon our industry connections to do just that. Many employers ask us to connect them with faculty regarding their recruiting needs.
If you require students to complete an internship for credit, Career Services is available to work with them on a one to one basis to identify employers with whom to share their talents, while simultaneously learning more about their specifics work sector. Encourage them to peruse Handshake for paid/unpaid internship opportunities.
Share information about upcoming career events, and/or suggest that your students schedule an individual career counseling session. Sometimes your encouragement is the only thing needed to entice them to take advantage of Career Services’, varied programming.
What are Faculty and Staff Saying?
“Career Services presented a workshop on how to write a cover letter and a resume. The information provided was invaluable to my students, many of whom had no experience in writing cover letters. Additionally, one of the important things Career Services stressed was the idea of transferable skills. These presentations helped me utilize class time effectively while I was at a conference and directly enhanced the career transition learning outcomes in the department.”
Lori Dawson, Ph.D.
“I think collaborating with Career Services to have the Washington Career Center recruiters come to my class was beneficial. My students learned about opportunities to do internships and earn course credit through this competitive national program. Many of them had never heard of the program before the presentation. I plan to continue working with Career Services to schedule presenters to come to my classes, where possible- l think it’s great for students!”
Assistant Professor, Business Administration and Economy
“I regularly announce the programs offered by Career Services for they provide important tools and experience to support the goals in my upper-class level courses. The early identification and acceptance of professional world realities and expectations help promote engagement and connections to real world applications of learned materials. Together, we increase the student’s understanding of WHY they need the material and become improved and enthusiastic learners, and valuable perspective employees.”
Professor, Business Administration & Economics
“When presenting to my class they discuss the value of lifelong career planning and the specific support they offer regarding this. They also discuss the valuable internships available at Worcester State. The students consistently respond with positive feedback regarding their outstanding presentation. Every first-year student class should be required to have this valuable presentation.”
First-Year Student Professor