Welcome to the Career Development Center, where we connect students to employers.
Our comprehensive center provides you with career guidance and support as you consider a major, explore career options, and pursue experience during your four years at DeSales University.
From the moment you set foot on campus, the Career Development Center will prepare you to begin your career path by teaching you to use the tools you will need to succeed.
One-on-one career advising
Resume and cover letter development and critique
Career Development and Planning Class (3 credit Elective)
Job shadow program
Personality, interests, and skills assessment
Whether it’s changing the world for the better or transforming their future, our students use experiential learning to bring knowledge to life. At DeSales University students have many opportunities for experiential learning, Opportunities include:
Externships are short-term (a few hours to a few days in duration) shadowing experiences. Externships are mostly for the purpose of learning more about a career field or work environment, but if you make a very good impression on the people you meet, it could open the door to another experience (internship, co-op, summer job, etc.) later.
Internships are usually one-term experiences, though not always. Internships can be paid or unpaid, full-time or part-time, and are sometimes for academic credit; these factors vary by career field and employer.
Volunteering is sometimes students' first way to get a foot in the door of an organization or career field. Volunteer work can be something you do as an individual, or something you do because a club or organization to which you belong takes on a volunteer project. Volunteering can develop skills and experience that you can list on your resume and thus can be a stepping stone to help you get other kinds of experience.
Field study is typically done through your academic department, for academic credit, and are sometimes required for certain majors. Consult your academic department to see if field studies are offered or required.
Undergraduate research, usually a one-on-one arrangement between you and a faculty member in your academic department, and typically is for academic credit. However, some organizations, such as research centers, also offer these programs, and students apply just as you might apply for an internship. Professors may advertise undergraduate research opportunities, but don't wait for this to happen. If you're interested, approach professors whose research topics interest you. Undergraduate research is strongly recommended for students who are thinking about applying to graduate school.
Part-time and summer jobs can be important ways to get experience; a job does not have to be labeled as an internship to be valuable. What's important are the job's relevance to your career field or industry, the skills you develop, and the level of responsibility you earn.
Leadership and involvement in student and community organizations is viewed very favorably by employers, and is sometimes considered an essential qualification for certain types of work and career paths. You don't have to be president to be a leader. You could be the volunteer recruiter, the fundraising chair, or an event planner. The important things are what you accomplish and the skills you use and develop.
The concept of networking is not new, but many people are unsure how to use it when looking for career opportunities. Some students say that they don't have a network to use in relationship to their career path. This is not true-everyone has a network. The key is developing and utilizing your network. When it comes to your career, it definitely helps to know people and how to interact with potential employers and co-workers. That’s why the Career Development Center offers:
Job and Graduate School Preparation
There are many career paths you can take after graduating from DeSales University, including graduate school or full-time employment. The Career Development Center can help guide you in this transition: