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Career services 101

Wondering how students search for an internship? Wishing your senior had a plan for after graduation? Interested in the resources for exploring career possibilities available to students at Willamette? Then take a look at the undergraduate Career Services website.

Jerry Houser, director of the Career Center, says that “the best way for students to help themselves in the career search process is to start as soon as they can.” Students can really put themselves at a disadvantage relative to their peers if they delay thinking about a career until after graduation. Staff at the Career Center are available and eager to work with students at wherever they are in the process of exploring careers or internships.

In additional to personal visits, the Office of Career Services offers a wealth of resources online, many of which are shared with the Office of Alumni Relations' Career Network, which takes over with career help once students graduate so they never experience a lag in service. Online, students will find tools for creating resumes and cover letters, tests for discovering vocational interests and videos with useful interviewing tips.

Students who are ready for an internship or position can search online through JobCat, the electronic database for both campus and off-campus jobs and internships. More than 300 employers have listed positions on JobCat in the last year, so it’s a great place for a student to start a search.

Commencement news!

Do you have a student graduating this year? Commencement ceremonies will be held Sunday, May 15 on campus. For more information, visit the Commencement website.