“I Just Heard That When This Is
Over We All Have To Get Jobs.”
Career Development Center
John Thomas Building, 3rd Floor
Peer Career Center
Student Union, 2nd Floor
“What Do You Mean You Still
Want To Be A Cowboy?”
“I Imagine You’ll Be Interested
In One Of The More Highly
“I Haven’t Decided On A Major Yet.
• I Haven’t Even
Chosen A Long
Employers Look For Students Who:
• Have done well in school
• Can communicate
• Have Contributed Something
• Can make the connection between their
skills and what they can offer an employer
Opportunities For Skill Development
• Internships/Cooperative Education
• Co-curricular Involvement
• Summer Jobs
• Part-Time Jobs
• Volunteer Work
• Elective Classes/ Research
College Grads Have Experience
Under Their Mortarboards
• 71.5% had held a part-time job
• 61.2% had held summer jobs
• 46.9% had held a full-time job at one time
• 42.7% had acquired experience through an
• 2.5% reported having no work experience
Graduating Student & Alumni Survey, National
Association of Colleges and Employers
Career Planning Timeline…
• Adjust to college life and learn to be a
successful college student.
• Explore your interests by taking a variety of
classes; think of majors you would enjoy.
• Visit the Peer Career Center.
• Get involved in a campus organization or
Career Planning Timeline…
Sophomore and Junior Years!
• Take elective courses that interest you and
which will broaden your skills.
• Develop strong relationships with faculty,
your academic advisor, and your career
• Get involved in a leadership position.
• Research careers at Peer Career.
Career Information Network
• An online searchable index of
parents and alumni willing to
provide “shadowing,” volunteer
or internship experiences to
current Appalachian students.
• Password is (cinonline).
Sophomore and Junior Years
• Volunteer in community programs.
• Declare a major and remember skills are key.
• Get a summer job that relates to your career.
• Talk to lots of people about career choices.
• “Shadow” professionals in jobs of interest.
• Compose your resume for internship applications.
• Do an internship!
Career Planning Timeline...
• Evaluate your skills and interests with your career
• Revise and update your resume.
• Develop your interviewing and job seeking skills.
• Focus your career preferences (places of work, job
• Research employers thoroughly.
• Explore options for graduate study if interested.
Career Planning Timeline
Senior Year continued...
• Look at yourself as a total package:
On-Line Career Account
• The Career Development
Center provides an internet-
based registration and
resume referral system that
is designed to bring students
and employers closer
together in the hiring
process via the internet.
When do students hear this
• In class presentations by the Career
Development Center staff
• In clubs/organizations with guest speakers
from the Career Development Center
• One-on-one career counseling at Peer
Career and at the Career Development
• In programs offered on an on-going basis by
the Career Development Center
Your student’s responsibility
Explore, explore, explore...
What you can do as parents...
You Say You’ll Come Back,
• But no one ever
returns to this
“Please Don’t Make Me Go!”