Career Development Center
West Chester University
We are located on the 2nd floor of Lawrence Hall, directly above the main dining hall on campus. Our hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday during the fall and spring semesters and 8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. during summer sessions.
The Center provides services, programs, and resources which facilitate the lifelong career development process and assist students and alumni with implementing and securing satisfying careers. We meet with students during individual appointments as well as group workshops and seminars. The Center offers job postings, resume writing and interview preparation assistance, career fairs, and on-campus recruiting opportunities.
Students may drop by the Center any time to ask a staff member a question, use the extensive collection of resources in the Career Resource Library, or pick up free magazines and literature to help with job search or graduate study. We encourage students to schedule appointments in advance for more in-depth career planning assistance by calling 610-436-2501.
Because the Center offers resources and programs to help students explore majors and careers, students are encouraged to begin using and become familiar with the Center starting with their first year on campus. The range of services available can assist students of all class years, not just seniors who are looking for a job.
Registration is not required to use the Career Development Center, however, we encourage all students to create an account in College Central Network as early as possible to take maximum advantage of the resources we offer.
College Central Network is an Internet-based tool for students to get assistance with developing a resume, search for internships and full-time jobs, and schedule on-campus interviews. To maximize interview opportunities, graduating students should register with College Central Network no later than two semesters before their graduation date.
Yes! FOCUS is an online program students can use to explore their interests and get concrete information about what types of careers are available to students in various majors. Our Career Resource Library also contains books such as College Majors & Careers to help students identify options. We work with academic departments and the Pre-Major Advising office to refer students to appropriate on-campus resources and staff.
The Center utilizes College Central Network as its primary job posting system; employers interested in hiring WCU students may post jobs for free within the system. The Center coordinates several career fairs each year, bringing employers to campus to speak with students. Additionally, many employers conduct on-campus interviews within the Center each semester. Job posting binders, directories, and other employment resources are available in the Center’s library. We encourage students to schedule a one-on-one appointment for advice tailored to their particular interests.
West Chester alumni may use the Center’s services at any time in the future.