West Chester University
West Chester, PA 19383
The Twardowski Career Development Center (TCDC) provides services, programs, and resources that facilitate the career development process and assist students and alumni with implementing and securing satisfying careers. TCDC resources help individuals with exploring and choosing majors and careers, developing career readiness and professional skills, making connections with employers, and having an action plan for future goals. Visit the Web site at http://www.wcupa.edu/cdc.
Career planning is a lifelong process of learning about your interests, skills, and values; exploring options; making decisions; and implementing a plan to pursue a goal. As a student, you can take many steps each year to move closer to achieving your goals - the center is not for seniors only! For individual assistance with exploring majors and careers and developing job-search skills, such as how to write a resume or successfully interview for a position, call the office or stop by to schedule an appointment. Drop-in hours are also available every weekday afternoon - no appointment necessary!
A large section of the TCDC is dedicated to books, magazines, and computers with Internet access; you can stop in any time the center is open to take advantage of resources that profile majors and careers, internship directories, resume writing books, and more.
Writing a resume is a skill you can develop using the center's resources. Use the resume and cover letter writing guides online to develop drafts and then have your resume reviewed by a staff member. For feedback and assistance, you may schedule one-on-one appointments or attend drop-in hours for in-person help or email firstname.lastname@example.org for electronic feedback. To prepare for internship and job interviews, you may use the website for effective interview strategies and schedule a mock interview with a staff member to conduct a full-length practice interview.
A range of informative and fun programs take place throughout the year, focused on helping you develop job search skills, get ready for career fairs, and gain exposure to diverse career options. Panels and special events bring alumni and employers to campus to talk about specific careers. Stay connected by using the TCDC online calendar of events and social media sites!
Ram Career Network is the online, one-stop career management system for WCU students and alumni. Hundreds of jobs and internships are posted weekly! All WCU students have an account in Ram Career Network; all you need to do is log in the same way you access myWCU or D2L.
The center also offers an on-campus interviewing program, in which employers interview students for jobs and internships. Within Ram Career Network you can upload resumes and cover letters, apply to positions, and sign up for interviews when invited.
Finally, the TCDC organizes annual career fairs to connect you with employers who want to hire WCU students for career and internship opportunities. The center participates in consortiums that offer industry-specific fairs, such as education and non-profit. Monitor Ram Career Network and our online calendar of events for upcoming fairs both on campus and within the region.