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The Career Development Center is committed to supporting the success of all students in identifying and exploring options as well as building the skills necessary to develop rewarding careers. We provide a range of services and special programs as well as host employers for interviews and career fairs to give WCU graduates a competitive edge in the job market.
What does the Career Development Center do?
The center educates students and alumni to actively develop and implement their academic, career, personal, and professional goals. We meet with students one on one, as well as offer workshops. We offer job and internship postings from employers, resume, cover letter and LinkedIn profile review, major and career exploration, interview preparation, networking advice, job and internship fairs, industry meet ups, and other opportunities to connect students with employers and alumni.
Who does the Career Development Center assist?We work with all current West Chester University students in any major or classification. We also assist alumni and employers.
Does my student need an appointment to speak with a staff member?
Students may drop by the center during drop-in hours every afternoon for a quick question. However, we encourage students to schedule appointments in advance for more in-depth career assistance by logging into their Handshake account to schedule an appointment.
When should my student first come to the Career Development Center?Because the center offers resources and programs to help students explore majors and career options, students are encouraged to begin using and becoming 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.
When is the best time for my student to register with the Career Development Center?We encourage all students to log into their account in Handshake and update their profile as early as possible to take maximum advantage of the resources we offer.
What is Handshake?Handshake is the online, one-stop career portal for WCU students, alumni, and employers. Hundreds of jobs and internships are posted weekly just for the WCU community. Students and alumni are also able to access state-wide and national networks of other jobs, all in one convenient location! All WCU students have an account in Handshake and can log in using their WCU ID and password.
Can the Career Development Center help my student choose a major?Yes! Students may schedule an appointment to explore their interests and options. The center offers interest and personality inventories to help students develop self-awareness about academic and career goals. We work closely with academic departments and the Exploratory Studies to support students' decision-making.
My student has just graduated. Can the Career Development Center still provide help?West Chester alumni may use the center's services at any time in the future.
Where do West Chester University students get jobs?
Be a part of student success at West Chester University by helping to identify employment opportunities for students!
Post Jobs for Students
Talented students graduate each year from the Colleges of Arts and Humanities, Business and Public Management, Education and Social Work, Health Sciences, and Sciences and Mathematics, as well as the School of Interdisciplinary and the Graduate School. If your organization needs excellent new talent, consider posting job openings at no cost to your organization on Handshake, the one-stop career portal for WCU students, alumni, and employers.
Offer Internship Opportunities
One of the best ways for students to prepare for future careers is to gain experience while still in college. Most WCU students have the option of pursuing an internship through their academic departments.
If you work for an organization that has an internship program, we invite you to refer that opportunity to us by email@example.com
Employers may post internships, at no cost, on Handshake. We also refer interested employers to the internship contact within the appropriate academic departments.
Support Scholarship Opportunities
The WCU Foundation cultivates new scholarship and endowment opportunities for WCU students; they also manage a range of existing student support opportunities.