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The Career Center is in room 220 of Mitten Hall. Students and recent alumni can schedule virtual and in-person career coaching appointments online via Handshake, or by calling us at 215-204-7981. We can also be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students are encouraged to begin working with us in their first year! Our professional staff work with students and alumni to assess their individual career needs and guide them through a step-by-step process to achieve their goals. We also offer several virtual career management resources that can be accessed 24/7 and are complemented by working 1:1 with a career coach.
The Career Center is committed to facilitating recruitment – both virtual and in-person – and preparing students for a successful job search. We sponsor a large-scale Career Fair every semester and host hundreds of employers each year who recruit all majors. Most of these employers also post job opportunities on Handshake. Students are encouraged to utilize Handshake, as new job/internship postings are always being added in addition to virtual and in-person events. Our Career Coaches provide individualized assistance and group workshops to assist students with career exploration and the job search process.
The Career Center facilitates the internship search by vetting employers and postings on Handshake. Both paid and unpaid opportunities exist, and some may provide academic credit. Gaining work-related experience is key to a new graduate's success in finding employment. For this reason, we encourage all students to engage in some form of experiential learning such as an internship.
The Career Center also offers the Temple University Internship Program (TUIP) during the Fall and Spring semesters, which connects Temple departments with motivated students. TUIP participants engage in professional development and reflective sessions to ensure they are getting the most out of their internship experience.
Students can take advantage of Handshake to search for off-campus part-time jobs. On-campus part-time jobs and Federal Work Study positions are posted at TUPortal (login required) and off-campus work-study positions are listed on the Student Financial Services Work-Study Job Bank.
Many students begin college confident in their choice of a major. In any major, there are several career paths a student can take depending on their interests and abilities. Shadowing, networking, and gaining experience by volunteering or interning can help students to develop skills that are valued by employers. This real-world experience also helps to clarify what a student wants for their future! The Career Center is a valuable resource for students to identify their strengths and interests, determine appropriate career paths, connect with employers in those fields, and find experiential education opportunities.
Clarifying career goals is one of the main reasons students seek out our services. Completing a self-assessment and having it interpreted by a Career Coach is a fantastic way to connect students with career paths that suit their personalities, values, and skills. Career Coaching is also helpful for students to learn about majors that would lead to a certain career goal they may have. We also offer online resources such as What Can I Do With This Major? so that students can explore opportunities outside of coaching sessions.
The college years are a time of exploration and change. College exposes students to ideas and disciplines that can open their minds to possibilities they never knew about or would have considered. The Career Center has a team of coaches who are skilled in supporting students and alumni who are reconsidering their career focus. Frequently Career Coaches will administer assessments to clarify important aspects of career development such as interests, natural abilities, and values. The goal is to provide students with the perspective and tools needed to make career decisions that are consistent with who they are and what they want out of life.
The most patient parent/family member can be challenged while your child decides about the future. Because college is a time of exposure and knowledge gathering, a student’s need to explore may increase and the length of time this takes varies. You cannot be an expert on all things, especially if the path your child is interested in is different than yours. Understanding the resources available to your student here at Temple and listening to and encouraging your student are ways you can be supportive.
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