With the spring semester in full swing and graduation just a few months away, students flocked to the Career Center Kick-Off to learn more about the services the center can provide, from help finding internships and jobs to resume-writing and interviewing tips.
“I have some time to go at Hofstra, but it’s going by fast,” said junior Jared Lavergne, a marketing/management major. “The Career Center has helped me to network with people in the field, develop a resume, and get experience through mock-interviews. It has helped me to get ready for the real thing.”
The Career Center Kick-Off at the Mack Student Center is designed to make sure that students make the most of the center’s resources, including the Spring Career Fair, workshops, and related events this semester. The role of the Career Center is to provide direction and help students set realistic goals for the future.
“Starting in the first year all the way to the first job,” said Deanna Rodin, Associate Director of the career center, “the goal of our program is to help students to find the best fit for a college major and profession.”
The Path of Pride is a seven-step career planning process developed by The Career Center that takes students through comprehensive career planning services such as job counseling, cover letter and resume writing, networking and interviewing, instructional videos and handbooks, as well as self-assessments that provide valuable insight into individual interests, skills, values and personality.
“Right now we see many students who want to determine a major, build a resume, and find co-ops or internships,” said Rodin. “And we’ll see a greater number of seniors as their studies near completion and there’s more time to focus on the job hunt. Either way, there’s always a steady flow of students at the Career Center, we’re here to help students at every stage.”
The program also offers online services like the Alumni Student Konnection (ASK) that connects with alumni, and The Pride-Career Management System (Pride-CMS) where students can view and apply to thousands of job and internship postings. There’s also “Quick Question Hours” where students can walk-in and have their resumes reviewed and critiqued—no appointment necessary.
“That why I’m here,” said Mohamed Shaw, a sophomore electrical engineering major, “to learn how to put together a good resume and hopefully land an internship—it’s great that we have this kind of help here on campus.”