Career Center Adapts to Support Students Virtually

By: Miriam Brown ’21

The Career Center’s virtual doors didn’t close after the transition to distance-learning, and they won’t close when the school year ends.

In addition to scheduling calls for students to talk with career coaches, the Career Center has developed a guide to frequently asked “Career Questions & Concerns Amidst COVID-19,” recorded on-demand videos to watch from home, and planned several alumni panels and “Get-Started” sessions. The Career Center is also collaborating with the Wellness Resource Center to host sessions centered around “Wellness & Career Strategies for Moving Forward,” with the next one on May 11 to be targeted toward graduating seniors.

“Our entire goal as the Career Center right now is just that students know we’re available to them or here for them whenever they’re ready to engage with the Career Services aspect of their career at CC,” says Communications Fellow Amelia Atencio ’18.

Some students will participate in virtual internships this summer, and some seniors still have job offers. Atencio says they received over 60 responses to the annual #hired and #gradschool social media campaigns designed to celebrate CC students and their newly landed jobs or plans for graduate school. And for those still searching, the Career Center is here to help and “meet students where they are” with their current needs and priorities.

“We just want students to know that there are jobs,” Atencio says. “And if they don’t find an internship, that’s okay — we’re going to equip them with other ways to use the time. And the best thing they can do if they’re feeling really stuck is just start having conversations with us.”

To schedule an appointment with a coach or RSVP for upcoming events, students can find the Career Center on Handshake.