Research shows that students who are connected to their colleges do better academically and have an overall more positive experience. Becoming familiar with the career center and staff to develop a plan to identify and attain your career goals is an essential first step in making that connection. Students may schedule in-person, Zoom, or telephone meetings with a career counselor at firstname.lastname@example.org or 814.262.3850. Appointments are recommended but walk-ins are welcome. For convenience, the Center operates from 8:30am - 4:30pm Monday through Friday with extended evening hours by appointment on Thursday until 7:00pm. Students may work independently on any career-related topic using office resources, including computer technology and reference materials. More Career Center information and resources can be found on myPEAK.
Career Exploration and Self Assessments
The Career Coach assessment allows students to identify individual interests as a guide to possible career paths. Students may access the career planning assessment online from the convenience of home or in the career center. The assessment can be helpful in choosing a career goal and selecting an academic major, in consultation with a career counselor.
The YouScience assessment includes a series of engaging “brain-games,” where students can learn their natural strengths and how they can leverage these talents in college and beyond. The assessment is 90-minutes; however, students do not have to complete the entirety in one sitting. It can be taken from any computer or laptop device with a stable, high speed internet connection. Results will be available 24 hours after the completion of the last assessment. The results include a review of personal strengths, suggested work environments, detailed information on possible careers that match the student’s skills and interests, majors that map to those careers, and much more.
Other online career planning resources are also available and easily accessible to students.
Career Development Workshops
A regular schedule of programs throughout the year offers enjoyable and educational experiences for your career development, including a variety of topics:
- “Dining and Professional Etiquette Luncheon” - Learn dining and professional networking etiquette and tips while enjoying a complimentary lunch with friends.
- “Mock Interview Fair” - Experience different interviewing styles from real employer volunteers in a practice setting.
- “Dress for Success” - View latest interview attire and learn how to assemble an appropriate interview outfit.
- “Social Media and the Job Search” - Explore the role of social media in the networking and recruitment process.
- “Writing Effective Resumes and Cover Letters” - Learn techniques to best identify and highlight your skills and experiences to grab employer attention.
Individual Career Counseling
Students are encouraged to schedule individual meetings with a career counselor for personal assistance with all career planning needs:
- Develop a clear and appropriate career action plan with attainable goals.
- Build relevant resume experience through out-of-classroom activity, including clubs, student government, committees, volunteer, athletics, and jobs.
- Learn effective resume and cover letter writing techniques.
- Participate in a video-taped mock interview with a career counselor who will break down the interview process to help you learn how to prepare and build confidence before the real interview. Learn how to respond to difficult questions and put your best foot forward.
Employer Networking Assistance
Students who utilize Career Services will have an added advantage in the job search process by adequately preparing and networking with employers through many different venues:
- College Central Network - Our online job posting board allows employers to post all degree and non-degree related job and internship openings regularly. Students may post resumes for employer review.
- Guide to Career Services - Includes career exploration, professional development, and employer networking information with job and internship assistance.
- Regional Job/Internship Fair Schedule - This listing of regional recruiting fairs is provided each fall and spring with transportation offered to select locations. Students may network with a wide range of employers at job fairs hosted by many other colleges and community organizations.
Complimentary Professional Interview Attire
The Career Closet is located on the College’s Richland Campus and offers a year round supply of new and gently used interview attire. All Penn Highlands’ students are eligible to receive and keep any clothing chosen to attend job fairs or interviews, free of charge.