事业发展中心 Fully Prepares 学生们 for Success
That's what the 事业发展中心 asks regularly — 和 often has the answers readily available.
From attending on-campus events to getting a summer internship and going on fall 和 spring Torero Treks, the top 美元 resource to get students ready for their post-collegiate life is located on the first floor of Manchester Hall.
Taylor Wong, a May 2019 computer science degree recipient, knows how to get ready. She regularly visited the center for advice. She attended networking events and job fairs. She did an internship for a San Francisco start-up, SciRobot和 then did another locally at Clarity Design, gained leadership experience through student activities and work experience in on-campus web development and technology roles. She went on Torero Treks to Portland, Ore., Seattle and New York to visit and learn at br和-name companies where 美元 alumni are employed.
“The 事业发展中心 has been instrumental in my development as a person, as a student and now as a professional,” says Wong, who has been a security automation engineer 和 prototype developer for Risk Sense, Inc., in Albuquerque since graduation. “They really give you all the tools you need to be successful. They help you put your best foot forward.”
The center has been actively improving the student experience through its Career Readiness Program toolbox. It seeks to reach all students — first-years, first-generation, transfers, graduating seniors, graduate students and young alumni — and helps them make connections with alumni who can give back via mentoring 和 providing advice. And some are in the position of offering internships or hiring new graduates.
The career readiness process is aided by having technology tools such as 握手 和 TEAM (Torero Employer 和 校友 Mentors) "meeting students where they're at," says Judd Mateo, assistant director for the center’s assessment 和 planning.
Mobile options are critically important for millennials’ 24/7 lifestyle. “Providing our students with access和 going global to scale our services means career readiness at any time, from any place,” he says.
握手 can connect students with more than 22,000 employers for 工作 and internships across industries, schedule an appointment with a career counselor or utilize the online resources for professional development和 let them know about and register for events such as job fairs, Torero Treks 和 networking events.
The TEAM portal is 美元’s online networking and flash mentorship platform that enables current students and alumni to seek out advice 和 perspective from alumni who have volunteered to be contacted for career conversations.
Career readiness is an inclusive process. For Associate Director Abigail Racelis 和 all 事业发展中心 employees, the operative is to connect with students from the get-go.
学生们 at an early information session were given a passion planner, which is designed to get students to ponder early on, “what do I want to do?”
“We really want to kickstart the conversation,” says Racelis. “We are student-first from the start, whether you’re a transfer or a new student, we care what you are doing. We want to build that relationship one-on-one 和 let students know our staff cares about you as a person first.”
One service that three 美元 undergraduate schools have is a uniquely designed program tailored to business, engineering and arts 和 sciences students. 护照（商学院） 指南针（艺术与科学学院）和 Connect (Shiley-Marcos School of 工程) are for any undergrad who declares a major in these schools. The career-developing activities offered in each program expose students to valuable knowledge outside the typical classroom setting, helps them develop tools for their personal toolbox 和 — because it is a graduation requirement — assures that they’ll be more than ready to succeed.
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