University Recognized Nationally For Contribution To Public Good

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For Christina Whitney, the director of the Center for Career Development, summing up The University of Scranton’s career services in one word is easy.

“The Career Center is awesome,” Whitney said.

Students are encouraged to utilize career services the moment they step foot on campus, even if it is simply to meet with a career counselor to talk about the student’s major.

“The better the staff gets to know a student, the more helpful we can be,” Whitney said. “If I know you’re interested in something then when it comes across my desk, I’m going to think of you.”

Students and alumni have the ability to use the many resources the Center for Career Development has to offer, including resume writing workshops, mock interview sessions and career counseling sessions. Students and alumni also have access to various web resources. The newest web resources include Vault and Big Interview.

Vault is a website that students and alumni can go on to find rankings, ratings and reviews on employers, internship programs and schools.

Big Interview gives students and alumni the opportunity to practice being interviewed via webcam. There are three levels of interviews that Big Interview users can select: easy, moderate or difficult. These mock interviews are recorded, and interviewees can watch their interviews later to take note of how well they did.

Another web-based resource the Center for Career Development is encouraging students to use is Handshake. Handshake is a website that helps college students come in contact with employers across the country.

Handshake is growing quickly. As of September 21, 2017, the number of internships listed on Handshake was 733 (up from 172 last year), the number of full-time positions was 2,609 (up from 252 last year) and the number of employers registered on Handshake was 1,923 (up from 132 last year), according to a report by Whitney.

But, students also have the opportunity to meet with recruiters face-to-face during the Center for Career Development’s Career Expo, which took place on September 29 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Byron Center.

Over 100 recruiters were at the Career Expo this semester. During the Career Expo, students had the opportunity to network with employers, get information about various post-graduate service opportunities and get LinkedIn photos taken.

The Center for Career Development and the Jane Kopas Women’s Center started the Royal Threads program this year to help students obtain proper clothing for events like the Career Expo.

“We don’t want any barriers,” Whitney said. “Any barrier that’s within my control to take away to make sure that a student is getting the opportunities they need, I’m going to take it away.”

This reasoning is also a driving force behind the Royal Experience Internship Program. This program awards stipends to University students who take on unpaid internships during the summer. This year, 16 students participated in this program.

“The tagline I think about in my head is ‘experiential learning shouldn’t be a financial decision,’” Whitney said.

The opportunities The University provides its students has helped it recently receive national accolades.

The University ranked No. 69 out of 632 other colleges in a national listing of contributions to public good. This listing was made by Washington Monthly. To assess how much a school contributed to public good, Washington Monthly reviewed graduates’ achievements in social mobility, research and service.

In another Washington Monthly listing, The University ranked No. 152 out of 385 other colleges in the “Best Bang for the Buck” category.