As the end of the Spring semester approaches, it can be a stressful time for students looking for summer internships or part time job opportunities, as well as for graduating students who are still trying to determine what their next steps will be. VCU Career Services is available to assist all students at any point of their journey by providing them with the resources and information they need to help reach their career goals. Whether it’s guidance in choosing a major or career, looking for networking opportunities, tips on interviewing or assistance putting together a resume, cover letter or portfolio, VCU Career Services can help.
“VCU Career Services helps to connect the dots between what employers are looking for and what students are learning. We assist in identifying that middle ground so that students who graduate are fully prepared to search for their careers following VCU,” Lian Currie, communications specialist at VCU Career Services, said.
Located in the first level of the University Student Commons in room 143, VCU Career Services has a mission to provide career education and build partnerships to support student success as they become engaged citizens in a diverse community. To do this, they offers students some great resources, including:
Handshake: Every VCU student has access to Handshake, the university’s career development portal.
“One of the cool things with Handshake is every student has an account, without even having to create one. Our system syncs with VCU’s registration, so if a student is here at VCU, whether they’re part time or their full time, they have a Handshake account and they can use that to sign up for an appointment, connect with an employer or apply for a job,” Currie said.
Professional Headshots: Students who need a professional headshot can visit VCU Career Services Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., to have a photo taken at their LinkedIn photo booth. Photos will feature a professional-quality photo backdrop of the student’s choice (white, teal or gray) and have a same-day turn around with a digital file being emailed to the student.
Suit Yourself: Students who need professional clothing for an upcoming interview or career fair may visit VCU Career Services and “shop” in the Suit Yourself closet.
The Suit Yourself closet has many items of donated clothing available for anyone to take home, including shirts, blazers, pants, skirts, dresses, shoes, ties and more.
“Many students need professional clothing, so the fact that they can get free clothing in the office is huge,” Currie said.
Students can take advantage of the Suit Yourself closet Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Simply bring your VCU ID. Students can take up to four items during each visit and are allowed two visits per month. Students own any clothing they take from the Suit Yourself closet!
Career Advisors: Career advisors at VCU Career Services are master’s level-educated counselors, some of whom have industry experience outside of higher education. They can provide insights and industry-specific suggestions in areas such as arts and design, communications and media, health and STEM, education and human services, and more
Career Ambassadors: Career ambassadors are student peer leaders that help approximately 10-12 students a day. They are available to help students prepare the key elements needed to begin a job search, including reviewing resumes and navigating Handshake.
All VCU students are encouraged to utilize the great resources and information available at VCU Career Services, which is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and accepts drop-ins (no appointment needed) Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Take advantage of the resources, tips and friendly personnel to help make the transition from undergraduate student to graduate student or working professional as seamless and successful as possible!
As a personal note from Jordan Parker, Mass Communications with a concentration Public Relations senior and marketing assistant at USC&A:
In researching this article, I went to VCU Career Services during the walk-in appointment hours. I felt that VCU Career Services was extremely helpful in a short amount of time. Not only was I able to have my resume reviewed prior to sending it to potential employers, I received valuable feedback about the types of information I use and how to speak about my experiences in the best way to showcase my job skills to employers. The career ambassador I met with asked a lot of great questions to help guide me to applying to jobs that would fit my interests and abilities. It’s great to know that students like myself, who are graduating in May, will continue to have access to the resources provided by VCU Career Services for up to one year after graduation.
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