Career planning is a life-long process that prepares students for the challenges of the 21st century. Students are encouraged to become actively involved in the process of self-assessment, experiential learning, career exploration and job search activities.
The center provides a variety of services, assistance, and resources for students (first-year through their last) and alumni, including, but not limited to:
- An advisor who is available to speak with students on a walk-in basis (M – F from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
- Internet access
- Periodicals and publications relative to career exploration, internships, work and study abroad opportunities, potential employers, job listings, and graduate school guides.
- Full, part-time, and seasonal job postings (also available on the web)
- Job fairs
- On-Campus Interviewing opportunities
- Assessing your values and skills interests in relation to occupations/fields/careers
- Career research
- Obtaining an internship or work experience
- Exploring occupations related to your major
- Developing a professional career network
- Planning your job search
- Using the internet to explore career options
- Resume and Cover Letter writing
- Preparing for an interview
- Getting a job on or off campus, part-time or full-time.
- Mock Interviews
- Participation in employer recruitment programs on-campus and at major job fairs
For a complete list of the programs and services, please visit the ACAC website at www.plymouth.edu/PSU/career.
The ACAC is a rich resource on internship sites, intern design and goal setting. The staff is happy to talk with prospective interns about their goals and how they might best realize those objectives.
Credit-bearing internships are centered within each academic department. The ACAC works in partnership with the Art, Business, English, Women’s Studies and HPER disciplines. Many students recall their internship as a defining University experience. The challenges and successes enjoyed through the internship often provide a sharp focus for a student’s plans following graduation. Upon their return from their internship experiences, students overwhelmingly comment that the lessons learned ranged far beyond the content area of their major. Interpersonal communications, professionalism, personal appearance, strong work ethic and writing skills become equally important as their major area of study.
STUDY AWAY OPPORTUNITIES
To begin the process of seeking a study abroad opportunity stop by the Office of International Studies, located within the Academic & Career Advising Center in Bagley House, and discuss your interest to one of the advisors. They will help you explore destinations, curriculum options and costs. The office also has a vast library available for your perusal.
The center’s staff can answer questions you may have such as:
- Do I need a foreign language to study abroad?
- Will the program fit my major?
- Are there GPA requirements?
- What are the safety concerns while studying in another country?
- Can I use my financial aid when studying abroad?
- Will I need a student visa for certain programs?
- Where will I live?
- Will my courses and grades transfer back to PSU?
Those who have studied abroad will tell you that it is an experience that lasts a lifetime. Studying abroad will expose you to different viewpoints, cultures and languages and will help to put your own cultural experiences into perspective.