Career Services is an organization at Purdue University Fort Wayne that supports students and alumni to reach their career goals by providing opportunities to connect with employers through their high-quality programs and events.
“The vision statement for career services is to be recognized nationally for its service throughout the Midwest,” Courtney Sullivan, a counselor at Career Services, said. “We will be an innovative leader in educating, developing and connecting our university and the communities we serve.”
Career Services’s most important event happens once a semester, the Mastodon Job and Internship Fair, where students get the opportunity to build a network and market themselves in the workforce.
This year the fair will take place March 14 at the Lutheran Fieldhouse on Purdue Fort Wayne’s campus.
Career Services also administers Handshake, a platform that Sullivan said is very useful for students who are looking for job opportunities.
“We can see our students make appointments,” Sullivan said. “We have jobs posted every week, so every Tuesday we send out emails to students through handshake about different jobs in their career field.”
Sullivan talked about other events that happen more often like the Lunch & Learn’s and the Immersion Excursion.
“Immersion excursion is where you actually go to the employer. They will sometimes do a tour where you get to ask them questions. The Lunch and Learn’s are when the employer comes to campus,” Sullivan said.
Sullivan described the Career Services website as very informative for students. It has many templates for important documents that a student might need when looking for a job.
“Our website has a sample resume, how to write a cover letter, and interviewing strategies,” Sullivan said. “Also, you can look at ‘What can I do with my major?’”
Career Services has an Endorsed Program, which Sullivan said was not as rushed as other services they offer.
“Based on the test that you complete, you get points, and after you get so many points you’ve completed the program,” Sullivan said.“You get a certificate and then you get a recommendation from our office on LinkedIn.”