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Career Services from an Intern's Perspective

Wednesday, March 5, 2014  
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Katie Laughlin (C’14) encourages students to take advantage of the UD Advising/Career Center services as much as possible.  Laughlin, a senior from Eldridge, IA studying communication and marketing at UD is currently serving as the Center’s student intern.  As an intern, Laughlin is learning the details about the multitude of services the Advising/Career Center offers and hopes more students take advantage of the services provided. 

Part of Laughlin’s internship is helping students take advantage of the Advising/Career Center.  Her other responsibilities include event planning, such as the Etiquette Dinner, managing the social media outreach to students, and working on a 50 minute video targeted for incoming freshman regarding the services available through the Center. 

The Advising/Career Center is really a one-stop shop for students looking for assistance related to their careers after college.  Students can use the Advising/Career Center for help developing cover letters and resumes, practicing their interviewing skills, or looking for job shadows, internships, and employment opportunities.  

All of these services are important resources for students.  Laughlin says, "Not all students know how to develop a great resume or cover letter. With the expertise of the staff, these tools are easily improved upon.  The mock interview program allows students to come in and practice and master their interviewing skills before going into the real world.  A mock interview is a practice interview, but is treated like a real interview.  After the interview, the employer gives students feedback about ways to improve or strengths of the interview."

Laughlin has learned a significant amount about the services offered in the Center and hopes to help spread the word to students.   She explains, "I would tell students to get involved now.  Being a senior, I wish I would have gotten involved in career services earlier.  If I did get involved as a freshman, I would be more prepared with a perfect cover letter and resume."

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