CES Info for Department Heads
In strategic partnerships with alumni, employers, faculty and staff, the CES team provides a broad range of career engagement services, coordinates and authorizes all student employment programs including hiring on campus, and manages employer recruitment efforts for all disciplines.
In March, CES will contact you regarding student employment allocation activities for work-study, non work-study, summer, and other campus jobs associated with your department. CES also sends periodic e-mail messages with updates on student employment issues. Visit the Student Employment Activities Calendar and Campus Supervisors pages for more information.
You are uniquely positioned to support students’ career development. Encourage your faculty to:
1. Promote CES resources and events to students to help them utilize valuable career development resources early on. In surveys of Puget Sound graduates, they often comment that they wish they’d started using the available career services and resources earlier.
2. Peruse the CES Exclusive Resources for Faculty page on Cascade so that you are familiar with those tools and how they might be useful to you as you advise students.
3. Support the CES Senior Destination Survey.
4. Help build alumni connections for your students by encouraging alumni from your department to join the ASK Network at pugetsound.edu/JoinASK.
5. Help get jobs and internships in front of students by inviting employers to post opportunities at pugetsound.edu/HireStudents.
Refer students to CES when they have questions about:
Additional career development resources:
Job and Internship Resources
CES has resources for students seeking all types of work and internship experiences. Opportunities are available on and off-campus in part-time, full-time, temporary, summer, and work-study positions. Resources for identifying local and national internships, whether they be for-credit, not-for-credit, paid or unpaid opportunities are also available. Encourage students to start their search at CES with these resources:
- Assistance with job search preparation includes resume and cover letter and LinkedIn critiques, interviewing tips, and job search techniques.
- Internship and off-campus job opportunities are searchable in exclusive databases in Cascade web: InternshipLink features local, regional, and national internships. LoggerJobs lists off-campus part-time, full-time, temporary, and seasonal job opportunities.
- Career Fairs bring to campus employers with a variety of opportunities. Part-time, full-time, and seasonal jobs and internships are available. All students are encouraged to attend.
Exploring Career Options
Whether a student is just beginning to evaluate interests, is ready to investigate career fields, or is prepared to research organizations and conduct a full-scale search, CES has resources at every point of their decision-making process.
- Individualized career advising (including daily drop-in hours), Career Resource Library books, and Career Cruising self-guided web assessment tools and occupation profiles help students discover career options.
- Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) Network online is a searchable database of alumni who have volunteered to be information resources for students interested in connecting with professionals in specific fields.
Career Engagement Online
CES has developed online and electronic resources exclusively for Puget Sound students. At pugetsound.edu/ces students can find a wealth of career-related resources, and connections to the resources listed here:
- Resources on Cascade include: ASK Network, LoggerJobs, InternshipLink, Business Lists, Career Cruising, and Going Global. Access selected resources available for faculty advisors on Cascade.
- CES Career Connections e-newsletters remind students of upcoming events, tools, and resources to support their career goals. Students automatically receive Career Connections—you are also welcome to subscribe.
- CES Social Media: CESblogs, CES Facebook, and CEStweets offer career advice, job search tips, and just-in-time event reminders.
Students have several options to gain insight to their career development process through academic work.
- Academic Internships (497 & 498) combine academic study and internship experience for one unit of credit. Students examine issues related to work and its meaning in our society. Among the requirements is completion of 120 hours of field experience.
- Co-Operative Education (COOP 499—Activity credit) offers students the opportunity to gain preprofessional experience through off campus employment while earning between .25 and 1.0 activity credits.
- Career Awareness Course (CRDV 203) is designed by CES to teach and cultivate skills in the life-long process of career planning. Students engage in self-exploration as a foundation for decision-making and the career development process.
Faculty are always welcome to attend CES events—your participation provides students with a model of networking and helps them recognize the value of meeting alumni and employers in person. One event where this is especially true is Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) Night.
ASK Night is an opportunity for students and alumni to gather to talk informally about career fields, classes, graduate school, internships, volunteer associations, and other experiences during and beyond Puget Sound. Alumni are eager to connect with students, offering advice on a range of topics, and sharing how their lives are enriched through their liberal arts education. You can help students connect with alumni from your department by encouraging alumni to attend.
In addition to hosting large-scale events such as ASK Night, career fairs, and resume workshops, CES partners with academic departments to create targeted programming. The Career Events page lists career-related events occurring on campus, including employers recruiting for jobs and internships.
We welcome the opportunity to collaborate with faculty members on events. Please contact us if you have suggestions or would like to be more involved in CES events. Also, we’ll gladly assist with your department’s career-related events, helping to promote or co-host your own career and alumni events. Additionally, we’re available to visit your classroom to present on career topics relevant to your syllabus. Just let us know how we can help!
CES targets every academic department on a rotational basis to ensure we connect periodically with faculty and students across all majors. When your department is targeted, we'll invite you to meet—to generate ideas about how we can collaborate to develop resources and services to support your students’ career engagement.
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