Summary of Services
A career advisor can assist students with academic and career decisions, including: choosing a major, exploring career options, job searching strategies and interview preparation and resume guidance. Students can call 610-409-3599 or stop by Career and Professional Development in Bomberger 110 to schedule an appointment with an advisor.
Internships help students gain the practical knowledge and skills that will be marketable upon graduation. Career and Professional Development Staff can assist with the internship search and application process as well as providing tips for getting the most from the experience. Internships are maintained on UC CareerNet, a web-based database. The Career and Professional Development office also maintains the online course, Internship PREP, through Blackboard, required of all students completing an internship for credit.
Organizations representing a variety of fields and also graduate schools, and graduate schools visit the Career and Professional Development Office each year to conduct interviews with prospective candidates. The annual Job, Internship and Networking Fair is a wonderful opportunity to nurture those connections. Students are given the opportunity to experience professional interviews without even leaving campus!
Graduate School Planning
Students will find resources on a variety of subjects related to graduate school including testing information, test preparation programs, graduate program listings, grants and scholarships, admissions essay writing and graduate school interviewing. Extensive collection of medical and law school information for pre-med and pre- law students is also available in the Career and Professional Development Office.
Workshops, Panels and Programs
Sessions are presented on resume/cover letter writing, interview training, job search strategies, graduate school planning, and dining etiquette, just to name a few. Check the Career and Professional Development calendar of events for a schedule and descriptions.
Comprehensive Online Resources and Library
The library offers resources on career fields and majors, agencies and organizations, graduate and professional schools, and career planning information. Testing guides, newspapers, newsletters and magazines are available to aid your career planning. Handouts on a number of career topics are available for pick up and accessible on the web for downloading.
To assist the career advising process, the Career and Professional Development staff can administer a variety of instruments to assist students with learning more about themselves and how skills, interests and personality can impact career choice. All of these tools are extremely useful as starting points to a career search, but do not provide definitive solutions or prescribed career paths to follow.
The Ursinus College Career and Professional Development Office offers an online credentials file service through a partnership with Interfolio, a web- based confidential file management service. Interfolio allows individuals to create and self-manage a portfolio of their credentials, including confidential and non-confidential letters of recommendation, writing samples, and evaluations.
Students can meet with career advisors to practice their interviewing skills. Practice interviews are available for those entering the job market, seeking internships, and applying to graduate school.
FOCUS 2 is a comprehensive online career planning program that provides guidance and information to help people make important career and educational decisions. Research-based assessments of career-relevant interests, abilities, and job values help individuals consider career options that are a good match for them
Students meet one-on-one with a Career Advisor to have resumes critiqued. The Career and Professional Development Staff and specially trained Student Resume Associates can assist with the beginning stages of resumes right up to proof-reading the final draft.