Over the summer, the Career Services team instituted a weekly email update to help bring awareness to local and national opportunities. Between June 1 and October 1, the Career Services Office informed students and alumni of 120 positions--77 full-time opportunities, 34 internship opportunities, and nine part-time opportunities.
Also during this timeframe, the Career Services staff met with and provided support to 99 individuals--39 Eckerd alumni and 60 Eckerd students! Support ranged from resume reviews to grad school applications to career guidance.
Career Services developed and launched a social media presence that included a Facebook page and a Pinterest account. To date, the Facebook page has obtained 69 "likes" and receives about 40 views per post. Please "like" us on Facebook and follow us on Pinterest to keep up with the latest news from our office!
The Career Services Office offers at least one event a week, and often times two. Events include nationally renowned guest speakers chatting about interviewing tips and tricks (Interview Intervention), information sessions from local organizations (City Year and Northwestern Mutual), and resume workshops (101 & 201). Be sure to check out our Web site for a full listing of events!
Meeting the Needs of Our Students
After conducting a student focus group in May, the Career Services team received feedback that students felt the office needed to be updated and organized to better meet their needs. Their voices were heard, and over the summer the Career Services Office underwent a complete makeover. A fresh coat of paint; a generous furniture donation; a new aquarium; updated technology; and a massive reorganization of files, cabinets, and books have transformed the office from simple to chic.
Also to better serve our students, office hours have been extended to 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, and to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday.
The Office of Service-Learning launched a pilot program to engage interested students in an internship that will equip them to become leaders in service. The internships involve organizing and facilitating discussions around servant-leadership, maintaining a visible presence in the office, and advising the Service-Learning staff. Eighteen students have made the commitment to give six to 10 hours of their time per week.
On Tuesday, September 4, 409 Eckerd students and representatives from 50 local organizations attended the annual Community Service and Internship Fair. The students were able to review, learn about, and/or apply for opportunities with both for-profit and nonprofit organizations. This was our largest turnout ever!
With Eckerd's focus on being "green," the Office of Sustainability joined forces with U-Haul and introduced a Car Share program, which allows students to "share" two brand new Toyota Priuses. Students can use the cars to go to interviews, commute to work, or run errands. An hourly rate covers gas, insurance, 24/7 customer service, and roadside assistance. To join, students can register online at uhaulcarshare.com. Registering consists of a one-time $25 fee for a quick driving-record check.