Career Development Center
West Chester University
We've made this copy of our presentation from summer orientation available here for your reference! Learn about the benefits of using career services as well as resources available to help students secure employment and plan for their future careers.
The career center is committed to supporting the success of all students in identifying and exploring options as well as building the skills necessary to develop rewarding careers. The center provides a range of services and special programs as well as hosts employers for interviews and career fairs to give WCU graduates a competitive edge in the job market. Download our brochure of services (PDF).
Students may drop by the center any time to ask a staff member a question, use the extensive collection of resources in the Career Resource Library, or pick up free literature to help with job search or graduate study. We encourage students to schedule appointments in advance for more in-depth career planning assistance by calling 610-436-2501, but daily drop-in hours are also available for quick questions..
Career planning is a lifelong process of learning about one’s interests, skills, and values, exploring options, making decisions, and implementing a plan to pursue a goal. Students may schedule appointments to explore majors and careers, evaluate choices, and develop job search skills. In addition, self-assessment and career exploration tools are available on this web site.
Students may access comprehensive online career information and profiles via resources such as the Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook, located on the Student Menu. The Center’s library houses a variety of career exploration books, files, and job postings. Resources include directories of schools, businesses, social service agencies, and overseas employment. Computers are available to make Internet research convenient for students.
The Center offers workshops to help students learn how to write resumes, prepare for job interviews, get ready for career fairs, and more. Special events bring alumni and prospective employers to campus to talk about specific careers. For upcoming programs, visit the Events calendar on the web site.
To maximize the impression students can make on potential employers, encourage them to take advantage of resume critiques by a staff member. Students can start by reviewing the Resume and Cover Letter Writing Guide online, develop a draft and then schedule one-on-one appointments to review resumes and cover letters, prepare for interviews, and develop an individual action plan for the job search.
Students interested in preparing for upcoming internship and job interviews may utilize the website for effective interview strategies as well as schedule a mock interview with a staff member to conduct a full-length practice interview. Additionally, Interview Stream is a web-cam based mock interview system that enables individuals to conduct and record practice interviews; these interviews can then be reviewed by the student or can be emailed to a professor or advisor for additional feedback.
The On-Campus Recruiting Program hosts representatives from a variety of organizations to interview students for career opportunities. Jobs are posted within Ram Career Network, the new online, one-stop career portal for WCU students, alumni, and employers. Hundreds of jobs and internships will be posted weekly just for the WCU community; students and alumni will also be able to access state-wide and national networks of other jobs, all in one convenient location!
The PA State System universities are transitioning to this new system as a consortium (replacing College Central Network). We appreciate your patience as we finalize the transition to Ram Career Network. We anticipate the new system will be up and running soon for students, alumni, and employers to use. Please see our announcement about the new Ram Career Network.
Internships for credit are managed by the academic departments, each of which has a designated faculty or staff member in charge of the program (not all departments have an internship program). Please visit the WCU Internships website for more information.
Representatives from various organizations visit WCU to host Information Tables at Sykes Union and in Lawrence Center. Students can visit these employers or graduate school representatives to learn about career opportunities or the interview process of the presenting organization. See the Events Calendar for a list of upcoming visits.
The Center hosts a number of career fairs each year to expose students to various industries, employers and opportunities in various fields.