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Twardowski Career Development Center

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Twardowski Career Development Center

Address:
705 S New Street
Lawrence Center 225
West Chester, PA 19383


Phone: 610-436-2501
General: cdc@wcupa.edu
Employers: recruit@wcupa.edu


Hours:
Monday-Friday: 8:00am-4:30pm (Fall & Spring Semesters)
Monday-Friday: 8:00am-4:00pm (Summer)

The career center follows the University’s calendar for holidays, delays, and closures.


Drop-In Hours (no appointment needed):
Monday-Friday: 1:00-3:00pm

Parent & Family Resources

The Career Development 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. We provide a range of services and special programs as well as host employers for interviews and career fairs to give WCU graduates a competitive edge in the job market.

To learn more about our services and resources you may download our brochure .

What is Career Development?

There are many models for career development; at WCU, we teach and utilize the approach that career development is a life-long, cyclical process. Students have different experiences, goals, and strengths; depending upon all of the factors that influence students, not everyone will progress through this process in the same manner or on the same timeline. And yet it is our goal to help students understand this process so they can most successfully navigate their own career development throughout their lifetime.

Career Decision Making Model

Decision-Making: Identify where you are in the decision-making process and what next steps will be helpful for you.

Self-Awareness: Think about your dreams, interests, values, and skills and how they relate to majors and careers.

Exploration: Review majors, careers, and student activities to help you narrow down your options.

Preparation & Experience: Strengthen your professional skills by writing a resume and cover letter, interviewing, and applying to opportunities.

Reflection & Action: Consider how things are going and your future goals.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What does the Career Development Center do?
  • The center provides services, programs, and resources to assist students and alumni with implementing and securing satisfying careers. We meet with students during individual appointments as well as group workshops and seminars. We offer job and internship vacancies, resume writing and interview preparation assistance, career fairs, and on-campus recruiting opportunities.
  • Who does the Career Development Center assist?
  • We work with all current West Chester University students in any major or classification. We also assist alumni and employers.
  • Does my student need an appointment to speak with a staff member?
  • Students may drop by the center any time to ask a staff member a question. There are designated drop-in hours every afternoon when a student may get 15-minutes of assistance from a staff member, no appointment needed. However, we encourage students to schedule appointments in advance for more in-depth career planning assistance by calling 610-436-2501.
  • When should my student first come to the Career Development Center?
  • Because the center offers resources and programs to help students explore majors and career options, students are encouraged to begin using and becoming familiar with the center starting with their first year on campus. The range of services available can assist students of all class years, not just seniors who are looking for a job.
  • When is the best time for my student to register with the Career Development Center?
  • We encourage all students to log into their account in Ram Career Network and update their profile as early as possible to take maximum advantage of the resources we offer.
  • What is Ram Career Network?
  • Ram Career Network is the online, one-stop career portal for WCU students, alumni, and employers. Hundreds of jobs and internships are posted weekly just for the WCU community. Students and alumni are also able to access state-wide and national networks of other jobs, all in one convenient location! All WCU students have an account in Ram Career Network and can log in using their WCU ID and password.
  • Can the Career Development Center help my student choose a major?
  • Yes! Students may schedule an appointment to explore their interests and options. The center offers interest and personality inventories to help students develop self-awareness about academic and career goals. We work closely with academic departments and the Pre-Major Academic Advising Center to support students' decision-making.
  • The center utilizes Ram Career Network as its primary job posting system. Employers interested in hiring WCU students may post jobs for free within the system. The center coordinates several career fairs each year. Additionally, many employers conduct on-campus interviews within the center each semester. Job posting binders, directories, and other employment resources are available in the center's library. We encourage students to schedule a one-on-one appointment for advice tailored to their particular interests.
  • My student has just graduated. Can the Career Development Center still provide help?
  • West Chester alumni may use the center's services at any time in the future.
  • Where do West Chester University students get jobs?
  • The Office of Institutional Research surveys graduating students and alumni about their post-graduation employment and continuing education pursuits.

Resources

Support Student Success

Be a part of student success at West Chester University by helping to identify employment opportunities for students!

Post Jobs for Students

Talented students graduate each year from the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business and Public Affairs, Education, Health Sciences, and Visual and Performing Arts. If your organization needs excellent new talent, consider posting job openings at no cost to your organization on Ram Career Network, the one-stop career portal for WCU students, alumni, and employers.

Offer Internship Opportunities

One of the best ways for students to prepare for future careers is to gain experience while still in college. Most WCU students have the option of pursuing an internship through their academic departments.

If you work for an organization that has an internship program, we invite you to refer that opportunity to us by emailing recruit@wcupa.edu. Employers may post internships, at no cost, on Ram Career Network. We also refer interested employers to the internship contact within the appropriate academic departments.

Support Scholarship Opportunities

The WCU Foundation seeks to create new scholarship and endowment opportunities for WCU students, as well as manage already existing scholarships. Visit their website to learn more.