Students unsure of Career Services’ role

by Marie Rodriguez

Students say getting a job is top precedence after commencement however less than 8% made an appointment at Career Services ultimate year.

Roughly fifty-two % of college students, according to a Spectrum survey, don’t even know UB has a professional workplace.

Yet, UB spends $174,488 on the office’s budget yearly. The cash is going toward process fairs, convention trips, workshops, pc packages and extra.

The Spectrum located 71% of 238 college students stated they have by no means used Career Services. And handiest forty five% of students who stated they used Career Services went to the office extra than once.

Director of Career Services Arlene Kaukus stated Career Services’ position is to put together students to get jobs through assisting them with resumes and networking. It also allows get them on-campus jobs. But it does no longer have interaction in tailor-made job searches or finds them precise jobs. Students are meant to apply the tools, career festivals, workshops and apps like Bullseye to discover jobs on their very own.

Kaukus stated The Spectrum’s survey numbers aren’t reflective of what number of students is the use of her workplace’s resources because they don’t encompass Career Services programmings, like job and career fairs. She stated 10,896 college students, undergraduate, and graduate, both attended a task workshop or career fair or had an appointment with Career Services ultimate year.

That range is about a third of the pupil body.

Malik Wilkinson, a junior biomedical engineering important, has by no means visited Career Services, however, wished UB advertised it higher to college students and emphasized it at orientation. He stated he “scratched together” his resume on his personal after which found an internship online.

“I’ve been giving out my resume to the internships I knew of and that’s two things I needed to do myself. It’s a shame, like, it might have been excellent to recognize I should have gotten a few help.”

He stated it became “quite disappointing” that nobody at UB had advised him about Career Services or driven him to strive it. He’s been in Capen numerous instances however has never seen the Capen 259 workplace.

In addition to the survey, The Spectrum approached greater than one hundred students for interviews approximately Career Services and nearly none knew the office existed. Even college students standing close to Capen 259 didn’t know it turned into there. The office is placed down a hall in a corner.

Wilkinson has attended profession festivals, so consistent with Kaukus, he has used her workplace’s offerings, despite the fact that he didn’t realize it.

“If there are humans better appropriate to position my resume together and assist me, then yeah, I need to peel them.”

Kaukus stated her workplace needs desires new ways to reach college students. Her five counselors had 2,307 student appointments last instructional for 12 months. Students had 464 process interviews on campus ultimate 12 months.

One pupil may also have interviewed for numerous jobs. That way at pleasant, less than 1. Five % of students had an on-campus interview last 12 months.

Kaukus factors to online networking apps like Bullseye, which a few students consult with as Handshake, that entices many extra students than the conventional method. She pointed to the 15,858 students who used Bullseye at the least as soon as closing yr.

That became a 36% increase from the 2016-17 year, she stated.

“I don’t use Career Services but I use Handshake, I’m checking that each day,” stated sophomore biomedical engineering primary, Erik Nimmer. “Gotten in contact with a few jobs and it’s updated generally. I just don’t think I want to visit Career Services for what it has.”

Nimmer stated he’s done resume building in other classes before and feels he needs to recognition on networking. Teachers have long gone over cover letters and job interviews in class, in keeping with Nimmer.

The office does now not song how often college students go browsing to Bullseye or how many students get jobs the use of it. Handshake instead affords data to the workplace on an annual basis, in step with Kaukus.

Career Services considers the job listings on Handshake a part of the jobs it gives college students, Kaukus stated. Bullseye listed 32,739 jobs within the 2017-18 instructional yr, in step with a Career Services document.

Krapi Vani, a senior pc science major, stated she feels worldwide students get quite a little advice on profession opportunities at the same time as at UB. “There are such things as work visas and other requirements a business enterprise in America has to undergo to hire a person like me. I’ve gone to the task fair earlier than and the moment they discover you’re a global student, they depart you by myself.”

Vani stated she didn’t understand wherein Career Services turned into positioned however would need an office to help her discover work. Other worldwide students The Spectrum interviewed had blended evaluations approximately Career Services.

Kaukus stated she became amazed to pay attention to Vani’s enjoy and insisted Career Services has a deep courting with International Student Services. Career Services advisors are aware of the “nuances with the guidelines and policies” global college students cope with, she said.

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