Career Success Center

Students


WESTCONN Works

Access opportunities, post resumes and apply for positions.  Full-time, part-time, and seasonal jobs are posted along with internships.  Utilize the Mentoring Network of WCSU Alumni who have volunteered to be career resources for current WCSU students. Listen to podcasts and read career-related tip sheets.  Sign up to attend workshops and events.


Co-op/Internship

Gain experience in your field of study while earning credit and usually a competitive salary. Students need 45 credits and be in good academic standing to apply for this undergraduate program. Visit here for an application and additional information.


WCSU Senior (Graduating) Students

WCSU Career Success Center offering designed to connect graduating seniors with employers who have fulltime, professional, entry-level career opportunities and more. Employers may present information sessions, conduct interviews with students on the WCSU campus during the fall and spring semester and solicit resumes from graduating seniors for current opportunities. Seniors who wish to take advantage of opportunities should attend a Senior Focus Seminar and can sign up in WESTCONN WORKS. Graduating students are also encouraged to visit the Career Success Center, Room 300, at the Westside Campus Center, to receive information on employers, job opportunities, the recruiting process, resume uploads, interview schedules and much more.


Senior Recruitment

December 2017, May 2018, and August 2018 graduates are eligible to participate in the Senior Recruitment Program which connects graduating seniors with employers who have full time, professional, entry-level job opportunities. Employers may present information sessions and conduct interviews with students on the WCSU campus during the fall and spring semester. Seniors who wish to participate in the Senior Recruitment Program should view the online orientation. Information on employers, job opportunities, the recruiting process, resume uploads and interview schedules is provided.


Workshops & Career Coaching

Workshops on Resume Writing, Interviewing, Job Search Strategies, Networking, LinkedIn Profiles and more are scheduled on both campuses. Click here for the updated workshop schedule. Individual appointments are available to explore educational and career planning. Call 203-837-8263 to setup an appointment.


Career Fairs

Career Fairs and Expos are a great way to activate your career plan. Students of all years are encouraged to attend and learn about the opportunities available to them, make connections and expand their network.

The Fall Career Expo is a low key, fun event held every September where YOU are the one asking questions of employers! This is your chance to “come as you are” (no dress up and no resume required!) to explore about 30+ industries, discover opportunities, learn about careers, ask questions, make connections and meet employers.  There is a chance that a few employers might have some position openings, so if you are open to work or get an internship, consider asking!

The Annual Career Fair is a big event which offers an opportunity to meet with 75+ potential employers on one day for full-time, part-time, and seasonal jobs, as well as internship openings. The next Career Fair is scheduled for March 28, 2018 from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm in the O’Neill Center, Westside Campus. Many industries are represented to ensure a wide range of job and internship possibilities for students.

Each fall term, the Career Success Center now sponsors a specialized Accounting and Finance Industries Fair hosting about 20 employers from a variety of employers who are looking for many different skills (not just Finance and Accounting!)  This year’s inaugural fair was October 19th in the Westside Ballroom. The Fall 2018 event schedule will be finalized by the beginning of Summer 2018. Please check back periodically for updated information.

The Career Success Center recommends that students consider discovering more about certain industries and activating new career opportunities through Virtual Career Fairs that represent many different industries across the U.S.

Annual Career Exploration Event “Career EXP”

Our exploration event is set for Wednesday, September 12th from 12:30 to 3:00 in the Westside Campus Center Ballroom. Open to all students and it’s a way to meet employers and find out if what you are studying is what you really want to do after graduation. Come as you are: no need to bring a resume. Just bring your questions and a great attitude!! Hope to see you there.

Come learn:

  • What it takes to break into each industry
  • What employers look for when hiring new talent
  • What you can start doing now to become competitive and build your resume
  • Etc…

Employers registered for the Fall 2018 event are:

COMPANY NAME RELATED INDUSTRY BOOTH #
Ability Beyond Non-Profit, Healthcare 1
Accuvia Software Group Cyber Security/Technology 2
Aflac Insurance 3
Bankers Life Financial Services 4
Bethel Middle School – Theater Department Education, Arts 5
Building and Land Technology Manufacturing, Entrepreneurial 6
Cartus Energy, Transportation/Logic 7
Charles River Laboratories Healthcare/Bio-Science 8
CT Department of Energy Energy 9
Danbury Police Department Security/Law, Government 10
Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) Financial Services, Security/Law, Government 11
Enhance a Colour Info/Media/Digital Media, Arts 12
Enterprise Holdings Tourism/Hospitality, Service Industry 13
ERIC Entrepreneurial 14
Ethan Allen Tourism/Hospitality, Service Industry 15
FME Cyber Security/Technology 16
Goodspeed Opera House Arts 17
Goodwill Non-Profit 18
Healthtrax Healthcare, Fitness 19
Mark Zeck Law Firm Law, Government 20
MGM Springfield Tourism/Hospitality, Service Industry, Arts 21
Network Support Company Info/Media/Digital Media 22
NYU Sports Fitness Healthcare, Fitness 23
Sherman School District Education 24
Sodexo Tourism/Hospitality, Service Industry 25
Stanley Black & Decker Manufacturing 26
The Hartford Financial Services/Insurance 27
The Navy Security/Law, Government 28
The Shubert Arts 29
TownSqaure Media Info/Media/Digital Media, Arts 30
US Army Security/Law, Government 31
Waterworks Manufacturing 32
Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN) Healthcare/Bio-Science 33
Western Connecticut State University – Graduate Admissions Education/Graduate School 34
WVIT NBC 30 Info/Media/Digital Media 35
Human Resources Field All Majors/All Fields 36
CareerPath Student Resource 37
New York Life Financial Services 38

Special Career Events – Panels, Networking, Etiquette Dinner, Dress for Success

Every semester, a number of career-related events are scheduled and can include the following:

  • Alumni and Industry Specific Career Panels
  • Cooperative Education Internship Panels
  • Speed Networking
  • Mock Interviews
  • Employer-In-Residence
  • Employer Information Sessions

Please check Facebook page and Twitter account for additional event information.


Resources

Career Success Center maintains a small hard-copy library of career information, employer literature, graduate school information, and job search materials. Two computer stations are available for students to create and print resumes, conduct company research, and access job search information. Please utilize our on-line career resources such as WESTCONN Works, Vault, Optimal Resume, Focus 2, Art Search and more. We have lots of information to help you with your career exploration, planning and job search!


 

“Am I Job Ready?” Video simulations and real life situational judgement tests, this platform provides a platform to learn your strengths, discover your career fit and develop the skills it takes to get the right job. www.wcsu.edu/careersuccess/amijobready

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Comprehensive list of all businesses by state/nationwide that are mapped to our majors/concentrations; data provided by Dunn & Bradstreet’s 18 million U.S. businesses in 18,000 industries.             http://www.wcsu.edu/careersuccess/students/buzzfile/
Thousands of current career videos. Valuable advice on how to get hired in hundreds of industries, hear ideas and get advice.             www.candidcareer.com/WCSU
Entertainment Career Center and Entertainment Careers are premier databases with content to help find industries and jobs & internships in the entertainment (fashion, film, gaming, music), media, publishing, educational & communications industries.  https://www.entertainmentcareercenter.com

https://www.entertainmentcareers.net/

Assessment tool to match interests, values and skills with the best jobs suited for your personality Explore occupations, majors; jump start your career path to reach your goals. www.wcsu.edu/careersuccess/focus2

 

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Liquid Compass
 Indexes and analyzes healthcare job openings nationwide on a daily basis. Real-time database helps jobseekers find jobs National and local market intelligence tools, benchmarks and reports.             www.liquidcompass.com/wcsu
            Optimal Resume An amazing one-stop shop software for creating résumés, cover letters, thank you letters, do practice interviews, building a portfolio and creating a personal website.          http://wcsu.optimalresume.com
Insider information and guidance on a variety of careers, schools, and industries. Learn what works and what doesn’t when conducting a job search    www.wcsu.edu/careersuccess/vault
Westconn Works Logo Customized WCSU job board and support for finding part-time/full-time jobs and internships. Research employers, schedule appointments with the Career Center, view/sign up for workshops and events.           www.wcsu.edu/westconnworks