Our job market is fiercely competitive. Graduates from hundreds of the world’s colleges and universities are entering the workforce every year to contend for desired positions against millions of other, often seasoned, professionals.
So, how can you get the edge and stand out from the competition? A Gettysburg College education coupled with the assistance of the Center for Career Development (CCD).
The CCD helps to highlight the skills of Gettysburgians by offering internship and externship opportunities, career planning and graduate school advising, job-searching strategies, resume writing and interviewing workshops, as well as the tools to build a powerful network of professional contacts—beginning as early as a student’s first semester on campus.
“Even if first-year students don’t know what career path they want to pursue yet, it’s still a good idea to test the waters early,” said Kathy Williams, director of the Center for Career Development. “It’s easy to get started—the CCD offers a variety of programs during the semester to expose students to lots of career information and people to talk to.”
This has made the CCD an invaluable resource on campus…and a busy place to be. The CCD garners more than 3,000 individual contacts with students each year. In 2012-13 alone, more than 900 students met with CCD counselors in individual appointments and 1,800 students attended various workshops and programs.
During the summer, more than 300 students were also involved in internships around the country and roughly 90 participated in externships sponsored by Gettysburg parents, friends, and passionate alums working in a variety of fields (see the career breakdown of Gettysburg College alumni on the right).
Gettysburg’s strong and supportive alumni base is one of many reasons the College’s graduates have averaged a 93 to 96 percent rate of employment and graduate school acceptance over the last decade.
“Gettysburg has a robust alumni network with more than 6,000 members of the Gettysburg College Professional Network on LinkedIn,” Williams said. “Our alumni love to offer advice and guidance to current students. It’s a great way for them to feel like they are giving back to their institution.”
Alums of the network, and employers for top national and international companies and organizations, including Teach for America, Mercer Consulting, Lord Abbot, Barclay’s, and AT&T, even travel to campus to recruit students at fall and spring Job Fairs due to their quality Gettysburg College preparation and personal drive.
For Williams, it’s a testament to the work of the institution, the CCD, and most importantly, the College’s students.
“Gettysburg grads have strong writing skills, are good problem solvers, have good analytical abilities, and have strong team skills—all very desirable traits for employers,” Williams said. “We in the CCD feel confident that our students gain great experience and knowledge both inside and outside the classroom, and employers regularly tell us that Gettysburg graduates are smart and successful in the workplace.”
Learn to stand out to employers by getting involved with the CCD today. Contact the CCD at 717.337.6616 to make an appointment or drop by the office (53 West Stevens Street, next to the Department of Public Safety) from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. daily.
Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition that includes Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate and other distinguished scholars among its alumni. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.
Contact: Mike Baker, assistant director of communications, 717.337.6521
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