Career Office Changes Name To Reflect Todays Labor Market
19, 2000 -- Recognizing that most adults now change
jobs several times in their careers, a University of Virginia office
is changing its name to reflect the times.
former Office of Career Planning and Placement has become University
Career Services, a name that reflects todays reality of multiple
job changes and the need for acquiring lifelong job-searching skills.
experts predicting that todays graduates will work for as
many as five different employers in as many as 10 different jobs,
our emphasis is on empowering students to find jobs -- giving them
solid job-search skills to use throughout a lifetime," said
James McBride, director of University Career Services.
30 members of the University Career Services office and its affiliate
offices work with students to build such skills as résumé
writing, interviewing, networking and negotiating offers. They help
students gain practice in these skills through numerous methods
including holding mock interviews with follow-up critiques, staging
career fairs, assisting recruiters in conducting on-Grounds interviews,
holding alumni networking events, publishing how-to sheets, and
posting a variety of advice on-line.
offices web site (http://www.virginia.edu/~career/)
also helps students explore career options, research career fields,
investigate internships, obtain information on employers, and join
a job search is something of a continuous-improvement process. The
more students learn about the process, the faster and more effectively
they can get started next time," McBride said.
years ago our office added placement to its name because
we assisted students in gaining positions that would often lead
to 20 or more years with the same firm," McBride said.
in previous eras would often not think about securing jobs until
graduation, he noted.
the office begins educating students about job-search skills before
they begin their first classes at U.Va. Career services personnel
meet with incoming first-year students and their parents during
summer orientation to learn about such opportunities as internships
and "externships," periods of unpaid work during winter, spring
and summer breaks that allow students to explore varied fields.
major reason for the name change is that the office serves as a
central career service for students of all majors. In addition to
providing information on internships and "externships" in all fields,
it also advises students who are interested in pursuing graduate
or professional schools.
more information, contact James McBride at (804) 924-8904 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ida Lee Wootten, (804) 924-6857