We are dedicated to the success of our vocational students and graduates; therefore, we provide career assistance from experienced career services personnel. The goal of Career Services is to assist all graduates to obtain in-field or related-field employment. Career Services is available to assist vocational students throughout their technical training programs and continues to offer assistance beyond graduation. It should be understood the career services offered are not a guarantee of employment.
Vocational students are encouraged to get an early start on career development. Career Services offers assistance with career portfolio building, resume writing, interview skill development, grooming, networking skills and effective job search training. This is accomplished through one-on-one meetings, group sessions and in-class workshops and presentations, and is facilitated using handouts, audio and/or visual teaching aids and online tools.
Vocational students seeking employment while enrolled can take advantage of these services and obtain guidance from the Career Services. However, specific in-field and related-field employment assistance typically begins towards the end of students’ academic training when the knowledge, technical skills and/or certifications and licenses necessary for in-field job placement have been obtained.
In order to facilitate employment efforts, Career Services works closely with the employment community that may offer in-field or related-field employment opportunities to qualified graduates. This is accomplished by maintaining active involvement in the community, holding on-campus career fairs, scheduling on-campus graduate interviews, hosting guest lectures, scheduling opportunities for vocational students and graduates to interact with potential employers, and conducting routine visits to new and established employment partners. Vocational students and graduates are encouraged to maintain consistent communication with Career Services so as not to miss out on opportunities to network with potential employers.
Some programs require vocational students to complete externship or clinical requirements at an off-site facility prior to program completion. This is an excellent way for vocational students to develop their new skills through hands-on, in-field training experiences and to network with potential employers. In some instances, students who successfully complete off-site training requirements are made offers of employment or are referred by site supervisors to other potential employers. Site assignment is not a guarantee of employment, and graduates who have not been hired at their sites will receive employment assistance as outlined above.