The office of career services is located in Rauch Business Center, room 484. As the name suggest, Career services is the office which provide Lehigh students all the help they need to have a successful career. Most of the students find their jobs after graduation through the career services. Also the career services is the place to go when one needs to find an internship or apply for Co-op. They help you along your application, work on your resume and cover letters, conduct mock interview and provide with all the information you need.
Many freshmen often assume that career services is only useful in your future years when you need to look for an internship or when you are applying for jobs, but career services offer a lot of help to freshmen too. Then too, it is always great to start as early as you can so that you do not have to stress out in the last moment. I made an appointment with career services and right at the time I made my appointment, I learned that you need to make one early. I got an appointment date of 8 days from then. This shows you how busy career services office is and how important it is to make an early appointment.
I personally went to them to ask about the opportunities and scope of different majors, specially to compare chemical and mechanical engineering. I got a lot of useful information. I got to know some big companies that Lehigh has connections with in both majors. I got to know what should I be doing if I want go for a coop or how to find good internships. My counselor gave me helpful tips on staying involved and that anything I do will count. He told me to set up a LinkedIn account, which is a great way to reach out to alumni so that I can have a better sense of what professionals in my profession do, and if i am interested in it or not.
One on one counseling with a career services counselor is invaluable. Thay are available and ready to discuss any problems or concerns you have. For example you can go to them for the following reasons:
- selecting or changing a major
- deciding on a career path
- locating an internship
- writing a resume
- developing interviewing skills
- defining job search strategies
- researching companies or graduate schools
- evaluating job offers.
You can explore careers and learn about how to make one (entrepreneurship). Moreover you can develop essential skills through career service. For example
- Resume writing
- Cover letters and refrences
- Interview skills
- Academic profile
I would suggest everyone to make the most out of this great opportunity and go to workshops and events held by career services and try to learn the most about them.