The philosophy that the primary purpose of a college career center is to help college seniors land their first job is officially a dinosaur. Today’s college career center is a multifaceted resource that supports students and alumni with professional development throughout their education and careers. And Purdue’s Center for Career Opportunities (CCO) has been a pioneer in this evolution.
Purdue’s size is one of its strengths. Students have extraordinary opportunities to customize their education and career development activities based on their individual interests and goals. For this reason, CCO encourages students to initiate a relationship with them freshman year, when they are planning coursework, deciding which clubs to join, and developing strategies for internships and other work experiences.
CCO engages Purdue students in exploring career options, actively developing career skills and experiences during their education, and developing effective job search skills. It also facilitates activities that connect students and alumni with employers and develops partnerships with Purdue colleges, schools, and other stakeholders to deliver career services across campus.
CCO services are available to students and alumni in person and online and range from individual consultation to web-based, self-help resources. Whether students are exploring careers, preparing for graduate school, evaluating opportunities for professional experience, developing a career plan, honing job search skills, or evaluating and negotiating job offers, CCO can help.