Students seeking help to find a career through the Career and Co-op Center’s website will find a pleasant surprise. During the summer, the website was given a facelift, making it more user friendly.
Stephanie Reed, assistant director of the career and co-op center, described the old website as “bland.” With the new user interface, students are able to access a vast amount of information in only a few clicks.
Among the many new features, the biggest one is the integration of social networking. Students can connect with the center via Facebook and Twitter or seek assistance with Cabrini alumni who can help the client explore possible career paths pertaining to their major.
One of Reed’s responsibilities is to keep the center’s Twitter up to date. Reed simply said, “If you follow us on Twitter, you can apply right away and be one of the first people to get their resume in and we think it’s a pretty cool feature for students to be able to access jobs.”
Nancy Hutchinson, director of the career and co-op center, describes the new change as “enhanced and hugely robust.” Hutchinson also said, “We updated and cleaned up the co-ops, employer contact information and internship positions to better serve the students and employers.”
When the website was refreshed, the database that held the jobs was also given a little housekeeping. Old jobs were removed while newer ones were added with the help of NACElink. NACElink is a company that helps market certain positions to certain colleges and universities, including Cabrini. Once NACElink sends the postings to Cabrini, the career and co-op center gives the final approval before it is posted for students to view.
Other new features can be seen on the home page. Students can access pages that will help them write a resume, find career events and job fairs, book appointments and more. Students who are having trouble using the website can now access video tutorials that will help them navigate with ease.
Cabrini alumna, Morgan Miller has had a positive experience with the career and co-op center. Although Miller did not use the old website, she did receive assistance from the center that helped her get the job that she has today.
“I still worked with them a lot. I mainly worked with Stephanie Reed, who was so helpful, quick with responses when I had questions and almost always available if I would drop by her office unexpected.” Morgan said, “She also made sure I knew how to use the website correctly so that I could look for jobs on there if I needed/wanted to.”
Although the center is accepting appointments online, the staff is always open to walk ins or email appointments from students who need assistance. Hutchison said, “The students are always welcome to use our services.”
The career and co-op center is now in a new location inside Grace Hall room 131 (formerly academic affairs). Students can also email the center at email@example.com or visit the website at cabrini.edu/Academics/Cooperative-Education-and-Career-Services.aspx.