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Career Services

Bank of America Career Services Center
(located on the corner of Eisenhower and Bigler Roads)

Penn State students are encouraged to be active in career planning throughout their entire college career. Career Services offers resources that can help students in all aspects of career development, including the exploration of academic majors and career options, gaining experience, as well as skill development in resume writing, interview strategies, and job, internship, and graduate school searches.

Drop-in and Individual Career Counseling

Drop-In and Individual Career Counseling is available to help undergraduate and graduate students from all academic backgrounds develop and pursue goals for life after graduation. A counselor is available from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays and until 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday evenings during the fall and spring semesters on a first-come, first-served basis to clarify career concerns; provide career information and make referrals; review resumes, cover letters, and application forms; and provide information on job-seeking skills. One hour individual career counseling appointments are also available to help students with their career planning, make informed decisions and set goals, and improve communication and job-seeking skills.

Career Information Resources

The Career Information Center (CIC) houses a wealth of print and online information on every step of the career planning process, including: careers in all academic majors; occupations and industries; employer information; job hunting and interviewing; resume and cover letter samples; salary information and negotiation resources; and graduate schools. A career library assistant and peer career assistants are available to help you navigate the library of career-related information.

Career Planning and Job Search Courses

Career Services offers credit-bearing courses for career planning, professional development, and job-search strategies. CN ED 100, Effective Career Decision Making, focuses on factors that influence decision making, career, and major choice and is available to first through fourth semester students. AG 100, CN ED 303 and LA 401 assist students in technical, education, and non-technical majors with their job search. Topics covered include determining career goals, identifying potential employers, formulating effective search strategies, preparing a resume, and improving interview techniques.

Outreach Programs

Several hundred workshops and outreach programs are offered each year on a wide range of career topics such as career planning, resume writing, interview skills, job and internship search strategies, internships, and graduate school applications.

Job Search/Graduate School

To aid in plans after graduation, students will want to take advantage of various opportunities to search for jobs and graduate programs. Nittany Lion Career Network and the On-Campus Interviewing program allow thousands of employers to conduct interviews in the Interview Center located on the second floor and/or post a variety of job opportunities. Annually, numerous career and graduate school fairs occur where students can meet with representatives from companies and graduate schools to talk about internships, jobs, and graduate or professional school programs.

To access any of these services, visit Career Services in the Bank of America Career Services Center, visit our website at, or call 814-865-2377.

Career Services is available at all Penn State campuses.

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