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Resource refresher: career planning

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The Center for Career & Life Planning (CCLP) offers a variety of both virtual and in-person services to supplement student development. 

Dr. Allisa Gilliean-Crump, assistant vice president for Student Affairs and Career & Life Planning, said that the department’s mission is to empower students and alumni to pursue meaningful lives and productive careers, and to ultimately “[…] connect their academic experiences to their life goals beyond graduation.” 

“Our goal is to elevate students’ meaning while making their Rollins journey,” Gilliean-Crump said.

Remote learning, cancelled events, and many other changes due to COVID-19 have had college students questioning the value of their undergraduate education, according to the Wall Street Journal. Still, according to a 2018 Strada-Gallup report, nearly nine in 10 students cite future outcomes and planning services as one of the primary reasons for even enrolling in college. 

Gillean-Crump said that CCLP aims to tackle the challenges posed by the pandemic and ease students’ concerns.

Gilliean-Crump said that it is important for students to familiarize themselves with all career resources on campus. The following are just a few examples of CCLP’s support services:

  1. Handshake: The platform serves as a portal for scheduling appointments with CCLP staff, accessing jobs and internship postings and databases, tracking career development progress, and accessing online career resources like Focus 2, Vault, and BigInterview
  2. Career Studio: This is where specially trained Career Ambassadors can assist students with resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles, interview preparation, jobs and internship searches, class assignments, and other professional documents. 
  3. GoinGlobal: Packed with country-specific career information, GoinGlobal is applicable to international students as well as those seeking to participate in internship opportunities abroad. It includes information about industry and employment trends, embassy listings, financial considerations, work visas and permits, as well as cultural advice.

Gilliean-Crump said that CCLP is committed to helping students find support and resources for diverse, underrepresented populations, and to help build a more inclusive workplace. CCLP also hosts a variety of events on campus, which are posted to Handshake and accessible through the Get Involved website. Upcoming virtual events include the following:

#GetHired Training Session: Resume Building WorkshopThursday, October 710:00 a.m.
Education Grad School Virtual FairWednesday, October 1311:00 a.m.
Fall Virtual Networking and Recruiting NightTuesday, November 94:30 p.m.

For more information, please find and contact CCLP staff here.

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