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WCU's Center for Career & Professional Development has been named a 2021-2022 Career Development College of Distinction recipient for our work integrating career exploration into the curriculum, providing accessible services, having highly trained staff, providing career four-year career plans to students, and cultivating employer and corporate partnerships. 

Welcome to the Center for Career and Professional Development at Western Carolina University! We are here to help you find potential resources, gain skills, and plan your future career path. Please see below for some potential places to start. Remember you can always reach out to us at 828-227-7133,  careerservices@wcu.edu, or by visiting us at our office in the Reid Building Room 150. We are on the backside of the building, and our entrance faces the small, metered parking lot (Lot 30).

Get lost?  You can now GPS the Center for Career and Professional Development using your favorite GPS app!  Or, give us a call at 828.227.7133.

What Can We Help You With Today?

MAJOR & CAREER EXPLORATION

DEGREEPLUS

CAREER BUILDING EXPERIENCES

INTERNSHIPS

RESUMES/COVER LETTERS

INTERVIEWING

JOB SEARCHING

GRADUATE SCHOOL

       

Major & Career Exploration

Don't wait until you are ready to graduate to explore the types of careers WCU's majors will prepare you for. Use your time in school to test out different fields, jobs, and career paths to find what fits best with your skills, abilities, and interests.

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DegreePlus

DegreePlus is designed to give you opportunities to get involved in extracurricular activities that can provide the transferable skills you need to reach your goals for employment, graduate school, professional school, and other post-graduate plans.

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Career Building Experiences

Participation in career building experiences can help you to gain hands-on experience and make you a competitive candidate for future opportunities. It is important to supplement your academic learning with these types of activities.

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Internships

Internships are one of the best ways to obtain real-world experience and skills. Often these opportunities can lead to full-time job offers and will increase the likelihood of securing a job by graduation and receiving a higher salary.

The presence of job and internship announcements provided through our JobCat system does not indicate an endorsement or recommendation from WCU or the CCPD. Students should remain vigilant to fraudulent postings and use discretion when applying (see our handout below for common red flags). If you see any posting that may be fraudulent or discriminatory on JobCat please call CCPD at 828.227.7133.

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Resumes & Cover Letters

Often, the most important step toward securing your first job is a professional resume and effective cover letter that showcases what you can add to the organization where you hope to work. Don't underestimate the importance of a carefully written and professionally presented package.

  • Career Guide - Our 'go-to' information to get started and perfect your materials!
  • Editable word versions of our resumes included in the Career Guide. 
    • Resume Example 1  (as seen on page 46 of the Career Guide)
    • Resume Example 2  (as seen on page 40 of the Career Guide)
    • Resume Example 3  (as seen on page 41 of the Career Guide)
    • Resume Example 4  (as seen on page 45 of the Career Guide)
    • Resume Example 5  (as seen on page 43 of the Career Guide)
    • Resume Example 6  (as seen on page 42 of the Career Guide)
    • Resume Example 7  (as seen on page 44 of the Career Guide)
      NOTE: The samples above are just that -- samples.  Feel free to use any style of resume and tweak the content to fit your needs. For example, if the sample style you like the best doesn't have a section for internships, then you'll need to add in a section for internships. Case in point: Download any of these samples and make them your own!)
  • Current students can complete our interactive Canvas module on resumes and cover letters.
  • Resume video curriculum through Big Interview, register for an account with your WCU email address.
  • Book an appointment or visit our Career Studio for one-on-one help.
  • Check out the Career Studio Worksheets on basic and advanced resume techniques.
  • Attend our workshops and events to learn more about this topic!
  • Check out our YouTube page for recorded webinars and workshops on various topics.

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Interviewing

After impressing your future employer with your resume, you'll need effective interviewing skills. We highly recommend participating with us in mock interviews or using our Big Interview system to practice prior to a job or internship interview.

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Job Searching

Use this link If you are interested in on-campus job searching

Job search strategies should be multifaceted and tailored to each individual student's goals. We help students identify the variety of job search tools and resources that will help them achieve their next steps.

The presence of job and internship announcements provided through our JobCat system does not indicate an endorsement or recommendation from WCU or the CCPD. Students should remain vigilant to fraudulent job postings and use discretion when applying (see our handout below for common red flags). If you see any posting that may be fraudulent or discriminatory on JobCat please call CCPD at 828.227.7133.

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Graduate School

Choosing to further your education is an important step in broadening career options. For some, a graduate-level degree is a requirement in their field of study; for others, a graduate degree will make them more marketable and competitive in today’s ever-changing world of work.

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