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7 Ways to Use Emerson’s Career Development Center

By Grace Griffin ’21

In case you didn’t hear, Emerson’s Career Development Center was recently ranked as the 9th best Career Services office in the country for its dedication to serving undergrads, graduate students, and alumni with career resources and counseling. Curious to see how the Career Development Center can help you? Here are the seven best ways to take advantage of the office and get on track to your dream career path.


1. Resume and cover letter review

When you apply to your first job or internship that requires a resume and cover letter, it can be difficult to figure out where to start. That’s where the Career Development Center comes in. Each of the career counselors works specifically with certain majors and can help craft the perfect resume or cover let to send out to employers in your industry. The office also has trained graduate assistants and peer career advisors who work with students on their resumes and cover letters. Don’t have time to make an appointment? The Career Development Center offers 15-minute walk in appointments every weekday for resume and cover letter review.


2. Mock interviews

Job interviews can be daunting, no matter how many you’ve been on. One way to combat some of the nerves, though, is preparedness. Students and alumni can schedule one-on-one appointments with a career counselor who will conduct a mock interview tailored to the job they are interviewing for. Counselors will go over common questions employers ask in job interviews and help students formulate strong answers.


3. Job search appointments

The Career Development Center is probably best known for helping students and alumni find jobs in the field they studied. Whether you’re a student looking for your first job in the industry or an alum looking to change career paths, you can always meet with a career counselor for some guidance on where to start looking.


4. Internship fairs

The internship Fair is also a great way to look for potential opportunities in your field of study. Once per semester, the Career Development Center hosts an internship fair where employers from every industry covered by Emerson’s majors can meet with students. Some employers already registered for the upcoming Fall Internship Fair (Wednesday, October 3rd) include The Boston Globe, Teach for America, Boston Ballet, CambridgeEditors, and more. Even if you’re not looking for an internship at the moment, the fairs are a great way to network with industry professionals and get an idea of what internships are being offered for the future.


5. Receiving credit for internships

Whether you land an internship from the internship fair or elsewhere, the Career Development Center can help you receive credit for the work you do. You can earn up to 8 credits toward your major for completing an internship over one semester. (The summer semester also counts!) More information about eligibility and the application process can be found online.


6. Employer visits

If you didn’t get a chance to network at the internship fair, the Career Development Center has opportunities to meet with employers right on campus throughout the year. Students can sign up for information sessions hosted by company representatives and get the chance to ask questions in a small and personal setting. Some employers also hold on-site interviews for Emerson students that fit the needs of the company. Additionally, counselors in the office occasionally take groups of students to visit local companies. Employers hosted by the Career Development Center last year include the New York Post, Warner Music Group, and the Wall Street Journal.


7. Online resources

Aside from all the great resources in and out of the office, the Career Development Center offers 24/7 access to online resources for students and alumni. These include:

  • CareerBuzz: Here you can find documents with tips for resume help, networking, LinkedIn profile tips, portfolio building, and so much more. It’s also where students can find information about internship deadlines, events in the office, and what Emerson alumni are doing post-grad.
  • Handshake: This portal is where students can log in with their Emerson credentials to request an appointment with one of the career counselors. Handshake also features internship and job postings from reputable employers, many of which students and alumni can apply for directly through the site

For more information on how Emerson’s Career Development Center can help you achieve your professional goals, visit emerson.edu/careers-internships, or follow @ECCareerDev on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.