Mission Statement for Office of Internships and Career Services
The Office of Internships and Career Services provides all students and alumni with knowledge and resources to empower them to take an active role in their career planning.
Goals for Office of Internships and Career Services
- To assist students in identifying their strengths, interests, personality, and values.
- To support students in pursuing internship and job opportunities that relate to their academic preparation and career goals.
- To develop and enhance mutually beneficial relationships with employers, alumni, and other external University stakeholders.
- To collaborate with Student Life, faculty, and other internal stakeholders to provide career programming.
- To provide students with comprehensive career planning through one-on-one and group appointments.
- To encourage students to utilize relevant technological resources that support career preparation activities.
We view our role as educators. We want students to be able to manage their careers throughout their lives. We serve students and alumni by teaching them the tools that will help them to achieve their dreams. Students who are highly engaged in the process of planning for their futures will find themselves to be better prepared to take their first steps upon graduation from Wingate University.
One way we specifically encourage students to be actively engaged is to complete an internship prior to graduation. Gaining hands-on experience assists students in preparing for the workforce and in evaluating potential career options.
Our office works with all levels of students, from freshman to senior. We can assist your student with a variety of aspects of career planning.
- Career Resource Center
- Career Advising
- Resume/Cover Letter Assistance
- Job/Internship Search
- Interviews Preparation/Mock Interviews
- Graduate School Preparation
- Career Assessments - FOCUS2
- Job/Internship Database -CareerGate
Students value their parents’ opinions and input. Parents can assist students in educating them about career planning in the following ways:
- Offer support and feedback
- Encourage your student to print our checklists each year, as these lists help them to prepare for the future
- Encourage them to contact our office (we work with all levels of students) to: Make an individual appointment; Take our online assessment – Focus2: to help them in choosing a major and/or career path; Learn to use CareerGate: our online job/internship database which allows students to upload their resumes for available off-campus positions; Attend an event such as our Career Fair; Visit our Career Resource Center, which has books, computers, and other resources to help students to prepare for the future
- Encourage your student to become involved outside the classroom (while still maintaining a solid GPA) – the skills gained from these experiences can help to build a resume
- Encourage your student to volunteer to gain both networking opportunities and skills for his/her resume
- Teach your student to do the work themselves. Employers want students to take initiative – if a parent calls to set up an interview, it may be an immediate turn off for an employer. Students are in college to learn and grow – allowing them to plan for their own careers is one of the best ways to help them to grow
Career Planning/Choice of Major Tips
- Support their choice of major. Many students will change their majors at some point. It is okay to be undecided – students will take many classes at Wingate University which will help them to find subjects that interest them. While some parents think that certain majors will lead only to jobs that are “impractical”, remember that a specific major could lead to many careers – some of the skills that are gained through these majors are highly sought after skills by employers. Also, while some majors may link directly to a specific career such as Accounting or Nursing, those students can also pursue other career paths if desired.
- Allow your student to make the decision – try to avoid applying pressure. Let your student know that you have confidence that he/she can make this important decision. Encourage your student to use many resources in researching majors and careers.
- Listen to your student’s concerns and fears – often students will become overwhelmed when trying to choose a major. Keep in mind that some programs are particularly rigorous (including pre-pharmacy, pre-medical, and pre-dental) – it is okay for your student to decide to pursue another path. Keep in mind that some students choose a career based on their parents’ wishes – you have a lot of influence and have a wonderful opportunity to encourage your student to choose a major that will truly fit him/her.
- Remember: most people will have between 7 and 10 jobs in their lifetimes, so planning a major is just one step in this process. Also remember that success can be defined in a number of ways, including: Earning a lot of money; Contributing to society; Helping others; Having a job that excites you; Being mentally stimulated and challenged.
- Encourage your student to consider a minor if they want something to supplement their choice of a major
- Encourage your student to reflect upon their skills, values, and interests when choosing a major or career
- Keep in mind that your student’s ultimate success and career satisfaction depends on reflecting upon these interests, values, and skills
Job/Internship Searching Tips
- Encourage your student to consider an internship or undergraduate research experience – also remember that we offer international internships
- Encourage your student to plan to complete his/her internship during the sophomore, junior, or senior year
- Remind your student that the job market fluctuates and that careers that are currently in demand may be less “hot” in a few years or may not be in demand in other parts of the country
- Remind your student that many jobs are found through networking, so they should begin to practice this skill
- As your student approaches the senior year, consider purchasing a suit for him/her (perhaps for a birthday or for Christmas)
A college education costs money, and we know that you want your student to be as prepared as possible upon entering the job market. By encouraging your student to visit our office all four years, you will be helping them to be better prepared.
Also, the Office of Internships and Career Services can use your help! Here are some ways to be involved:
- Let us know if you have an area of expertise that you would be willing to share with students, perhaps as a part of a panel at one of our events
- Inform us if you hear of jobs or internships