Visit Career Planning Early and Often

July 21, 2010

Visit Career Planning Early and Often Graduating college seniors who use their campus career centers are more likely to receive a job offer than those who go it alone, a very recent survey of graduates shows, reaffirming the advice from Saint Leo University’s Office of Career Planning.

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) found in its annual spring survey of students that 71 percent of those who had received job offers had used their college’s career centers. The survey also shows that students who used their center’s resources four or more times in a semester were more likely to attract an offer than those who visited the center only once during a semester.

These findings certainly echo the experiences of business major Daniel Izquierdo ’10. He began work in early July in Tampa as a contract employee at Depository Trust and Clearing Corp., a worldwide provider of settlement and clearing services for stock market transactions. It’s a position he is thrilled to have as someone right out of school, he said. Izquierdo (pictured) was focused on employment opportunities early.

“I was using Career Planning when I was a sophomore, because I knew it was important for me to get an internship,” he recalled. He first sought assistance with his resume, and then kept coming back through his junior and senior years.

“Career Planning has done a lot for me, getting me in touch with different employers,” he noted, and encouraged him when he kept calling and checking back for more leads following his May graduation.

He also credits Career Planning for working well with the university’s three schools to keep in touch with leads faculty members who may hear of leads. Faculty connections helped specifically with the DTCC job, he noted. Still, students and other job seekers need to be proactive, he stressed, noting, “I must say, it is the responsibility of the student to extend himself or herself to use the services.”

Career Planning is available to assist all Saint Leo students and alumni, including those enrolled through the Center for Online Learning, and students and graduates from regional education centers. For more information, contact Kim Edwards, associate director, at kim.edwards@saintleo.edu, or by telephone at (352) 588-8346, or Cathy Wise, assistant director, at cathy.wise@saintleo.edu or by telephone at (352) 588-8468.