College Students Fail to Make the Most of Career Counseling

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There is enough pressure on college students even without the difficult question of what to do after campus life is over. University career development offices can make life easier for students but many do make use of this important resource.

London, February 13, 2005 -- Many college students are putting their studies and careers at risk by failing to exploit their university’s career counseling offices, according to industry experts at

A senior website member says career offices provide services that could be crucial to a student’s future, both during and after college.

“It is sad to hear that so many students do not even know that their college has a campus career development office,” he said. “Around 99 per cent of colleges and universities have a campus career development office that can provide you with invaluable information while trying to choose a career.”

College career offices employ trained professionals who are trained in career counseling and can help students in a variety of ways, from choosing the correct major to writing effective resumes.

However, experts believe students are losing out on a valuable resource by ignoring the benefits of such offices.

“Establishing a relationship with your college career office is one sure way to make your college experience more enjoyable,” said the member, who lists some of the benefits.

· Help in choosing a major – “This is one of the biggest problems facing a freshman. Some get to college and are undecided. Many end up choosing a major they don’t like because of outside pressure.”

· Advice on what jobs are suitable with a certain degree or major – “This area is often misunderstood by college students. Make sure you know what you are getting yourself into with your choice of major.”

· Internships – “A lot of college career offices have intern programs set up with local companies.” also suggests getting to know staff members at their campus career development office.

These staff members are highly qualified and have good contacts with industry leaders, which can go a long way in helping you secure either an internship or a job once you complete your degree.

“They can help to set up on-campus interviews and gain you admittance to career fairs. Getting close to a career development counselor is a great networking tool,” says the expert.

Career offices can also become a meeting point for students facing the same problems.

Many students think they are alone in dealing with the problem of deciding on their futures. It is only when they make use of their college’s career office do they realize that many off their peers face the same anxieties.

“Contacting your college career office is beneficial in more ways than one.

Don’t waste time waiting to introduce yourself,” says

* is a one-stop online center for career information, providing a range of valuable advice such as how to write a CV, effective ways of resigning and coping with office politics, to mention just a few. Guidance is provided by

industry experts from around the world and is a valuable resource for college students and job seekers, among others.

Please visit for more information. Colleges and university websites are urged to link to to help their students gain access to important career information.


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