"A liberal arts education is great preparation for the workforce, but it can frequently be difficult to land a job right out of college. There is one really easy way to mitigate the potential difficulties of getting a job with a liberal arts degree," said Julie Janik, UD's director of career services. "Start gaining work experience early."
In addition to working with members of the senior class, the Career Services Office has made it their goal to help underclassmen begin career planning early. According to Janik, almost half of the 600 students who attended Career Week, Career Services' largest fall career planning event, were freshmen.
"And they can't intern until their sophomore year," she added.
Even though the first year of college is only half over for freshmen, nearly 10 percent of them, and a third of sophomores, have filed resumes with Career Services.
"We're noticing more students starting early with significant career planning decisions. More underclassmen are actively seeking us out for career planning," said Adrian Ramirez, career services advisor.
"Before Christmas this year we held an event called Santa's Workshop, where we sat in Haggar foyer for an afternoon helping students with their resumes and giving out popcorn and candy canes'" said Janik. "They were lined up all afternoon."
Students at UD have grown accustomed to seeing the Career Services' trademark red stapler all over campus -- drawn in chalk on the Mall and attached to offers of donuts in exchange for resumes or seminars titled "Call Me Intern." Career Services, however, has even bigger plans for the spring semester, which will feature a week of career-oriented presentations and recruiting events beginning Tuesday, Feb. 19. Visits from Fox News Channel and GE Capital Finance, among others, will highlight the week.
To keep up with internships and job opportunities of interest to UD students, follow Career Services on Twitter.
PHOTO: Career Services' red stapler ventures out to the Colosseum.