Cindy del Rosario-Tapan
Executive Director of Communications and Media Relations
More than 620 students attended the inaugural open house at The Center for Career Education on Friday, Sept. 14. The event featured an employer relations station for students to set up job agents and learn about LionSHARE, power half-hours on the “Job/Internship Search” and “On Campus Recruiting,” an internship station, and quick meetings with career counselors. Students could also meet with members of student professional groups, including Columbia Women’s Business Society, Multicultural Business Association, Columbia Economics Society and Columbia Financial Investment Group, and representatives from the Columbia Student Enterprises — Inside New York, the Columbia Bartending Agency and the Columbia University Tutoring and Translating Agency, which are run through the Center for Career Education. Student photographers were also on hand to shoot photos for attendees’ LinkedIn profiles, and those who attended got free Korilla Korean BBQ and a chance to win prizes.
During the event, the walls of the Center for Career Education featured “Did You Know?” facts about the Center for Career Education last year, including the number of employers who attended at least one of the four career fairs (382), the number of employer info sessions (186 — a 44 percent increase over the previous year), the number of employers who participated in the On Campus Recruiting Program (182 — a 14 percent increase over the previous year), the number of individual advising appointments (more than 9,400 — 75 percent more than four years before), the number of students and alumni who had individual advising appointments (more than 4,200 — double the number served four years prior), the number of students and alumni served by CCE events (more than 12,000), the number of job and internship postings in LionSHARE (more than 20,000) and the #1 LionSHARE Industry (non-profit).
Kavita Sharma, dean of the Center for Career Education, said the open house was an opportunity to welcome students to the Center for Career Education and familiarize them with CCE’s services. “This is an opportunity to showcase the wealth of resources and diversity of programs available to students through CCE,” she said.
The Center for Career Education offers career counseling appointments, LinkedIn profile reviews, practice interviews, job and internship postings, resume and cover letter reviews, career development, interview prep and other services. The center works with students and alumni from Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, General Studies, the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Continuing Education and the School of the Arts.