Center for Career Development
The mission of the Center for Career Development (CCD) is to engage, empower, and challenge students and alumni to continuously grow personally and professionally by translating academic learning and life experiences into meaningful careers. In keeping with our mission as a Lasallian Catholic college, as President O'Donnell stated at the Spring 2014 Faculty Convocation, we encourage our students and alumni “to think and wonder and imagine and to build a good life – a life of meaning and purpose.”
CCD provides walk-in hours from Mon - Thurs from 2:30 - 4pm and offer various professional training programs and services all throughout the year. Students and alumni can schedule individual career counseling appointments to assess interests, values, skills and preferences using decision-making tools and career assessments. The career counselors teach effective job search techniques using online resources and networking; discuss opportunities in a variety of career paths; help tailor resume and cover letter for specific opportunities; strengthen personal branding and build strong interviewing skills. The Center’s website provides a wealth of information on various career fields and contains links, articles, and professional organizations for various industries, company names ,domestic and international internship and job sites and Manhattan College specific resources.
Students and alumni can access the on-line, 24-hour job posting board, JasperLink, for full-time, part-time, internship (current students only) and temporary positions. For those seniors seeking full-time employment upon graduation, there is an active campus recruitment program available during the fall and spring semesters. Representatives from companies/organizations come to campus to interview students for career opportunities.
Additionally, CCD offers the Mentor Program for Manhattan College students to gain insight into their intended careers by being paired with professionals, generally Manhattan College alumni, in those career areas. Meeting with mentors several times a semester, visiting the work sites, talking with other employees at the company, sitting in on a meeting, or sometimes participating in a project, offers the students opportunities to think about a chosen career field early in their college career. The program is open to incoming freshmen in the School of Engineering and to sophomores and juniors in the Schools of Arts, Business, Education & Health and Science during the participating academic year.
Students can gain valuable work experiences through the credit-based Internship program which is available to students after earning 54 academic credits and completing the basics in their major ( at least 12 credits) and who are in good academic standing. School of Engineering programs are not included because they do not award credits for internships. Internships complement and broaden students' education through the practical application of the theoretical and technical knowledge gained in the classroom. For those interested in the no-credit internship, review COOP 401 (see below) and schedule an appointment with a career counselor from CCD.