Dec. 9, 2009
Career Center expands programs to help students find jobs in bad economy
With the unemployment rate still hovering near 10 percent, University of Iowa students need more help than usual to find jobs after they graduate.
To accommodate them, the university's Marvin A. and Rose Lee Pomerantz Career Center has expanded its services to assist more students as they prepare for graduation and provide more opportunities for networking and career search education.
"One of the things that we pride ourselves on is being able to address and accommodate the needs of the students and employers during a changing economic situation." said David Baumgartner, assistant dean and director of the Pomerantz Career Center.
For instance, on Friday, Dec. 11, the center will hold a workshop, "Job Search Strategies for a Tough Economy," specifically geared to help graduating seniors and others preparing to conduct a job search in the middle of an historically down economy. The workshop begins at 1 p.m. in room C310 of the Pomerantz Center. Other expanded services include:
-- More on-campus programs, including in classrooms and with student organizations, for groups that request them. During National Career Development Month in November, the center offered three additional training sessions on such topics as career exploration, resume preparation, and overview of services.
-- An additional, virtual career fair scheduled for this spring semester to go along with the four already scheduled.
-- Continued visits by career center leaders to meet with businesses around the state and the country, to build stronger relationships with employers and encourage them to consider hiring University of Iowa graduates. Pomerantz staff have also used online technology such as Skype to stay in touch with employers.
"These efforts result in new employers posting internships, full-time positions and participating in other activities such as career fairs," said Baumgartner.
-- Career advisors have been staffing a walk-in session at various points on campus, such as the Center for Diversity and Enrichment.
-- The center has also added additional career development videos to their Web site at http://www.careers.uiowa.edu under "Career Tube Videos" that students and alums can access any time of day or night.
Baumgartner said the Pomerantz Center's assistance also extends beyond graduation, as the center has been asking alumni during post-graduation survey calls if they need further assistance in their job search.
Pomerantz Career Center provides services to UI students and alumni, including career and major exploration, assessment tools, career advising and job and internship search resources such as UI Employment Expo, an online recruiting system. The Pomerantz Career Center hosts several career fairs annually, career education programs for students, mock interviews and many other programs and services. The office is located at C310 Pomerantz Center, on Market Street and the Cleary Walkway in Iowa City. For more information, call 319-335-1023 or visit http://www.careers.uiowa.edu
STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500