Career and Professional Development Center Services

  • In addition to organizing several career fairs, employer information sessions, on-campus interviews with recruiters, and career workshops, the Career and Professional Development Center offers a number of other services to IUP students.

    We offer hour-long virtual career consulting sessions; provide access to online resources for jobs, graduate schools, and internships; conduct virtual mock interviews; and provide service in the following areas: the Washington Center, and National Student Exchange.

    Video Programming: Check out career guides and employer tips from the CPDC!

    Virtual Meeting Etiquette - Etiquette tips for working with virtual settings, such as Zoom and Skype, as well as while participating in online courses.

    Navigating Etiquette Like a Pro: Manners Matter

    Résumés and Cover Letters: The Basics. Do you have a résumé or cover letter that needs to be updated? Or have you never written one of these documents in your life? Regardless of where you are, this presentation, led by CPDC Associate Director Kelsey Thompson, will cover all the résumé and cover letter writing basics you need to know.

    Interviewing 101 - Interviewing can be intimidating, but not when you know what to expect and how to prepare. Join IUP CPDC Associate Director Kelsey Thompson as she covers the types of interviews you might encounter (there are probably more than you thought!), how to prepare and answer common interview questions, what questions you should ask, and so much more.

    Job and Internship Search Strategies - If you’ve ever wondered the best way to search for a job or internship, how do so effectively, or just where to start, then this session is for you! Join the IUP CPDC as they share tips and tricks on how to search for both internships and full-time jobs. (Recorded session - Youtube)

    Leveraging the Powerful Effects of Body Language in your Work - Body language is a powerful tool; thus, knowledge regarding body language provides insight into your daily professional and personal interactions with others. Whether you’re reading a prospective employee in an interview or dealing with a challenging employee in difficult circumstances, understanding body language will allow you to operate with ease and effectiveness. Youtube session

    Applying to Graduate School: Everything You Wanted to Know - In this session, IUP CPDC team members will cover the best way to approach looking for graduate programs, and things you need to know to apply. Sometimes the process can be daunting and overwhelming, but we’ll help to provide you with tips and tricks to make sure that you know exactly what you need and are prepared to excel. (Recorded session - Youtube). 

    Networking: What it is and How to Use it Effectively - The art of networking effectively is something that takes time, skills, and practice. Join the IUP CPDC as they debunk common networking myths (no, it’s not asking for a job!) and share some helpful tips on how you can do it effectively. (Video link will be added closer to event). (Recorded session - Youtube)

    Conducting a Job Search in the Midst of a Pandemic.... and Post-Pandemic - For many of us, searching for a job or an internship can be a bit daunting; and during a pandemic that’s interfering with normal daily life as well as the economy, well, the job search may be even more daunting. Join us for a discussion about searching for a job during this challenging time. Remember, IUP and your Career and Professional Development Center are here to support you—our students and graduates. Six O'Clock Series event. (Recorded session - Youtube)

    Creating and Using Your LinkedIn Profile - What is LinkedIn, and should I be using it? If you’re asking yourself this question, then this session is for you! Or, if you’re a seasoned pro, we might share some additional pointers you’ve not yet thought of. The IUP CPDC will break down why you should have a LinkedIn account, what to include on your account, plus the many features it has to help you connect and build a professional network. (Recorded session - Youtube).

    Employer Sessions - Job search tips, current positions available, and more!

    The PASSHE-West Virtual Recruitment Campaign is a pilot initiated by the career center teams of California University of Pennsylvania, Clarion University, Edinboro University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and Slippery Rock University to create opportunities for students and employers to connect, network, and share information.

    Additional details are included on Handshake, the online recruiting system used by thousands of employers. All IUP students have a free Handshake account which can be accessed through the IUP Single Sign-On System.

  • Workshops
    The Career and Professional Development Center offers a variety of career oriented workshops that may be valuable to your curriculum or student organization.
    Sponsorships
    The Corporate Partnership Program provides an organization connection with IUP students and a closer working relationship with the Career and Professional Development Center.
    Business Etiquette Dinners
    General information about the etiquette dinners
    What Can I Do with This Major?
    Counseling for undecided majors
    Disney College Program
    The Disney College Program is an opportunity offered to all students to experience working for the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, or the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California.
    Media Resource Page
    The Career and Professional Development Center offers various media resources that highlight career skills, including cover letter writing, resume development, professional attire tips, and job fair tips.
    Planning for Graduate School
    Guides to planning for graduate school and guides for choosing a graduate school.
    Student Employment Program
    The Student Employment Program serves as a liaison between students and employers by providing a service that enables both students and employers to fulfill their employment needs.
    National Student Exchange
    The National Student Exchange is a program for undergraduate exchange within the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands and Canada.
    Mock Interviews
    The Career and Professional Development Center provides practice employment interviews in a simulated office environment for a small fee.