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Career Center Orientation. Who We Are. Student centered, caring professionals focused on helping students in career planning Advanced education and training in counseling, career development, and higher education student services Variety of experiences in business and higher education

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Career Center Orientation

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Who We Are

  • Student centered, caring professionals focused on helping students in career planning

  • Advanced education and training in counseling, career development, and higher education student services

  • Variety of experiences in business and higher education

  • Paths through corporations, non-profits, and other colleges/universities

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What We Do

Our Mission

  • Provide students with:

    • lifelong career development skills

    • to achieve personal and professional success

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Exploring Your Future



Planning Your Future


Developing Professionally


Taking Action

Vpath – Career Planning

Self Discovery

Research Options

Test Options

Make Decisions

Make Contact




Gain Experience

Pursue Goals

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  • Programs/Offerings

    • Campus Programs & Outreach

    • Career Academy and Boot Camps

    • Internships & Externships

    • On-campus Recruiting

    • Career Fairs

    • Credentials/Interfolio

  • Individual Services

    • Career Advising

    • Career Exploration

    • Walk-In Hours (Resume/Letter Review; Quick Questions)

    • Mock Interviewing

    • Alumni Services

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  • Resources

    • Career Planning Guide

    • VCC website


    • Vault Guides

    • CareerLink

    • CareerSearch company database

    • Commodore Career Connection (Alums)

    • VCC Resource Center

    • Graduate & Professional School Resources

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  • Student Organizations

  • Faculty and Departments

  • Administration

  • Employers

  • Alumni

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Why We Do It - Outcomes

  • Helping the student’s next transition

    • Employment

    • Graduate/Professional School

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Post Graduate Plans

Graduating Class of 2005:

  • Approx. 35% enter graduate or professional school full-time

  • Approx. 48% enter the work force full-time

  • The remaining 17% are pursuing part-time employment or graduate/professional school; volunteer activities, military service or traveling

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Top Cities for Job Offers

Cities most often reported:





Fairfax, VA


Huntsville, AL


New York

Washington, D.C

Offer Statistics for Class of 2005As of Commencement, May 2005


Range $18,000 - $71,000

Mean Salary $43,380

Median Salary $45,000

Data compiled from several surveys including the VU Online Graduating Student Satisfaction Survey and the VUCC email survey of the senior class and employers recruiting on campus.

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Lockheed Martin


Engineering Services & Construction

Bechtel Corporation

Clark Construction Group

Patrick Engineering


Smith Seckman Reid

Southwest Research Institute

Toll Brothers


U.S. Army Corps of Engineers


Analog Devices

Eli Lilly

GE Advance Materials


National Instruments


Federal Trade Commission

National Institutes of Health

Peace Corps

Healthcare and Services

Emdeon (WebMD)

Humana Inc.



Vanderbilt University Medical Center



Cintas Corporation

Deloitte & Touche

Gap Inc.


Neiman Marcus

Warner Brothers Pictures

Software and Services

D3 Technologies


TriTek Solutions

Organizations Extending OffersPartial Listing – Class of 2005

Banking & Finance

  • Bank of America

  • Barclays Capital

  • Bear, Stearns & Co.

  • Citigroup

  • Credit Suisse First Boston

  • Deutsche Bank

  • Goldman Sachs

  • Lehman Brothers

  • Merrill Lynch

  • SunTrust Bank

  • Wachovia Securities


  • Accenture

  • Bain & Company

  • Boston Consulting Group

  • Deloitte Consulting

  • IBM

  • McKinsey & Company, Inc.

  • PricewaterhouseCoopers

  • Stockamp & Associates

  • Towers Perrin

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Parents - Services For You

  • Open house during Parents Weekend

  • Articles in OverVU, the Vanderbilt parents’ newsletter

  • Contact with the VCC: Call, e-mail, or write us

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Things Parents Should Consider

  • The job market is changing daily

  • Major does not equal career, experience is the important factor

  • U.S. companies now operate within a global economy

  • International markets create a greater competition for jobs within the U.S.

  • Jobs today and tomorrow will require greater levels of skill and knowledge

  • Each year the number of applicants to graduate and professional schools increases, while the number of admission positions remains relatively constant

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How can You Help your Student?

  • Acknowledge and allow for career indecision

  • Encourage your student to explore their interests and abilities through new subjects and activities

  • Let them know you are willing to talk to them about career objectives

  • Suggest but don’t push them to take advantage of Career Center services

  • Encourage your student to seek internship opportunities

  • Help them develop decision making skills. When they come to you for advice, help them to make the decision rather than giving them the answer.

  • Continue to educate yourself on job trends, entry level employment, and the career search process

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Students – Ideas to Get Started

  • Develop a RESUME, starting TODAY!

  • Visit the Student section of the Career Center website

  • Read over our Four Year Plan

  • Begin to evaluate your skills, interests, & values

    • Use Discover, our web-based interactive assessment program

    • Attend a career exploration workshop

  • Talk to professionals TODAY (informational interviewing)

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Students – Ideas to Get Started

  • Attend programs on interviewing, networking, internships, specific career industries and more

  • Attend career fairs & graduate/professional school fairs

  • Participate in the Externship Program

  • Search the Internship postings on eRecruiting

  • Check the Career Center Calendar of Events by using eRecruiting

  • Get involved on campus through student organizations

  • Meet with your Career Adviser

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What to expect when meeting a Career Adviser for the first time:

  • Conversation about interests, activities, hobbies

  • Discussion of Vpath and career exploration

  • Introduction to career resources

  • Review of resume creation

  • Scheduling of follow-up appointment and next steps

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  • At what point should students first visit the Career Center?

    Anytime! But, we specifically encourage students to begin using our services during the spring semester of their freshman year

  • What else can a freshman student do to begin preparing for his/her career?

    Please see the Career Center’s Four-Year Plan (included in your packets) for a suggested timetable

  • Other questions?