National Career Development month at DU


Jessica Lincoln | staff writer

November is National Career Development Month, and this year, the Center for Career Development is celebrating with events and giveaways across campus.

National Career Development Month was organized by the National Career Development Association, which encourages groups throughout the country to help build awareness of career options.

“[These] celebrations are designed to highlight the importance of life-long career development and the personal empowerment of all people,” according to an article on the association’s website.

“Events and activities planned by national, state and local
organizations may help examine lives, careers and alternatives available to increase everyone’s personal success and happiness.”

At Duquesne, the Center for Career Development is hosting a series of events on Mondays and Wednesdays this month. Each event is intended to encourage students to build up their profiles on Handshake.

“Handshake includes posted jobs and internships for all majors, customized job recommendations based on student profiles and career interests, employer connections to thousands of employers across the nation, scheduling career appointments with their Career Consultant in the Center for Career Development, career fairs and events and more,” said Coralyn McCauley, a career consultant at the center.

The celebration kicked off on Nov. 4 with an event in the Union Atrium. There, visitors were treated to free donut holes and given information about National Career Development Month.

The theme of Week 1 was “Activation,” so the kickoff event and another on Nov. 6 rewarded students who had activated their Handshake profiles. When students who stopped at either event showed Career Development representatives that they had activated their profiles, they won either a phone card holder or sunglasses.

This week’s theme is “Profile 50%.” Students who can show event representatives that their Handshake profiles are 50% completed will automatically win their choice of either highlighters or a charger. The first event is on Nov. 11 on the third floor of the Union and the second event is on Nov. 13 in the lobby on the second floor of College Hall. All of the events will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The third and final week of events will be “Week 3: Resume.” Students who can show that they have uploaded their resumes to Handshake will automatically win the grand prize for the month, a $2 Starbucks coupon. The first event will be on Nov. 18 in the Union Atrium, and the second will be on Nov. 20 on the third floor of the Union.

The center will also be hosting a number of other events this month.

The Etiquette Dinner for this semester will be held on Nov. 13 from 4 to 5:45 p.m. in the Africa Room. The deadline to register is Nov. 8, and there is a registration fee of $10 which can be paid using cash, check, or FLEX.

Additionally, on Nov. 12, there will be an event on “Career and Wellbeing: Disclosure and Accomodation” from 12:15 to 1 p.m. in Union 614. There will also be a Lunch and Learn event on CV writing on Nov. 20 from 12 to 12:45 p.m. in Union 613. Information on these and other events can be found on Handshake and the center’s website.