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>Career Counseling
>Individual Career Counseling
>Quick Question Advising
>Career Development Workshops
 

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Career Counseling
Career counseling is a partnership between you and a professional counselor who is knowledgeable and skilled in assisting you in making important decisions about your major, career, or graduate studies.

Your counselor will guide you through a decision-making process tailored to your unique situation. She or he will assist you in identifying and prioritizing the criteria important to your decision. Together, you may decide to use career assessments, use the Career Resource Library or Internet to research majors, careers, and graduate schools or use decision-making tools. Take a minute to look at the PROCESS which describes the different steps you may work on with a counselor.

Individual consultations last approximately 50 minutes. The number of appointments scheduled with a counselor will vary depending on the career issue(s) you want to address. If you have only a few questions related to your job search, one or two meetings may meet your needs. If you are just beginning to develop your career plans or are feeling confused about your major and career interests, it may require several sessions to accomplish your decision goals.

VUU students are required to schedule at minimum two appointments each academic year with a Career Counselor/Advisor.

There is no fee for current students or alumni within one year of graduation. Other alumni may subscribe for services on an annual basis.
 

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Individual Career Counseling
Professional career counselors are available to assist you on an individual basis with a range of career related issues, such as:

~Choosing a major
~Deciding on a career direction
~Developing job search strategies
~Polishing your resume and interview skills
~Deciding on graduate school
~Changing careers

To make an appointment with a Career Counselor, call (804) 257-5616 or stop by the OCS at Henderson Center 104.
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Quick Question Advising
Got a quick question on a major or career-related matter? Need your resume critiqued? Career Advisors are available to assist you on a drop-in basis in the OCS Career Resource Library.

Drop-In Hours:
Monday through Thursday: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Friday: 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Quick Question advising is provided on a first-come, first-served basis for questions that can be answered in 10 - 15 minutes.
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Career Development Workshops
Throughout the academic year, OCS facilitates an array of career development workshops on topics. Within the topics there are various workshops to assist you in selecting a major or career path as well as obtaining a full/part-time job or internship.

~Resume/Cover Letter Preperation
~Interviewing Tips and Strategies
~Effective Networking
~Dressing for Success
~Resolving Conflict in the Workplace
~Effective Communication in the Workplace
~Preparing for Graduate School Admissions
~Negotiating Salaries
~Job Search Strategies for full/part-time, internship or cooperative education experiences

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