Career Fairs are designed for students to meet with employers or graduate school admissions counselors to apply for actual internships, cooperative education, full-time or part-time jobs, graduate school, and volunteer opportunities. Students can explore career options, conduct employer information interviews, or apply for positions. It’s also an opportunity for employers to share career options within their organizations with you. This interaction prepares you to be marketable, exceed employer expectations and to efficiently transition from the classroom to the formal occupational setting. This event is held once during the fall semester and once during the spring semester and is open to all majors and all academic levels (freshmen through graduate students). Professional dress is required.
The Graduate School Forum allows for students to interact with college representatives regarding programs of interest. The graduate school forum is generally held a few days before the actual career/graduate school fair. College recruiters are asked to attend a panel-style forum and answer questions based on students interests.
Internships are great for students to explore career options and gain career experience. Internships rather paid or unpaid may be located through a variety of ways including networking with departmental faculty, applying through websites, career fairs or by joining cookman.joinhandshake.com. Keeping in mind that some internship experiences may be paid or unpaid it is still important to network given the opportunity.
All students required to complete an internship may obtain an application within the Office of Career Services – located in the Ann Taylor Green General Studies Building on the 2nd floor. Applications must be approved by a Career Services office staff and Department Chair of Field Experience Instructor.
Professional Development presentations are essential to success in today’s competitive and global society. Listed below are some of our most popular presentations:
- Dress for Success Fashion Show- Corrective measures for professional dress
- I ‘ve Got the Job: Employability Skills for Graduates (fall & spring)
- Cover Letter and Resume Writing
- The Art of Behavioral Interviews/Mock Interviewing
- What Can I Gain through Focusing? ( Focus 2 Career Demonstration & Presentation)
- Career classroom sessions- Recruiter based sessions
- Career information session-Recruiters and interns providing career information for students on company history, opportunities and policies
- Preparing for the Career Fair
- Following Your Career Path
- Salary Negotiation
- Networking strategies
The Office of Career Services collaborates with local areas by obtaining volunteer projects for students and alumni. These services are available for a variety of different service projects. Students may earn community service hours at the discretion of their instructors. Some of our major volunteer projects include:
- BCU Homecoming Parade
- Community Enrichment Tutorial Program
- Election Poll Volunteers
- Annual Charles Cherry Holiday Festival
- Relay for Life/American Cancer Society
- Zora Neale Hurston Festival/Education Day-Eatonville, Florida
- Star Shelter/Halifax Urban Ministries Feeding Program
- Daytona Beach Mayor’s Affordable Healthcare Project
The Office of Career Services assists students with locating job opportunities within the surrounding areas. Students may feel free to stop by the office to obtain a monthly listing of hiring employers.
Students are encouraged to speak with an office team member where they are able to receive assistance with their resume, mock interview skills, and much more before their initial interview.
Resource tools are available online and in the Office of Career Services. Some of our resources include the following:
- Black Collegian Magazine
- Southern Diversity Schools Job Search Journal
- Office of Career Services Job Listings
- HBCU Career Guide Information
- NACE Publications
- Graduate School Guides
- Kaplan Testing information
- Career Websites
- Focus 2