Career services aims to activate student careers

Matthew Leeper

Washburn University Career Services has always been there to help students prepare for life after graduation. All you have to do is go to Morgan 123 and Career Services will help you search for a job or graduate school or help you prepare for a big interview. Throughout the 2009-10 school year Career Services has been taking a more proactive approach by offering seminars each month covering different themes on career development in a series called “Activate Your Career.”

“The goal of Career Services is to help students develop the tools and resources they need to be successful in their life long career goals,” said James Barraclough of career services.

On Friday the program continued with “Get Your Resume in Gear” in the Shawnee Room at the Memorial Union. The seminar presented students with tips for developing a great resume. Barraclough showed students an online resource available free to Washburn students for up to a year after graduation. The program, Optimal Resume, provides students help with preparing resumes and portfolios and writing cover letters as well as conducting mock interviews via webcam. It can even help students create their own Web site for potential employers to check out.

Tools and tips for building a great resume came at a good time for Washburn students, as the Spring Career Fair is coming up. Feb. 17, it is expected that 90 potential employers will be on hand in Lee Arena from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. offering students a chance to learn about career opportunities in many different fields. A complete list of employers attending is available through the Career Services Web site.

The program has three more seminars this semester; How to Conduct a Job Search (2/26), What Can I Do with a Major in… (3/26) and Social Media & Web 2.0 (4/23). For more information on the programs offered by Career Services stop by the office in Morgan 123 or visit