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Career Education and Leadership Development Center

Location: Tompkins Hall, Suite 301   |   Phone: (334) 727-8146


Mission

The primary mission of the Career Education and Leadership Development Center (Career Center) is to facilitate the professional and personal aspirations of students for internship, cooperative education, full-time employment or admission to graduate/professional schools. The Center is responsible for teaching students self assessment and career planning skills. It provides students on-the-job learning experiences and assistance in securing full-time career employment. The Center also aids employers and graduate/professional school faculty in developing human resources for full-time career opportunities. We sponsor Career Fairs, Co-op and Summer Internships, Employer Seminars, Resume Writing and Interview Workshops, and other relevant programs.
   

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Whether you are looking for a co-op position, an internship at home or abroad, a summer job, part-time work, or a full-time job after graduation, you have to do some job searching.

Sometimes you might feel that you are retrieving too much information. A lot of information to sift through will bog you down. So, before you get to that point,  it would be helpful to refine your search strategy. Here are some guidelines:

  • Start early. Don't wait until the day after graduation to start looking for employment
  • Decide what type of position you are seeking
  • Use resources geared towards college students or graduate students
  • Get assistance from your campus career center
  • Focus your search on a particular geographic location or region that you would like to live in
     

When choosing a career, you need to do your research. Look at job market trends. Seek advice from your academic advisor or your mentor. Consider several career fields, in case you need to switch at a later date. Your curiosity can be a good guide into choosing a career, or get you on the right path to your chosen career.

Sometimes you have to step out of your comfort zone. Gain more experience through various co-op opportunities or internships to see if that is the career choice for you. Here are some tips:

  • Focus on what you want to do
  • Develop a career plan
  • Assess your skills and interests
  • Get information from a variety of sources before making your choice 
  • Then, find a career that's right for you

A cover letter (sometimes optional) is usually submitted along with a Resume'. Its purpose is to introduce you to a prospective employer. Use it to summarize your professional background, knowledge and skills. But, be careful. A bad cover letter could get your Resume' thrown into the waste paper basket before it even gets looked at. So, be sure that your cover letter peaks the employer's interest, so they will want to read your Resume'. That's why it is imperative that you learn to write an effective cover letter.

A well-written Resume is also necessary to convince the employer that you would be a valuable addition to their company.

  • Choose a design that's not offensive
  • Organize the content so it's easy to look at
  • Use bullets or short action verbs where possible
  • Too many colors are distracting
  • Don't forget to list your certifications and skills
Interviewing Skills      Internships      Working Abroad
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The TU Career Center sponsors career fairs and career-related events on campus. Some companies or agencies even come on campus during the year to interview our students. The Career Center offers interviewing clinics and Resume' writing workshops to help prepare students for these events.    

Don't be a "No-Show" for an interview.  If something urgent comes up, try your best to cancel BEFORE your appointment time. Call your Career Center for assistance.

  • Dress appropriately, just as for a job interview
  • Shake hands and make eye-to-eye contact when meeting the interviewer
  • Research the company before your interview to be knowledgeable about their products or services
  • Try to imagine yourself as an employee of that company, explain what an asset you would be
     

There are many programs that offer internship opportunities for academic credit. Some internships can help you decide your career choice and job locations. Allow the Tuskegee University Career Center to help you locate internships, find out how long the program is, and whether it is a good fit for you and your college course load.

Remember, it takes time to process your paperwork, so get it submitted early. Here are some helpful resources:

If you are considering an International Career, then consider what that actually means. It could mean a job that requires you to travel globally, or working for an international company within the United States, or working abroad in a foreign country. Ask yourself the following questions to help guide your decision:

  • What contributing factors are enticing me to work abroad?
  • What do I hope to accomplish by working abroad?
  • Which is more important to me: the salary, the location, or the experience?

Be sure to get your Passport, Visa, work permits or any necessary vaccinations or paperwork done several months ahead of time.

Contact the Tuskegee University Global Office (TUGO) for assistance with international jobs or study abroad opportunities.

Career Resources

Networking Sources

On-Campus Recruitment

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Early preparation is the key to making a good career choice. Here are a few career resources to help students prepare for their chosen career:

Networking sources are available to connect students with exciting career opportunities, and employers are able to select from a pool of talented students.

You can also contact the Tuskegee Alumni Club of the area you are moving to for assistance in getting you settled.

The Career Center sponsors the Annual Career Fair on campus in which many companies, agencies, and organizations participate to recruit from our pool of talented students. Students are notified through eblasts, social media, flyers, and other means of communication.

We appreciate the support of those companies or individuals who help sponsor campus events and support the TU Career Center and our students. Take a look at our impressive list on on-campus recruitment employers:


      

CONTACT US

Tuskegee University
Career Education and Leadership Development Center

Tompkins Hall, room 301
1200 W. Montgomery Rd.
Tuskegee, AL 36088
Phone: (334) 727-8146
Fax: (334) 727-8258

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