Here at Penn State, we have a lot of professional development opportunities students get to take advantage of! If you are worried about going into the workplace or the interview process we have people to help. We have a variety of different resources for students to utilize to their advantage. Penn State is #1 school in the country among recruiters from leading companies, nonprofits and government agencies, according to a survey by The Wall Street Journal. It is definitely important to think about the professional development opportunities schools offer in order to think about your life after college. Here are some different resources a student can get involved in to expand his or her professional network:
Career Services in the Bank of America Building is where any Penn State student can go to get advice on how to get to your career goal! Penn State Career Services is available to assist any student in any academic major. There are consulting hours where a student can get their resume reviewed before a career fair or interview. They can tell you how to build your resume and how to construct the perfect cover letter. If you don’t know exactly what you want to do yet, they can give you guidance!
If you’re a business student and you are nervous about the interview process then take BA 297A. It is a class where you can get real interview practice and participate in a mock career fair. You get to write cover letters and get them reviewed by a professional. My favorite part of the class was the Etiquette Dinner on what and what not to do in an interview dinner.
Penn State hosts one of the largest Career Fairs in the BJC twice a year! Even if you are a freshmen I recommend you go and practice your networking skills. This will give you face to face time with a company and get interviewing experiencing. You never what can come out of a conversation, it may just lead to a potential internship!
Professional development clubs are available to every academic college! I am in the Penn State Marketing Association where I am able to participate in real world marketing experiences outside of the classroom. I am able to implement what I learned in class to my projects in PSMA. I am on the Executive Board as Brand Strategist and there are so many leadership opportunities for any member. As a member of PSMA I have participated in case competitions, hosted events and got numerous opportunities to network with companies
Here is a short video featuring PSMA and why it is important to network>> Marketing Your Future