Welcome to the Center for Career Development

The Center For
Career Development
Our Mission
The mission of the Center for Career Development (CCD)
is to empower Davidson students to assess and achieve
their post-graduate goals.
We can help you…
• Explore career paths through assessing your
personality, interests, skills and values
• Prepare for life after Davidson by learning how to
connect with alumni and employers
• Experience the world of work through career
programming, job shadowing, and informational
• Succeed through securing internships, post-Davidson
positions or educational pursuits
Meet the Staff
Nathan Elton
Jamie Johnson
Jeff Kniple
Associate Director for
Career Development
Associate Director for
Employer Relations
Ashley Neff
Julie Lucas
Brenda Harvey
Assistant Director for
Office Manager
Recruiting Coordinator
Career Development Ambassadors
Alexa King
Alina Gomez
Ashley Parker
Valerie Slade
Minisha Lohani
May Henderson
Social Media Intern
Career Development Ambassadors
(CDAs) can:
• Assist you with critiquing your resume
• Help you practice your interviewing skills by
conducting a mock interview
• Present to student groups on campus about
programs and services in the CCD, resume
writing, how to network with alumni, and other
career-related topics
• Answer questions about services and programs
offered through the CCD
Our Location
Our office is located on the 2nd floor of the Student Union,
across from the post office boxes
Requirements for Davidson 101
You will take a required quiz at the end of this
presentation, so watch closely.
The following assignments need to be done in order to
meet your Davidson 101 requirement:
1. Complete your profile in WildcatLink, by 11/30/13
2. Complete two assessments in CareerBeam,
by 11/30/13
3. Watch this presentation and complete the quiz at the
end, by 11/30/13
4. Create your Davidson resume, by 3/1/14
We’ll remind you what the Davidson 101 requirements
are with this Wildcat
symbol throughout the
How We Can Assist You
appointments with
Career Advisors
Walk In Hours
Resume Writing
Alenda Links
Job Shadowing
5. Mock Interviews
6. “What Can I Do
With a Major In…”
Individual Appointments
With a Career Advisor
Call 704-894-2132 or stop by the office on the 2nd floor of
(Room 201) the Alvarez Student Union to set up an
General appointments are typically 30 minutes long;
mock interview and career assessment appointments are
usually up to 60 minutes
During your appointment you can:
• Discuss how to write your resume or a cover letter
• Learn how to write a networking email
• Search for an internship
• Discuss anything career-related with a career advisor
“I'd recommend that freshmen meet
with the Center for Career
Development early to learn about the
career opportunities that are out there.
Even if you don't know what you want
to do after graduation right now,
having an idea of the possibilities can
help you figure it out as your time at
Davidson progresses.”
Jay Lanners ’11
Walk In Hours
Walk In Hours are held Monday – Friday from
1:30pm – 3:30pm. No appointment is needed
Students are seen on a first-come, first-serve
basis for 10-15 minutes
Stop by to have your resume critiqued (bring a
hard copy), or to learn about the resources
available to help you explore majors, review
internships, how to set up your WildcatLink
profile, Alenda Links or LinkedIn account, or
discuss other career-related topics
“Talking to a career adviser in the
CCD greatly benefitted me. I learned
about the resources that were
available to me and how to effectively
go about planning my career. The
process was so easy and the
advisers are always eager to help
you in any way possible.”
Olivia Brown ’13
Resume Writing
As part of the CCD Davidson 101 requirement, you will
create your Davidson resume and have it critiqued by a
Career Advisor or CDA
Click here to find examples of Davidson Resumes to use
as guides when creating your own resume
You will use your resume to:
• Complete this Davidson 101 requirement
• Apply for on- or off-campus jobs
• Join student organizations
• Apply for research positions, fellowships, or grants
• Apply for internships
“The Center for Career
Development is a fantastic
jumping-off point for getting
in touch with alumni as you decide
what you would like
to pursue in a professional career.”
Baker Shogry ’12
WildcatLink is the online system used to post
internships and job shadowing opportunities
targeted to Davidson students
This is also how we will notify you about special
events on campus, such as employer panels and
information sessions
You are required to complete your profile in
WildcatLink. This is another one of the
requirements for D101.
“I would suggest that First Years
make an appointment for a one-onone meeting to see what they can
be doing over the next three years
to get the most out of their
Davidson experience.”
Alanna Ford ’11
University of Edinburgh Business School
CareerBeam is an online, user-friendly program that helps
you evaluate your interests and clarify your career goals
You can also develop your resume and practice your
interview skills, all at your own pace
CareerBeam contains 15 assessments/exercises that
combine to produce your personalized Career Profile report
You are required to log in and complete two of the
assessments in CareerBeam as part of CCD Davidson 101.
(More on that, later.)
Alenda Links
Alenda Links is Davidson’s database containing contact
information of alumni for networking purposes
Alumni help you with tips and suggestions for searching
for internships and full-time jobs
You can search for alumni connections based on
geographical areas, occupational areas, employer names,
job titles, graduate school programs, and other fields
*You’re required to go through steps outlined online on
the CCD’s website before gaining access to Alenda Links.
More information can be found here:
Required steps for Alenda Links
LinkedIn is similar to other social networking sites
online. It is a directory of professionals and companies,
and is a valuable professional networking tool.
There are over 10,000 Davidson alumni and
students using LinkedIn. In addition to networking
contacts, you will find thousands of internships and jobs
for students and recent graduates posted in LinkedIn.
Although not a part of your Davidson 101 requirement,
you will find information on setting up your LinkedIn
“profile” helpful in seeking future internships and jobs.
“My alumni contact passed along
my resume and advocated for me
during the hiring process. That's
how I landed an amazing internship
opportunity, which led to my getting
hired in my current job.”
Iris Leung ’12
The CCD can assist you with identifying and finding
There are two databases that list over 10,000 internships
which you can use to search for internships in all career
fields, local, national and international geographic
• NIC (Nationwide Internships Consortium)
• LACN (Liberal Arts Career Network)
Both NIC and LACN are accessed through the WildcatLink
A Career Advisor can help you get started with your
internship search
Job Shadowing
Job Shadowing opportunities are offered over winter
break through alumni and parent volunteers
This is an opportunity to explore career options
firsthand and learn more about a profession by seeing
it “up close and personal”
It is also a chance to reflect on the ways your liberal
arts education can prepare you for life after Davidson
This year students can begin applying in late October,
with shadowing beginning in mid December
“I wasn't sure if I wanted to go
straight to graduate school or work
for a of couple years. The Career
Development Office was there with
advice and helped me sort through
my options. I’m happy to report that
I'm in my second year of this job
and will be attending MBA school in
fall ‘14.”
Nmeli Nnoromele ’12
Davidson Alumni Fellow
Career Assessments
The CCD administers assessments, to help you choose your
major, plan your course of study, and determine your career path
Make an appointment with a Career Advisor to take any of these
• Strong Interest Indicator – Measures career interests
• Myers Briggs Type Indicator – Provides your personality
type; reviewed in relation to career development and planning
• SkillScan – Assesses your transferable skills
You can use your assessment results by applying the information
toward relevant internships and activities to make a career plan
“I enjoyed taking the Myers-Briggs
Personality Type Indicator
assessment, and hearing what my
personality traits are. Taking that
and the Strong Interest Inventory at
the CCD served as an interesting
launching pad to talk about future
Billy Hackenson ’13
Business Analyst
Mock Interviews
A mock interview is a simulation of an actual interview
that helps you practice your interview skills. It’s a great
opportunity to become familiar with interview questions
and interview etiquette
You can practice and receive feedback in a safe and
supportive environment
• Make an appointment through the CCD
• Mock interviews usually last for 60 minutes
CareerBeam also provides an online, self-guided,
program that offers an interview practice module that’s
available for you to use 24/7. You can practice
interviewing at your own pace, in your own space, and be
“What Can I Do With a Major In?...
“What Can I Do With a Major In?”… sheets are available
for all department majors at Davidson
These will help give you an idea of what alumni have
done with majors after graduation, and industries that
hire Davidson graduates
This information is available online through the CCD
website - What to do With This Major?
“The Center for Career
Development helps you get into
the minds of the recruiters so
that you can get into their
Bill King ’12
New York
Davidson 101 Requirements
These are your assignments to complete in order to fulfill
your Davidson 101 requirements:
1. Complete your profile in WildcatLink
Deadline: November 30, 2013
2. Complete TWO of the six assessments (your choice) in
the “Assessing Yourself” section located under the Career
Exploration tab in CareerBeam
Deadline: November 30, 2013
3. Complete “The Quiz” at the end of this PowerPoint
Deadline: November 30, 2013
4. Create your Davidson resume. Have it critiqued by a
Career Advisor or Career Development Ambassador
Deadline: March 1, 2014
More detailed instructions are on the following slides…
WildcatLink: Instructions
Go to davidsoncsm.symplicity.com/students/to access
Enter your Student ID (username) and
password into WildcatLink
To get your password, click “Forgot password;”
your password will be emailed to you
Complete your student profile
Deadline: Complete your WildcatLink
Profile by November 30, 2013
CareerBeam: Instructions
Go to http://bit.ly/14W4KXx to access CareerBeam
on the CCD website
Create your
CareerBeam account
and log in
On CareerBeam’s
home page, click
on the “Career
Exploration” tab
CareerBeam: Instructions
1. On the next page, choose
two of these assessments
to complete from the
“Assessing Yourself” section:
• Where Do I Start?
• Values
• Temperament
• Personality
• Temperament
• Skills and Talent
2. When complete, make sure
to save your results.
Deadline: Complete the two assessments by
November 30, 2013
Your Davidson Resume
Use the Resume Guide to get started, available in the
Center for Career Development, and on the Center for
Career Development webpage
The Resume Guide includes sample resumes to get you
started writing your resume. These were written just for
Davidson students
Once you get a general format created, bring it in to the
Center to have it reviewed by a Career Advisor or Career
Development Ambassador (CDA). CDAs will also be at
various locations on campus throughout the fall/spring
semesters to review resumes
Deadline: Create your Davidson Resume by
March 1, 2014
Click on “The Quiz” to test your knowledge of
the information you just reviewed.
At the end of The Quiz press “Submit” to send
in your answers.
Be sure to include your name, email address
and student ID# so that your answers can be
recorded for D101.
Deadline: Complete the Quiz by
November 30, 2013
This completes your D101 session. For review,
you will have completed your D101
requirements when you have:
1. Complete your profile in WildcatLink - by
2. Complete two of the six assessments in the
Career Exploration/Assessment section of
CareerBeam and notified the CCD at
[email protected] by 11/30/13
3. Complete “The Quiz” - by 11/30/13
4. Create your Davidson resume and have it
critiqued by a Career Advisor or CDA - by
• Stop by or call (704- 894-2132) the
CCD during office hours, Monday-Friday, 8:30
– 5:00 pm with any questions
• You can also email us at [email protected]
It’s a Great Day to be a Wildcat!

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