April 30, 2004

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Contact: Todd Cohen, University Relations, (785) 864-8858.

KU career counseling center to change name, increase services May 3

LAWRENCE -- University Career and Employment Services at the University of Kansas will be operating under a new name Monday, May 3, as it streamlines services by adding a new unit.

University Career Center (UCC), 110 Burge Union, will include the merged services of UCES and Career Counseling and Planning Services, which was part of Counseling and Psychological Services in Watkins Memorial Health Center at KU. Three professional staff plus support personnel will move from Watkins to space adjacent to 110 Burge.

"We want to offer students a comprehensive career center with career development services all in one place," said David Gaston, director of UCC.

Career counseling provides personalized career counseling and career information to help students decide on a major or a career path or to learn about different occupations. Students may take a variety of career interest inventories and personality assessments, such as the Strong Interest Inventory, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and Focus 2, a computer-based career exploration program.

The career center helps students write resumes, develop interviewing and networking skills, explore career opportunities and develop job search strategies. The center also promotes KU students to potential employers and recruits businesses to visit campus to interview students.

The UCC library has books, tapes and other resources on resume writing, cover letters, interviewing, networking, government careers, conducting a job search and internships, and information about companies, organizations and school districts recruiting candidates at KU.

Vacancy bulletins from other universities and colleges across the country and job listings for specific fields also are compiled for students to view in the UCC offices.

The center also is home to the Peace Corps recruiting office.

Students from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the schools of education, fine arts and social welfare and alumni with a minimum of six credit hours from KU may register with the center to participate in resume referral and on-campus interviews and to interactively search the job listings sent to KU.

The merged offices will continue to collaborate with career services in the schools of business, engineering and journalism to provide a centralized database for job listings and on-campus interviews.

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