Some may say that mistakes are inevitable, especially for college students. The University of Portland Career Center aims to eliminate these mistakes by offering professional resources to students, such as help with résumés and cover letters, advice for interviewing and networking, as well as general career counseling to help students consider all their options.
The Career Center also has resources available for students online through its website, its , and through its new career portal, . This new program, which launched in May, replaced College Central Network.
Getting started on Handshake is easy for students because every student already has an account. Students activate their accounts by accessing Handshake via the Career Center . They will be prompted to enter their username and password, just like if they are signing into Moodle.
“It’s super easy to use,” said Danielle Desalvo. A psychology major, Desalvo has worked at the Career Center as a student associate for over a year. She’s using Handshake to lock down an internship for her senior capstone project next semester. She thinks that Handshake functions well for her generation and makes career opportunities easily accessible.
“It’s nice the way they have it laid out. You can see what dates (a potential employer) wants you (for employment). That’s really nice for internships for people who just have a semester,” Desalvo said.
The Handshake web page is divided into four different categories: the “For You” tab lists trending jobs and internships catered to the student based on their majors and interests. The “Jobs” tab allows students to search through job postings and apply filters to find their best fit. The “Events” page lists upcoming events like job fairs and career seminars relevant to UP students.
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