As the National Month for Career Development is underway, the Lasell Center for Career Development is taking an initiative to help students in their prospective career paths.
The Center for Career Development, located above Valentine Dining Hall, is a resource available to students Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Jessica Orlando, Assistant Director of the Center for Career Readiness and Internships, said that she encourages students to utilize the center.
“If students are looking for a part-time job, if they’re looking for full-time [jobs] or internship opportunities, we’re happy to walk them through that process,” Orlando said.
Orlando said that it is a common myth that the Career Center only focuses on resume and cover letter building, though their resources go far beyond that.
In addition to helping students find internship and job opportunities, they also assist in preparing students for interviews, breaking down potential career paths within different majors, and guiding students who haven’t yet discovered their interest of study.
One of the tools Orlando said is often helpful in the Center for Career Development is called the “Focus 2 Assessment” which is a test which helps students gauge their interests and find potential fields of study that best suit them.
Orlando said that Handshake has also been a common tool used to help students find internships and job opportunities.
The platform, which Orlando said hosts over 800,000 employers searching for college students and alumni, is a platform where each Lasell student has an account they can activate.
“It’s really a wonderful resource that we’re happy to be able to provide for Lasell students,” Orlando said.
Orlando said that the goal of the center is to help students feel “confident” in their career readiness, and that she hopes students will come and take advantage of the resources that are available to them.
“We really encourage first-year students to come check in, even if it’s just to say hello or see our space just to kind of get familiar with us and who we are,” Orlando said.
Throughout their time, Orlando said she loves getting to know students and watching them grow.
“I love working with students early in their college careers so that we can kind of build rapport, and I get to know them so I can be as helpful as possible over the course of their time here at Lasell,” Orlando said.
Along with first years and students in their undergraduate program, Orlando said the center is also always “happy to help” graduate students and even Lasell alumni.
In addition to wanting to be a part of their success network, Orlando said she also wants students to keep in touch after their time at Lasell.
“I really love seeing students progress from their first year through their senior year,” Orlando said. “If a student gets an internship, let me know. I love to hear that, that’s so exciting and that sort of really keeps me going in my job too.”