Career Center's New Career Express Service

The USF Career Center now offers the Career Express Service, a new drop-by career planning and job search coaching service launched in January 2011.

 

Students can drop by the USF Career Center, sign-in on a first-come, first-served basis and meet with a counselor for a career planning or job search coaching session. Students can come back as many times as they want. The service is available Monday - Thursday from 9 a.m. - noon and 1 - 4 p.m.

 

Pre-med major Amanda Stevens needed help sorting out her career goals, so she decided to try the new service.

 

“This is my first time using Career Express and it’s been a good experience for me," said Stevens. "Trying to figure things out has been so overwhelming, but Ms. Boettcher asked me some questions and helped me develop a plan."

 

Kaylee Streety, a mass communication also stopped by for job search assistance.

 

"This is my second Career Express session and I’ll be coming back because I was pleased with the level of service I received," said Streety. "The hope is I will get a job and not have to come back for help on this, but I will use their other services. I didn’t know a lot of these things before.”

 

Stevens and Streety are not alone. Here are some quotes from other students who have used the new service:

 

“Walk-in, sign-in and see a counselor. Couldn’t be any easier!"

 

”I never know my work schedule from week to week so I can’t commit to an appointment. Career Express made it possible for me to meet with a career counselor when I know I’m free. Please continue this service."

 

“I love being able to just stop by and not have to wait for an appointment."

 

Dan Van Hoose, assistant director of the Career Development Team, further explains the appeal.

 

“Due to classes, studying, work, student clubs, leadership activities and other commitments, students have limited time,” says Van Hoose. “Career Express responds to student’s busy schedules, while still providing quality one-on-one sessions when it’s convenient.”

 

According to Van Hoose, student response has been overwhelmingly positive, with 98 percent of those who have used the service indicating the quality of service they received was good to excellent on the Career Express evaluation.

 

Career Express has also helped leverage the limited number of career counselors that are available to deliver individual career planning and job search coaching sessions for students.

 

“With only seven career counselors, it’s a challenge to meet the demands of a campus this size,” said Drema Howard, director of the Career Center. "However, Career Express has provided a means for our counselors to  provide individual  career planning and job coaching sessions to more students in a shorter period of time, thus leveraging  our service delivery and engaging students more quickly."

 

Career Express is another example of the Career Center’s efforts to foster student success and engage students in the career development process.

 

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