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For more information or to speak to a Career Services professional, please contact us at careerplanning@desu.edu or call (302) 857-6120. We are available Monday through Friday from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.

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Welcome to the Student Services page.  As a student, it is important that you understand that you are not only here at DSU to be educated academically, but that you are also here to begin a career.  Yes, your career begins the day you set foot on campus. Career Services is here to help you navigate your career by offering a variety of services and resources to make your experience and subsequent career the best it can be.  Please take a few moments to browse this page and learn about the options that will help you in this endeavor. Career Exploration and Assessments Career Coaching Student Employment Professional Dress Career Fairs  Cooperative Education Federal Jobs Job Search and Career Services Systems On-Campus Recruiting Professional Development Career Coaching Many students enter college with questions about how to explore and select a major. Even those who have declared their major often face a dilemma when they need to find a career direction. Our Career Coaches are here to help you navigate your way through this important decision-making process and test your career choices. Your career is too important to approach haphazardly. Stop by the office or call (302) 857-6120 to make an appointment today.   back to top   Student Employment  The Student Employment Office (SEO), located in Career Services (MLK 3rd floor Suite 333) was created to provide a “one stop resource” for DSU students. The office is dedicated to helping students locate jobs on campus as well as local off campus jobs and ensuring that students maximize the value of their employment experiences. For more information about student employment and to search for jobs. back to top Professional Dress Professional dress is the most conservative type of business wear.  It’s what you’ll be expected to wear for an interview, no matter what industry you are interviewing for, and in a professional work environment. Professional dress for women would include a business suit or pants suit, or dress and jacket.  For men, it means a business suit or a blazer, dress pants and a tie. Delaware State University has many programs and events that require professional dress to participate such as the College of Business and Freshman Forums, Career Fairs, and conferences to name a few. See a slideshow of appropriate attire and if you need additional coaching, come by our office for assistance.   back to top Career Fairs Career Fairs are designed for students to meet with employers or graduate school admissions counselors to apply for actual internships, cooperative education, full-time or part-time jobs, graduate school, and volunteer opportunities. Students can explore career options, conduct employer information interviews, or apply for positions. It’s also an opportunity for employers to share career options within their organizations with you. This interaction prepares you to be marketable, exceed employer expectations and to efficiently transition from the classroom to the formal occupational setting. This event is held once during the fall semester and once during the spring semester and is open to all majors and all academic levels (freshmen through graduate students). Professional dress is required.  See a slideshow of what appropriate attire and learn how to prepare for and work a career fair.    NEXT CAREER FAIR: Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 10:30am - 3:00pm - MLK Student Center Parlors   A list of recruiters will be as the event draws near and will be sent to your DESU email.     back to top   Internships & Cooperative Education Internships are a wonderful way for students to explore career options and gain career experience. Internships can be located through a variety of ways including networking with departmental faculty, applying through organizational websites, career fairs and by visiting our NACElink website on our webpage.   Cooperative Education (Co-op) is no longer managed by Career Services. Each department now manages its own cooperative education program.  Please stop by your departments main office for details.   back to top   Federal Jobs Federal jobs can provide great opportunities with good benefits packages, strong job security and opportunities to transfer to other jobs within the federal system. Below are some articles on finding and getting a position with the federal government. Why a Federal Job Is a Terrific Deal Where to Find Your Job in the Federal Government 15 Tips for Acing Federal Job Applications back to top   Job Search and Career Services Systems Career Services invites students to use the computerized career information software for career planning activities, off campus job search/ employer listings, skill inventorying and career exploration. NACElink is a great place to start your search. A comprehensive list of links to recruiting websites can be found at Career Services On-line Resources.   back to top   On-Campus Recruiting The on-campus recruitment program is one of the most significant ways in which organizations are exposed to Delaware State University students. Interviews may be scheduled on-campus for internships, cooperative education, full-time employment, military, or graduate school recruitment needs.   On-campus recruitment begins October 1st and ends on April 30th each academic year. Interview dates and times will be posted on the events calendar in NACElink. Log on to view employer profiles, job descriptions, job vacancies, post your resume, and/or sign up for on-campus interviews. Sign in with the initial password hornets, build your own profile and begin exploring career options that best fit your goals!      back to top    Professional Development Professional development is deciding what type of job you want, determining the skill level and behavior needed to perform the essential tasks, learning to work in a team environment, and discovering and planning ways to get those skills. Professional development also includes lifelong learning and reinvesting in marketable skills to keep you employable. You become an entrepreneur of your own future! Click here to learn more about establishing marketable talent and increasing your net worth!    back to top   
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Staff

Dr. Bill Means
Director, Career Services
 
Daneisha Allen
Career Coach, Career Services
 
Malika Williams
Student Employment Coordinator

 

Meet the Staff

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Dr. Bill H. Means Director Dr. Means has over 20 years experience in the career development field. His experience has included positions at Johnson C. Smith University, Livingstone College, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, INROADS/Charlotte, Inc, Queens University of Charlotte and The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Dr. Means has earned a BS in Psychology from Tennessee State University, a MA in Adult/Higher Education from North Carolina A&T State University and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. His memberships have included, 100 Black Men of Greater Charlotte, Alpha Phi Alpha, Inc., NASPA and NACE. He is a former board member of the YMCA of Greater Charlotte.He hails from Charlotte, North Carolina and has one son, Burton Means.   Daneisha Allen, MS Career Coach   Daneisha Allen is currently the Career Coach at Delaware State University. She has over 10 years of experience working within the fields of Social Services and Education. Daneisha is passionate about working with youth and young adults and is committed to creating opportunities for social and academic growth & development. She is committed to student success and retention through active engagement and empowerment. Daneisha holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Relations from Cheyney University as well as a Master of Science in the Administration of Human Services from Wilmington University.  She is currently pursuing a Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and Administration from Liberty University.    

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Director's Message

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Dear Students, Faculty/Staff and Employers: It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Office of Career Services. Our mission is provide career education, professional development services, and career related events designed to assist students and alumni to enter and sustain careers in a global job market. To that end, we provide a host of programs/services to help students discover their skills and career passions. In addition, we help students acquire requisite skills to compete in the marketplace through seminars, networking events, class presentations, courses and co-curricular activities such as campus employment, internships and cooperative education. I especially extend my appreciation to our employers. Students at Delaware State University are some the the best and the brightest, representing diverse majors from our colleges of Agriculture & Related Sciences; Education, Health and Public Policy; Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology; Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences; Business, and; School of Graduate Studies. Please “Hire a Hornet “ at your organization! Two of our major career fairs will take place on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at and Thursday, March 26, 2015. Please visit our website for more information. If you would like to post an internship or career opportunity with our office, please use our NACElink services on this site. Please contact our office any time to talk to one of our staff members. We recommend calling to make an appointment between 8:30-4:30. Walk-ins are welcomed. We are located in the MLK Student Center, Suite 333 and can be reached at (302) 857-6120 or careerplanning@desu.edu.     Warm Regards,   Dr. Bill H. Means Director, Career Services    

Career Services Online Resources

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Preparing for and searching for a career can be quite an undertaking.  To make it easier, we've put together an array of online resources to help you streamline this process.  In addition, we have categorized the sites to simplify your research.  Resume and Career Choice Resources Great Sample Resumes : A leading resource for professional sample resumes online! Also offers a wide variety of career tools for entry level job seekers. Simply Hired - The world’s largest job search engine. View tutorial videos for online job searching and networking, employment trend reports and our New Graduate Search filter, which searches for jobs specifically looking for new graduates. Internships Internships.com :  Search internship opportunities from thousands of employers across the country.  Not sure about which career path to take? You can take an internship predictor to help you evaluate your professional preferences. The Washington Center : Opportunities to work and learn in Washington, D.C. for academic credit Disney College Program : Paid Internship programs for Disneyland and Walt Disney World Internship Programs :  The Internship Search Engine Thurgood Marshall : Connecting HBCU students with major corporations Urbanemploy.com : National network of thousands of jobs and internships available in urban centers Green Jobs Green Job Spider : The green job search engine Greenjobs : Employment in renewable energy worldwide GreenBiz.com : Sustainability professional and green-collar job Green Jobs Network : Jobs that focus on environmental and social responsibility Green Dream Jobs : The leading green jobs service Guide to Career Education : The best green job boards, green career ideas, tips on the green job search, and companies that are committed to the environment State of Delaware & Local Job-Hunting Sites Delaware Department of Labor : Job Listings Delaware Job Network : Local employers and job opportunities Delaware Jobs.com : Job Listings Delaware State Personnel Office : Job Listings HelpWanted.com : The premier service with thousands of current job listings in Delaware Delaware Occupational & Labor Market Information Healthcare/Nursing Career Job-hunting Sites Onward Healthcare : Travel Nursing for New Graduates Health-Care-Jobs.advanceweb.com : Advance Nursing Careers State and Local Government Jobs GovtJob.net : Job Openings USAcitylink : Offers information on travel, tourism, and relocation Federal Government Jobs FirstGov : Your First Click to the US Government GovSpot.com : US government, state government, Congress, government jobs & more US Navy : Employment opportunities with the Navy - A Global Force for Good CPT/OPT Job-hunting sites Sports Industry Job-hunting sites TheFieldJobs.com : The premier online portal for jobs in the sports, fitness, and recreation industries National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) : NCAA Jobs and Employment Opportunities Sports Employment Inc : Best site for sports employment and sports industry job fairs Sports Jobs (Teamwork Online) : Online recruiting system for sports, live events, and professional networking Hospitality and Travel Job-hunting sites Travel_Hospitality_Jobs.com : Job opportunities for people in the profession of Travel-Hospitality jobs HotelJobs.com : Hotel jobs and Hospitality careers Media-Entertainment Job-hunting sites Media-Entertainment Jobs. com: Media & communications jobs National Job-hunting sites Care.com: Free resource for students to help find part-time work as a babysitter, nanny, tutor or other caregiver employment opportunity Careerjet : Careerjet is an employment search engine for the USA that allows you to search a growing selection of jobs listed on company sites as well as jobsites in one go saving you the trouble of having to go to each site individually. CareerJournal.com : The premier executive career site from The Wall Street Journal College Central : Job Search Resources and Employer Services College Grad Job Hunter : Entry Level Jobs for College Students and Recent Graduates Careermag.com : Job Search careerbuilder.com : Over 400,000 jobs and the right one for you CareerOverview.com : Career and Job Search Resources Computerjobshelp.com : Job hunting tips, resources, and career information Degree.com : CareerPlacement.cc EmploymentGuide.com : Job Search EmploymentSpot.com : Job search, careers, jobs, employment, resumes & more GOOD WORKS : A national directory of social change organizations (social service jobs) HBCU-Careers : Historically Black Colleges and Universities on-line career resource center HelpWanted.com: The premier service with thousands of current job listings nationally  HireNet : Posts to over 4100 job posting sites Job-less.com : Job listings from major job boards, newspapers, associations and company career pages Jobnet.com : Philadelphia's Career Site Jobpostings.net : America's Student Job Site Operations_Jobs.com : Manufacturing Jobs Philly.com : "The Region's Home Page" PhillyCareers.com : Philadelphia Careers National Urban League : Employment Network Recruiters Online Network : Resumes, job bank, recruiting resources snagajob.com : #1 Source for Hourly Employment The Black Collegian Online : Career Site for Students and Professionals of Color TownieJobs : Local job resources TrueCareers.com : Get paid what you're worth Urban Employ: View and apply to career-enhancing internship and job opportunities in metropolitan regions Virtual Career Network : The State of Delaware 's One-Stop employment and training integrated service delivery system General Online Job-Hunting Advice 1st Steps in the Hunt : Daily News For Job Hunters and Recruiters 1st Resume Store & Resume Writing Services : Resume resource center Bureau of Labor Statistics : US Dept. of Labor's Employment Projections/p> CareerLab : 200 FREE Cover Letters for Job Hunters Computer Jobs Help : Job hunting tips, resources, and career information Job-Hunt.Org : The Jobs and Job Search Super-List Job Resource Center : Chemistry Job Openings Resume Postings : by Acorn Career Counseling and Resume Writing Salary.com : a top-tier provider of Web-based human capital management products The Riley Guide : Employment Opportunities and Job Resources on the Internet Company Profiles BrainTrack Career Guide : In-depth career profiles as well as degree and wage statistics for over 300 occupations that commonly require college or university education Glass Door : A free inside look at jobs and companies. Find jobs and see company salaries, reviews, and interviews – all posted anonymously by employees Job.com : Gear for your Career! Vault : The insider career network Disability Services GettingHired.com : Careers & Community for People with Disabilities Grad School / Financial Aid Delaware State University Scholarship Information College Connection Scholarships FastWeb : Free Scholarship and College Searches Plus Financial Aid Tools and More! FinAid! : The SmartStudent Guide to Financial Aid FAFSA : Free Application for Federal Student Aid MASFAA.ORG : The Massachusetts Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators Executive Alumni Jobs CareerJournal.com : The premier executive career site from The Wall Street Journal ExecuNet : Providing the Jobs, the Knowledge and the Networking Connections for executives at $100K+ The Ladders : The largest executive job board specializing in jobs that pay over $100,000 annually

Graduate Study

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  Frequently Asked Questions What is graduate study? Graduate and professional schools focus on specialized areas of knowledge. Many graduate programs include some forms of research, an internship, and/or a formal written research paper such as a thesis or dissertation. A student may choose different levels of graduate study leading to the master's degree, doctorate degree, or a professional degree. Why should I pursue a graduate degree? Making the decision to pursue a graduate education requires some self assessment and some research. You must make an honest evaluation of your academic strengths and your professional interests. A graduate degree can determine the level of responsibility you may be given by your employer and influence your salary. There are also some professions that require advanced degrees (i.e. law, medicine, engineering, etc.). Ask yourself if you need a graduate degree to enter your chosen profession. If you don't know, then you should research that information using resources available in the Career Services Office. How do I choose a graduate school? First you must decide the type of degree you are seeking. You can then identify resources in the Career Services Office that have descriptive information about graduate programs. In addition you can click here to review the most current Graduate School Guide online.  There is some basic information that you should seek: program offerings, location, size, campus environment, and student population. Some students are concerned about the academic reputation of the school. The university's reputation is based on research facilities, the prestige of the faculty, and the graduates. To find out about rankings of graduate schools, consult the GOURMAN REPORT available in the Career Services Office. Admission requirements: Admissions requirements for graduate study may involve a number of factors including: grade point average, tests scores, research and writing experiences, letters of recommendation, and the quality of the personal statement. The usual graduate school application includes an application which must be completed with accuracy and clarity. Most often a fee is required. Some institutions may waive the fee if you can demonstrate financial need. The grade point average is one indicator of academic success. Generally, graduate schools are seeking candidates with at least a 3.0 G.P.A. on a 4.0 scale. A lower grade point average may require you to provide an explanation of unusual circumstances that affected your grades. Transcripts should be obtained from the Records Office. Most institutions require a specific score on a standardized test. Tests include the Graduate Records Examination or an appropriate test such as the LSAT (Law), GMAT (Business), MCAT (Medicine), DAT(Dentistry). Make sure you understand which test is required. Plan to take these tests early enough to meet the institutions application deadlines. The Career Services Office has printed, video and computerized study resources to help you prepare for these tests or you can use the resource listed below. Test Preparation Center for the GRE, SAT, GMAT, LSAT and MCAT exams Letters of Recommendation from faculty members from your undergraduate institution can be very beneficial as they support your ability to be successful in advanced academic study. Make sure you ask faculty members who know you well and can provide a detailed assessment of your strengths and interests. They should mention each activity in which he or she has evaluated your work. Provide him or her with copy of your personal statement or resume. The Career Services Office will maintain copies of your letters of recommendation in your Educational Credential file and will send a complete set to graduate schools to which you apply. The Personal Statement is important because it give the graduate school admission committee an idea of your career plan and how it pertains to that graduate program. Also writing this statement can help you to clarify your goals. This personal statement should include your reasons for applying, your area of interests, your academic and research accomplishments and your career goals. The admissions committee is looking at your motivations, your writing style, and those specific experiences that are indicators of success. Financial Aid Financial Aid information from the institution will be part of your application packet. You will have to apply separately for loans. Financial aid money is limited so it is important you adhere to deadlines. Types of aid include fellowships or assistantships. These types of aid are tied into merit and full-time enrollment at the institution. Some institutions award a certain number of years of financial support to highly qualified students. Visit the Career Services Office to identify other financial aid sources. Where do I get information about graduate study? Visit the Career Services Office Ask your academic advisor who may be familiar graduate programs Research graduate school catalogues in the Library Attend graduate education conferences and recruitment fairs Write or visit the school to inquire about admission requirements Search the Internet Graduate/Professional School Web Sites JobWeb - Graduate and Professional Schools Peterson's - Graduate Schools and Programs FastWeb - Free Scholarship and College Searches Plus Financial Aid Tools and More FinAid! - The SmartStudent Guide to Financial Aid CollegeScholarships.com - College Connection Scholarships FAFSA - Free Application for Federal Student Aid  

NACElink

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  Career Services welcomes the opportunity to assist you in your job search and connect you to employers of choice. NACElink™ is an extension of our services that allows you opportunities to network and manage your career pre- and post-graduation. We are excited about the many capabilities that this new system offers our students and alumni. NACElink™ is an on-line employment service that helps you navigate through the maze of job searches, post your resume, and highlight your credentials. You can: Access jobs and internship opportunities posted online specifically for DSU students and alumni Access jobs on NACElink Network’s Job Central, a database comprised of thousands of jobs and internship opportunities across the country See which companies are recruiting on campus and schedule campus interviews Access federal career opportunity links Upload your resume to be included in resume books for employers Access quick links that enable you to create a resume as well as perform career assessment, labor market research, and exploration activities Access a full calendar of events as well as see announcements regarding upcoming events, opportunities, and scholarships Review upcoming Career Fair information Join the professional network to connect with professionals in your industry Schedule appointments with a Career Coach And so much more………….. To access the system, go to https://desu-csm.symplicity.com/students/ or click on the link below. Once on the NACElink™ page, click the register button.  Enter your email address for the username and enter hornets for the password. (Once you set up your account you can change your password). If you are having trouble logging onto the site, or you have any questions that you cannot work through, please send an email to careerplanning@desu.edu. DSU NACELink Privacy Policy.

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