Career Development Center ready to help

by Alexa Sussman

   It is the downfall of every college student, the moment when you think about your future and think "what am I going to do with my life after I graduate?" Luckily, the Career Development Center (CDC) is here to help you answer that question. As stated in its Mission Statement, the CDC  "is committed to assisting students from college to career." It is a center that is dedicated to preparing students for life after graduation. "We offer programs and resources to help students every step of the career development process," says Director Theresa Accardi.

    The goal of these resources is to bring awareness to the students about the many options they have. The center offers one-on-one counseling to help with all aspects of career development, from choosing a major to preparing for graduate school or finding employment. Also offered is an online career assessment, FOCUS 2, which helps the student to find his/her strengths, interests, and options. On the Career Development Center's website, a wide range of resources are available to the student, including Lion's Lair. This is exclusive to Molloy Students, and is a "one stop shop" for career development by allowing you to upload your resume and update your profile, allowing Molloy to better help you. E-mails can be targeted to you depending on your major, and employers can be contacted based on your resume and job interests. "The opportunities are virtually endless," Accardi comments in regards to Lion's Lair.

   The newest way that Career Development strives to get connected and stay connected is through the recently developed Career Ambassador program. Accardi describes the program as "a cohort of student leaders committed to making an impact." These students will be helping out with workshops, programs, and on-campus activities in order to help their fellow Lions see all that Career Development has to offer.

   "We're not just sitting in our office," Accardi says, excited for the hands-on events taking place this year, "we want to get out there." Getting the information out there is the first step in utilizing the various tools Career Development has to offer. It is important to realize that career development is a process, and starts the second you decide your major. Although each semester may seem to drag, college as a whole flies by quickly, so it is never too early to start making your plan. But thanks to the Career Development Center, you don't have to make this plan on your own.