The goal of Career Development Center is to encourage each student to take personal responsibility to utilize the center’s services to develop his or her career planning skills from freshman through senior year and beyond. Additionally, we teach students skills necessary to accomplish successful career searches and career progression. We are dedicated to meeting student’s needs and are open to individualizing services. Career Development Center is a comprehensive unit that assists students in a variety of ways throughout their college career and after graduation. Career Counselors are available to provide counseling and assistance regarding career development to students, and alumni, in accordance with the University’s mission imperative of a caring environment. Career counseling is available on a scheduled appointment basis.
Below is a list of services we offer:
Career Counseling is individual professional assistance in developing and exploring your academic and career options. Through self-assessment and working with a counselor, you can determine your interests, values, personality, skills, and expectations, and how they align with different careers.
Job Search Assistance
Let our Career Counselors help you to develop effective job searching strategies. Learn how to use, social media, networking, as well as personal and professional contacts to uncover the hidden job market. Understand how to best utilize the internet to discover job opportunities and how to get noticed in your job search.
Employer Contacts Referral
Career Counselors and Employer Relations Coordinator can provide students with contact information of recruiters if they believe that the students would be an excellent fit for the referred organization and an outstanding candidate for the job opportunity.
Resume/Cover Letter Assistance
The Career Development Center staff assists students as they develop a professional resume and appropriate cover letters. We encourage students to begin working on these important documents during their first year at Barry so that they are well prepared when they begin to seek internships or full-time positions.
Our annual Career Guide outlines the information that should be included in a cover letter and resume. Students can pick up their copy of the Career Guide in our office, Landon 205. Our Resume/Cover Letter Resources page also includes guidelines, samples, and an interactive presentation about resume and cover letter writing.
An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent. - National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)
Students may search and apply for available internships through Handshake. In order to explore additional internship opportunities, students may also make an appointment with their career counselor through Handshake or by calling the Career Development Center at 305-899-4010.
Graduate/Professional School Information
The Career Development Center is available to assist students and alumni with graduate school decisions and preparations, including finding the right program, application advice, information about entrance exams, personal statement review, and interviewing preparation.
Professional Dining Etiquette
The Career Development Center is available to teach students and alumni the correct etiquette to use during business and formal luncheons and dinners. The skills learned during this presentation will provide students and alumni the confidence to eat within a formal or business environment. To request a presentation, please contact the Career Development Center.
Presentations & Workshops
The Career Development Center regularly delivers presentations and workshops to classes, student organizations, and during campus events. Possible topics could include (but are not limited to): career assessment, resume, cover letter, networking, graduate school, interviewing, dining etiquette and job search. To request a presentation or workshop, please contact the Career Development Center.
The Career Development Center offers two online assessments that assist students in making decisions regarding career choices. The Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and the Strong Interest Inventory can assist in clarifying appropriate career paths. These assessment tools are offered to students and alumni free of charge and can be interpreted in an individual appointment or to student groups, whole classes or clubs/organizations.
Students often wonder how taking a career assessment can help. When individuals want assistance in choosing a major or career, the Strong Interest Inventory provides a summary of basic interest scales, descriptions of personal work style and a list of specific occupations that might interest the student. The Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) provides a summary of results, including the effects of preference on career choice with the 50 most popular and 25 least popular occupations for the reported type.
The Strong Interest Inventory is designed to help students learn about their interests and how they compare to people who enjoy working in a variety of occupations. Discovering one’s interests and how they match with others who are already in specific career fields may assist in defining a successful career path, selecting classes or campus activities, or choosing a major.
The Myers Briggs Type Indicator can assist in determining a student’s strengths and preferences for work environment. It is important to understand where one’s preferences lie in order to search for an occupation that best fits a certain personality type. Career Counselors are available to interpret the results of this assessment. Additionally, student groups and organizations find the MBTI to be a useful tool in assisting the group to work together as a team and appreciate the differences in each member.
Interview Preparation/Mock Interviews
Career Development Center works with students preparing for job or internship interviews. Students are able to set up a time to work with a counselor who can help them become familiar and more comfortable with the essential elements of an interview. We encourage students to schedule a mock interview prior to their first interview. During mock interviews, a counselor will ask questions related to the student’s resume and experience. Upon completion of the question and answer period, the counselor will offer feedback on how the student can improve upon any weaknesses shown during the interview.
Furthermore, Career Development Center offers workshops on the interviewing process that assist students in learning more about the do's and don'ts of an interview. Workshops can be scheduled for specific classes or student organizations.
Please visit our Interview Resources page for information on preparing for interviews.