The Office of Career Services at University Park has developed a comprehensive guide for career planning after graduation. Sections include resume writing, searching for a job or internship, correspondence, interviewing, job offers and acceptances, and applying to graduate or professional school. Selected career related websites are referenced throughout the book.
University Park Career Services
Career Services Online Workshops
Career Services has developed three comprehensive online workshops available through ANGEL. It is recommended that students attend the workshops held on campus, but the online workshops serve as an excellent resource for students with limited schedule availability. The workshops include professional resume writing, effective job search strategies, and interviewing skills. NOTE: You must be enrolled as a Penn State student to access these workshops.
Penn State Undergraduate Degree Programs Bulletin
The Undergraduate Degree Programs Bulletin contains a listing of Associate Degree and Baccalaureate Programs by Academic College and Campus. This bulletin also contains course descriptions, minor programs, general education information, and additional resources.
Interview Stream is a self-paced online interview practice tool that allows you to build and customize an interview based on your major or area of interest. The system also has best-practice videos from experts.
CareerBeam is a comprehensive, 24/7, user-friendly program that helps you determine what you want in your career and offers the steps to achieve it. It is a self-paced process to help you clarify your career goals, develop a professional resume and cover letter, prepare for interviews, develop a network, and implement a strategic career search. CareerBeam helps you tap into the hidden market of jobs and internship by providing access to information on over 60 million companies and hundreds of industry segments.
LionLink is a professional networking program for Penn State students and alumni offered through a partnership between the Penn State Alumni Association and the Division of Student Affairs. Access LionLink through Nittany Lion Career Network
MAJOR & CAREER EXPLORATION
MyPlan is a comprehensive career planning tool. It is beneficial for students who are undecided in major or students who want to explore major specific career opportunities.
DUS Navigator 101
This is an educational planning program for first-year students developed by Penn State's Division of Undergraduate Studies. DUS Navigator 101 consists of a series of lessons and assignments that will help you clarify your interests, consider your abilities, and explore academic opportunities so you can develop a well-informed educational plan. These lessons will also help you access your academic progress and become knowledgeable about academic policies and procedures.
DUS Major Decisions
Major Decisions was created by the Division of Undergraduate Studies to assist you in the decision making process and to help you get the information you'll need to choose a major that is right for you.
Candid Career & Penn State Alumni Network
This resource was developed in collaboration with the Penn State Alumni Association. It is a resource to help students and alumni learn about hundreds of different career opportunities. It consists of videos of Penn State alumni sharing career experiences and advice.
Wetfeet Career Resources Library
The Wetfeet Career Resources Library contains career articles, employer videos, salary scales, and independently researched guides that cover all facets of career exploration and job searching. This resource has been used by millions of job seekers all over the world and has been made available to you absolutely free thanks to a generous grant from Ernst & Young and Merrill Lynch. There are over 50+ annually and independently researched guides with career information covering information including:
- 21 Industry Guides
- 14 Company Guides
- Career Management Guides (internships, interviewing, salary negotiation, and more)
- 6 case interview guides
Stop by Career Services to obtain the Username and Password to have access to the Insider Guides.
Vault Online Career Library
The Vault Online Career Library is brought to you by the Schreyer Business Library and is accessible to all current undergraduates through the Universities Libraries A-Z list. With over 90 thoroughly researched and updated industry, career, and employer guides you can find information on almost any career including:
- Occupational profiles on everything from Accountant to Veterinarian
- Internship database searchable by location, industry, and compensation
- Gold employer information where real employees talk about their workplaces
- Salary Information
Visit the University Libraries homepage to get started. Click on the "Databases by Title (A-Z)" link and select Vault Online Career Library.
Occupational Outlook Handbook
Occupational Outlook Handbook, developed by the U.S. Department of Labor, is a nationally recognized source of career information containing thousands of occupations. Detailed information is given about occupations related to significant points, nature of the work, working conditions, employment, training, job outlook, earning, related occupations and sources of additional information. The website allows you to locate occupations through its A-Z index.
This is a comprehensive website that offers FREE college, career, and job search information.
The O*NET system serves as the nation's primary source of occupational information, providing comprehensive information on key attributes and characteristics of workers and occupations. The database is continually updated by surveying a broad range of workers from each occupation. Information from this database forms the heart of O*NET OnLine, an interactive application for exploring and searching occupations. The database also provides the basis for our Career Exploration Tools, a set of valuable assessment instruments for workers and students looking to find or change careers.
The Riley Guide
The Riley Guide introduces you to the online job search, listing many websites and services that are useful for your job search. It is a comprehensive Internet guide with explanations about each website profiled.
Jobpostings Magazine and Online Network