Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Using Career Services After You Graduate!

By Brittany Moore, senior business marketing and broadcast news major at CU-Boulder

CU Boulder’s Career Services is unique among career centers across the nation because its services are available even after you graduate. Our office is always open to alumni, allowing them access to all services including career counseling, free job fairs and other networking events, continuous access to Career Services Online (CSO) job postings, and much more!

Career Counseling
Career Services welcomes all alumni to visit the office for counseling as they begin or continue their professional careers. One of the counselors at CU’s Career Services office is Lea Alvarado, who works specifically with alumni to help them address concerns after college.  She works with Forever Buffs, the Alumi Association's initiative to engage alumni. Lea develops career programs, events, and one-on-one counseling specifically for alumni both locally and across the country.  Alumni are allowed two free career counseling sessions. There is a $30 fee for each additional session, for up to four sessions. Alumni are allowed a total of six sessions per year.  For more information on alumni career counseling please contact Lea Alvarado.

Career fairs and other events
Every week Career Services hosts a variety of events catered towards students and alumni.  Some events held include: job fairs, networking nights, employer coffee or lunch events, workshops, and more!  All of these events aid in helping students and alumni transition to professional world, building professional skills and networking opportunities. 

The All Colorado Alumni Career Fair is coming up on June 12, from 2-5pm at the Marriott Denver Tech Center. Registration is open on CSO, so register today!

To see the list of additional events, such as the Alumni Assessment Series and the Nuance of Networking workshop, click here.

Support through social media outlets
There are a variety of ways to find support after you graduate. Career Services and their social media outlets are just a few of those support systems. Check out these additional ways to stay connected after you graduate.

The University of Colorado Alumni LinkedIn group is a great way to join your fellow buffs and make connections worldwide! See the additional social channels, including chapters here.

Engage with Forever Buffs on Facebook ,Twitter, YouTube and pin them on Pinterest.

CSO is a unique online service that provides information on Career Services, events, on campus interviews, an employer directory, and an exclusive job listing database specifically for CU students and alumni.   The employer directory consists of in depth information about all the companies and employers Career Services has ever worked with (that’s a lot!).  This resource gives you easier access to current information about relevant companies you may be interested in.  In addition, CSO lists over 1200 jobs catered specifically to CU-Boulder students and alumni. There are new job postings added every day and we encourage you to constantly be checking the site!

Other Services
- Mock interviews
- Resume critique and workshops
- Professional social media tips, critiques, and workshops
For more information about Career Services you can visit our website and additional alumni information. Call to make an appointment with Lea or any of the other counselors, and visit our office!

Career Services Office: C4C N352
Phone: 303-492-6541
Hours: 8am-7pm Monday-Thursday & 8am-5pm Friday
Summer Hours: 7:30am-4:30pm Monday-Friday