Most, if not all, college students share the same goal. Upon completing their degrees, they want to pursue careers in case not going on to attain even higher levels of education.  Most colleges and universities have a career services office, which may be alternatively called a career center, career placement office, or career office. This office provides a variety of services to help students (and often alumni) meet that goal regardless of the name. Here are some basic ones you can expect from your college's career services office. You may want to make sure yours provides these services in case you are shopping around for a college. Whether you have no idea about what you want to do or are leaning toward a particular occupation, a counselor at the career services office can help you choose a career.  He or she will use self assessment tools to examine your values, personality and abilities and then, based on the results, either suggest some possible options or help you figure out if the career you have in mind is suitable for you. The career counselor will subsequently help you decide what academic major will help you meet your goals.

College career services

You can go to the career services office to learn about various occupations which is something you will have to do when you are trying to decide which one to choose. A counselor will point you toward resources that you can use to gather information that should include a job description, educational and other job requirements, earnings and job outlook. Career services offices usually maintain libraries that contain career-related information. Most maintain websites that direct you to that information online. The career services office should also have a database of alumni who are willing to discuss their careers with current students. Career services offices help students write their resumes and cover letters. They often conduct workshops and provide one-on-one sessions during which they critique resumes and cover letters. Career services offices usually sponsor workshops to help you learn how to present yourself well on a job interview. They sometimes provide mock interviewing sessions where you can practice your skills. Career services offices maintain job listings. They also post part-time job openings for current students. Although that is sometimes handled by a separate department, some also alert to internship opportunities. Career services offices host job fairs during which employers visit the campus to recruit students who are about to graduate. Career services offices sometimes maintain student files containing letters of recommendation from faculty. They can then forward these letters to potential employers and graduate schools upon the student's request. There is often a mailing charge for sending out these letters. Students can access a college's career management system or job portal to look at employment and internship listings, register for workshops and schedule appointments with counselors and on campus recruiters. They can also upload resumes into a searchable database which employers can then use to recruit applicants.