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CU Advance

CU's Career Pathway Project

Hey Aggie, your CU education provides you with a solid foundation to pursue your career goals. In today’s competitive job market, consider adding an industry tour, job shadowing opportunity or internship, and apply your education in a real-world context before you graduate. CU Advance provides all CU students access to our Career Pathway Project and our “learn to earn” goals, connecting students to an established network of employers, opportunities, and resources that will help advance your career. CU Advance will guide students through specific career preparation stages by connecting them to an established network of employers, opportunities and resources prior to graduation.

Career Awareness

Be sure to take classes in your major and connect with students who have similar career goals. Undecided what to major in? Set up an appointment with the Student Enrichment Center (SEC) to take a career assessment or learn about different careers.

Pro-tip: Visit with your SEC or faculty advisor to discuss career recommendations and take advantage of opportunities to connect with career professionals who visit campus.

Career Understanding

CU offers industry tours and job shadowing through each academic department and the SEC.

Pro-tip: Sign up for an off-campus career experience!

Career Knowledge

Students who meet departmental standards should plan to incorporate an internship within their junior or senior year. Research projects are also offered in most degree programs and present students with opportunities to develop additional skills beyond the classroom.

Pro-tip: Internships and student research really set job seekers apart from their competition.

Career Readiness

Learning from your internship or research project, it’s time to get your resume together and hone your interviewing skills. Many organizations start hiring several months in advance, so it is never too early to send out resumes. Plan to visit with the SEC's Work-based Learning Experiences Coordinator and take advantage of our on-campus career fairs.

Pro-tip: Whether you are looking to begin your career or start a graduate program, networking is the key.

Here is what you need to know

  • CU offers career connections – The professional and educational development of our students is one of our core values. CU Advance can be seen all over campus. Career education begins in our classes and is also offered through the Student Enrichment Center and the Workforce Readiness program.
  • Job Shadowing provides students with essential career information – Seeing the workplace is eye-opening. Gaining a greater understanding about a career field or a work place can help you confirm your educational goals. In this case Seeing = Believing that you are in the best career field for you.
  • Internships are important - An internship is more than gaining experience or listing something on your resume. It allows you to put what you have learned into action and connect with other professionals in your desired field.
  • Internships can be for credit or non-credit –Gaining professional connections is the key. If you want an internship for credit, check out your department’s Beyond the Classroom tab to learn about your degree plans internship requirements.
  • Internships may be paid – Many internships offer students an opportunity to be paid while they are learning. It is up to the employer to decide if the intern will be paid. Your faculty advisor can help you learn of possible work sites that pay interns. 

To learn more and start your individual career pathway via CU Advance, contact the Student Enrichment Center at 580-581-5908.