Salt Lake Community College recently held a Job/Career and Major Fair where students had the opportunity to view career options firsthand and learn what options there are out in the working world.
For those that were unable to attend, students can still seek out career help through SLCC’s Career and Student Employment Services Center (CSESC) to look more at the other services that the college offers.
“One of the things that [CSESC] would like to highlight is that we’re more involved now in providing career services,” says Jack Hesleph, director of the CSESC.
“We are involved in helping the students understand how to transition into the world of work.”
The center offers many services including career exploration and development assistance, career workshops, resume and cover letter assistance and even self-marketing with social media.
“Unfortunately a lot of students don’t take advantage of [the services available] because they are here to just take classes,” says Hesleph. “But Salt Lake Community College offers so much more than that.
A student needs to look at all of the services available that will not only help them in getting the grade, but prepare themselves to go out in the work world and compete successfully.”
Students can also take advantage of CO-OP and Internship opportunities. These allow students to earn college credit while working in the field of their major.
“Students need to become aware of the fact that in most of the Associate of Applied Science Degree programs, there is a CO-OP or internship available,” says Hesleph. “Of course internships are so valuable in helping students learn what the real world of work is like. It helps them build their resume and portfolio for future employment.”
Students can gain experience in their field of work in a more personal way.
“My internship gave me a lot of valuable exposure to the way that my field works in a professional setting,” says Kyle Flanders, recent gerontology graduate from Weber State University.
“I was able to work in an environment that I would be working in after I graduated.”
The Career and Student Employment Services has offices at many of SLCC’s campuses including Taylorsville Redwood, South City, Jordan, Miller, Highland and Meadowbrook Campuses.
Students are encouraged to come in and make an appointment.
“We also have a website where we have more information about our services,” says Hesleph.
“It has videos and outlines our services for students that can’t come in and visit us or feel that they’re too busy.”