Our hope for every Carnegie Mellon student is that when they leave CMU they will be able to successfully and independently navigate their career path. We strive to educate students on how best to present themselves in everything from their online presence, to cover letters and resumes, job interviews, and more. We do this in a variety of ways. We offer individual career counseling, with career consultants assigned by college (College of Engineering, College of Fine Arts, etc.). Students may schedule a meeting with their career consultant by logging into TartanTRAK, our online system. TartanTRAK is also where students can view our upcoming events, see which employers are holding information sessions on campus, connect with recruiters, apply for jobs (including student employment), and sign up for interviews.
Students can meet with their career consultant to go over anything from the basics—how to write a cover letter and a resume—to discussing what career options interest them, or to engaging in a practice interview (among many other things). In addition to our career consultants we have 14 Career Peer Mentors (CPMs). CPMs are students that work in the Career and Professional Development Center (CPDC), and have been trained on how to help freshmen and sophomores with some of the CPDC’s services. They also run a variety of career workshops. CPMs are available in our office for drop-in resume reviews, and they conduct workshops on a regular basis in the residence halls. They are also available to provide workshops on specific subjects that can be requested by campus groups (e.g., by Greek organizations, clubs, etc.) We see almost all majors, with the exception of Tepper MBA students, Heinz college students, Ebiz having their own career centers or career counselors. [. Maybe: “We see almost all majors, with the exception of Tepper MBA students, Heinz college students, and Ebiz, entities which have their own career centers or career counselors. Is there a group called Ebiz? E&TIM or ETC maybe???]
We encourage students to visit with their career counselor regularly. We don’t want students to wait until senior year to come visit! The more we get to know each individual, the better assistance we can provide. We hope that students take advantage of as many of the CPDC’s resources as possible, which will assist tremendously as they progress along each step of their career path.