Career Services offers a wide variety of resources to the Wildcat Community, grouped primarily into three umbrella topics. Click on them below to access websites, services, sample documents and more, all to assist you on your path to success.
Make sure to check out the CWU Career Guide! This free workbook includes helpful worksheets and tips on everything from choosing your major to resumes and cover letters. Download the guide now.
Professional Development Resources
As Career Services' core mission centers on the academic and professional success of our students, much, if not everything, we do is related to professional development. Resources and opportunities available to you through our office are listed below. Please see our full list of services offered and email our department if you have any questions.
- Career Counselors assist students with choosing their major, leading to future career options.
- Career Services' events offer opportunities to network with recruiters and learn about job and internship opportunities.
- Our workshops help in the development of crucial skills for professional success.
- The Professional Clothing Closet offers free interview-appropriate clothing (donated and mostly secondhand) to CWU students who are in need of professional clothing.
- CWU has over 200 majors, minors, and certificates, which can make choosing a major difficult. What Can I Do with a Major In...? is a great resource that connects CWU academic programs with potential career paths.
Job & Internship Search Resources
Many of our services and resources fall under the umbrella of job and internship search. Our staff assist students in job searching techniques, resume and cover letter writing, interviewing, and more.
- Resume & Cover Letters: Resume and cover letter writing is a necessary skill to develop when applying for jobs or internships. Our staff can offer feedback on your documents and offer workshops each quarter aimed at improving these skills.
- Interviewing Resources: Interviewing is a skill to develop, like any other. One method of development is mock interviewing. Make an appointment to practice interviewing with one of our career counselors or use the the mock interview software in the Wildcat Career Network.
- The Wildcat Career Network (WCN): The Wildcat Career Network is an online job board and much more. Hosted online by our technology partner, Symplicity, WCN is a free service and resource for all CWU students, alumni, faculty, and staff.
- All job postings are reviewed by our staff; however, suspicious postings do occasionally make it through. If you have concerns about a job posting in the Wildcat Career Network, please email our office with details.
- Current Students: Click on “Wildcat Career Network” under the Applications menu on your MyCWU dashboard
- All other users: Please use the Alumni Login and register for a new account if you do not already have one.
- Career Connect Washington: Search career exploration, preparation, and on-the-job opportunities on Career Connect Washington directory, a free, statewide resource for job searching.
Graduate School Resources
Considering grad school? People pursue graduate studies for a variety of reasons: To deepen their knowledge in a subject they are passionate about; as a requirement for a future career in an academic environment or a profession such as medicine or law; or as the means for a career change, especially if someone’s prior education is different than their intended career. For most people, pursuing graduate school is due to a combination of reasons.
It is not necessary to apply to graduate school immediately following an undergraduate degree. In fact, many graduate programs prefer that applicants have some “real world” work experience before they begin graduate studies. For many, a break from school will allow you to reassess your goals and aspirations, as well as consider the limitations of your time and energy that graduate school can pose. However, for science and math majors, enrolling immediately after an undergraduate degree may help you get a jump on your research.
Graduate school is different than undergraduate in that it gives you an opportunity to really focus in on a subject area with others who are also passionate about your field. It is an intense experience and generally includes research and more in-depth study than undergraduate coursework.
For more specific questions about grad school, it can be helpful to talk to faculty who work in your chosen subject area. We also suggest you work with the CWU Writing Center to make sure your application materials are in good order. Career Services counselors are also available to help you with your deliberations about applying to graduate school, or to review your applications. Be sure to check the Career Services workshop calendar to see if they will be hosting any workshops on preparing for graduate school.
Here is some information that may help you with your applications.
- Timetable for applying
- Grad School FAQs
- How to Write a Curriculum Vitae
- CV Example
- Cover Letters
Are you career-ready?
CWU Career Services support students to meet the NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) core career readiness competencies. Areas of competency include: career and self development, communication, critical thinking, equity and inclusion, leadership, professionalism, teamwork, and technology.
Students, alumni, and staff are encouraged to utilize Career Services' workshops, events, and individual appointments to achieve growth in these areas.
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