Tools & Resources
The Center for Career and Professional Development (CCPD) offers a wide array of in-person career services for degree-seeking students to help prepare them for life after Mary Washington. We offer the same services to alumni of the University. The office strives to reinforce to our students and graduates the importance of the ten core competencies and how they will contribute positively to their lives and careers.
Some highlights of what the CCPD provides include:
- Individual as well as group career coaching for all years and all majors
- Pre-law and pre-health coaching
- Two Career and Internship Fairs per year
- Events such as employer information sessions and a monthly open house for students (Sweets in the Suite)
- Weekly drop-in hours staffed by Peer Career Consultants for quick questions or document reviews
Focus-2 is an easy-to-use online career self-assessment system that can help you explore your values, interests, personality, and skills and their relation to possible majors/programs and careers. With access via the web, you can explore career options for all the majors/programs offered at UMW, using self-guided, interactive exercises.
All information can be saved “as you go” for quick and easy retrieval, and all results can be combined in a personal portfolio. You can print out all your results yourself. We also recommend you meet with a career coach to further explain your results and discuss career planning.
Handshake is an online recruiting platform for higher education students and alumni. They partner with universities and employers to streamline and simplify the recruiting process. The employers on Handshake are working directly with universities to recruit students. Weber State University has chosen to partner with Handshake because it is an excellent platform for students to find everything from their first internship to the job that launches them in to their dream career.
The membership on Handshake is made up of over 14 million students and alumni from over 800 universities.
Big Interview is a FREE interview training system that features a new and innovative way to help you prepare more effectively for a job interview. Training and practice are combined to help improve your interview technique and build your confidence. You can access a video curriculum and question library to learn how to craft your answers and then record your responses to review yourself or share with others for feedback.
Forage offers web-based simulations of work assignments for employers across a range of industries. This tool is designed to give students realistic job previews and facilitate access to employers seeking their talent.
Virginia Talent + Opportunity Partnership Courses
The Virginia Talent + Opportunity Partnership (V-TOP) offers courses to help students develop workplace readiness skills and prepare for successful internships. Invest in your professional development by taking their free, online, self-paced courses to get workforce-ready.
My Next Move
My Next Move is a tool designed to help you learn what careers and industries best align with your interests and talents. This site, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, offers informational videos, job descriptions, skill profiles, salary data and economic projections of the demand for jobs.
CareerOneStop Interest Assessment
The Interest Assessment matches your interests to careers. You answer 30 short questions by saying how much interest you have in different activities. Those answers create your Interest Profile. Then you see a list of careers that are good matches for your specific Interest Profile.