Coordinator of Career Planning - Rob Brindley (groups)
Exploratory/undecided students are encouraged to visit the Career Research section in the campus Library, open Monday through Friday. Helpful career exploration resources available to students include but are not limited to: videos on negotiating job offers, computers for career searches, and up-to-date reference materials that describe in detail job titles, responsibilities, expectations, college classes required to earn a degree in that field, and five-year employment projections for each professional field.
Career Counseling is available to students on an individual or group basis. The counseling staff assist students by reviewing their interests and personality type. The career counselors can also assist students in selecting a major or identifying career fields that suit their personality-type as well as professional goals. In addition to one-on-one counseling, Career Services provides classroom presentations to first-year experience classes on a variety of topics ranging from "hot" careers to interest inventories.
During a personal career counseling session, students can also take a Self-Directed Search Personality Test, which utilizes the Holland Code to determine their personality-type and ultimately careers best suited for them. Holland Code Testing is done on a group basis as part of instruction in first-year experience classes, however, the self-directed search is more in depth and defines specific career areas in which the student may excel.
Career Fairs are another valuable way Kent State Tuscarawas provides hands-on methods for career exploration. These events include an Engineering Expo during National Engineers Week of February each year, a Business Expo in November, and a Nursing Career Opportunities fair in the spring. During these events, recruiters from business and industry come to the campus in order to discuss employment outlook/opportunities with students. Biannually, the Business, Engineering and Education Roundtable is held on campus. During the program, students are matched according to their major with local business professionals who facilitate small group discussion. Students are then encouraged to explore various employment topics by preparing questions for a panel comprised of business leaders and decision makers from the local community.
Discover is among the more popular programs that Career Resources has to offer. Discover is a very comprehensive, up-to-date educational and career planning program that assists students in pinpointing career options based on their interests, education and career interview data. Students can access Discover 24 hours a day, seven days a week from any personal computer. The program can be specialized for college students, high school students or job seekers in general. Students interested in taking the Discover Interest Inventory should see Rob Brindley for an access password.