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Lehigh's Center for Career & Professional Development (CCPD) offers individual career coaching, to help you in your career development journey. No matter where you are along the way - choosing a major, exploring employers within an industry, developing a resume, interviewing for your first position after graduation, preparing for graduate school, or negotiating an offer - our career coaches will assist you with every step!
LEHIGH HAS A STRONG RECORD OF FIRST DESTINATION SUCCESS!
Check out where the Class of 2015 landed after graduation.
The CCPD provides you with information on resume writing, interview preparation, networking, industries, job titles, graduate and professional schools, market trends, employers, salaries and much more. We connect with students in person through walk-ins and appointments, virtually through our website, webinars and Skype. We partner with you to help you develop an individual career action plan and position you to land an internship or full-time position. Students use our LUCIE (Lehigh University Career Information Exchange) database to apply to internships and jobs, register for career events, and apply for on-campus interviews.
Additionally, Lehigh students can connect with Lehigh alumni through our LinkedIn Group. Finally, we understand the career journey continues after graduation and we're here to support you as an alumnus with our Alumni Career Solutions.
PLAN FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
There's no doubt that college can be expensive, and it's only natural to wonder whether a four-year degree is really worth the money. The truth is that some schools with private price tags can indeed pay the greatest returns.
“There are lots of benefits to attending a top school like Lehigh, beyond an excellent academic experience. Those additional benefits include a supportive alumni network and a robust career services office,” said J. Leon Washington, vice provost of admissions and financial aid at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA.
“These benefits pay off, resulting in higher job outcome numbers, successful admissions into the top graduate and professional schools, and higher starting salaries for graduates. In fact, Lehigh was in the top 15 on a list of best values in higher education, according to a study conducted by PayScale for Bloomberg BusinessWeek,” he added. To make sure that you're getting the best return on investment for your tuition dollars, it may pay to keep these tips in mind when conducting your college search:
BRUSH UP ON YOUR STATISTICS. Check how many students graduate in four years and ask for the school's job outcome numbers so you can see their outcomes. How many students get jobs within six months of graduation? What are their average starting salaries?
EVALUATE THE SCHOOL'S CAREER SERVICES. Choose a school that offers support such as career counseling, practice interviews and résumé critiquing. Keep an eye on how many job fairs and networking events the college offers on campus. Take a look at the school's job board and make sure it lists jobs in the industry and region in which you plan to work.
EXPLORE INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES. Seek schools that promote internships as a way to learn outside the classroom. Internships provide valuable professional experience and often lead to job offers.
LOOK FOR A STRONG ALUMNI NETWORK. Successful alumni who are connected to the school can help students and recent graduates. The alumni are often eager to share their advice and experiences, and they may even be more willing to facilitate internships or hire graduates of their own alma mater.
CHECK OUT GRADUATE SCHOOL CHOICES. For some students, education doesn't end with a bachelor's degree. If you're planning to pursue a graduate degree, look at the school's graduate school outcome statistics. Make sure students are going to the type of grad schools that you'd like to attend.
With a little legwork and these tips, you can find a college that offers a degree with great value. College might seem like a big investment, but it's an investment that can pay returns for decades to come.
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