As students we give thousands and thousands of dollars every year to CU Denver. In return we get professors, classrooms, a campus, and many other things that all add to our education. It is this education that will be used to help us get jobs, which will help us live happy, fulfilled lives. However, UCD’s Career Center sucks and does very little to help students.
For all we learn at school, we are never really taught how to get the job we train for, which is no easy task.
According to USA Today 47 percent of college grads from last year found work, but the Center for College Affordability and Productivity reports that half of those jobs don’t require a college degree.
This is a scary prospect. The Career Center should be the place students turn for help and career advisors should giving one-on-one support.
However, while completing the mandatory registration on the Career Center website, students must manually enter all information, including: academic year, GPA, and expected date of graduation. UCD owes its students some interdepartmental communication.
After this information is finally entered and a student is registered, he or she will get several emails about resume editing sessions and job fairs for business students. However, it’s damn near impossible to meet with a career advisor, let alone get any real help with job placement, which is what students really need.
While the website has plenty of job hunting tips, resume building essays, and other bullshit that can be found anywhere online, there is nothing that students can actually do. There is no job board; the only things offered are links to outside sites like Monster and CareerBuilder.
Additionally, under the Career Assessment page the website states, “Never rely on an assessment test to determine your future career path,” and then goes on to list the assessment tests that the Career Center uses. It is almost as if no one actually gives a fuck about our lives after graduation.
The saddest thing about the website: The Career Center doesn’t even have its location listed.
One of several student fees that every student pays every semester is the Student Services fee, which includes UCD’s Career Center and costs $8.73 per credit hour, which can easily add up to over a hundred dollars a semester.
With over 14,000 students paying this fee the Career Center should have enough money to make it rain good jobs. It’s scary to not know where this money is going.
Successful students look good. If a UCD student gets into a PhD program at Harvard, it will look good for the university. If a UCD student gets a job as a CFO for a Fortune 500 company, it will look great for the university.
It is about damn time the Career Center gets its shit together. As students we need resume help, we need job boards, but we also need career advisors who can meet with us, help us know where to look for the jobs we are interested in, and who can set us up with interviews.
As we step into the working world we need a little bit of help knowing what to do. We are paying hand and foot for the Career Center’s services. The least it can do is post the location of its office.