As parents and family members, you have the opportunity to play an integral role in your student's career development process. Your student will grow in many ways while at Bowie State University and some of the biggest decisions they will face relate to what they do with their time here and how they will prepare for what comes next. The Career Development Center is here to help your student with all aspects of career planning - from identifying skills, interests and values, and exploring majors and occupations, to gaining real-world experience via internships and preparing for graduate school or the world-of-work. Together we can work to support and advocate for our students.
Take some time to review the information on our website and encourage your student to take advantage of our services.
SERVICES PROVIDED TO STUDENTS
The CDC provides individual career counseling appointments to aid your student in choosing a major, finding an internship, preparing resumes and cover letters, practicing for an interview, job searching, graduate school planning, networking and many more topics.
In addition to our individual counseling appointments, we also encourage self-directed career exploration. We offer an online assessment called SIGI 3 as well as the What Can I Do with This Major? webpage to help students with exploring different career options.
Gain Experience via Internships and Cooperative Education
Internships and Cooperative Education are wonderful ways to gain experience while in college. Employers look favorably on students who have completed at least one internship during their college career. Most employers use their pool of interns to select full-time employees. We offer four internship databases that list opportunities all over the United States and beyond.
Search for Jobs & Internships
The Career Development Center provides employers with an easy way to connect with our students and alumni who are seeking part-time or full-time employment. Bulldogs4Hire, our on-line database is available 24/7 to employers to post positions and for job seekers to search for opportunities. We also provide links to local, national and federal job websites.
Employer Connections & Networking
In addition to the online job search resources, we also bring employers to campus for job fairs, on-campus interviews, information sessions and information tables. Bowie State University also belongs to the Maryland Career Consortium which offers several job fairs throughout the year in which your student can attend.
Practice Interview Program
In this current economic climate, practice interviews are more important than ever. The Practice Interview Program (PIP) is open to all BSU students and alumni. This is an opportunity to do a practice interview with one of our local employer partners.
Why take advantage of this program? Becuase participating in a practice interview allows job seekers to become familiar with comonly-asked questions, practice their intervieiwng skills, and receive fedback about their interviwing style. Understand that intervieiwng is a skill that can be perfected with practice. Preparation can make the difference between getting an offer and getting rejected.
During the academic year, we offer several events to assist students develop their career skills and meet with employers.
Career & Internship Fair
This event is an opportunity for students to meet and network with recruiting employers.
Graduate & Professional School Fair
This event is an opportunity for students to meet with admissions reps from a variety of graduate and professional institutions.
Conducted throughout the year, these presentations range from choosing a major, resume building and job search strategies to effective interviewing, graduate school consideration and finding internships.
Employer Information Sessions
Typically before on-campus interviews, employers conduct presentations covering their organization's profile, career paths, open positions and hiring process.
Recruiting employers post and schedule on campus interviews throughout the year for full-time professional positions, co-ops and internships.
To view a schedule of upcoming events, please see our Calendar.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) Consent to Disclose
A FERPA Primer: The Basics and Beyond and Beyond
Career Planning Course for Parents
Parent's Guide to Carer Development
Parent's Affects on Children's Careers
Interested in hiring a BSU student or alumni? Please visit Bulldogs4Hire to post open positions with your company.
Interested in parcticipating in our Practice Interview Program (PIP), please contact email@example.com.