• Center for Career Development

    Destination. Preparation.

    The mission of the Center for Career Development is to prepare students for career attainment, career advancement, and community involvement while effectively meeting the challenges of today’s workplace as enlightened citizens.

    Welcome to the University of Charleston Center for Career Development (CCD)! The CCD provides assistance and resources to students and alumni in all aspects of career preparation. We serve as the link between our students and employers. We also help to connect members of the community to the university in a variety of ways. The CCD hosts a number of events and programs for students and maintains several software tools to help students and alumni in all phases of career development. For more information, select one of the options under the Center for Career Development menu to the left.

    The CCD, in conjunction with UC faculty members, has developed a Professional Preparation model designed to help students with the transition from the classroom to the workplace.  The activities, tools and programs of the CCD compliment the model and expose students to the following six components:

    • Applied Learning- Applied learning encompasses situations where students can apply classroom knowledge in real-world settings.  This includes internships, employment opportunities, job shadowing, and academic capstone projects performed in partnership with local employers. 
    • Mentorship- Many students at UC are paired with mentors from the professional and academic communities.  The CCD encourages mentoring and supports the students and faculty members by providing referrals to potential mentors.
    • Certifications- Industry-specific certifications can enhance graduates’ employability by demonstrating specialized knowledge and skills.  It is also commonplace in many industries to obtain certifications above and beyond a college degree.  The CCD provides resources and information to aid students who are interested in pursuing certifications across a wide variety of industries.
    • Leadership and Networking- Networking and leadership skills are indispensable in today’s workforce.  The CCD hosts several events to give students the opportunity to build their professional networks.  There are also a number of student organizations, athletic teams, student government, fraternities, and sororities where students can practice their leadership skills.
    • Exploration and Development- Through the CCD, students can take personality and career assessments and receive personal career coaching to help them discover career paths in which they can excel.  The CCD also provides resume-building tools, mock interview software, and a job posting site for the benefit of students and alumni.
    • Innovation- The University of Charleston is a leader in innovation and entrepreneurial thinking. Students can hone their innovative skills at the Russell and Martha Wehrle Innovation Center or participate in the I-3 Innovation Showcase, held every April at UC.

    Join our Center for Career Development Facebook page and get all the latest news about CCD events, workshops, and career opportunities. If you have questions about career services offered to UC Alumni, please contact Travis Kahle, Director for Center for Career Development at laurenkahle@ucwv.edu.