Academic and Career Planning Center

What Employers Want

Candidate Skills and Qualities

Employers rate the importance of candidate skills/qualities:

5-point scale: 1=Not important; 2=Not very important; 3=Somewhat important; 4=Very important; and 5=Extremely important

New Student Orientation

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New Student Orientation (NSO)

New Student Orientation is a half-day program for you and your family members. It will familiarize you, as a first-year incoming student, with the opportunities, resources, and services available at Penn State. Our advisers will help you with your educational planning for your first semester.

Gaining Experience

Gaining experience is one of the best ways for you to learn whether or not a field or career may be of interest to you. It can also be a way for you to develop skills that would be applicable across a number of fields. Consider some of the strategies below for developing these skills:

Graduate School Links

Gradschools.com: Search from over 60,000 graduate programs by subject, school, or geographical area.

Online Master's Programs: Here you'll find everything you need to identify a reputable program.

Peterson's Educational Center: Search for graduate programs, get test prep assistance, and more.

Explore Majors and Careers

Did you know that there are approximately 20,000 job titles in our society? Many people choose career paths based on very limited knowledge regarding just a few of the career opportunities available to them. There are many ways to learn more about possible careers. Listed below are a few suggestions:

Exploring Majors

 

Students who aren't sure about their majors often want to make a decision as quickly as possible. But making a decision that's this important shouldn't be rushed—you can't take shortcuts if you want to make a well-informed decision. A one-on-one session with a counselor in the ACPC as well as a discussion with you adviser is recommended. The below resources can help you begin the process before your advising appointment.

Student On-Campus Interviewing Policies

The Academic and Career Planning Center’s (ACPC) on-campus interviewing program offers students the opportunity to interview for internships and full-time positions with a variety of employers from business, industry, and government. On-Campus Interviewing (OCI) is primarily a pre-select system, where employers select candidates from among the students who request interviews with them. The procedures for requesting and scheduling OCI interviews using the Nittany Lion Career Network (NLCN) (formerly Nittany Lion Recruiting NLR) system are described in a separate section.

Choosing a Graduate School

 

If you've made the decision to attend graduate school, the next step is deciding where.

Make a List of Schools

Hopefully, you have selected a program of study and have some career goals in mind. The next thing to do is to create a list of schools that offer the type of program that you want.

Resources to consult:

Email Job Listings

Alumni can add their names to our email distribution lists to receive job announcements and other important information as we receive it. If you would like to be included on these lists, send your email address to recruitbehrend@psu.edu. PLEASE NOTE: Lists are NOT organized by major, due to the volume of alumni requests we receive.