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TROY Career Services employs virtual efforts to help students plan, prepare for their futures

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Published: Apr. 21, 2020 at 1:48 PM CDT
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Troy University’s Office of Career Services has a message for TROY students – the current situation brought on by COVID-19 coronavirus doesn’t keep them from planning or preparing for their futures.

Career Services is continuing to help students seek internship and employment opportunities by offering their services virtually.

“Career Services continues to offer all services virtually and is still an important part of the Troy student’s experience, even from home,” said Lauren Cole, Coordinator of Career Services. “This is a great time to build your network and explore internship and job possibilities virtually. Students should be sending their resumes to as many professionals as possible during this time and asking them to forward it along to others in their network. Just because you can’t meet face to face, email, phone and virtual calls are perfect ways to connect with potential employers.”

Career Services is employing several tools to help in this process, including “Big Interview,” a program that enables students to hone their interview skills from home.

“Big Interview is a really convenient program for students to practice their interview skills from home and email it to anyone, including Career Services, for review and feedback,” Cole said. “Faculty can also contact Career Services for information on how to set Big Interview up in their canvas class and review the videos for a grade.”

Handshake, TROY’s internship and job search database, is an excellent resource for students, Cole said.

“All students already have an account and can access Handshake by using their Trojan Pass credentials,” she said. “We are also offering virtual job search sessions to assist students who are looking for internships and jobs. Those students wishing to have their resume reviewed may also email troycareer@troy.edu. “

Career Services also provides virtual career counseling sessions for those underclassmen who are looking for the right major or minor to prepare them for the future.

While COVID-19 coronavirus caused the cancellation of several of Career Services’ spring events, Cole said the office has turned its sights to hosting virtual events, such as the Careers in Diplomacy job information sessions with the U.S. Department of State that was held this week.

Other virtual events that are in the planning stages include a hiring session with Chick-Fil-A Montgomery and a joint effort between the Sun Belt Conference and Conference USA to present a Virtual Career Fair in late May.

Cole encourages students to learn more about these and other upcoming events through the Career Services website or through the office’s social media platforms.

“We’re very active on social media, especially Instagram and that is a great place for students and any stakeholder in general to follow us,” she said.

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