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Center for Career Opportunities
(for Academic Year 2003-04)

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The Purdue University Center for Career Opportunities (CCO) will provide effective employment support and outstanding career development services that positively influence life-long career transitions among Purdue University students and graduates. The Center will be globally recognized as a leader among career centers.


  • From July 2003 through April 2004, the estimated number of student contacts with the Center for Career Opportunities through group seminars, interviews with prospective employers, individual appointments and events hosted by the CCO is 33,382. In addition, a total of 7,411,750 hits on the www.cco.purdue.edu Web site were recorded from July 2003 to February 2004.

  • Indicative of the continued economic uncertainty and its impact on the job market for new graduates, the number of employer interviews hosted by the Center for Career Opportunities held steady from 11,271 in 2002-2003 to 11,278 in 2003-2004. The number of employer organizations interviewing at the CCO rose over 20% from 451 to 545 organizations. Each organization is counted once even if the organization made several interview visits. As compared to recent years, the companies have fewer positions to offer and have become more selective in their hiring process. This is reflected in the drop in average number of interviews per visiting company from 25 in 2002-2003 to 20.7 in 2003-2004.

  • The Center for Career Opportunities received the NACE 2004 Excellence Award in the category of Educational Programming-College for its "Navigating College Career Services: New Employer Development Deliverables" entry. The Navigating College Career Services in Indiana publication was created and designed by CCO staff members to effectively promote colleges and universities to prospective employers that have not historically sourced candidates through college and university career services offices in Indiana. This is the second prestigious national award in three years that the Center for Career Opportunities has received.

  • To better address the employment needs of students in a weak labor market and to anticipate projected second quarter hiring activities in the late Spring, the CCO hosted its first "Just-in-time" Job Fair in late April. Additionally, the Summer Camp and Recreation Job Fair was hosted for the first time by the CCO to provide students an opportunity to connect with prospective summer employers.

  • Among the new outreach programs offered by the CCO were those addressing specific student populations including graduate students and International students. In collaboration with International Students and Scholars, the CCO hosted two "International student employment in the US" sessions—one for advisors and the other targeting International students.

Economic Student Interaction with the CCO
Student Interaction with the CCO
Impact of Recession on Campus Interviewing
Impact of Recession on Campus Interviewing

Source: Center for Career Opportunities


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