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The Purdue University Center for Career Opportunities
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 2002 through April 2003, 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 was 38,683. In addition,
a total of 8,237,249 hits to the www.cco.purdue.edu
Web site were recorded during the same time period.
Indicative of the continued economic downturn and its profound
impact on the job market for new graduates, the number of employer
interviews hosted by the Center for Career Opportunities dropped
17.4% from 13,642 in 2001-2002 to 11,271 in 2002-2003. The number
of employer organizations interviewing at the CCO rose slightly
from 448 to 451 organizations. Note: The number of organizations
is calculated based on one organization visiting per year.
The Center for Career Opportunities was named the sole recipient
of the 2002 NACEChevron/Texaco Award for Innovative Programs
in Career Services. The award, presented by the National Association
of Colleges and Employers, recognizes a college or university
for establishing a groundbreaking program in the field of career
development. The CCO created a Web-based video series that offers
job search instruction.
This year, in an alliance with the National Association of
Colleges and Employers and the DirectEmployers Association,
the Center of Career Opportunities helped launch NACElink, a
suite of online college recruiting and hiring tools. One feature,
the online job posting system, will be particularly beneficial
to Indiana’s small- and mid-sized employers who will be
able to post positions of interest to Purdue students and alumni
free of charge.
Career services at Purdue University was included among the
nation’s best in the 2003 Edition of Kaplan’s Unofficial,
Unbiased Insider’s Guide to the 320 Most Interesting Colleges,
published by Simon & Schuster. Included in the Guide
were results from Kaplan’s national survey of randomly
selected high school guidance counselors, a telephone survey
conducted by Market Measurement, Incorporated. Purdue was among
35 institutions listed as offering the "best career services."
The other Big Ten Universities mentioned in the "best career
services" category are Michigan State University, The Ohio
State University, Penn State University, and the University
with the CCO
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