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Center for Career Opportunities
(for Academic Year 2002-03)

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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 of Illinois.

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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