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The Future Now

May 9, 2014

Besides helping CSUN alumni find jobs, the Career Center gives its student volunteers a professional edge.

Katryna Howard

Job searching after graduation isn’t easy; the Career Center, located in University Hall 105, is available to help. Counselors are available on a walk-in basis to answer student questions. Hours are Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-4 p.m.; and Friday, 10 a.m.-noon. In addition to the professional staff, peer educators are on hand for consultations. Senior business management major Katryna Howard is one of the peer educators.

“Utilize us as a tool,” she says. “We’re students just like you, and we’re here to help.”

Katryna conducts one-on-one meetings with students to advise on topics ranging from majors and future careers to how to apply for jobs. Both career counselors and peer educators are trained to critique personal statements and resumes. Peer educators answer email inquiries via careerpeers@csun.edu and organize and present career resource workshops to various CSUN clubs and organizations, upon request.

“A lot of students aren’t aware of everything the Career Center has to offer because it is so easy to overlook while you’re still in school,” Katryna says. “People don’t realize that knowing how to write a resume or having skills for a job interview is important now — not just after college.”

In order to make the most of your time at the Career Center, Katryna recommends that you prepare questions beforehand. She also encourages attendance at some of the annual Career Center events, such as its many job fairs and Resumania where you can get invaluable feedback on your resume. You can also take advantage of the online resources: SUNLink, which helps you to access current job or internship listings, and Pathways, which undecided students can use to explore majors of interest.

Working as a peer educator allows Katryna to refine her presentation and interpersonal skills. Although she spent two years working as a Student Housing resident advisor, the Career Center offered her a more diverse experience as a leader. It also allows her to interact with people in a more professional environment — all of which she believes will benefit her in the future.

“I have always been one to gravitate towards leadership opportunities that allow me to grow and develop personally and professionally,” she says.

Visit the Career Center website if you are interested in working as a peer educator (some positions qualify as work-study). You must be a current CSUN student, and you must apply by the deadline (email careerpeers@csun.edu or call (818) 677-2878 for dates).