Not Your Parents’ Career Services Center
If Rice’s Career Services Center was the chrysalis, then the butterfly is the Center for Student Professional Development (CSPD), a dynamic and interactive learning center designed to enhance Rice students’ knowledge and skills for long-term professional advancement.
Unlike most college career centers, which focus on job placement, the CSPD offers resources that help students far beyond their initial employment by focusing on three core areas: postgraduate planning, employment research and professional communication. Tailored to meet the needs of Rice students, the center aims to increase student understanding of personal strengths, professional options, pre-employment communication skills, and knowledge of institutions, organizations and companies. The focus on education and skill building has transformed the CSPD from a collection of services based on job placement to a resource and training center that helps students understand their interests and values and translate that self-knowledge into sound judgments about which industries, fields and graduate programs to choose.
One of the center’s principal resources is its new Web site, which expands the reach of the CSPD and provides students a more streamlined, user-friendly resource that supports their professional development needs. Future versions of the site will include innovative software for job and internship exploration.