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  1. Why is my University Career Centre so Useless? Now What?

    I can tell you as someone with Post Graduate Diploma in HR, that most career counselors at most universities don’t have the background or the education they should have. The result is that they have no idea what they are talking about.

    This is Typical Experienced that most University Students have at their Career Center just Before or After they Graduate.

    They look over your resume: tell you what type of font to use.

    Then give you Briggs Myers personality test. Which indicates you are good with people and should think about a career in the medical profession, whatever that means?

    Mind you this information might have been good to know before your last year. As well this test was first published in 1921 in German.

    Then they point you towards a few genetic websites and some local job fairs.

    These career centres are usually totally oblivious regarding contemporary issues like Disruptive Innovation and the new economy for example the Gig Economy.
    Career centers at Universities feel there job is to show you a career path, not actually get you a job with your undergrad. Unless it’s a stem cell degree in which most cases employers are lining up to employee you anyway.

    If you do go to your Career Service dept at your University. Ask Two Vital Questions!

    1. Do you have a Degree or Post Grad Degree or Diploma in HR?

    2. What are your metrics? Meaning out of 10 students that come here how many find meaningful work? Then ask to see their metrics.

    How do most of these career counselors get hired? A lot times because the collective agreements, the lunch lady gets bumped up because of seniority. The career center is just there for show, not part the core budget of the university.

    So what can I do about it? Perhaps write something to your university indicating your disappointment with the plight of the career centre. Ask to be taken off their mailing list from the Alumni dept asking you for money in the future. Though be diplomatic about it. Maybe get a list of follow students to sign it to.

    Nothing scares universities more than losing future donors and their reputation.

    Who knows maybe someday they will change their tune about the important of career centers.

    Good Luck with your Job Hunt!

    Demian Hammock,

    Diploma of Advanced Studies Human Resources Management.
    Sackville NB, Canada
    Also Reachable on LinkedIn/Website, HR Guide to Career Success & Liberal Arts Students. https://ca.linkedin.com/in/demian-hammock-6b68a43b

    Please Let Me Know Your Experience With Your University Career Centre ?

    • Dear DH
      Your comments are alarming, and indicate that there may indeed be something rotten in the state of the University Career Centres.

      However, I would encourage you to pay more attention to spelling and grammar in your arguments in order to impress your audience with your degree of intelligence and dedication to detail. I’m not going to point out the errors, I leave that to you or a trusted friend. But I must point out that halfway through your comment I began to lose faith in your judgment.

      • Dear MB

        Wow someone is really angry!!! When someone gets this angry it means there is truth to the statement.

        You cannot address the content of what I have said, so you just make derogatory statements about me.

        “I leave that to you or a trusted friend.” That’s a disturbing comment.
        That sounds like a personal attack; usually statements like this might indicate you know the person personally. Very very creepy.

        I cannot help you with your personal angry management problems.