Center for Advising and Career Exploration
The Center for Advising and Career Exploration (CACE) provides academic and career advising to all first-time (freshmen) students, continuing students who have not declared a major, and those who are seeking advice before changing their major. For students who are uncertain about their majors or their career plans, the center offers several self-assessment instruments to assist with the clarification of values and the identification of interests and career options. Advisors help students select experiential learning opportunities and refer them to the proper departments to participate in community service, student activities, internships, and cooperative education.
CACE assists graduating students and alumni with making the transition to employment through workshops on resume writing, interviewing techniques, job search strategies, and information on employment. Recruiters from major area corporations, government agencies, and school systems visit the campus as a part of the On-Campus Recruiting program. In addition, the office maintains listings of full- and part-time jobs that can be found through the Central Connections database system, accessed through the CACE website at www.ccsu.edu/cace. Career fairs offer opportunities to meet with employers regarding all types of employment opportunities, co-ops, and internships. Experiential education is a major focus, and CACE coordinates the University's Cooperative Education Program, which is described in detail on the webpage linked here. Through this program, students work at six-month, paid positions that are related to their major field of study and provide them with real world experience. CACE also helps students access paid and unpaid internship opportunities through which students develop professional skills and test out their career goals.