Career Planning and Placement
The Career Planning and Placement Office is open to all California State
University, Chico students and alumni. We offer services that help you
make career decisions and the transition from college student to worker
in the real world. Our purpose is to help you succeed in the highly competitive
labor market. We have an excellent record of service!
We are proud to have a dedicated and highly skilled professional and clerical
staff, each of whom has extensive training in specific fields.
James N. Starmer is director of the office and the placement counselor
to majors in the College of Communication and Education and the School
of Nursing. Office manager Linda Wimmer and staff members Flora Nunn and
Julie Mattoon assist with office management.
Kathleen Bristow is the placement officer responsible for advising graduates
with a liberal arts education in area and interdisciplinary programs, behavioral
and social sciences, humanities, fine arts, and the sciences. She is also
the Webmaster for our extensive career site.
Jodie Veale is the placement officer responsible for coordinating on-campus
recruiting and for advising students in the colleges of Business, Computer
Science and Engineering, and Agriculture.
Pamella Healy is the career planning counselor for students who are undeclared/undecided
about choosing a major, changing majors, returning to college, or considering
Steve Irving is the coordinator of the Student Employment Office and assists
students seeking part-time employment both on and off campus during the
regular school year and during the summer. There is a separate description
of this office's services on page 121.
We provide several resources to assist students in selecting majors, careers,
and graduate schools. The career counselor administers and interprets career
assessments, offers work- shops to facilitate career planning, instructs
students in the use of computerized career guidance programs, and presents
information on career planning to classes, clubs, and campus groups. We
have numerous resource materials and handouts in the Career Exploration
Center to assist students in identifying appropriate career goals.
Career and Employment Counseling
The professional staff offers individual and group counseling to assist
all students and alumni in developing career goals, identifying methods
to obtain those goals, and implementing an effective career search. We
encourage you to utilize our office early in your college career so we
can help you make decisions that will assist you in making the most of
your college experience. You may see a counselor either at a scheduled
workshop or on an individual basis.
We have several computers and a career library available that will facilitate
your career and job search. You can access career planning assistance,
occupational information, develop resumes and cover letters, and access
jobs and the on-campus recruiting information at http://www.csuchico.edu/plc.
Job offers do not spring mysteriously from uncultivated soil. We offer
several workshops that nourish your career planning and job search activities.
Each semester the staff conducts career assessments and delivers presentations
on career exploration, participating in the on-campus recruiting program,
getting a government job, resume writing, interviewing techniques, and
making the most of career fairs. Information about these workshops is available
on our Web page at www.csuchico.edu/plc and in our office.
Approximately 200 prospective employers send recruiters to California State
University, Chico's Career Planning and Placement Office each fall and
spring. We encourage all interested graduating students to participate
in this interviewing process because of the easy access and exposure to
a variety of employers it provides. To participate, you must complete a
short data form and attend an orientation workshop.
Typical entry-level jobs are in management, sales, computer science, accounting,
and bank management. Remember, your first job is not your last. Once you
get into a company or industry, your chances for growth are endless.
We do not advise, however, that you limit yourself to on-campus recruiting.
It is smart to make as many connections as possible. Advisors are available
to discuss other options for all majors.
We sponsor or co-sponsor four career fairs each year to assist students
seeking careers, internships, and summer employment. The CSU, Chico Career
Fair is open to all majors and the business and technical industries are
featured at this fair. The Liberal Arts, Sciences, and Nursing Career Fair
is also open to all majors and features employers from government, private
non-profits, and hospitals. The Education Career Fair is open to potential
teachers and teacher alumni and features over 100 school districts. The
Student Employment Career Fair is open to any student seeking summer employment
and features employers from summer camps, parks, and casinos/hotels.
Throughout the year we receive notification of thousands of employment
possibilities. We post them in our office and often e-mail them directly
to you. We also record weekly job listings for teaching credential candidates
accessible by telephone and send selected individual job announcements
to the appropriate students throughout the year. When you register with
our office the semester you will graduate, you become eligible for these
Education Placement Services
School districts have traditionally preferred that teacher candidates send
them professional placement files maintained by the Career Planning and
Placement Office. Placement files contain resumes and letters of recommendation
from reliable observers of each student's practical experience. If you
establish a file with us, we will send copies to prospective employers
at your request for a small fee and will maintain the files for ten years.
We also provide assistance with resumes, interviewing skills, and sponsor
the annual Education Career Fair that is regularly attended by more than
100 school districts throughout California.