BYU Counseling and Career Center help students make college, life plans

A proverb says “he who fails to plan, plans to fail.” Because no one goes to college hoping to fail, the Counseling and Career Center helps students make plans to successfully navigate their way through college and into future careers.

The Counseling and Career Center is made up of departments that provide a variety of services for students including career advising, academic advising, preparation for graduate school, improving learning and study skills and resolving personal issues.

Jeremy Egan, a senior from Michigan, majoring in exercise science, is a student paraprofessional at the Career and Academic Support Center. He is responsible for teaching some of the workshops available and assists students at the center.

“It happens all the time when people come in they say, ‘I just want help to know what to do with my life,’ ” Egan said.

Egan said they do career testing, which helps students assess their interests and career choices. Although this is a good option, there are also many other resources available.

“The thing that helped me, personally, the most was the workshops,” Egan said. “I was already a senior by the time I first started going to workshops. I went to all of them basically, but the test preparation workshop is what helped me the most.”

Egan said this particular workshop helped his test grades. He said he started getting 100 percent on tests and the class made a huge difference for how he prepared and got ready for those tests.

Egan said workshops are available daily; posts on a board in the window of their office in the Wilkinson Student Center explain which workshop is taught and who is teaching it that day.

Kelsey Heier, a junior from American Fork, studying European studies, works in the Academic Support Office, which has a prominent location being the first office seen as students enter the WSC from campus.

”We get a lot of people in here,” Heier said. “We get a lot of questions that don’t necessarily pertain to our office, just because we’re in such a central location of the Wilk, but we find a way to guide them toward the right spot.”

This location also contains the University Advisement Center, which helps students who are in some form of transition.  Karen Evans, coordinator at the University Advisement Center, said they work mostly with students without majors, but they will help any student who wants to talk to an adviser about changing their major or who needs help understanding how a major relates to a career.

“Our primary purpose is to help students choose careers and choose majors,” Evans said.

Rachel Messick, a senior from Bountiful, majoring in mathematics, received help with her resume from the Counseling and Career Center. She said she met with an intern who critiqued her resume and helped her strengthen and improve it.

“I would suggest that other students look into the Career and Counseling Center,” Messick said, “because I think a lot of them don’t know what it has to offer.”

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