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Career and Professional Development

 

Career and Professional Development is dedicated to serving students and alumni of Texas A&M University–Central Texas. Our staff is here to serve you and help you grow professionally.Career and Professional Development is dedicated to serving students and alumni of A&M–Central Texas.

Mission

Career and Professional Development supports the campus community as they move through their careers. To support the development of career and life-long learning goals, we empower the campus community with the necessary professional tools to explore careers, engage with the career of choice, and embark successfully in their career field.

What We Do

HireWarriors Internship and Career Fairs

Networking offered each semester. Business professional attire recommended.

Employer Roundtable

Networking opportunity. Present questions to on how to position yourself as the ideal candidate and establish your professional network.

Professional Workshops

Employers provide professional workshops covering a wide array of topics, including résumé writing, interviewing, entrepreneurship, etc. Check our calendar.

Mock Interviews

Practice interview that concludes with feedback. InterviewStream is another mock interview tool available to students and it can be accessed through HireWarriors.

Career Exploration & Assessment

Assessment tools are available to help students understand and match their skills, interests, and values with careers. We provide the following resources to assist you in your career exploration:

Résumé and Cover Letter Reviews

Receive one-on-one time to review your résumé! If you are unable to meet with us, we can review your résumé via email (cpd@tamuct.edu). Please allow 48-72 hours for online reviews.

**Alumni and community members utilizing the Career & Professional Development services are required to uphold the TAMUCT Student Code of Conduct.

Employer Information and Guidelines

Recruiting at A&M-Central Texas

Employers have many opportunities to reach our students:

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Recruiting Guidelines

The Office of Career and Professional Development requires all employers who participate in on-campus recruiting (including posting on HireWarriors and attending career fairs, etc) follow Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) practices and National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Professional Standards. Employer gives assurance that it is an equal-opportunity employer, offering employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, or disability. By registering to attend a career fair, post on HireWarriors, or engage in another form of on-campus recruitment, the employer agrees to accept and comply with the stated employer recruitment policies.

Internships

NACE defines an internship as:

A form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent.

Internships must comply with all state and federal employment laws. The Department of Labor provides specific information regarding internships:

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) defines the term 'employ' very broadly as including to 'suffer or permit to work.' Covered and non-exempt individuals who are 'suffered or permitted' to work must be compensated under the law for the services they perform for an employer. Internships in the 'for-profit' private sector will most often be viewed as employment, unless the test described below relating to trainees is met. Interns in the 'for-profit' private sector who qualify as employees rather than trainees typically must be paid at least the minimum wage and overtime compensation for hours worked over forty in a workweek.

The six criteria established by the DOL are:

Fair Attendance

Employers attending the fair should be recruiting for an open or soon-to-open entry-level or experience full-time, paid or unpaid internship, co-op, part-time position. Employers are encouraged to post those positions on HireWarriors.

Employers should not require the candidate to pay a fee for training, purchase a membership and/or products, or any other job-related expenses.

Employers offering “straight commission” or “salary draw against future earning” positions must be stated in the job description. Please note, a draw against future earning does not constitute a salary.

Third Party/Contract Recruiters/Staffing Agencies may recruit on campus when they:

We reserve the right to refuse to post jobs and/or internships in order to protect our students and the integrity of HireWarriors.