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CareerEd events offer advice for every stage of the job hunt

A new events calendar makes it quick and easy to find just what you need, for everyone from frosh to PhD candidates.

Are you a Stanford student in search of an internship, a job or support with your resume? Starting this month, you now have access to a streamlined, easy-to-use CareerEd events page through Stanford Career Education.

Stanford Career Education offers regular events, both in-person and virtual, to help students and recent alumni find internships and post-graduation jobs. Some are career fairs, which allow students to interact with employers. Others are educational, offering students advice on how to interview, create a resume, look for an internship, or focus on their career goals by taking the Meaningful Work Kit self-assessment.

Megan Lee, a management sciences and engineering major in the Class of 2024, has been to Career Education workshops on resumes and cover letters.

“I found them helpful especially when I was first starting out, because I had no idea what to do,” Lee said. “They’re a really good introduction, with baseline tips that we all need.”

Streamlined approach

In the past, CareerEd events have been listed only on Handshake, the recruiting platform for Stanford students. However, Handshake also contains a sometimes overwhelming number of other events, such as those sponsored by specific employers, making it cumbersome for students to find Stanford-specific offerings or those aimed at their department or degree program.

Now a streamlined CareerEd Events page on the Career Education website offers an easy view of all CareerEd events — as well as a way to sort events so students can find those that are most interesting to them.

“What we tried to do with the Events page is to break it down into the types of events and who they’re for, so it’s easier for students to find what pertains to them,” said Amy Brierley, director for marketing and communications for Stanford Career Education.

There are six categories. One lists events, such as Leveraging LinkedIn and the How to Get an Internship series, that are open to all students. Another category lists career fairs. The rest of the events are divided by audience: Engineering & Doerr School of Sustainability, Frosh & Soph, Humanities & Sciences, and PhD/Postdocs. (Some events may be posted in more than one category.)

Opportunities and more

The events are still listed in Handshake – in fact, the Events page links back to Handshake for details of many events – but it is easier to see upcoming CareerEd events at a glance and sort them based on audience.

“People weren’t able to access all the information that we had” when events were listed only on Handshake, said James J. Tarbox, assistant vice provost and executive director of Stanford Career Education. The goal is to remove barriers by publicizing events in a way that’s easier to find and navigate.

The simplified listing for CareerEd events is one step toward furthering the mission of Career Education, Tarbox said: “to ensure equitable access to connections, opportunities, resources, and education that strengthen the self-discovery of Stanford students and alumni in their career pursuits.”