Career Education Center
The mission of the Career Education Center (CEC) is to offer relevant and timely career development training to UDM students. The Center provides opportunities for students to explore career options, obtain career-related experience and to research and find meaningful employment appropriate to their knowledge, abilities, aspirations and interests. The CEC website TitanCareerLink provides resources for students and alumni to research career options, explore job postings, apply for actual positions, learn more about career-related subjects and view activities and events offered by the Career Education Center. To contact the CEC, see the CEC site.
CEC Mission and Values
The Career Education Center accomplishes its mission by providing students with:
- experiential learning opportunities through cooperative education and internships,
- opportunities to network with recruiters through campus interviewing, career fairs, employer information sessions and online career management software, and
- opportunities to learn and implement lifelong career development and career management skills through courses, workshops, seminars and online career resources.
The CEC core values:
- We are committed to empowering students to make purposeful career-related decisions.
- We are committed to building and fostering partnerships with employers, faculty, staff and administration to facilitate the accomplishment of the CEC mission.
- We are committed to supporting the University's mission to provide excellent student-centered education in a welcoming and supportive environment.
The Career Education Center offers many services that will assist undergraduate students to make career choices appropriate to their personal goals. The resources and services offered can assist graduate students in the development of a plan to advance or change their career.
The TitanCareerLink online recruitment system provides UDM students and alumni with access to hundreds of part-time, internship, and career job postings. A Job Agent can be created to alert you by email when new employment opportunities are posted in the system.
- Upload a current resume to apply for job opportunities
- Create a Job Agent to receive email notification of new employment opportunities
- Track and manage job search activities
- Access career development resources in Document Library
- View and register for upcoming career development/job search workshops and career fairs
- Schedule appointment with a CEC Career Advisor/Coach
Self-Directed Career Resources
TitanCareerLink contains resources to assist UDM students and alumni with a self-directed career search. The site contains information, links and articles on career development and planning; job search, resume tips; and provides additional online links to employment resources available on the Internet. The site has everything from "What can I do with this major?" to interactive personality/interest inventories (TypeFocus Careers), to resume writing tutorials, to salary negotiation and a link to the occupational outlook handbook.
Career advisors assist students and alumni to determine the best career options for their interests, career goals, values and personality types. Career advisors are available to assist with job search skills, salary and employment trend information. The CEC provides (on a referral basis) limited testing/assessment services (some fee based) to individuals and groups. Advising appointments can be made through TitanCareerLink.
Career Development & Job Search Workshops
The CEC staff and/or professionals in the field facilitate workshops and career information panels on a variety of career and job search related topics including resume writing, job search strategies, self-assessment and interviewing skills. Workshops are open to all UDM students and alumni. The current event schedule is available on the CEC home page.
The CEC coordinates several career networking opportunities for students and alumni. Expos allow students and alumni to meet representatives from companies in their industry of choice and to establish a network of contacts. Annual expos have included Fall Recruitment Day, Co-op & Internship Career Expo, Nursing & Health Care Career Day, Non-Profit Career Day and Graduate School Fair.
On-Campus Interviews are scheduled in Fall and Winter with employers recruiting for cooperative education, entry-level and experienced employment opportunities. Employer Information Sessions are often held prior to Campus Interviewing to familiarize applicants with the employer. Practice Interviews help students prepare for the actual interview and are conducted by actual employers or by retired UDM alumni executives. Perfect Interview software allows students to use web-cameras to practice interviews at their convenience.
Cooperative education (co-op) is a structured educational strategy integrating classroom studies with learning through productive work experiences in a field related to a student's academic or career goals. Co-op provides progressive experiences integrating theory and practice. Co-op is a partnership between students, the University and the employer, with specified responsibilities for each party.
Co-op at University of Detroit Mercy
Cooperative education has been part of the University of Detroit Mercy curriculum since 1911 when the University of Detroit introduced co-op as a required component of the engineering program. The UDM co-op program was the first in Michigan and is the fourth oldest program in the United States.
Co-op for Undergraduate Students
Participation in the undergraduate cooperative education program is a privilege extended to those students who meet certain criteria and who demonstrate their ability through their initial academic work. Participants must be "full-time" matriculating students carrying a minimum of twelve (12) academic credit hours during the fall and winter semesters and majoring in a discipline which allows cooperative education in the curriculum.
The Career Education Center coordinates the required co-op program for undergraduate students in Nursing, Business Administration (5-year accelerated) and the Physician Assistant program (5-year accelerated). Students in these majors are required to participate and complete two to three co-op assignments. Co-op is optional for students in most other majors. Because co-op integrates work with classroom training, students in non-required programs will not be allowed to enroll for co-op credit in the final semester of study.
Students must successfully complete the appropriate Cooperative Education Preparation (CEC 3000) course in the appropriate time frame and meet the minimum grade point average requirement. The CEC provides opportunities for students to network with employers to secure co-op experience via job postings on our online recruitment database TitanCareerLink, campus interviews, employer information sessions, sponsored career fairs, and announcements about other area career networking events.
To earn academic credit, students must meet the criteria and follow guidelines articulated in the UDM Handbook for Cooperative Education (found on the CEC site) before, during and after each co-op work term. The guidelines are reviewed in the required Cooperative Education Preparation (CEC 3000) course.
Co-op Credit by Portfolio (Undergraduate)
Many transfer and returning adult students have spent considerable time in the work world and have experience that could be considered comparable to the co-op experience. These students have the option of submitting a "co-op portfolio" to document these experiences for consideration to fulfill the co-op requirement. For more information regarding the co-op portfolio credit, contact the Career Education Center.
Prospective students contemplating transferring to the University from another institution should contact the Career Education Center and arrange an appointment to evaluate the student’s academic history and career goals for participation in cooperative education.
International Students & Cooperative Education
International students are subject to the same prerequisites as all other UDM students who wish to participate in cooperative education. International students should be aware that many employers may have citizenship requirements that exclude opportunities for international students.
The UDM International Student Office is the official source for guidelines and regulations for international students.