With the proposed budget cuts looming over us, difficult choices have to be made within the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and all other campuses.
Chancellor Bernie Patterson recently said more concern lies with eliminating Career Services than the Student Academic Advising Center. While the center is helpful, resources can be offered more easily through other avenues, such as required registration advising appointments and First-Year Seminars.
Careers Services offers aid that cannot be as easily replaced or implemented in other areas of campus. The program helps current students figure out which courses and programs will lead them to a desirable career. It also helps alumni refine their resumes and switch career paths or obtain general advice.
Most students do not come to college hoping to stay in academia for the rest of their lives. They come with a specific occupation in mind that a major or track will help them attain.
Career Services helps students decide what they want to do with their majors; the program might also help them realize options they did not know existed.
As for alumni, as career counselor John Zach said, many feel unprepared even after graduation.
If four years of college did not narrow students in on a career path, maybe the university needs the service to guide them. On the other hand, perhaps students could wait to attend university until they have a solid idea or plan.
Students should not aimlessly take classes just to take classes, and yet today’s society enforces a four-year college education so much that students end up taking this route because they think it is the end-all-be-all.
If four-year colleges are made out to be a golden opportunity, they should provide services that help students prosper after they graduate and throughout their careers.
News and Environment Editor