Career Center changes location

The Career Center relocated to F Street from the Academic Center earlier this month in a move that will place the office in a central location, employees said. The building at 1922 F Street is located near three residence halls and the Alumni House, which will allow more students to take advantage of their facilities, employees said.

The center helps students and alumni find jobs, internships, co-ops and career counseling. Prior to the move, the building, adjacent to Thurston Hall, was occupied by the National Association of Life Underwriters.

We’re hoping to take advantage of the close proximity, said Marva Gumbs, the center’s new executive director.

Gumbs, who serves as interim director of the center, said she also hopes the new location will appear more professional for alumni and employers.

The center is running its annual Career Campaign – a program designed to orient students to employment opportunities in D.C.

The month-long campaign will culminate with a career fair September 21 at the Smith Center. In previous years the event was held in the Academic Center, but the location was changed this year to accommodate a greater number of employers.

The fair allows students to make contacts with employers in the District.

The career fair is a place to start and information gather, Gumbs said. It is a stepping point to determine what employers are looking for.

Gumbs said students are often shy at their first career fair. She said students who attend not only alleviate anxiety about talking to potential employers, but are also able to take a leap of faith and ask open-ended questions.

The Career Center has three main branches, including a co-op education, career counseling and job placement programs. The center offers on-line job listings, lists of Web sites for job-hunting and career workshops. The office also has a long-running program, Colonial Contacts, in which GW alumni speak to students about their jobs.

Consultants are trained to help with any questions from how to construct a resum? to handling problems with a boss.

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