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Washington State University Health Sciences Spokane

Career Services

Welcome to Career Services for WSU’s Health Science campus. We are excited that you are here, either to explore our careers or to get further guidance on your career path. Careers paths can take many forms and is driven by lifestyle choices, personal strengths, personality, values, and interests as well as the changing work environment. The world of work may be difficult to balance and career counseling is available to all enrolled students—even if the workplace is not aligned with the student’s academic program. Career counseling can further elaborate and be more personalized and individualized than the pages you find here. We encourage you to take advantage of this service while you can.

To assist with learning more about yourself, consider taking assessments or scheduling an appointment to do a transferable skill analysis (a formal assessment of looking at your work history and how it applies to your future occupation). Both endeavors are helpful when answering the most dreaded question that every interview ends with, “Why should we hire you?” It’s a hard question and makes me feel like a deer caught in headlights! But when you know what you bring to the table, it is the easiest question ever!

MEET WITH A CAREER COUNSELOR

 

Career Exploration

Career Exploration involves examining yourself as well as the workplaces that are available in your field of study. To assist with that, WSU has a service from Candid Career, a database of different workers providing informational interviews about what it is like to work as a chosen job title. Learn more about what kind of jobs are out there with your future work colleagues: Link to Candid Career. Or, if you are prospective student, consider checking exploring all health science careers via The California Career Zone.

Career Coaching

To assist with learning more about yourself, consider taking assessments or scheduling an appointment to do a transferable skill analysis (a formal assessment of looking at your work history and how it applies to your future occupation). Both endeavors are helpful when answering the most dreaded question that almost every interview ends with, “Why should we hire you?” It’s a hard question and makes me feel like a deer caught in headlights! But when you know what you bring to the table, it is the easiest question ever!

Check out these free self-administered assessments:
1. Find your strengths from the Institute of Character, the virtues classified by leaders in positive psychology by checking out VIA.
2. Learn more about your personality with 16 Personalities.
3. Work-place values by taking the Work Importance Profiler
4. Motivational Appraisal of Personal Potential (MAPP)

Career Fairs and Associated Events

Every year, WSU Spokane helps to host the Fuse Career Fair with Gonzaga, Whitworth and EWU. It is a big event that is hosted at the Spokane convention center. Swing by for professional headshots and other raffle prizes that are available to students. Throughout the year, other job fairs are hosted as well as workshops such as resume building, C.V. writing, networking, examining a job offer, professional attire discussion, and many more! Our events are advertised on Cougar Presence and Handshake.

Handshake is WSU’s job database. If an employer wants to hire a Coug, we direct the employer to post there; however, there are many other databases available and direct you to check them out in the Job & Internship databases. Internships are great work experiences where you can network and define learning objectives during your work experience. For full experiences, we have the workforce portal and for micro-internships, we have Parker-Dewey.