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Career Education and Development

Through SRU’s 150+ majors, you will transform your ambition into a career.

Career Education and Development

The Slippery Rock University Office of Career Education and Development supports students and alumni in their career development process. Career coaching is provided through career resources like the online platform HANDSHAKE, appointments, workshops, and recruiting events. From personalized career coaching to resume advice, our office assists SRU students as they build their future career plans.

Career Coaching Appointments

Career Coaching appointments are designed to explore more about you, majors at SRU, possible career paths, and define the next steps you can take.  Although there is both excitement and fear related to exploring the world of work, it's important to explore and take chances.  Our appointments can be in-person or virtual through Handshake.  Take that initial next step and schedule today by phone, in-person in 108 Bailey Library, or through HANDSHAKE.

Career Coaching Sessions cover:

  • Choosing a Major / Career
  • Building a Resume
  • Creating a LinkedIn Profile
  • Writing a Cover Letter
  • Practicing for an interview
  • Learning Job and Internship Search Strategies
  • Applying to Graduate School & Personal Statements

HANDSHAKE: SRU’s career management system

Handshake is our system for job postings, events, appointment scheduling, and reporting,  including allowing users to easily access employment opportunities by department easy on-campus employment by departments through a. It has a more streamlined layout and a mobile app. If you haven't updated your student account or fully updated your profile, check out Handshake's Student Help Center webpage.

Slippery Rock Career Events for Spring 2024

Connecting students to future employment opportunities, especially local employers in Pennsylvania, is one important aspect of our office’s career development efforts. Various events throughout the semester facilitate connections and help students learn more about professional job applications.

Registration and additional details can be found on HANDSHAKE 

Upcoming Events

Fall 2024 Safety Management Career & Internship Expos

  • Thursday, October 17th (Construction Focused)
  • Thursday, October 24th (General Industry Focused)
  • Registration will be open June 17th. Registration for both Expos will be on Handshake

Additional Career-Related Assistance

Our office has hosted or facilitated access to speaking events, networking venues and on-campus employer interviews, alongside both on and off campus career expos and job fairs. We also offer our resource on choosing a major at SRU. Other career-related topics we can assist with include Preparation of Employment Documents; Career Counseling and Certification Assistance for Educators; and graduate school applications. In the future, we are looking forward to providing more programming on various topics including application sessions, LinkedIn, “Bills, Budgets & Benefits” and more.

Contact the SRU Office of Career Education & Development! 

At the Slippery Rock Career Education and Development office, we serve a broad array of stakeholders including students and alumni, faculty and administrators, employers, parents, and even community members. The ways in which we work with each of these groups is relevant and tailored to their needs and focused on the ultimate success of our SRU students. If you are an academic department or a student organization interested in hosting a career presentation or workshop, feel free to connect with us. 

Learn more about how the Office of Career Education and Development can assist you. Contact our office in 108 Bailey Library at 724.738.2028 or email