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Career Education and Development

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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.

What career resources does SRU offer? 

As part of Slippery Rock’s career development efforts, our office provides personal coaching appointments and access to virtual career resources. We can help students and alumni with career-related questions from choosing a major at SRU to planning for graduate study to professional job searches.

HANDSHAKE: SRU’s career management system

Handshake is our new 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.

Career Coaching Appointments

For Fall 2021, we will be hosting mostly in-person meetings with virtual meetings through Zoom for those off-campus or after office hours. Appointments can be scheduled through HANDSHAKE.

Big Interview (SRU's Code: 0669)

Need help nailing that first professional interview for a job or internship? Not sure how to negotiate your salary and benefits? Big Interview is a new system that allows you to research interview questions, record an interview, and then watch your own answers. This allows you to not only prepare your thoughts for an interview but also improve your ability to effectively communicate your knowledge, skills, and abilities (in layman's terms: ace that interview)! Our office has also prepared this additional resource on interview preparation.

Slippery Rock Career Events for Fall 2021

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. For events held on campus, students should RSVP using the SRU HANDSHAKE platform. 

Safety Management Career & Internship Expo
October 21st, 2021 | 10am-2pm
Pre-event Meet & Greet: October 20th | 6pm - 9pm
Optional Interview Day: October 22nd | 9am-4pm
Robert M. Smith Student Center Ballroom

Western PA Collegiate Job & Internship Fair
Largest hiring event in Western PA | Open to all majors
Date: October 13th, 2021
Virtual Event
Find out more information and pre-register at

Educator Campus Day & Career Expo
October 18th, 2021 | 12pm-4pm
Robert M. Smith Student Center, Theatre

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