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Sholnn Freeman
Communications Specialist
Career Exploration Week Connects Students
and Professionals at Howard University

WASHINGTON (January 25, 2013) –Howard University will host the Spring 2013 Career Exploration Week from Jan. 28 through Jan 31. The event is coordinated by the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and the Center for Education, Development & Research, known on campus as the CEDAR Center,

Since its inception as a one-day event, Career Exploration Week has grown to include more than 150 companies, multiple sessions and on-campus employment interviews. Howard students may register online at

“For students, the key to effective career planning is to be proactive and focused early in their college years, seizing every opportunity to sharpen their skills and strengthen their professional networks,” said Joan Browne, Ph.D, director of CEDAR. “At Howard, we are committed to developing leaders who can compete at the highest level for the careers of their choice, and Career Exploration Week is key to that mission.” 

The primary focus of the 2013 Career Exploration Week is to educate, prepare and enhance students’ chances on finding success in the job market after graduation. Browne said having a résumé critiqued by multiple industry-specific experts, being coached on effective interviewing and networking skills, and having one-on-one time with employers are vital assets to students in today’s job market.

The event also helps students to take advantage of Howard University’s many corporate and governmental ties. For example, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will participate in the career fair as an extension of a special partnership – called a Memorandum of Understanding, or MOU – ­between Howard and the federal agency. Alumnus Brandon Wallace, who holds a fellowship at the EPA, said the agency recognizes Howard’s ability to shape future leaders.

“The Howard University-EPA MOU is a vibrant partnership which allows both entities to do the important work of expanding the conversation on the environment to a wider, historically underrepresented population,” Wallace said. “This MOU and our steadfast participation in the Howard University Career Exploration Fair represent that great work and EPA’s commitment to reaching the future leaders of America and the global community.”
Corporate partners for the event also include: Accenture, Boston Scientific, Capital One, Deloitte Services LP, GAP Inc., GEICO, JP Morgan Chase & Co., and many others.

Career Exploration Week includes the following program:

Career Fest on the Plaza  
Monday, Jan. 28 Tuesday, Jan. 29 - 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
Blackburn Center Ground Floor Plaza
- Students prepare for the week’s events by meeting with employers in an informal setting on the Plaza where they will receive resume critiques and get tips on how best to navigate the Career Exploration Fair. They will also participate in on-the-spot interview coaching sessions.

2013 Career Exploration Fair
Wednesday, Jan 30 – 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
 Blackburn Center Ballroom
- Event features national employers; private, government, and non-profit sector representatives; and top academic institutions. Students who attend the career fair and meet the qualification of participating employers are eligible to be scheduled for on-the-spot interviews with participating companies for the following day. Interviews will take place in the CEDAR Center.

Spring On-Campus Interviews
Thursday, Jan 31 – 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
CEDAR Interview Suite
- Students who are scheduled for interviews during Wednesday’s career fair will have appointments with participating companies at the CEDAR Center Interview Suite.

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