Reasons to visit 3CE!

You probably already know that you can visit the Center for Career and Community Engagement (3CE) for resume or job searching help. 

However, you should know that reasons to visit us in Albany run way deeper than that. 
This is currently my first year at 3CE and I want to share with you my experience with the 3CE and why YOU should take advantage of all of the resources they have have to offer. 
 
1. You’ll discover something new about yourself. 
If you’re anything like me, a confused college student, you probably still aren’t aware of your own strengths and interests. 
Luckily for you, 3CE offers psychological inventories to access how you perceive the world and make decisions. 
You can set up an appointment with any of our career counselors to take the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) which is a questionnaire that reveals your “personality type” and how to apply that those finding in your every day life. 3CE also offers the Strong Interest Inventory assessment which is to give insight into a person’s interests, and give them an idea of appropriate career choices for themselves. 
 
2. Develop the skills necessary for career success.
The career counselors in 3CE want you to succeed and will provide you with the resources on doing just that. You can make an appointment to get help refining your resume, learn job interview techniques, become aware of job search engines, learn how to network, find internships, and learn how to engage in the community to get the best out of your college experience. 
 
3. Participate in informative yet fun events

3CE advocates for learning through doing and they make sure to provide you with the necessary skills not only through one-on-one sessions, but events. Just recently there was an event called “Etiquette on the Rocks” where students were able to learn first hand how to network and socialize with etiquette experts.

4. Engage with the community

This office is dedicated to making sure students are given a variety of opportunities to volunteer in and out of Portland. 3CE not only offers one-time volunteer opportunities, but also on-going service, overnight service, and international service. Volunteer opportunities range from hunger to health-care and literacy. I personally have been able to participate on various one-time service projects from MLK Day of Service to Blood Drives. Other one-time service projects that I know of are Spring into Action, and Saturday in Service. If you’re someone who needs to volunteer more consistently some of the on-going projects 3CE offers are Open Meadow, Operation Night-watch, and S.M.A.R.T. I have yet to participate on any of the on going project, however I can say that I will be participating on an Over-Night Service trip to New Orleans through a program called Alternative Spring Break. 3CE also offers an Alternative Fall Break as well as an Urban/Sustainable Action over-night trip. So if you feel like you haven’t been fulfilling your civic duty, 3CE is more than willing to provide you with opportunities to get involved with the community!

As a first year student at Lewis & Clark, and recently hired employee at 3CE, these are the reasons that I was able to come up with as to why YOU really need to check out our office! The people here are amazing, and want to assist you in finding direction and purpose for your life. Not only do you work closely with career counselors, but you can also receive guidance from your fellow peers who are trained on in resume building to graduate school applications. So don’t be shy, we’re all really nice people, and come visit 3CE to start using the valuable services we have to offer.

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Marisol Jenkins is a first-year Student Assistant in the Center for Career and Community Engagement. She is originally from San Diego, California. She plans to major in Sociology/Anthropology and is a member of pep band and Campus Activities Board.

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