THE CAREER DEVELOPMENT AND PLACEMENT OFFICE
The Career Development and Placement Office is a new strategy, redesigned to help bridge the gap between the past, prospective, present and alumni to the working world. Career Planning and Placement advises students about careers and equips them to succeed in job searches. The Career Development and Placement Function serves to provide services and support to current students and alumni through internships, career guidance as well as identifying career opportunities for graduates of UCU through networking with employers. We do this hand in hand with the Alumni office, the Academic office as well as the different faculties to help students prepare for life after University.
Career Development and Placement communicates with employers about UCU and its graduates and brings them to the campus to meet students. The office is open to anyone with any query about their careers, potentials and capabilities. The office also carries out career guidance to different schools within and outside Uganda, not necessarily about UCU but about their future and decisions that could help them in life.
The office is headed by Ms. Connie Musisi who works closely with the Development and External Relations Department for the amelioration of the relationship between prospective students, current students, graduates and alumni of the university.
"To make UCU an international destination for employers and students."
"To provide the best career options for UCU Students and alumni across the globe."
To improve the success of students and alumni of Uganda Christian University in finding relevant experience and placement in the job market as well as exhibiting excellence in their chosen careers, and developing their self-esteem.
For further inquiry, contact:
Career development and placement office
Tel. +256 31 235 0800
Mob: +256 753 313 705
WHAT WE DO
1. Help students plan for their career
- Coordinate with the Career guidance and counselling office (admissions office), in conducting the first years' orientation at the beginning of each academic year and providing career guidance to students including career difficulties.
- Conducting pre-employment seminars, workshops, corporate company exhibitions on campus about what they can offer and having question and answer sessions to answer students' queries.
- Advising students on options related to career planning including identifying and seeking out opportunities, being effective at interviews, participating in career fairs and other career related events, creating effective correspondences both written and electronic, selecting between offers and transitioning from students to professionals.
- Work with faculties to help students find internships
2. Availing information about specific job openings to students, finalists, and alumni.
- Building and updating a data bank of potential employers by organizing information about the organization, their needs, vacancies available etc, for different fields of study.
- Create, maintain and update on a regular basis a Career development and placement website on which job adverts and company/ organisation information can be posted for students and alumni.
- Organise career fairs, employer forums and tours, lists of openings in the job market on display boards, as well as coordinate students' contact with other related areas within the university including the Alumni office, Student Affairs, Financial Aid, Counselling etc.
3. Help finalists develop CVs, job finding, and interviewing skills.
- Hold trainings to equip students for job interview preparation i.e. presentation (how to sell themselves), the right way to dress for interviews, computer and internet skills and how to be resourceful at the place of work.
- Help students to write winning CVs that reflect personal details, qualifications, career plans, skills and achievements, education background, work history, courses and conferences, presentations, additional information, hobbies and referees.
4. Make employers aware of UCU programmes, finalists and alumni.
- Create and maintain relationships with representatives of businesses, NGOs and Government through regular emails, University Newspapers, annual reports etc, to interest them with Uganda Christian University and what we can offer
- Do a survey of employer needs and expectations and how they can be met in Uganda Christian University graduates.
- Offering career aptitude tests to figure out what graduates are good at and vetting graduates' CVs on campus to help companies recruit the best candidates.
- Draw up Memoranda of Understandings (MoUs) with potential employers to receive Uganda Christian University students for internships.
- A career fair in 2010, the first of its kind with an attendance of eight companies, which enabled students to interact with employers.
- Three Seminars and workshops so far, which has equipped students with job searching and job creation skills.
- Mock interviews, career guidance and counseling that have enabled students learn to write better CVs and cover letters as well as how to handle job interviews.
- Creation of ongoing mutually beneficial relationships with about 15 organizations in a period of one year.
- Working hand in hand with the different faculties, we have been able to get about 50 students into internship positions by directly dealing with companies/ organizations.
Career week: The office organised a career week for the final year students. Every faculty in the university had a session with experienced professionals in the field and potential employees. Students were given basic skills such as writing an application letter, how to answer and conduct oneself during an interview and the benefits of internship programs to one's future profession.
Early this year, the Career team covered the western, eastern and south western regions, visiting random secondary schools and equipping them with the basic career knowledge and what it would take to make it through life today.
Open day: The office organised open day's at all UCU campuses all over the country where prospective students and the people around had a chance to visit and experience UCU, ask questions and get to know what we do at UCU. Students and staff members were heavily involved in the open day events and the public was allowed to enter the campus and get information on all happenings within the university. We shall continue to organise such invents so as to give a chance to the prospects, who would want to join or bring their children to our great University.
Exhibition: Uganda Christian University participated in different exhibitions, in Uganda and Tanzania. The career team together with public relations office and all the university departments had a chance to expose the university products, the courses we offer and the different campuses. Career advice was also provided.