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January 5, 2021
Introducing the Future of Work Two-Part Series

Update (1/15/21): Recordings of the Future of Work Series can be found on the CPDC YouTube Channel!

The CPDC is offering TWO panel discussions to all CMU students and staff on January 12th and 14th.

The Future of Work: Skills Development
January 12th from 12-1 p.m. ET

PART ONE of the CPDC's two-part virtual series focusing on the skills needed to be successful in the workplace of tomorrow. This virtual session will bring together experts from across the CMU community to discuss which skills are needed to be successful in the future workplace, why they will be important and how to begin developing them.

Panelists include Scott Andes, Executive Director of the Block Center, David Mawhinney, Executive Director of the Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship, and Dr. Carla Bevins, Assistant Teaching Professor of Business Communication at Tepper School of Business.

The Future of Work: Skills in Action
January 14th from 12-1 p.m. ET

PART TWO of the CPDC series focusing on the skills needed to be successful in the workplace of tomorrow. This session will bring CMU alumni and recruiting partners together on a panel to discuss how these future skills are already being applied in today’s workplace.

Panelists include Thomas Healy, Founder and CEO of Hyliion, Renee Blinkwolt, Executive Director of Ars Nova, Leah Lizarondo, CEO and Co-Founder of 412 Food Rescue, and Lisa Carlson, University Recruiter from Gartner.

January 4, 2021
Happy New Year from the CPDC


Welcome to 2021! The CPDC is starting the year off on the right foot and offering a variety of January career events and workshops before the semester even begins! Check out HANDSHAKE for a complete list of events, workshops, panel discussions, etc. 

Just a reminder that the CPDC Advising Center is open remotely from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The CPDC Interview Center will reopen on the first day of classes (February 1, 2021).

December 23, 2020
Winter Break Schedule

The CPDC will be closed from Thursday, December 24th through January 1st, reopening virtually on Monday, January 4th. Our remote office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

The CPDC Interview Center will be closed beginning Friday, December 18th and will reopen on the first day of classes (February 1, 2021).

November 4, 2020
CPDC Hosts Tartan Family Webinar Series

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Are you a family member of a CMU student? As part of the Tartan Family Webinar Series, check out the most recent webinar hosted by the CPDC - Career Planning in a Crisis: Helping Your Student Navigate Their Career Efforts During Uncertain Times.

During this webinar, the CPDC offered an update on the current state of internship and full-time recruiting; resources and programs to help students succeed; and strategies to support students during their career development efforts.

September 22, 2020
Recent Webinars


Have you checked out the new webinars offered by the CPDC lately? Topics include: Marketing Your Skills to Employers and Finding Employment Opportunities in a Challenging Market. Depending on your status as a student or guest to the CPDC website, you can access the videos via Career Launch or YouTube.

September 9, 2020
CPDC Interview Center Open for Virtual Interviews

One-hour room reservations for virtual interviews (phone, video, etc.) are now available in the CPDC Interview Center, Monday thru Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT. Please email to reserve your room. If you need longer than one hour for your virtual interview, please note this in your email to confirm availability.

September 7, 2020
FAQs for FALL 2020 – updated!

Here are a few Frequently Asked Questions the CPDC has received lately related to the fall semester. Stay tuned for more FAQs as the semester unfolds!

I’m interested in finding an on-campus job for the fall.  Where do I find more information?
On-campus student employment positions for the fall of 2020 are posted in Handshake. Please see the  On-Campus Student Employment website for more information on the current outlook for student employment during the fall semester. If you have any immediate questions, please contact Pati Kravetz.

I hear that the CPDC is continuing to offer all services virtually this fall. Does that include career fairs?
Yes! All of our typical career fairs are being offered virtually this fall. In fact, our largest career fair, Encompass, is joining forces with the TOC and Converge for one BIG COMBINED multi-day career fair event! See Handshake for more details and registration. As an added bonus, the CPDC is also offering a virtual workshop on August 11th to help you prepare for the TOC-Encompass-Converge fair. Register today and come prepared with your questions!  Additional information about other fall career fairs, workshops and events will be updated accordingly within Handshake as we approach the start of the semester. 

How do I set up a virtual appointment with a Career Consultant?
CPDC Career Consultants have been offering virtual appointments since the beginning of the pandemic. Follow these instructions to meet with a Career Consultant via Zoom or telephone. In addition to 1:1 sessions, the CPDC is offering Virtual Drop-Ins with Career Peer Mentors. 

I know the CPDC Advising Center in West Wing is physically closed and operating 100% virtually. What about the CPDC Interview Center?
One-hour room reservations for virtual interviews (phone, video, etc.) are now available in the CPDC Interview Center, Monday thru Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT. Please email to reserve your room. If you need longer than one hour for your virtual interview, please note this in your email to confirm availability.

If you have any additional urgent questions related to the fall semester, please reach out to your Career Consultant.

August 19, 2020


The Career Launch online learning class (hosted via Canvas) has been updated with an additional module! The new Module 9 contains a digital library full of pre-recorded workshops, videos and additional resources to help all undergraduate students navigate the new COVID-19 career landscape. Check out Career Launch and the new Module #9 prior to the virtual career fair in September!

July 20, 2020

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CMU recently featured a story on the CPDC's Summer Seminars program. Check out the article and be sure to check Handshake for details on the remaining seminars scheduled in July!

June 26, 2020
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It's hard to believe that July is upon us! The CPDC hosted several virtual Summer Seminars in June and are looking forward to an even busier July! Be sure to check out Handshake for a complete schedule with more details and registration information. Topics include project management, communication techniques, brand storytelling and business chemistry!

June 5, 2020
Pittsburgh Passport


This past semester, the COVID-19 pandemic sent many of us away from Pittsburgh, our home away from home. If you miss Pittsburgh or anticipate exploring a future job or internship in our fine city, check out The Pittsburgh Passport is your opportunity to virtually discover what it’s like to live, work and play in Pittsburgh. CLICK HERE for details on all the virtual opportunities and events at your fingertips! Kick-off is June 18!

MAY 29, 2020


Coming soon for all CMU students in June... CPDC Summer Seminars! Check Handshake soon for upcoming details, including seminar topics, dates and registration information.

As always, don't forget to check out our webinar page every week for new recordings. 

MAY 18, 2020

Just a reminder that the CPDC is OPEN ALL SUMMER with our usual hours of Monday thru Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Set up a virtual appointment with your Career Consultant today. In the meantime, check out the most recent recorded webinars from the CPDC. Topics include tips for working remotely and strategies for job searching during COVID-19.

MAY 1, 2020

Don't forget to check out the new webinars posted this week from the CPDC. Topics include how to master virtual interviewing and how a family can support a student's career search.

APRIL 24, 2020

The CPDC has recently offered webinars related to your career journey and the COVID-19 outbreak. We plan on hosting several more webinars over the coming weeks as well. In order to provide easy access to all of our recordings in one convenient location, we have created a new "Webinar Library." Check out the BLUE BOX in the righthand sidebar of this page. Stay tuned for more COVID-19-related webinars - new topics and dates will be announced soon!

APRIL 17, 2020
CPDC in the news


It has been a busy week in the CPDC! Check out the recent articles on the efforts the CPDC is making during the COVID-19 pandemic and how future graduates can adjust their career journey.


APRIL 6, 2020
Coronavirus + Your career questions (part 2)

If you missed Part 1 of the series, you can access the content HERE.

Below you will find recent frequently asked questions from students to the CPDC staff. Continue to email us your questions or set-up a remote appointment with your Career Consultant for more advice. We may use your question anonymously in a future email or post it on our NEW LINKEDIN PAGE.  

What will employers think of my qualifications when I don’t have an internship listed on my resumé from Summer 2020? Will it reflect poorly on me?
Employers will understand. The COVID-19 outbreak has affected everyone. Like you, an employer’s spring/summer 2020 will be impacted as well. During the Fall 2020 recruiting season, employers will look at your resumé for other experiences than a summer internship.

If I don’t have a summer internship, how can I still have a meaningful summer experience and show employers that I used my time wisely to better my skills and continue to build my resumé?
In this digital world we live in, there are so many resources at your disposal to still provide you with a valuable summer experience. Here are some ideas:


March 27, 2020
Coronavirus + Your career questions (part 1)

The CPDC is introducing the “Coronavirus + Your Career Questions” series. This series will feature frequently asked questions during recent appointments with Career Consultants. You can also send questions directly to the CPDC via email. We may use your question anonymously in a future email or post on our NEW LINKEDIN PAGE.

I have a job/internship lined up, but I haven't heard back from my recruiter in a while. What should I do?
Employers are currently determining the best path forward and will most likely announce those plans starting in April. Because of this, we recommend waiting until the first full week of April (April 6th) to reach out if you have not heard any updates from your future job or internship program. We are in conversations with many employers and therefore encourage you to reach out to your Career Consultant as they may have insight into a particular employer’s situation and could provide advice on how to contact the employer.

I have an internship in the U.S. this summer, but my parents want me to come back home overseas. Can I ask my company if I can work remotely?
Contact your company now to explain your situation and make your request to work remotely. If the company doesn’t allow remote work, it's important to contact your Career Consultant to let them know about your situation. If you are an international student, we strongly encourage you check with the Office of International Education (OIE) as soon as possible to evaluate if remote work is permitted under your status.

I am still searching for a job/internship. Should I just keep applying or is it too late?
Yes, you should keep applying, but understand that recruiters may take a while to respond. Tip: Sort job listings by date and apply to opportunities posted in the last few days. Handshake, LinkedIn, and Indeed are showing new postings -- so keep applying. Don’t forget to keep networking to set your application apart from others! Remember… everyone is currently battling uncertainty. Be patient, remain calm and stay positive!

March 20, 2020
CPDC Remote Office Hours

To protect the well-being of the university community as the coronavirus outbreak continues to be a rapidly changing situation, all Career & Professional Development Center offices (Advising Center and Interview Center) will be closed effective immediately until further notice.

While the physical offices will be closed, the CPDC staff will continue to be available to serve your needs and assist you remotely via phone, email or video/audio conferencing platforms. The remote office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

You can contact the CPDC via email or 412-268-2064. You can also reach out to your Career Consultant via the platforms mentioned in the previous (below) update.

March 16, 2020
CPDC Coronavirus Update:
Virtual & Phone Appointments, Online Resources, Event Changes

In light of Carnegie Mellon University’s preventative coronavirus efforts taking place around the world, the CPDC would like you to know that we are here for YOU. Our goal is to continue to support your career journey whether you are in Pittsburgh or elsewhere around the world.

Please review the below information regarding a variety of VIRTUAL and ONLINE RESOURCES available FREE to you. Information on any UPCOMING EVENTS is also included below.

REMEMBER… the CPDC is here to help and ensure that you are able to continue and make progress on your career search efforts.  


Whether you are off-campus or on-campus, the CPDC is only offering virtual or phone appointments at this time. If you are scheduling a new appointment, you will have the option to choose via which medium (virtual or phone) you would prefer to communicate with your Career Consultant:

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If you need to edit an existing appointment, please reach out to your Career Consultant or email

To conduct your appointment virtually, your Career Consultant will email you a ZOOM invitation link prior to your meetingPlease refer to this HOW TO USE ZOOM guide prior to your appointment to ensure your computer is equipped properly and you are familiar with the platform.

To conduct your appointment via phone, please provide the phone number you can be reached at in your Appointment Request.

REMEMBER: You can always email your Career Consultant and ask for advice and information if you have an immediate concern or question. This is a good choice if you have a quick question or need a resume/cover letter review.

Please note that Drop-In hours have ended for the semester - alternative offerings will be announced soon.


Please be aware that as a result of the coronavirus precautions, most employers are conducting VIRTUAL INTERVIEWS. If you have or anticipate an upcoming virtual interview, please review this PHONE AND VIRTUAL INTERVIEWING QUICK TIP GUIDE.

REMEMBER: If you are participating in either a virtual appointment or interview, PLEASE MAKE NOTE OF YOUR CONTACT’S TIME ZONE. For example, if you are currently in Seoul and have a ZOOM meeting with your Career Consultant located in Pittsburgh, remember that that your consultant is in the Eastern Standard time zone and schedule your appointment accordingly. 

Update (9/7/20) - One-hour room reservations for virtual interviews (phone, video, etc.) are now available in the CPDC Interview Center, Monday thru Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT. Please email to reserve your room. If you need longer than one hour for your virtual interview, please note this in your email to confirm availability.


The CPDC offers several online resources to you via both HANDSHAKE and our BROWSE RESOURCES page. Some of these resources are listed below!


VMock provides instant resume feedback via an online platform that uses sophisticated algorithms and data science along with machine learning and artificial intelligence to assist students in optimizing their resumes.

Career Launch

Career Launch in an online learning platform (hosted via Canvas) containing video modules that provide an overview of career and CPDC-related content.

Big Interview

Big Interview is an online system that combines training AND practice to help improve your interview technique and build your confidence.


Using an exclusive, licensed and patent-pending set of integrated tools, CareerShift enables students to find both published and hidden job opportunities easily using a robust company and contact database.


GoinGlobal Career Guides are packed with country specific career information developed by a local career specialist. These guides are updated annually and feature recommended employment websites and resources.


Please refer to Handshake for upcoming CPDC events, workshops, etc. If the event has been changed (canceled, postponed, link update, etc.), the event description will note the change and subsequent steps to take.

The CPDC would like to reiterate that we are here for you no matter your location for the remainder of this semester. Please reach out to us if you have any questions at or 412-268-2064. For up-to-the minute news and developments campus-wide, please refer to the CMU ALERT PAGE.