The Center for Career Development Elite Partners Program is intended for those employers seeking to maximize their opportunities to recruit UT students through the center. Without question, increased brand visibility is a key component in a successful recruiting campaign. Our goal for the Elite Partners program is to work closely with you to maximize opportunities for your organization to interact with our students and help us educate, prepare and inform them of issues related to career management. We also want to improve your ability to fill on-campus schedules with the best and brightest UT students. Your support helps ensure that we can deliver state-of-the-art programs and services to UT students through the center and shows your commitment to The University of Tennessee in general. The following outlines several levels of partnership for your organization to consider.
*Employer of the Month is an opportunity to build brand recognition and engage with students that can be utilized anytime between 9:00am and 4:00pm. For more details, contact us at 865-974-5435.
Brief History of the Department
The Center for Career Development can trace its inception to the 1930s when it was established as The Office of Appointments. It was later called the Placement Office, Career Planning and Placement, Career Services and most recently the Center for Career Development. Amazingly, only three directors have led the department between 1951 and 2009: Mr. Howard Lumsden (1951-1983), Dr. Robert Greenberg (1983-2005) and Mr. Russ Coughenour (2005- 2014). Ms. Stephanie Kit currently serves as Interim Director.
Since 1974, when the career planning function moved from the Counseling Center to its present location in the Center for Career Development, the department has offered the traditional services and resources typically associated with a career function. We serve students, alumni, employers and faculty on all career-related issues including choosing majors and developing career goals, finding part-time jobs, summer work and internships, and securing post-undergraduate opportunities whether that is full-time employment or graduate school. The office has always been centralized and serves all University of Tennessee, Knoxville students. In the past academic year, we hosted more than 3300 interviews for 230 employers at Center for Career Development. Additionally, more than 800 employers and 6000 students attended our job fairs. The College of Engineering also has an Office of Professional Practice which arranges co-ops for COE students.
Colleges at the University of Tennessee are represented in the Center for Career Development by consultants who work with students, faculty and employers daily.