Career Planning and Development Center Ready to Assist Virtually

Career Planning and Development Center Connecting Virtual

With the outbreak of COVID-19 requiring so many courses and services to move to remote operations, many students may be concerned they won't get the resources or guidance they once did while on campus. The Career Planning and Development Center has taken steps to make sure that students are still receiving these resources and guidance virtually.

The CPDC has provided virtual appointment options for students and recent graduates for over two years, and now offers a virtual format for over 75 percent of the career development and employer programs and events.

"Our response to COVID-19 while keeping students' needs at the forefront was to seamlessly move all of our future advising appointments and remaining programs for the year, to virtual modalities leveraging the technology that Webster already has in place," said John Link, director of the Career Planning & Development Center. "Through WebEx, Microsoft Teams and our online career management system, Handshake, we have not observed a disruption in our activities, only adjusting to the new formats that we are offering our services and programs."

The Career Planning and Development Center will continue to innovate in the coming days and weeks to do what they enjoy doing best, provide individual support to assist students develop the career readiness skills and confidence necessary to succeed. "Embracing these changes has to be met with our 'putting students first' mindset so we can all work through these adjustments with optimism," said Link.


Learn more about CPDC resources in the links below:

CPDC Resources During COVID-19 Response

Requesting a Career Advising Appointment


  • To request a career advising appointment, please set up the appointment through your Handshake account at
  • When logged into your Handshake, select "Career Center" and then "Appointments" to view a listing of available appointment days/times with a career advisor. When all of the fill-in information is completed, submit your appointment request.
  • The assigned advisor will review your request and will either approve or request an alternative meeting day/time. You can manage your appointments anytime through your Handshake account (re-scheduling, cancelling, etc.).


You may also coordinate your advising appointment through e-mail by sending a message to Rebecca Nelson, associate director, Career Planning & Development Center, at, with the following information:

  • In the subject line, write “Career Advising Appointment Request”
  • In the body of your message, include your first and last name, student ID number, if you would prefer to meet with a career advisor by phone or video-conference, 2-3 options for meeting days/times (M-F 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.), and what you would like to discuss with a career advisor (job search, review of application materials, interview coaching, etc.)

Nelson will monitor her e-mail to coordinate schedules with students and career advisors. Students will receive a confirmation e-mail indicating that the appointment has been requested and is pending approval by a career advisor.

Upcoming Virtual Events

"Meet" & Eat Virtual Session with Wells Fargo Advisors
Monday, March 23, and Wednesday, March 25, both days at noon
Students can learn about the Wells Fargo Advisors Practicum Program during this virtual session. This program is geared toward junior & senior business students.
Click to Join March 23 Event
Click to Join March 25 Event

Finding a Graduate Program that Fits
Wednesday, March 25, at 4 p.m.
During this virtual session,  Participants will review considerations and strategies for identifying a graduate program that will be a good fit for their personal and career goals.
Click to Join Event

Trailblazers: Women of AT&T Virtual Event
Thursday, March 26, at 11:30 a.m.
During this virtual event, hear from five of AT&T's inspirational Trailblazers on AT&T's culture, Employee Groups and Mentorship. Discussion topics will also include managing work-life balance, supporting the next generation of female leaders and more.
Click to Join Event

Acing the Interview
Wednesday, April 1, at 4 p.m.
Saturday, April 4, at 1 p.m.
There are common questions that tend to be asked in interviews across career fields. Learn how to master these frequently asked interview questions during this 45-minute webinar. Participants will learn frameworks for structuring responses, familiarize themselves with guidelines for answering common interview questions, and develop questions to ask an employer at an interview.
Click to Join April 1 Event
Click to Join April 4 Event

Featured LinkedIn Learning Collection

Faculty, staff and students have access to thousands of courses, videos and content within the LinkedIn Learning platform.  Each week, the Career Planning & Development Center will highlight videos and resources from LinkedIn Learning. This week, view our picks for Remote Working. 

Get started today with LinkedIn Learning by syncing your personal account with your e-mail for unlimited access to professional development content. Note, you do not need a personal LinkedIn account to access LinkedIn Learning. Click the button below, which will prompt you to log-on with your enterprise ID and password.

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