Preparing Students for the Workplace
Students, have you thought much about your life after Denison and how to get there? Well, the Knowlton Center has.
The Knowlton Center for Career Exploration is a place for Denisonians to get advice and knowledge about potential future career paths, both during your time here and five years post-graduation.
CRISP, or the Career Ready for Interview Success Program is designed to help build your confidence and provide you with the skills needed to compete for jobs and internships. The program offers workshops on interviews, resume and cover letter building, and networking. Students also submit a cover letter and resume and complete a mock interview for quick feedback and suggestions for improvement from career coaches.
“Denison students are engaged with the community academically and organizationally,” says Michele Doran, associate director of the Knowlton Center. “But they can tend to have trouble with articulating their experiences.”
One important component of CRISP is learning how to network. The Knowlton Center emphasizes the importance of networking for future job and interview preparation, but often students don’t understand what it really entails. Through the CRISP Networking Workshop, students learn how to build their professional network through tools like LinkedIn and Wisr. They also practice making important connections.
“Students build a network of people who can provide information and support to help them reach their goals,” says Doran. “No one can help you if no one knows what you are looking for.”
After participating in CRISP, students said it was helpful and a good learning experience that helps them build their future career paths.
CRISP helps students beyond their first internship or job. It can also help you better understand the foundations of career readiness, and learn to articulate your value and the experiences you bring.