CDPC

Career Development and Placement Cell (CDPC)

Vision

CDPC envisions to ensure thoughtful career planning and the successful transition of SCET’s graduates to the next phase of their lives after graduation. It aims to guide and support students in deciding their future career paths, be it to choose a major and apply to graduate school, search for internships or full-time employment, or come up with an idea for a startup.

To achieve its vision, CDPC facilitates students in achieving their unique career goals by offering a variety of services through Counseling, Training and Development, Networking and Experience Building – to ensure that they are prepared for internships, employment, entrepreneurship, or graduate school.

CDPC professional staff’s commitment ensures that students are provided with career guidance and resources to help them identify and work towards their career and personal goals. The Office also provides employer information and connects students to prospective employers through a variety of career trainings and events.

Mission

Mission of Career Development and Placement Cell (CDPC) is to support students in achieving their unique career goals through counselling, training, and development.

The Career Development and Placement Cell was launched in line with Swedish College of Engineering and Technology’s mission to provide support to its students to educate and enable them to become competent, caring, and critically-conscious members of society.

Objective

Objective of the Career Development and Placement Cell is to guide students to choose right career and to give knowledge, skill, and aptitude and meet the manpower requirements of the Industry through ensuing these key areas as chapters. 

  • Counseling & Guidance for Career Planning
  • Industrial Linkage
  • Internships
  • Job Placements
  • Career Resources

Counseling & Guidance for Career Planning

Career Planning is a process of making thoughtful choices about the future based on personal goals, interests, capabilities, circumstances and personal and family aspirations. The vision of Counseling and Guidance at SCET is to see each student develop the confidence, professionalism, and skills required to kick-start their career and pursue their desired career objectives, be it for a job, graduate school or an entrepreneurial venture.

Counseling and guidance at SCET helps students in finding the answers to their career questions, and helps them reflect, do the necessary research, and plan accordingly for their future. CDPC engages students for guidance and counseling through following ways:

One-on-one Counseling (with prior appointment) and Group Counseling Sessions

Students can sign up for one-on-one counselling by making an appointment with a career counselor. During one-on-one sessions students can discuss career options based on their field of interest, and counselors can gather essential data using various tools to help students reflect on their skills and passion. Counselors also guide students to explore further, reflecting on key areas as they begin to decide about their future.

  • Schedule an appointment by sending a request at cdpc@swedishryk.edu.pk
  • Walk into the Office and talk to the counselor for an appointment.

Students with similar career aspirations or queries are encouraged to schedule a group counseling session with the career counselors.

  • Schedule an appointment by sending a request at  cdpc@swedishryk.edu.pk
  • Walk in to the Office and talk to the counselor for an appointment.

Career Events and Activities

CDPC has built connections and relationships with employers from diverse sectors, and engages them in a variety of activities and events. These events provide an opportunity to SCET’s students for networking and career exploration before they start applying for internships and jobs. Career events also introduce employers to the distinctive SCET educational experience and the skills and competencies of SCET graduates.

Industrial Linkage

Industrial Study Visit

CDPC industrial linkage chapter will put its efforts to manage and arrange industrial study visit of diverse industries as per requirements of different departments.

Industrial services/Design Projects

CDPC industrial linkage chapter will look after and provide the design projects/problem solution equipment testing//calibration services time to time.   

Internships

An internship plays an important role in a university degree as it bridges theoretical knowledge with practical skills that are needed in one’s professional life. These are skills which are usually difficult to teach in a University setting.

The CDPC career Services has developed a comprehensive Internship Program to facilitate students in preparing for and applying for internships that meet their career goals and field of interest.

Internships offer students a chance to gain work experience before graduation as well as an opportunity to start experiencing and understanding the work place. Internships are also critical for networking with potential employers.

A well-planned internship that has clear goals benefits the student, the university, and the employer.

Benefits to the Student

  • Acquire hands-on experience in a desired career interest or field.
  • Recognize her/his own competences and assess her/his own work and learning.
  • Learn how to apply concepts and theories to real-world decision-making.
  • Develop and improve skills in communication, critical thinking, problem solving, negotiation, leadership, and teamwork.
  • Build connections and develop a network with professionals.
  • Increase employment prospects in various industries.
  • Build a portfolio for applying to graduate school or for employment.
  • Develop a solid work ethic and professional demeanor, as well as a commitment to ethical conduct and social responsibility.

The Office of CDPC career Services strongly recommends students to take up full-time internships during their summer and winter breaks, or part-time internships during the semester (if their schedule allows for the same). CDPC actively facilitates students in acquiring internship opportunities. Students can work as an intern for a variety of organizations and institutions in diverse sectors. There are different types of internships that they can apply for:

  • Paid vs Unpaid Internships
  • Part-time vs Full-time Internships
  • Professional Internships – working with organizations in the corporate sector
  • Social internships – Working with organizations focusing on community welfare and social development; this can include volunteer work as well.

Undertaking an Internship

If you want to take up an internship during the summer or winter break, or during the semester, start planning for it a semester earlier. Follow the steps below to secure a good internship opportunity:

Step I: Start Planning

  • Meet with an official at CDPC to discuss requirements and prerequisites for planning for your internship.
  • Write down the goals you want to achieve through internships.
  • Develop your resume, cover letter, and portfolio. Get your documents reviewed by CDPC.
  • Join the CDPC social page/group stay up-to-date with internship opportunities
  • Begin networking with alumni, faculty, staff, senior students and potential employers to explore options.
  • Attend the Industry Meet and Greet and Career Fair to meet with employers.

Fill in the Internship Intent Form and submit it to CDPC at least month before start of internship.

Step II: Getting Ready

  • Enhance your interviewing skills and finalize your documents by participating in the workshops organized by CDPC.
  • Schedule a mock interview through CDPC.
  • Do your research – Read up on the organization(s) before applying for internships.

Step III: Apply

  • Explore and apply to internship postings listed with various online sources such as Indeed, Career Join and LinkedIn besides the CDPC’s social group.
  • Respond to interview calls and appear for interviews.
  • Send thank you letters to recruiters within 24 hours of the interview.
  • Once you have been offered an internship, ensure that it meets the criteria for academic credit (if any), and complete the necessary paperwork with the help of Career Services.
  • Send an email to accept the internship offer.

Step IV: Work as an Intern

  • Attend CDPC’s internship orientation session to understand key values and conduct you need to demonstrate during your internships.
  • Work as per your internship timings and demonstrate professionalism in every aspect of your work.
  • Keep a diary to record your significant experiences and learnings.
  • Be curious and proactive at your workplace to learn about new things and take initiatives keeping organization’s policies in view.
  • Once your internship is completed, submit a report to CDPC. A template of the report to be provided by CDPC.

Job Placements

The Office of CDPC for career Services actively supports graduating students and alumni in seeking job opportunities and getting ready for employment through its career development program. CDPC’s network with employers help graduating students in exploring a variety of career options.

Embarking on Your Career Journey

Step I: Start Planning

  • Meet with a Career Counselor at CDPC in the beginning of your junior year to help develop and reflect on your career goals by assessing your interests, skills, and strengths so that you can start identifying and narrowing down relevant job options.
  • Begin networking with alumni, faculty, staff, senior students and potential employers to explore options and understand the types of available job options.
  • Meet with people working in your field of interest, or the type of job you are aspiring for, to learn from their experience.
  • Ensure that you take at least one internship during your undergraduate study, and also participate in activities beyond-the-classroom such as sports, community services, attending conferences, volunteer work and more. All these experiences will strengthen your experience and your resume.

Step II: Develop Transitional Skills and Essential Tools

  1. Attend career training workshops conducted by CDPC. These workshops will help you develop and enhance your transitional skills such as interviewing skills, job search skills, negotiation, networking and more.
  2. Participate in mock interview exercises.
  3. Develop essential tools and get them reviewed by CDPC to ensure accuracy and quality:
  4. Cover letter
  5. Resume
  6. Portfolio

Step IV: Take Your Employment Process Forward

  1. Apply for relevant opportunities related to your field of interest and goal(s).
  2. Prepare for interviews. Take help from CDPC and other sources.
  3. Respond to interview calls professionally. Even if you decide not to take an interview or job test, inform the employers and send a regret email/call.
  4. Follow-up with employers after applying. All the best!

Career Resources

The Office of Career Services facilitates SCET students by providing various career resources and relevant tools to develop and enhance their skills/documents. Following are some resources for your reference:

Cover Letters and Resumes Templates

These resources will help you in developing professional cover letters and resumes to apply for jobs or graduate school.