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 Your Premier Source For An Educated Workforce

SDACCC connects employers to an educated workforce.

The goal of this site is to serve as a connection between employers, college career centers, educational organizations, and a wide spectrum of employment ready graduates from post secondary institutions across the state of South Dakota.  

Members of the South Dakota Association of College Career Centers (SDACCC), formerly known as the South Dakota Career Planning and Placement Association (SDCPPA), include nearly all colleges, universities, and technical schools in South Dakota.  Each year post secondary institutions in the state of South Dakota graduate anywhere from 35,000 to 45,000 students with backgrounds ranging in healthcare, education, technology, business, government, industry and much more!

SDACCC works together with employers and organizations to better prepare our post-secondary graduates for a successful transition into the workforce.  We do this through career events, conferences, and hosting employers and organizations to participate in panels with our members, to discuss workforce issues or work together to educate our students.


SDACCC connects students and alumni to employers.

Career Service Professionals from colleges and technical institutes across the state of South Dakota work together to connect students and alumni from our member organizations with employers through various career events and networking opportunities.  Career advice, job searching strategies, relevant articles, and the latest career events can also be found on our blog for students and alumni to enjoy.  Check out our Students and Alumni page for more information!

 

 

News, Updates, and Career Tips

South Dakota Association of College Career Centers Awards Three Members with Lifetime Honorary Membership

RAPID CITY, S.D. (June 13, 2018) –Susan Fredrikson, Career Development Specialist, South Dakota State University (SDSU), Darrell Sawyer, Assistant Vice President for Student Development, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (SDSMT), and Marie Lohsandt, former Associate Vice President of Student Affairs and Director of Career Services at Dakota State University (DSU) were awarded with Honorary Lifetime Memberships to the South Dakota Association of College Career Centers (SDACCC) during the bi-annual conference in Rapid City at the end of May. 

The SDACCC Board of Directors have selected Fredrikson, Sawyer, and Lohsandt for the Lifetime Honorary Membership as the award is bestowed upon members who have provided significant contribution to SDACCC efforts, goals and purposes.  Susan Fredrikson (SDSU) has been a member of SDACCC since 1994.  Susan served as President of the South Dakota Career Planning and Placement Association (SDCPPA) from 2005-2007, and also chaired the Teacher Job Fair in 1997, 1998, 2001,2002 and 2011.  Darrell Sawyer (SDSMT) has been a member of SDACCC since 1999.  During that time, Darrell has served as President of SDCPPA/SDACCC from 2007-2009, chaired the Black Hills Regional Job Fair in 2003, and currently chairs the Finance Committee for the upcoming 2019 Black Hills Regional Job Fair.  Marie Lohsandt (DSU) has been a member of SDACCC since 1994.  During this time Marie has served as President of SDCPPA from 1999-2001, chaired the South Dakota Teacher Job Fair in 2000 and the Business, Industry and Government Job Fair in 2003, 2004, 2010, 2015-2018.

About SDACCC:

SDACCC's mission is to educate and empower students of South Dakota post-secondary institutions to achieve their career goals. Members of SDACCC include industry and career service professionals from nearly all of the public and private universities and technical institutes in South Dakota, as well as the South Dakota Teacher Placement Center.  Individuals or organizations who are education-related, service-related, or employer-related can also become members of SDACCC.

SDACCC hosts a FREE online job posting site for employers to reach member institution students and alumni and sponsors three major job fairs each spring: South Dakota BIG (Business, Industry, Government) Job Fair, Black Hills Regional Job Fair, and the South Dakota Teacher Job Fair. For more information about SDACCC and its members go to www.getgrads.com.

 

What are you going to do with THAT major?

As a career services professional I cannot tell you how many times I've met with students to talk about career options and the first thing they ask is, "What can I do with my major?"  As if my facial expression doesn't give the answer away most of the time, I smile and say "Whatever you want to do!"  

According to the Washington Post, only 27% of college grads have a job related to their major.  If you think about it, how many times have you looked a job posting that said, History/English/Philosopy/Math major wanted?  Sure there are a few specific degree paths that lead to very specific employment opportunities, however, if you look at the majority of job postings, you will find that employers instead are looking for skills and related experience.  A wide variety of majors can teach you key skills that employers look for such as communication skills, problem-solving skills, or analytical thinking skills.  Employers want to know that you are trainable and that you have the right skills needed to be successful in their industry.

Employers also want to see that you've taken initiative during your college years and have either had an internship, part-time job, volunteered, or gotten involved in organizations on campus.  This shows the employer that you are a well-rounded citizen and will make you a more competitive applicant after graduation.

So while there are lots of options for college graduates to pursue many different industries and opportunities, how does one narrow it down?  First think about your own experience and skill sets, are you noticing any connections?  Maybe you've found you are excellent at working in a team or perhaps organizing events.  Check out the Occupational Outlook Handbook through the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  You will find you can search industries and careers and it will tell you what skills are required.  Whatever your skill set or experience might be, some of the best ways to explore career paths are through job shadowing, completing internships or taking on a part-time job in the industry or field.  

So next time you're asked, "What are you going to do with THAT major?"  You can tell everyone "Whatever I Want!"