Career planning vehicle comes to Bloomsburg University

BLOOMSBURG— Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania will host the Parachute College Program Wednesday, Sept. 28, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., to help students and graduates prepare for life after college.

The Parachute College Program is based on Richard Bolles’ “What Color is Your Parachute?” a book for career changers and job hunters. The Parachute program is set up to help small businesses, corporations and individuals.

“We hope that this program will help students be more aware of the services that are available to them,” said Carol Barnett, BU’s director of career development. “They always need to be thinking about careers and where they are headed.”

Parachute’s 40-foot recreational vehicle travels to campuses across the country to serve as a mobile classroom. The RV has a small production studio where students may be interviewed, documentary style, about their experiences as they move into their careers. A canopy is also set up were students can learn about upcoming career center events, win prizes and create business cards.

“All students that register at the booth will get business cards which could help them in their job search process,” Barnett said.

The bus is scheduled to visit 50 U.S. campuses this year, and Bloomsburg University is one of only five stops in Pennsylvania. At BU, the bus will be parked in front of the Warren Student Services Center and the event is open to all students free of charge.

Thirty-minute workshops offered aboard the RV will cover personal finance at 11 a.m.; the business of life, focusing on the importance of working with people, balancing work and personal lives and embracing change, at 1 p.m.; and an overview of credit, credit cards, student loans and financial planning at 2 p.m. Each workshop includes of a question-and-answer segment. Information from the Career Development Center will be available throughout the day, as well as refreshments. Interviews with students will begin at 11 a.m.

“The Career Development Center does a good job of getting the message across, but sometimes students want to hear it from their peer group. The people on the bus are all recent college graduates,” said Barnett.

For information about the Parachute Express program at BU, contact the Career Development Office at (570) 389-4070.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students and offers 65 bachelor’s, 18 master’s and one doctoral degree.