Purple Briefcase preps Oilers for careers

CCPD moves on from OilerConnection 

By Mac Williams

Finding a job can sometimes seem overwhelming. Where does one start? Where do people find job opportunities? These are some of the questions that many students ask themselves when it comes to searching for a career or internship. Fortunately for students, Purple Briefcase can help with the search, as well as connect students to alumni and employers.

According to Katrina Shull, client services specialist at the University of Findlay, students received an email at the beginning of the 2016-2017 academic year with login information for their individual Purple Briefcase accounts. According to Shull, users will need to login using the credentials explained in the email, and then proceed in setting up their personal profiles.

According to Shull, Purple Briefcase offers several key services that may be beneficial to students: availability to connect with potential employers and alumni; schedule interviews with employers; gain access to upcoming job fairs; and an option to sync Purple Briefcase with their calendars.

Shull said that this service is an upgrade at UF. Purple Briefcase is much easier to use than the Oiler Connection application was.

“Purple Briefcase is much more user-friendly, and helps our students with creating a personal brand for themselves,” said Shull. “The program also syncs with the University’s email services, which allows students to more easily make appointments.”

According to Shull, 3,000 employers have been invited to register with the University’s Purple Briefcase program.

“It can be very difficult to land the internship that students want, that is why we recommend that students visit the Center for Career and Professional Development during their first year on campus, as well as register on Purple Briefcase,” said Shull.

According to Alexis Currie, experiential learning and career placement specialist at UF, the move to Purple Briefcase comes with a reduced cost to the University as well.

“The program allows us to be more flexible on the financial side of things,” said Currie.

The exact amount of money that was saved by the switch was not disclosed. According to Currie, students can also receive a ‘purple score’ by utilizing all of the tools available on Purple Briefcase.

“Job seekers get a ‘purple score’ that indicates how far along in the process they are to achieving their career goals,” said Currie.

The next time students feel the heat of the real world remember that Purple Briefcase along with the Center for Career and Professional Development (CCPD), are here to help equip students with meaningful lives and productive careers.

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