Career Services assists students in translating their liberal arts education into volunteer, graduate school and employment opportunities. The staff provides resources, educational services and support for life-long career planning. Our career development model emphasizes intentional and active engagement by students throughout their college careers and includes:
- Self-Exploration: examining one's values, strengths, interests, and abilities
- Major and Career Exploration: learning about major and career possibilities that fit one's values, strengths, interests, and abilities
- Gaining Experience: integrating an honest awareness of self with career possibilities and then testing through experiences (e.g., internships, undergraduate research, volunteer/service opportunities, study abroad, jobs)
- Planning for After Graduation: pursuing employment, striving for graduate school or engaging in full-time service/volunteer opportunities
Career Services offers an array of services and resources to assist students with their career development process. Individual appointments with a Career Counselor are available to discuss major and career issues and goals, career tools (e.g., resumes, interviewing, networking), strategies, and resources. These sessions may also include the use of self-assessment inventories focused on personal interests, skills, and values. Career programs cover a full-spectrum of topics; these seminars range from The Graduate School Process to Your Liberal Arts Education in the Corporate World and from Social Media in the Job/Internship Search to Volunteering/Serving Full-Time After Graduation.
Students can use the Career website (www.csbsju.edu/Career.htm) to explore majors and careers, develop career tools (resumes, interviewing skills, networks, etc.), research opportunities (internships, jobs, etc.), and learn about career events (workshops, fairs, etc.). E-link is the CSB/SJU Career site for postings (jobs, internships, volunteer opportunities), career events, and the On-Campus Interview Program (OCI). OCI, coupled with Career Fairs and Career EXPO, connect students to hundreds of employers. Students can visit the Career Resource Centers for information and assistance as well as the Career social media sites on Linkedin, Facebook, and Twitter.
Career Services extensively partners with our alumnae/i. Annually the Career Exploration Series (CES) consists of approximately 15 panels with 4-6 alums speaking about their careers, trends, and opportunities. The CESs include What Can I do With a Major in ___? or Careers in _____. Career EXPO consists of seminars, a fair, and a networking reception. Over 100 alums participate by sitting on a seminar panel (Standing Out: The Hiring Process, Global Opportunities, Applying to Graduate School, etc.), representing their organization at the Fair or participating in the reception. Students can individually connect with alums via the Career Networking (CANE) files for information interviews, job shadows, and contacts. Career Services' LinkedIn Group is a forum for students to professionally network, pose questions, and peruse job and internship opportunities. These connections are vital to all students whether they're learning about majors and careers, striving for graduate school or pursuing experience and jobs.
Annually CSB/SJU Career Services conducts a survey of graduating seniors to understand their first step out of CSB/SJU. Alumnae/i in each class are contacted within twelve months of their graduation and over 90% of CSB/SJU graduates respond to the survey. Of the 90%+ respondents to the CSB/SJU survey, 98% or more indicate that within one year of graduation, they are situated including being employed, continuing their education or serving full-time (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, faith-based organizations). These findings indicate that we can confidently confirm our graduates are finding opportunities that satisfy their interests and career goals. Visit http://www.csbsju.edu/Outcomes-Database.htm to learn more about our recent graduates.