Career Services assists students in translating their liberal arts education into opportunities for work, graduate school and service. Our career development model emphasizes intentional and active engagement by students throughout their college careers and includes:
- Self-Exploration: identifying one's interests, skills, and values
- Major and Career Exploration: learning about and connecting major and career possibilities to one's interests, skills, and values
- Gaining Experience: integrating an honest awareness of self with career possibilities and 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 resources, services, and support to assist students with their career development.
- Individual appointments with a Career Counselor are available to discuss major and career options, goals, career tools (resumes, interviewing, networking, etc ...), strategies, and resources. These sessions may include assessment inventories focused on personal interests, skills, and values.
- Career programs cover a full-spectrum of topics; career seminars and workshops focus on major and career exploration, internship and job searches, graduate school, and full-time service.
- Career Services presents to classes including First Year Seminars and Capstone courses; topics range from leveraging a liberal arts education and resumes (for undergraduate research, graduate school, internships/jobs) to effective interviewing and standing out in the internship and job search.
- The Career website (http://www.csbsju.edu/career) offers information 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.
- On-Campus Interviewing, coupled with career fairs, Career EXPO, and other events facilitated by Career Services, annually connects students to 600+ employers.
- Career Resource Centers (located on each campus) provide information and assistance (resume critiques, practice interviews, networking tips, links to alums, and more).
- Social media (Linkedin including the CSB/SJU Career Connections group, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Pinterest) serves as another venue to connect to Career Services.
Career Services extensively partners with CSB/SJU alums; annually Career Services connects 400+ alums with students via seminars, panels, receptions, workshops, and fairs.
- Several alums sit on each Career Exploration Series panel and speak about careers, trends, industries, and job/internship opportunities. Topics focus on What Can I do With a Major in ___? or Careers in _____.
- Career EXPO consists of 15 seminars, a fair, and a networking reception. Over 175 alums participate by sitting on a seminar panels (Standing Out: The Hiring Process, International Business, Applying to Graduate School, etc.), representing their organization at the Fair or participating in a networking reception.
- Over 100 alums connect with students at the CSB/SJU Student-Alum Private Colleges Networking Reception.
- Several times a year Career Services partners with departments to offer informal student-alum meet and greets.
- Students can individually connect with alums via the Career Networking (CANE) files for information interviews, job shadows, professional contacts, and advice on careers, graduate school, and strategies.
- Career Services' LinkedIn Group provides a forum for students to professionally connect with alums and employers, pose questions, and peruse job and internship opportunities.
All these connections are vital to students whether they're learning about majors and careers, striving for graduate school or pursuing experience and jobs.
Annually Career Services surveys graduating seniors to understand their first step out of CSB/SJU. Graduating seniors are contacted within twelve months of their graduation; over 90% of CSB/SJU graduates respond to the survey. Of the 90%+ respondents to the CSB/SJU survey, 99% 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://apps.csbsju.edu/grads/ to learn more about our recent graduates.