Did you know that the career development process begins as soon as you enter St. Joseph’s College?
The counselors in the Office of Career Development and Engagement are here to provide you with personalized services to assist you in mapping out and discovering your career goals. The office has designed a four-year career development plan, which can be tailored to your specific career needs and provides a framework to help you gain the most out of your college experience.
Freshman Year: Self-Assessment and Career Planning
The first year of college is an exciting time: a new school, a new network of friends and new experiences every day. While you are beginning this journey, keep in mind that the Office of Career Development and Engagement has a number of tools and resources to help you get started on uncovering your career path.
- Meet with a counselor in the Office of Career Development and Engagement to begin the process of developing and implementing a personalized four year career development plan.
- Assess your interests, skills, values and abilities through career self-assessment tools such as the Strong Interest Inventory.
- Get acquainted with the College catalogue and the majors offered at St. Joseph’s College. Gain a better understanding of all program requirements and course descriptions. The Academic Advisement Center and faculty advisers are available to assist you with your course planning.
- Become familiar with the office’s career resources available through MySJC Portal, including Career Ideas for Majors in… and the firstname.lastname@example.org weekly email blast.
- Get involved on and off campus by participating in student clubs, organizations, volunteer and various employment opportunities to explore your interests, skills, values and abilities.
- Begin building your network in potential fields of interest.
- Utilize a career counselor to help you transition your resume from high school to college. View Optimal Resume to gain insight into resume building, cover letter writing and other career related tools.
- Cultivate relationships with faculty and staff. Make an appointment to meet with the departments for majors of interest.
- Attend various career related events to begin your research concerning possible career, internship and volunteer opportunities.
- Strive for academic success and seek assistance from the Academic Center and Math Lab.
Sophomore Year: Career Exploration
After a full year of college completed, you should be one stop closer to selecting a major. To stay on track with your career development plan, it is important to choose your academic courses with purpose.
- Re-evaluate your career interests, skills, values and abilities based on your first year experiences. Meet with a counselor in the Office of Career Development and Engagement to discuss your four year career development plan.
- Start looking at the requirements of various honor societies offered here at St. Joseph’s College. The qualifying criteria, such as academic and non-academic information, vary for each one.
- Explore internship opportunities to learn about careers and to gain valuable experience.
- Take on an active role within a student club or organization to develop your communication, teamwork, leadership and problem-solving skills.
- Conduct informational interviews with professionals in your field of interest to gain a better understanding of a particular career and continue to broaden your network of contacts.
- Prepare your resume and have it critiqued by a counselor in the Office of Career Development and Engagement. Schedule a mock interview to help prepare you for an internship or job opportunity.
- Apply for and connect with the Alumni Mentoring Program to gain advice, insight and information from alumni mentors.
- Continue to cultivate relationships with faculty and staff and strive for academic success.
- Research the opportunities available in the Office of Global Studies focusing on studying abroad.
- All students are highly encouraged to have chosen a major upon completion of the core curriculum, generally seen during their sophomore year.
Junior Year: Experience and Goal Setting
By now you have selected a major and are now narrowing down your career choices. Networking, gaining experience in your field and developing leadership skills are all key aspects of this academic year.
- Meet with a counselor in the Office of Career Development and Engagement to begin the formulation of a job and/or graduate school planning.
- Become familiar with the minors, certificates and career readiness tracks offered at the College and fill out the appropriate paperwork with the Registrar’s Office.
- Build practical experience by applying for internships, research opportunities, paid positions, student activities and volunteer work. Meet with your academic adviser to discuss the academic internship available to most majors.
- Take advantage of study abroad opportunities offered by the Office of Global Studies. These opportunities, along with internships, provide you with experience that allows you to become a more attractive candidate for graduate school and employers.
- Get involved in a professional organization or affiliation related to your career field of interest. Inexpensive student memberships are often available and these provide you with great information, networking tips and tools.
- Research graduate school possibilities and find out information regarding application requirements and deadlines. Register and prepare for admission exams such as the GRE, LSAT, GMAT and MCAT. Attend the annual Graduate School Fair hosted by the Office of Career Development and Engagement.
- Make a point of attending the annual Pathways to Success Internship and Job Fair along with other career-related events on campus.
- Continue to cultivate your relationships with faculty and staff; consider individuals that you would ask to either write or to be a reference for internship, job opportunity or graduate school application.
Senior Year: Implementation and Transition
Graduation is just around the corner. Whether you are planning to attend graduate school or begin your career, the Office of Career Development and Engagement can assist you with this transition. If your four-year career development plan has changed or you feel that you need to make adjustments, there is still time to gain experience, network with employers and perfect your resume writing and interviewing skills.
- Meet with a counselor in the Office of Career Development and Engagement to polish your career portfolio in preparation for life after graduation.
- If you are contemplating graduate school, complete all applications, required tests, personal statements and all other requirements necessary for admission.
- Request and gather letters of recommendation for graduate school and employment opportunities.
- Students at St. Joseph’s College are provided with a strong liberal arts curriculum. It is important for all students to be able to effectively communicate with employers all of the transferable skills and abilities that they have acquired.
- Attend the Pathways to Success Internship and Job Fair, Graduate School Fair and other career related events to meet recruiters and gather information for future possibilities.
- Connect with the Office of Alumni Relations; sign-up for the Alumni Mentoring Program, provide the office with your contact information and learn about all of the available alumni benefits and services.
- Students who are undecided about pursing graduate school and/or employment after graduation should consider gaining valuable experiences during this GAP Year to make the most of that time including internships, volunteer opportunities and travel.