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Career Planning


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    Office: Scotus 323                                          
    Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m., evenings by appointment 
    Phone: 814-472-3019
    Email: careerservices@francis.edu

    Beth McGregor, Career Services Director 
    Kate Labriola, Assistant Director, Internships/Employer Relations                     
    Rebecca Cacciotti, Student Career Coordinator
    Renee Wirfel, Graduate Assistant

    Career Services offers many helpful tools for planning your career.  Below are a few links and tips to get you started. Further information can be viewed from the career planning pyramid or the checklist for each undergraduate year.  Benefits of using our office include assessment of your interests and skills, planning for your future, career counseling, and choosing or changing your major.


  • Career Services Pyramid

    CAREER PLANNING PYRAMID

    A Three-Step Process: choose a career 

    The following three-step process is fairly simple, but it will take some time and energy to follow-through and plan your future.  

    Step One: Self-Assessment (take a look at your interests, values, personality and abilities).  For more in-depth self-awareness activities and "tests" attend one of our scheduled workshops or schedule an individual appointment with Career Services.  We can get you on track! 

    Step Two: Career Exploration (research careers/occupations/majors that meet your interests, values, personality and abilities).   

    • Check out www.onetcenter.org (various career resource/information linked to this site).   
    • Other career gathering tips: (career researching is on-going)  
      • Talk to someone (friend, relative, alumnus) in the occupation in which you're interested.   Prepare a list of questions.  Meet with a professor in the major.  
      • Job Shadow a professional for a couple of hours or half-day. Observe, interact and inquire.
      • Volunteer in the field to "experience" what the environment and occupation is like. 

    Step Three: Action Plan (state your goals, choose a major)   

    • Once you've selected a career (occupation) work with career services to select a major that best fits your goal.   
    • Finalize your educational plans.  Does your field of interest required a master's or professional degree? Certification?   
    • Set goals on how you're going to obtain hands-on related experience (volunteering, interning, working in the summer, etc.).   
    • Job Shadow a professional for a couple of hours or half-day. Observe, interact and inquire.   
    • Volunteer in the field to "experience: what the environment and occupation is like.  

    The career exploration and information gathering step continues.  Remember to volunteer, intern, obtain a summer position related to your field of interest.  Get involved with a club or organization - build your leadership skills.   

    Freshmen Career Central

    Freshmen

    Awareness, Investigation

    • Familiarize yourself with the university resources and support systems.
    • Get to know your professors, especially in your field of interest.
    • Study and prepare.
    • Know what's going on around campus by following SFU Career Services on social media, SFU email, Engage, The Troubadour, fliers and Handshake
    • Join an organization to begin your professional development.
    • Register on Handshake and schedule an appointment with Career Services to talk more about your major and what you can do with it.
    • Attend Career Fairs and other related career events/workshops.
    • Begin to develop your resume. Get samples and assistance from Career Services. Think about applying for positions on campus (work study, tutor, volunteer, etc.)
    • Think about applying for positions on campus (work study, tutor, volunteer, etc.).
    • Set up a LinkedIn profile to start developing your professional online presence. Set privacy settings on your other social media accounts.
    • Activate your Handshake account. Our job/internship searching site that can help students find full-time and part-time jobs, summer jobs, or internships.
    •  Ask yourself: what are my goals? What do I want to accomplish while at Saint Francis? Beyond Saint Francis?
    • If unsure about your major, schedule an appointment with Career Services and take a career test. Meet with a trained career counselor.
    • Remember: Ask Questions. It's OK if you don't know.

    Sophomore Career Central

    Sophomore

    Exploration, Extracurricular

    • Begin to focus on a particular major. 
    • Visit the Career Services Office, Scotus Hall – Suite 323. 
    • Interact with peers, faculty and administrators.
    • Get involved on campus (clubs, organizations, special projects, volunteering). 
    • Attend Career Events and Fairs on and off campus. 
    • Develop and set personal and career goals.
    • Complete your Handshake profile. 
    • Connect with upper-class students in your field to learn about their job and internship experiences.  
    • Start planning for an internship for your junior year or secure summer.
    • Update your resume and Linkedin each semester.  Add new activities, service, part-time jobs, etc.
    • Keep up with current events, read websites in your field, follow companies in your field on Twitter, and join groups in your areas of interest on LinkedIn.
    • Look into graduate school preparation.
    Junior Career Central

    Junior Success Checklist

    Preparation, Practice

    • Begin your experiential learning (internships, practicums, related jobs). -Build your resume and develop the skills and traits employers are seeking.
    • Network online and in person with alumni and other professional in your field. Use LinkedIn.com to build your professional network.
    • Participate in departmental activities. 
    • Continue your leadership role on campus.
    • Update your resume. 
    • Gather information about graduate/professional schools.
    • Prepare and register for the GRE, LSAT, MCAT or GMAT if your'e going to grad school. 
    • Apply for scholarships.
    •  Become familiar with the Career Services Office – your connection to job searching and graduate school.
    • Conduct research on companies for whom you want to work.  Connect with employers and join groups in your field on Linkedin, Twitter.
    • Schedule a mock interview to practice and prepare for your final year. 
    • Consider all career options/avenues within your major/minor. Know what you can do with them – ask Career Services for help.
    Graduating Students Career Central

    Graduating Student Success Checklist

    Focus, Implementation and Follow-Through

    • Complete course requirements in your major.  
    • Check with your faculty advisor to be sure you've met all requirements
    • Update your resume and your Linkedin profile.
    • Maintain a positive, active online presence and network with recruiters and employers in your field. Utilize LinkedIn.com to continue to build your professional network. 
    • Purchase an interview suite and appropriate shoes. 
    • Schedule an appointment with Career Services to discuss job searching, resume development, grad school, career plans.
    • Be sure to register and upload your resume to Handshake.
    • Utilize CareerShift for your job search. 
    • Attend career events and workshops on campus. 
    • Continue to focus on your personal and professional goals. Now, set some job search goals and follow through.
    • Set up a profile on LinkedIn.com and develop your professional network.
    • Schedule a mock interview with Career Services to sharpen your interview skills.
    • Select and ask faculty, administrators, supervisors to serve as references.
    • Apply to graduate schools early.
    • Follow through on your interviews by sending tank yous.
    • Be patient, persistent, professional, optimistic and organized.
    • Remember that you can utilize SFU Career Services after you graduate.