Career Services Resources for Students
Saint Francis University Career Services staff is available to provide complete and professional development services and resources for undergraduate and graduate students in all majors. Resources for undergraduate and graduate students in all majors, including:
- Job and Internship Search Support
- On-Campus Student Employment
- Career Assessment and Exploration
- Resume, CV and Cover Letter Assistance
- Mock Interviews and Interview Coaching
- Graduate and Professional School Advising
- Graduate Assistantships
- Professional Development
What is Handshake?
Whether it's making a career counseling appointment to talk about your future career plans or beginning your internship/job search, Handshake is the place to start. Handshake has features that allow you to personalize your profile, making it even easier to stay connected with Career Services and employers.
With Handshake you can:
- Schedule career counseling appointments with Career Services
- View job and internship opportunities
- Apply for on-campus student employment
- Access Career Resources
- AND much more!
Disclaimer: It is the responsibility of every candidate to assess the validity of any posted opportunity on any medium and use best judgment to determine legitimacy. Saint Francis University Career Services cannot make any guarantees about any employer or posted position and is not responsible for any candidate activity or results of those activities, including fraudulent transactions. Click here for full disclaimer.
CareerShift helps job seekers successfully navigate the published and hidden job market to find the companies, jobs, and contacts to assist in finding career opportunities.
Get the information you need in order to:
- Search and apply for jobs and internships
- Target companies and hiring managers
- Organize your data
- Follow up to catapult your career
Create your account using your SFU email
Career Planning Resources
Whether you are a freshman or a senior, you will need to consider the fit of various occupations and careers with your unique interests, attributes, and skills. Resources available to students include:
- Focus 2 Career
- Candid Career
- What Can I Do with this Major?
Focus 2 Career
FOCUS 2 is a self-paced, online career and education planning tool that is designed to help you make decisions about future career goals and education plans. FOCUS 2 provides five self-assessments to help you identify your top work interests, values, skills, personality type, and leisure time interests and explore occupations and major areas of study compatible with your personal attributes. Students can use Focus 2 to help choose or change majors, verify their choice of a career field, or to learn more about themselves.
To get started on FOCUS 2:
- First time users: Create a new account here . Use this ACCESS CODE when prompted: redflash
- Returning users: Log on here (using the account you have already created)
Schedule an appointment with Career Services on Handshake to review your results or call for more information 814-472-3019.
Candid Career is the premier provider of thousands of informational video interviews featuring industry professionals. The website is dedicated to providing the inside scoop on careers, as well as advice that will give students an edge in their job search.
Click on the video to see career options.
What Can I Do with this Major?
Wondering how to connect majors to careers? For each major that interests you, choose Information to find an outline of common career areas, typical employers, and strategies designed to maximize career opportunities.
Big Interview is an online system that combines training AND practice to help improve your interview technique and build your confidence.
Big Interview offers a variety of tools including:
- Challenging, virtual mock interviews for all experience levels and hundreds of industries
- A database of thousands of interview questions with tips on how to answer them
- The ability to rate and share your interview answers for feedback
- A step-by-step interview Answer Builder for crafting answers to behavioral questions
How to Set Up Your Big Interview Account
Step 1: Go to Francis.biginterview.com and click register (you must use the URL that includes "francis" to access the system)
Step 2: Enter your school email address, name, and password and click “create my account”
Step 3: Log in and start using Big Interview
On-Campus Student Employment
To view and apply for on-campus student employment positions:
- Go to Handshake.
- Follow the prompts to log in and create your account with your @francis.edu email.
- Follow the prompts to fill out your profile information as completely as possible (minimum for on-campus job consideration: Contact information, Education, Work & Volunteer Experience and/or Organizations & Extracurriculars).
- Select "Jobs".
- Select the "On-Campus" filter tab.
- View and apply to jobs that interest you (no resume required, your completed Handshake profile takes the place of this).
- Departments will contact you if they'd like to pursue you as a candidate.
Internships are a critical part of developing your career path and a means to gain hands on experience that will help assure that you are on the right track after graduation. Take advantage of the incredible opportunities an internship can provide while increasing your marketability once you enter the workforce – leading to a satisfying career and a sense of life accomplishment!
"Inspiring students through real-world experience"
A great internship:
- affirms your choice of major
- enhances employer's workforce while you gain hands on experience
- could lead to long-term employment with an employer
- increases your marketability
Watch for these opportunities:
- job and internship fair opportunities
- on-campus interviewing
- employer information tables on campus
Micro-Internships are facilitated via the Parker Dewey platform which connects Saint Francis University students with companies in need of support. Micro-internships provide opportunities to demonstrate skills, develop relationships, and explore career paths, while providing real value to businesses. They typically range from 5-40 hours.
Graduate Assistantship (GA) Positions
Graduate Assistantships are a great way to help cover tuition expenses and gain work experience. GA positions are available on campus through many academic departments and administrative offices.
- Bachelor's degree required
- Acceptance to one of the University's graduate programs as a full-time student
- Each department may have additional requirements (ex. athletics- coaching/playing experience)
- Once hired, completion of a Graduate Assistant contract through Academic Affairs- terms to be determined between the sponsoring department and the Graduate Assistant. If hired in an athletic coaching position another contract is issued from Human Resources.
- Graduate assistants are eligible for full tuition remission for up to 9 credits per semester. Summer varies according to each department. Positions as a coach within Athletics may offer a stipend in addition to tuition remission
- Fees, books and additional credits are the responsibility of the Graduate Assistant
For more information :
- Visit https://www.francis.edu/employment/ to view current GA openings
- Contact Career Services at email@example.com
To Apply for a GA Position
- Complete a SFU employment application
- Complete a Graduate Assistant Addendum
- Send a letter of application, resume, and names, addresses and phone numbers of three references to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com