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Resources that open doors.

The Office of Career Services offers extensive resources to support your connection to career. Whether you are exploring careers, or looking for a specific job, we have resources to help.

Our “Career Pathways” guides to help you connect Stevenson major to career. In addition, we offer tools to help with your job search, from resume writing to interview skills. Our assessment tools, such as Focus 2, can help you determine what career is the right fit for you.

The career readiness of college graduates is an important issue in higher education, in the labor market, and in the public arena. Yet, up until now, "career readiness" has been undefined, making it difficult for leaders in higher education, work force development, and public policy to work together effectively to ensure the career readiness of today's graduates.

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), through a task force of college career services and HR/staffing professionals, has developed a definition, based on extensive research among employers, and identified seven competencies associated with career readiness. Our goal at Stevenson and in the Office of Career Services is to help you develop these competencies during your time with us, preparing you for the workforce and your career.

See below to find the resource you need.

  • Interview Tips

    Interview Tips

    The Office of Career Services will coach you on effective interview skills. We encourage you to schedule an advising appointment to learn tips and to practice interviewing in a mock interview.

    To help you prepare, we offer the following tips:

    • Research: Thoroughly review the employer’s website and the job description. Check the employers’ pages on sites such as LinkedIn and Glassdoor. Know the employer, know the job.
       
    • Practice: Anticipate questions, then practice by using specific examples to demonstrate your knowledge and experience. Conduct a mock interview with your SU Career Advisor.
       
    • Dress professionally: Wear a suit or tailored, professional outfit, even if the office is business casual. No fragrance, simple jewelry.
       
    • Be on time. Ideally arrive 10 minutes early. Either use a mapping tool or practice the route to anticipate how long it will take you, then add 15 minutes.
       
    • Turn off your cellphone.
       
    • Be polite to all. Each person you meet might influence the decision.
       
    • Use a confident handshake
       
    • Tell stories. Share examples. When asked about how you would approach a scenario, share a time when you did something similar. 
    • Remain positive. Never complain about past bosses or colleagues. When sharing a negative experience, tell what you learned from the experience.
       
    • Say thank you. Twice. First, at the end of the interview, then by e-mail to each person interviewed. Reiterate (briefly) how your qualifications are a good match and how interested you are in getting the job.
  • Resumes and Cover Letters

    Resumes and Cover Letters

    Your resume is your "foot in the door" for most jobs. Make sure it is the best it can be, these sample resumes will help you start crafting one that will stand out.

    Your cover letter should introduce yourself and address which job you are interested in and why. It should then provide examples of experiences and skills specific to the position to which you are applying.

    General Resources

    Links to Example Resumes

    Beverly K. Fine School of the Sciences

    Brown School of Business and Leadership

    Sandra R. Berman School of Nursing and Health Professions

    School of Design

    School of Education

    School of Humanities and Social Sciences

    Stevenson University Online

  • Career Pathways

    Career Pathways

    Our “Career Pathways” provide information on the connections between each Stevenson University major and potential career paths. If you are exploring majors, or what to do with your major, check out your major’s Career Pathway.

    Beverly K. Fine School of the Sciences

    Brown School of Business and Leadership

    Sandra R. Berman School of Nursing and Health Professions

    School of Design

    School of Education

    School of Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Graduate School

    Graduate School

    The Office of Career Services can help you to determine if grad school is the right step for you. Whether you are considering a masters, a doctorate or a professional degree (e.g. MD, JD, MBA), your Career Advisor can advise on:

    • The graduate school application timeline
    • Considerations for choosing a graduate school
    • Financial considerations
    • Application strategy- we can help with application essays

    Learn more about making the grad school decision with Peterson's Guide for Potential Grad Students

    Information on Various Graduate Entrance Exams

     

  • Self-Assessment

    Self-Assessment

    The Office of Career Services offers the following tools to help you determine what majors and careers would be a fit with your unique strengths, values, interests, skills and personality.

    • FOCUS 2 CAREER: guides you through a reliable, intuitive career & education decision making model to help choose a major, explore occupations & make informed career decisions. Take Focus 2 online, access it via Handshake the Career Services Portal Page.
       
    • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI): Take the MBTI online and meet with an advisor to learn how your unique personality preferences can inform major and career decisions. Call the Office of Career Services to get your MBTI access link.
       
    • Strong Interest Inventory:  The Strong Interest Inventory® assessment provides robust insight into a person’s interests, so you can help them to consider potential careers, their educational path and the world of work. Take the Strong online and connect with a Career Advisor to learn how your interests connect you to major and career.
       
    • Clifton Strengths for Students: Learn about your strength, how to lead with them, and leverage your strengths at Stevenson and in your career. A quick assessment provides a measure of your natural talents. Take CliftonStrengths for students and meet with your Career Advisor to learn more about how you can build a strengths-based career.
  • Other Resources

    Other Resources

    Online Internship & Job Sites
    The Office of Career Services provides access to Handshake and CareerShift, but there are plenty of other sites available. This quick tip sheet provides information on what is available.

    Evaluating Job Postings for Fraud
    The Office of Career Services makes every effort to screen employers and job postings on Handshake; however, we cannot guarantee that every employer and posting is a legitimate posting or organization. The ultimate responsibility for researching potential employer and opportunity lies with you, the applicant. This quick tip sheet gives you guidelines on what to look out for, and resources for reporting fraudulent jobs.

    U.S. Government Clearance Information
    Many jobs with the U.S. government and their contractors require a security clearance. This quick tip gives you some information on the types of clearance, the steps needed to obtain a clearance and links to more information on U.S. Government clearances.

 
 
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