Career Services offers resources and services to current USK students.
The career development process is a journey that involves developing and refining your goals. This journey unfolds as you gain knowledge and experiences and it continues throughout your time at the University of Saint Katherine and beyond. In fact, you may repeat this process at various stages of your career.
Whether you are exploring multiple majors or searching for information about your chosen field, this site will help you connect majors to careers. Learn about the typical career areas and the types of employers that hire people with each major, as well as strategies to make you a more marketable candidate. Continue your research on majors and careers through the websites provided in the Links section.
Click on MAJORS of interest to see outlines of common career areas, employers, and strategies designed to maximize career opportunities. Choose LINKS to find a list of websites that provide additional information. Scroll down to the bottom of MAJOR page and to select a printable PDF version.
Understand that the areas and websites are representative of typical career paths associated with each major and not a comprehensive list. Explore multiple majors to learn about a wide range of career opportunities.
PLEASE READ BEFORE PROCEEDING!
When you click to proceed to What Can I Do With This Major, you will be redirected to an external site; therefore, the list of majors you will see may differ from what is available at the University of Saint Katherine. Some of the majors you will see listed are not offered at USK, while some are offered as minors, certificates, or pre-majors. While there are a few USK majors that do not appear on this list, the vast majority of USK majors are represented; however, some of the titles differ slightly from the USK major title.
RESUME & LETTERS
When you apply for jobs and internships you need to have the best possible resume you can create. On many occasions the resume is the only way the employers knows you and evaluates you-it has to be outstanding. Below is a video explaining what is acceptable on your resume and what is not.
Keys for Successful Interviewing
Know the Organization
Research the organization’s mission, vision, and values.
Be familiar with the organization’s products/services as well as recent news and trends.
Be prepared to share specific ways you will help the organization reach its goals.
Know the Position
Carefully review and understand position description.
When a written description is unavailable, ask the hiring manager for details and/or speak with professionals you know at the organization or in the same industry.
Understand the desired/required qualifications, and be ready to share relevant examples from your experiences.
Know what is on your resume and be prepared to elaborate and offer specific examples.
Create a list of strengths and skills you have to offer that relate to the position.
Come up with brief stories about your past skills, strengths, and accomplishments to illustrate your experience and skills; real-life examples provide evidence of your abilities.
Arrive 5-10 minutes early and turn off your cell phone.
Use effective non-verbal communication: a firm handshake, friendly smile, and appropriate eye contact.
Remember that body language can help convey confidence, enthusiasm, and interest.
Be courteous to everyone and speak positively about others (faculty, past employers, etc.).
Always be sincere and honest.
Research salary information so that, if asked, you have a reasonable range in mind.
Prepare several questions to ask the employer.
Keep in mind that interviewing is a two-way process; throughout the interview, be observant and obtain additional information that will help you determine whether the position/employer is a good fit.
Collect business cards from all interviewers and promptly send separate thank you notes (email and/or mail) and any requested materials.
At the conclusion of the interview, ask about the next step in the process and when you will be contacted.
If you have not heard from the employer by the date they said they would contact you, allow 1-2 extra days, then take the initiative to follow up.
Ways to Stand Out
Prepare a portfolio; bring a tablet or print out to showcase your portfolio during the interview.
Research interviewers’ profiles on LinkedIn; knowing about their background can help you establish rapport.
Present yourself professionally by being well-dressed and groomed; visit Career Services’ website for videos and tips on professional attire.
Prepare thoroughly to demonstrate your genuine interest in the position and ensure that you share the most relevant information with the employer.
COMMON INTERVIEW QUESTIONS
Education and Experience Questions
Why did you choose to attend the University of Saint Katherine?
Describe your current or most recent job, internship, or leadership experience.
How has your education prepared you for this position?
What makes you qualified for this position?
Describe a project you have completed and the steps you used to complete it.
What did you enjoy most about your last job or internship? Least?
How would a former supervisor describe your work?
Tell me about yourself.
What do you consider to be your greatest strengths?
What are your weaknesses?
What three words would your peers use to describe you and why?
Tell me about an important goal that you set in the past. Were you successful?
Who or what influenced you most with regard to your career objectives?
Where do you see yourself in five years?
The “Position” Questions
What motivated you to apply for this position?
Why do you want to work for our organization?
What do you know about our company?
How does your previous experience relate to this position?
What is the most attractive aspect of this position? What about the least attractive?
Describe three skills or qualities you would bring to this position.
What significant trends do you see in this industry?
How do you like to be supervised?
What are you the best candidate for this position?
Questions to Ask Employers
What type of training is offered to new employees?
What is a typical day or week like?
What are some of the challenges you think a new person in this position would face?
What are your department goals for the coming year? What are the long-term goals?
What are some common characteristics of successful employees?
What is the greatest challenge facing your staff/department now?
If hired, what types of projects might I expect during the first six months here?
What is most engaging about the work for you? And your employees?
What does your organization do to foster team building among employees?
What is your favorite work event or tradition here?
How will I be evaluated in this position?
What are the next steps in the hiring process? When can I expect to hear from you?
Prepare specific questions for each employer (e.g. “I’m interested in knowing more about the new product line that your company just launched.”)
If you take part in social networking sites, you probably have a pretty good idea of how networking can enhance your personal life. But, if you’re like many new college graduates, or working towards graduation, you’re probably not as comfortable about incorporating networking into your job search.
In spite of your discomfort, you need to incorporate networking into your job search: Especially in a competitive job market, networking could be what helps you land a job. In fact, many jobs are filled before they are even advertised-filled by people who learned about the opportunity before it was formally announced.
What is networking when it comes to the job search? It’s not about using people. Just as you look to build personal relationships through social networks, you want to build relationships to foster your professional life. These relationships can help you not only in your current job search but down the road as you build your career.
Networking is not one-sided: It works both ways. You offer assistance to others just as they offer assistance to you. Perhaps the easiest way to think about networking is to see it as an extension of being friendly, outgoing, and active.
Here are some tips for building and maintaining a healthy network:
Make a list of everyone you know-and people they know-and identify how they could help you gather career information or experience.
Who do you know at school? Professors, friends, and even friends’ parents can all be helpful contacts. Did you hold a part-time job? Volunteer? Serve an internship? Think about the people you came into contact with there.
Sign up for an alumni mentoring program.
Many colleges offer such programs, and they are a great way to build relationships in your field.
Join the campus chapter of a professional society that relates to your career choice.
In many ways, a professional society is an instant network: You’ll be with others who have the same general career interest. Plus, you may be able to learn more about your field from them. For example, you may be able to learn about the field and potential employers from others who share their internship experiences.
Volunteer at a local museum, theater, homeless shelter-anywhere that even remotely relates to your field of study.
By volunteering, you’ll not only learn about your chosen field firsthand, you’ll also be able to connect with people who are in the field.
Speak to company representatives at career fairs, even if you’re not ready to look for a job.
Be up front that you’re not currently in the job market and don’t take a lot of the representative’s time, but touching base with a potential employer now can help you down the road when you are ready.
Schedule informational interviews with people who can tell you about their careers.
It’s best to ask to meet in person or by phone for a short interview, and don’t immediately start asking “How can you help me?” Plan your questions ahead of time, focusing on how the company works and how the person shaped his or her career path.
Add your profile to LinkedIn.
It’s free. And then, work your profile. Add work history (including internships!), skills, and keywords. Make connections to people you’ve worked with or met through networking. Ask for “recommendations” from people who have worked with you. You’ll find LinkedIn is a good source of suggestions for people in your field to contact for informational interviews.
Remember to be courteous and tactful in all your conversations, to send thank-you notes to people who help you, and to find ways to help others as well.
Don’t drop your network once you’ve obtained a job. Nurture the relationships you’ve built and look for opportunities to build new connections throughout your career. Getting started might be uncomfortable, but with time and practice, networking will be second nature.
“Right place…right time”?
“You and I know it: the job search is a hustle. It’s applying, it’s writing, it’s getting LinkedIn, it’s tweeting, it’s interviewing, it’s dressing to impress… it’s all of the above. Even more than that, it’s about people. The people you meet at the places you go. It’s “networking,” which can be a difficult concept to understand.
Networking isn’t linear. Talking with someone who doesn’t necessarily have a position open or even the ability to hire doesn’t feel the same as hitting “apply” online. But, your relationships could be the differentiator in your job-search success.
When I talk about networking, one of my favorite phrases to break down is, “I was just in the right place at the right time.”
Some of the best career success stories I’ve heard from students are cut from this cloth: a story about a junior making a chance connection on a train ride home or the senior finding out her cousin could refer her for a job while at the Thanksgiving dinner table. At first blush, this phrase seems like someone just got lucky. Truthfully, luck has only a little bit to do with it. A lot about making it happen is up to you.
There is such a thing as being in the right place at the right time. But, the critical truth is that you have to put yourself in a bunch of right places and have the right attitude so that you’ll have the chance of experiencing a “right time.” The right place is not likely going to be your bedroom. It’s also not likely going to be the networking event you attend where you speak with no one.
You could be the one to experience being in the right place at the right time. Look for profession-related events on- and off-campus where you can meet with industry professionals (some good “right places”). Take advantage of chance meetings and talk confidently about your goals.”
Kevin Grubb is the assistant director of Villanova’s career center.
Courtesy of the National Association of Colleges and Employers.
The following are links to free resources to help you find a job or new career and can offer resources that may be helpful in throughout the process.
Zip Recruiter helps USK students find jobs in the area.
My Next Move “What do you want to do for a living” *Great resource for veterans*
My Plan “Planning resources for college students”
Career Rookie “Internships, part-time jobs, entry level careers”
Career Bliss “Find a happier career by searching for great jobs in your area. Check out our job reviews and salary data to find a career that best matches you”
Simply Hired “An employment website and mobile application and an online recruitment advertising network”
Job Transition “Watch to Work: Webinars to help you prepare for a job or interview”