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It's never too soon for students to tap into SNC programming designed to ensure their successful transition from academia to meaningful post-graduate work.

SNC’s Career and Professional Development Hub Offers Resources for All Four Years of College – and Beyond

It’s never too soon for your student to visit Career & Professional Development. That’s right – even freshmen and sophomores should head on over. That’s because the office has many valuable tools to help students plan and prepare for their future careers, even if they have no idea what they want to do yet.

Here are some of the services offered by this on-campus office:

  • Four-year plan. This easy-to-follow plan guides students as to what they should be doing each year. For example, freshmen can create a LinkedIn account, explore majors and take career assessments. Seniors should complete a mock interview and actively network with people in their chosen field.
  • Career assessment tools. The Myers-Briggs Type Inventory and the Strong Interest Inventory are two of the career assessment tools offered by Career & Professional Development. These are great for students who aren’t sure what they want to study.
  • Writing assistance. When it’s time for the job search, students can receive help preparing various professional documents, such as targeted résumés and cover letters.
    • Graduate school. Staff will also assist students with the personal statements and writing samples needed for grad school applications.
  • Internship and job searches. Career & Professional Development facilitates this process in part by offering access to Handshake, a website where students, recruiters and career center personnel can “meet” and share job and internship opportunities.
  • Mock interviews. Students can hone their interview skills by practicing with a staff member.
  • Job negotiations. Staffers will help students sift through job offers to determine if they’re fair, what negotiations may be possible and more.
  • Special events. Career & Professional Development holds special events as well, such as classes on dinner etiquette. 
Have an SNC grad in the family? Remember that Career & Professional Development offers some services to alumni for life. And the office continually hones its own skills, too. One example: This year, the college hired Sara (Fenlon) Zelewske ’05 to be the office’s first manager of employer relations. The position will focus on bringing more jobs and internships to St. Norbert from the local community, especially from companies seeking liberal arts grads. 

Aug. 20, 2019