Career Services

EXPLORE.PREPARE.CONNECT

The Career Services Office provides current students and Friends University alumni with information and resources related to career planning and the job-search process. Within career development, there are three service areas that our staff members assist students and alumni with: Exploration, Preparation and Connection.

The office offers various career assessments, which can be administered both online and on campus. Assistance with resume writing, interview skills and networking is available. The center also maintains an online job posting system, which allows individuals to access job opportunities that have been posted with our institution by outside employers.

EXPLORE:
Exploration is a critical component in the career search process. Identifying your values and interests can help you find a career area that is both rewarding and fulfilling.

The following links can assist you in finding your way through the career search process.

4-year Plan
This plan outlines important career preparedness activities that can be accomplished while still in college.

Career Assessments
The Career Services office offers career assessments designed to assist individuals in deciding on a major, career path or other vocational issues, and is available at no charge to Friends University students, alumni and staff.

If you are interested in utilizing a career assessment, click on the Career Assessments heading above or contact the Career Services office at 316-295-5885 or career@friends.edu. The Career Services office works to assist Friends University students and alumni with exploring a variety of career options that will fit with their individual interests, abilities and values as they relate to their career path. Additional services that are provided in Career Services are listed below.

What Can I Do With This Major
Explore multiple majors, search for information about your chosen field, and connect majors to careers at What Can I Do With This Major. You will also find information 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. 

Student Guide to Landing a Job
The Best Colleges Student Guide to Landing a Job walks novices through the best practices for applying for a professional job or internship, including: How to make the most of an internship opportunity, What to include on your resume, How to prepare for and give a successful interview, and a timeline for following up after an interview, including a checklist of action items.

PREPARE:
The Career Services office assists the Friends University students and alumni with preparing for an effective career search. There are several resources available to assist with developing a resume, writing a cover letter, preparing for interviews and learning how to establish a professional network.

Resumes and Cover Letters:
Developing a cover letter and resume that is clear and concise can be challenging. When sending a cover letter and resume to a company, the documents need to be tailored so that only relevant information is shared. The Career Services office recognizes the difficulty in creating a cover letter and resume that market all the experience and skills of an individual. Therefore, the center has developed the following resources and samples to create a resume that is effective.

Interviews: Interviewing for employment can be a stressful and difficult process, especially if one has never interviewed or has not interviewed for a few years. Check out the Interview Tips in  "Freddy Falcon's Career Tool Kit."

Mock Interviews:
The Career Services office provides the opportunity for students to practice interviewing. Within the confines of a simulated interview, the staff can develop and ask real interview questions and then critique the student. This process can educate and prepare the student in a practical and safe environment. Simply contact Career Services to set up a day and time!

Workshops:
The career services office provides workshops on career related topics, such as interviewing, networking, and resume and cover letter writing. Please check the career services event calendar for a list of upcoming workshops.

CONNECT:
The Career Services office works to develop relationships with employers that will assist Friends University students and alumni in finding a great career fit. While Career Services does not work directly with the placement side of a job search process, we do assist in having opportunities for our constituents to dialogue with employers. Some of the services that are provided in the area of employer relations are listed below.

  • Career Fairs and Networking events are available to meet and network with potential employers and area professionals.
  • Employer visits to campus for interviews and recruiting tables.
  • Job Postings are submitted by employers and are available to students and alumni through our online job database (Student and Alumni Central).

Employer Relations

  • Career Services utilizes an online job database called Career Services Central provided by College Central Network (CCN) where employers can post open part-time, full-time, internship or temporary/seasonal positions. This is a free service to both employers and students. To post jobs, click here.
  • Employers are invited to set up an information table in our Casado Campus Center to discuss their organization and opportunities with students.
  • On-campus interview days are also available to be coordinated with the Career Services office. This is a great way for employers to meet with many of our exceptional candidates in one afternoon or day and select an individual that is the best fit for your organization.

College Central Network

If you have questions about any of these services or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact us.

The Career Services Office is located in the Davis Administration Building, Suite 214. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the fall and spring semester. Summer office hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to noon.