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 in which staff members assist students and alumni: 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 a multitude of employers.


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 lucrative and fulfilling.

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

4-year Plan

This career toolkit outlines important career preparedness activities that can be accomplished while still in college.

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 MajorYou 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.

Career Assessments

Career assessments are designed to assist individuals in deciding on a major, career or other vocational paths, and are available at no charge to Friends University students, alumni and staff members.

To begin a career assessment, contact the Career Services office, or take the Focus 2 Online Career Assessment by following these instructions.

  1. If this is your first time to the site, you will need to create an account by clicking on the “Create An Account” tab in the top menu bar.
  2. The access code is Falcons.
  3. Your status is your intended graduation year.
  4. Please use the e-mail address that you check often (does not have to be an address).
  5. Take all five “Self Assessment” questionnaires. After each one, return to the main menu.
  6. Then contact Career Services to schedule an appointment to review your results with a career counselor.

Upcoming Events

Fall 2015

Sept. 29, 2015
Koch Internship Interview Day (by invitation only)

Oct. 6, 2015
4:30 – 6 p.m.
Employer Panel/Roundtable Discussion
College of Adult and Professional Studies Facility

Dec. 2, 2015
Fall Education Interview Day (by scheduled appointment)
McKay Gymnasium, Casado Campus Center
School district registration

Spring 2016

Feb. 17, 2016
Noon – 1 p.m.
Career Workshop – Intern/Job Search
Casado Conference Room

March 1, 2016
4:30 – 6 p.m.
Employer Panel/Roundtable Discussion
College of Adult and Professional Studies Building

March 23, 2016
3 – 4 p.m.
Career Workshop – Resume & Cover Letter
Olive White Garvey Business & Technology Building, Room 211

April 5, 2016
3:30 – 6 p.m.
Highway 54 Career Fair
McKay Gym, Casado Campus Center
This event is cohosted by Friends University and Newman University. All students and alumni are invited to attend.

April 13, 2016
Spring Education Interview Day (scheduled appointments only)
McKay Gym, Casado Campus Center
School district registration

April 20, 2016
Noon – 1 p.m.
Senior Workshop – Career Exploration
Casado Conference Room

**Additional events are being planned for the academic year but dates have not yet been solidified.  Dates will be published as they become available.


Several resources are available to Friends students and alumni to assist with developing a resume, writing a cover letter, preparing for interviews and learning how to establish a professional network.

Freddy Falcon’s Career Toolkit is one such resource that offers a variety of information and guidance from choosing a major to nailing the interview.

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 a resume, how to prepare for and have a successful interview, and a timeline for following up after an interview, including a checklist of action items.

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.

  • Freddy Falcons Career Tool Kit – Need link

Interview Preparations

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

Once students and alumni are ready to put their interviewing skills to the test, the Career Services office offers mock interview sessions. Within the confines of a simulated interview, our staff members can develop and ask real interview questions and then offer critiques. This process can educate and prepare you in a practical and safe environment. Simply contact Career Services to set up a date and time.


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.


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 provide job placement services, we do assist in creating 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 to meet and network with potential employers and area professionals.
  • Employer visits to campus for interviews and recruiting tables.
  • Job postings are available to students and alumni through our online job database at Career Services Central.

Employer Relations

A large part of the education Friends University students receive is focused on putting newfound knowledge and skills to use in the workforce. This is one reason our students and alumni are excellent candidates for employment in a wide variety of industries.

We know it can be difficult to find the right candidates, which is why we offer a free service called Career Services Central where employers can post open part-time, full-time, internship or temporary/seasonal positions and students and alumni can search for positions that match their skills.

On-campus interview days also are 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.

Additional Resource Sites

Kansas Labor Information Center:

U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook:

Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas:

KansasWorks Job Search:

America’s Job Bank –

Career Magazine –

Career Resource Center –

The Riley Guide: Employment Opportunities and Job Resources on the Internet –

Career Builder –

Career Site –

Federal jobs Digest –

Job Bank USA –

Monster Online Career Center –

JIST Works, Inc. –

Peace Corps –

Council for Adult and Experiential Learning –

Society for Human Resources Management –

The College Student’s Guide to Pre-Professional Psychology Opportunities:
Preparing for Graduate School:

Contact or Visit the Career Services Office

316-295-5832, 800-794-6945 ext. 5885
Davis Administration Building, Suite 214

Fall and Spring Office Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday
Summer Office Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to noon on Friday