Pathway to Profession
Your career starts here! The Career Services Office provides students and alumni of Friends University with information, tools, and resources to explore career pathways and the steps needed to achieve your career goals. Maximize your future with assistance from the Career Services team!
The Career Services Department assists in areas including career exploration and assessments, career planning, resume and cover letter development, interview preparation, networking, gaining experience, job/internship searching, and other areas.
September 18th: Business & IT Career Fair Prep Day
September 20th: Business & IT Career Fair
December 4th: Education Interview Day (School Districts can register to attend here)
Identifying your values and interests can help you find a career area that is fulfilling and rewarding. The following can assist you in finding your way through the career search process.
Individual Career Counseling
Sometimes you just need to talk to an expert! Whether your concern is about choosing a major, finding a job or internship, creating a resume or preparing for interviews – we can help you.
It is much easier to reach your career goals if you have a plan! Let Career Services help you put together a plan that allows you to take small steps each semester or term, making your career goals much more attainable. Everyone’s career path is going to be different, and your plan will be personalized to fit your skills, experience, goals, and schedule.
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.
Career assessments are designed to assist individuals in deciding on a major, career or other vocational paths. There are a wide variety of career assessments available online – we are happy to help you choose assessments and discuss results.
Here are two assessments that are available online and free of charge. For assistance finding and taking other assessments, don’t hesitate to contact us!
- www.mynextmove.org – free career assessment provided by O*NET; includes links to BLS occupational research and statistics
- www.16personalities.com – free personality profile assessment; uses Myers-Briggs personality types
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.
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. Check out the Resume and Cover Letter Tips in Freddy Falcon’s Career Toolkit. We are happy to review and help make revisions to rough drafts of your resume and cover letter in person or via email!
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 Toolkit. We are here to help you with all aspects of interview preparation – in person, over the phone, or via email.
Once students and alumni are ready to put their interviewing skills to the test, the Career Services office offers mock interviews both online and in person. If you are interested in a mock interview, contact Career Services to set up a date and time. Within the confines of a simulated interview, our staff members can develop and ask real interview questions and then offer advice.
If you are interested in a virtual mock interview, we offer a free training system that features a new and innovative way to help you prepare more effectively for a job interview. Big Interview is an online system that combines training AND practice to help improve your interview technique and build your confidence.
You have at your disposal a variety of tools including:
- Challenging, virtual mock interviews for all experience levels and dozens of industries
- A database of thousands of interview questions with tips on how to answer them
- The ability to rate and share your interview answers for feedback
- A comprehensive video training curriculum covering all aspects of landing a job
- A step-by-step interview Answer Builder for crafting answers to behavioral questions
How To Register
Step 1: Go to friends.biginterview.com and click “Register”.
Step 2: Complete the registration process. Students must use their Friends email address.
Step 3: You will receive a confirmation email for your registration, click “Verify” in the email and you will be able to start using Big Interview.
Step 1: Go to friendsalumni.biginterview.com and click “Register”.
Step 2: Enter organization code 0561
Step 3: Complete the registration process.
Step 4: You will receive a confirmation email for your registration, click “Verify” in the email and you will be able to start using Big Interview.
If you have any trouble with your registration, please contact Career Services. You can also access the Big Interview Help Center for technical assistance.
Internship & Job Search Assistance
Whether you are looking for an internship for academic credit or “just” for the experience, Career Services can assist you in finding internship connections and resources to help you build marketable skills and gain professional work experience before and after graduation. We believe that every student should graduate with some type of experience relevant to their career goals! This can take many forms – internship, volunteer work, campus organizations, part time work, performances, or other involvement. When it comes to job and internship searching, we want to help you work smarter, not harder! Contact us anytime for help with job or internship searching!
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, we do assist in creating opportunities for our students and graduates to connect with employers. Some of these services include:
- 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.
College Central Network
College Central Network is an online resume and job posting platform where local, national, and international employers post openings exclusively to Friends University students. Easily search and apply to full-time, part-time, and internship opportunities, create and upload your resume and career portfolio, access event announcements, career advice, podcasts, videos, and much more! You can also download the College Central Network App for your mobile devices!
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 are happy to help employers post open part-time, full-time, internship or temporary/seasonal positions and students and alumni can search for positions that match their skills. Employers can post positions online at www.collegecentral.com/friends.
Employers can also sign up for on-campus interviews and recruiting by contacting us directly. This is a great way to meet with many of our exceptional candidates in a short amount of time and select the candidate who is the best fit for your organization!
CAREER RESEARCH & ADVICE:
The Muse: www.themuse.com
Career Resource Center – http://www.careers.org/
Learn How to Become Job Search & Career Resource Center:
The Riley Guide: Employment Opportunities and Job Resources on the Internet – http://college.monster.com/?wt.mc_n=monstertrak
Preparing for Graduate School: http://www.gograd.org/graduate-school-guide-book/
CareerOneStop (U.S. Department of Labor): http://www.careeronestop.org/
Federal Government Jobs: https://www.usajobs.gov/
KansasWorks Job Search: www.kansasworks.com
LinkedIn Job Website: https://www.linkedin.com/jobs/
Monster Online Career Center – http://www.monster.com/
Peace Corps – http://www.peacecorps.gov/
Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas: www.workforce-ks.com
OCCUPATIONAL AND LABOR INFORMATION:
O*Net (US Dept. of Labor Occupational Info): www.onetonline.org
Cost of Living Calculator: http://www.moneygeek.com/cost-of-living-calculator/
Kansas Labor Information Center: https://klic.dol.ks.gov/gsipub/index.asp?docid=442
U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/
LinkedIn Salary Information: https://www.linkedin.com/salary/
Council for Adult and Experiential Learning – http://www.cael.org/home
Society for Human Resources Management – http://www.shrm.org/Pages/default.aspx
Contact or Visit the Career Services Office
316-295-5885, 800-794-6945 ext. 5885
Davis Administration Building, Suite 216
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
We are available to meet outside of office hours – contact us to make an appointment!