Pathway to Profession
Your career starts here! Career Services 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.
Now available for Friends University students and alumni – Handshake! Login at friends.joinhandshake.com or download the app today!
September 9th-13th: Internship Awareness Week
September 17th: Business & IT Career Fair
November 19th: 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 offers a variety of information and guidance from choosing a major to preparing for interviews.
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 you have never interviewed, or haven’t done it for 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. In 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 through Handshake – visit friends.joinhandshake.com to create an account.
Talent, Meet Opportunity! Handshake is the most advanced platform available to universities to connect students and employers.
Discover new career paths. Find amazing jobs and internships. Connect with great companies and non-profits. All in Handshake. Easily search and apply to full-time, part-time, and internship opportunities, find career events on campus, connect with the Career Services department, and more!
Login at friends.joinhandshake.com or download the app today!
Posting Job & Internship Opportunities
We are here to help you find the right candidates! Employers can post part-time, full-time, and internship positions online anytime at friends.joinhandshake.com. In addition to online postings, we can share your opportunities with specific student groups, faculty, and on social media.
We are happy to work with you to develop internship opportunities that will allow students to earn academic credit. Feel free to contact us with any questions or to get started.
We encourage students from all majors to explore career options through brief shadowing experiences. Contact us if you are interested in becoming a shadowing site.
This is a great way to meet with many of our talented candidates in a short amount of time! Contact us to schedule your interview day – we will make the arrangements and help you find candidates.
Career Fairs & Other Events
Friends University hosts various career fairs, networking events, and mock interviewing events throughout the year. Contact us if you would like to be invited to participate.
We are happy to help you set up on-campus recruiting in the best spots on campus! Contact us to schedule your visit.
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!