WELCOME TO CAREER DEVELOPMENT
Advising on all aspects of your career development while a student at Saint Joseph’s College.
Do you need help choosing a college major or career path? Career Development can assist you with tools and resources to explore your goals and better understand who you are, and find the college major that fits you best.
Career Development can assist you to begin identifying your personality type, interests, skills, and values by using assessment tools including:
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®)
Knowing your personality type, as measured through the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® instrument, can help you with career planning at every stage: from your choices of subjects and majors in school to choosing your first career, to advancing in your organization or changing careers later in life.
Strong Interest Inventory®
The Strong Interest Inventory® assessment is one of the world’s most widely respected and frequently used career planning tools. It has helped both academic and business organizations develop the brightest talent and has guided thousands of individuals—from high school and college students to midcareer workers seeking a change—in their search for a rich and fulfilling career.
Career Information Tools
What Can I Do With This Major?
After you have used the self-assessment tools to better identify your interests, skills, personality and values, you can use this information about college majors and their potential career paths to find the right major for you.
This US Department of Labor site contains occupation information, industry information, state information, and many tools to help you explore a career, and assess your skills and interests. Contact us for assistance with any of these.
Brightspace Career Course
A course open to all Saint Joseph’s students that contains career exploration information, resume and cover letter writing assistance, internship and employment information, and more.
An academic internship gives you the chance to earn college credit while gaining professional experience and trying out specific positions within a career area. You will also add to your network of valuable professional contacts that could lead to a future full time position and gain insight into real-world application of concepts learned in your college courses, and sample different work environments.
Whether you’re a Sebago Lake student looking for an internship or some extra cash, or an online student searching for the next level of advancement, Career Development provides a job posting portal full of part-time, full-time, seasonal, and internship positions—whatever you’re looking for. Featuring positions specifically targeted for Saint Joseph’s College students, Gradleaders also provides information on positions in New England and around the country. (College login required)
What is Connections?
Connections is a premier, career development program that supports experiential learning and personal growth through workshops and a $2000 stipend, while delivering hands-on experience to our students.
Prepping for the Job Search
The best time to begin preparing for your job search is now! When the thought of a summer internship or a full time position pops into your head – that’s the time to build your resume, create your cover letter and get advice from Career Development of how to present the best version of you on paper and in person.
Build a Résumé
We can help you get started writing your first résumé, cover letters, and personal statements. If you have already written a resume, contact our staff to set up a professional critique.
Create Cover Letters
Every résumé you send, whether via email, through an application system or through the US Postal Service, needs to be accompanied by a cover letter. A cover letter is an employer’s very first glimpse of you, so it has to be good. It is both an introduction and a marketing tool. Career Development will help you find the power in 3 short paragraphs.
Preparation is the key to a successful interview. A candidate who prepares will project a confident and calm image, will not be flustered by question and will actually enjoy the experience! Polish your interview skills by scheduling a “mock interview.” We’ll get you prepped for the real one, providing constructive reviews of you how do.
Graduate School Information
Ready for the next step? Find the graduate program that’s right for you. We also have registration information and access to practice graduate exams like the GRE, GMAT, MCAT, LSAT, VCAT, MAT, and the Praxis.
It’s all about preparation when and where you need it. Career Development has created a Brightspace course featuring a variety a webinars on everything from résumé and cover letter creation, to job search strategies to LinkedIn profiles and more. Every student at Saint Joseph’s College is enrolled in this Career Development course.
Career fairs, sometimes called job fairs, are excellent networking opportunities for students and employers whether you are looking for a full-time, part-time, summer, volunteer or internship position. Career Development offers an on-campus job fair each year, as well as entry to events sponsored by the Maine College Career Consortium. In addition, information on job fairs throughout the country will be posted regularly on the Career Fair webpage.
Maine College Career Consortium
Saint Joseph’s College is a member of the Maine College Career Consortium, an alliance of Maine college and university career services centers, which manages a job placement Website at www.mainegrads.org. The Maine College Grads website is only open to students enrolled at a college or university in Maine and to graduates of these institutions. The website is updated daily and lists open positions as posted by Maine employers.
Post Graduate Statistics
The latest results of our annual Alumni Survey (Class of 2017) include
- percentages of graduates employed and in graduate school,
- average starting salary,
- a list of employers who have hired our graduates and their job titles, and
- a list of schools and programs our graduates have attended for further education.