A Guide to Career and Professional Development

September 11, 2017

The idea of life after college is daunting for many students. After earning a bachelor’s degree, anxiety over seeking employment or continuing education is common. Luckily for St. Norbert students, the Office of Career and Professional Development offers assistance to individuals at all stages of their education. Here are some top things to know about the resources available to students and the best way students can prepare for life after St. Norbert College.


Majors, Minors, and Careers


For students who are having trouble deciding on a major, making an appointment with the Office of Career and Professional Development is the easiest way to get started. Individuals can come in during walk-in hours for a 10 minute meeting or make an appointment with a career counselor for up to 50 minutes.

Even students who have already decided on a major or minor can benefit from the major and career resources. In addition to assistance with making a four-year plan, students can take several personalized assessments in the office such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), a personality inventory intended to guide career selection; the Strong Interest Inventory, a measure of personal interest in occupational areas; and StrengthsQuest, the Gallup personality and talent assessment designed to measure personal interest and potential. The office also offers several informal assessments to increase students’ understanding of their interests, personal values, and characteristics online. It should be noted that students are recommended to meet with career counselors to discuss the results of informal assessments. Find the tests here: http://www.snc.edu/careers/students/undecided/careerassessment.html

Also available online, is a list of career possibilities, skills, graduate data, and salary reports for St. Norbert College’s academic programs. Here students can find information about common career paths for their area of study. The full list of programs with links to program data can be found here: http://www.snc.edu/careers/students/programs/


Resumes and References

One of the most outstanding and useful resources available through the Office of Career and Professional Development is the resume review service. In addition to the resume tips and guides that can be found online, students can upload their resume through HireAKnight to be reviewed by a career counselor. The Career and Professional Development Office will review resumes and cover letters and send them back to students with recommendations within three business days.

For students looking for advice on asking for references or for formatting a reference page, resources are available online here: http://www.snc.edu/careers/employment/references.html.


Career Compass

Career Compass allows students to get advice from St. Norbert College alumni about career development. All that students need to provide is some basic information (name, email, major(s), and graduation year) and a question for alumni. Find Career Compass here: http://www.snc.edu/careers/students/careercompass.html


Graduate Studies and Post-Graduate Service

Some students plan on continuing to graduate school after earning their bachelor’s degree. The Office of Career and Professional Development has resources to help students pursue a graduate degree. Career Counselors will help students research possible graduate schools, St. Norbert College graduate school advisors (http://www.snc.edu/careers/students/graduateschool/advisers.html)

can assist students as well. Online, students can find a collection of research links and suggestions as well as resources for test preparation, personal statements, and letters of recommendation. The Career and Professional Development Office’s Graduate School resources can be found here: http://www.snc.edu/careers/students/graduateschool/


For students who wish to pursue full-time service, the Office of Career and Professional Development, in conjunction with the Sturzl Center for Community Service and Learning, has resources for planning and preparing for service. The Office of Career and Professional Development has resources for: the Catholic Volunteer Network, Center for Social Concern’s Post-Graduate Service Opportunities, Post-Graduate Service Opportunities for Students from JCU, and Augustinian Volunteers. Online services for those interested in post-graduate service can be found here: http://www.snc.edu/careers/students/postgradservice/discernment.html. Students may also want to consider exploring the Norbertine Volunteer Community (NVC): https://www.norbertines.org/vocations/norbertine-volunteer-community/.


Internships and Employment


Many students worry about ways to gain experience prior to entering the workforce. HireAKnight will match students with suitable internships and jobs online and career counselors offer one-on-one meetings with students to help them find an internship. Networking opportunities are available for St. Norbert College students through Career Services; more information can be found here: http://www.snc.edu/careers/employment/networking.html. Academic internships that can provide students with course credit as well as invaluable experience are also available through campus resources. Find more information on how the Office of Career and Professional Development can assist with internships here: http://www.snc.edu/careers/students/internships/.


Alumni Services

St. Norbert College alumni are still able to take advantage of the Office of Career and Professional Development’s services. Career assessments and assistance are available to help find careers that alumni are best suited for and will enjoy.


Scheduling an Appointment

The Office of Career and Professional Development (Todd Wehr Hall room 215) has walk-in-hours from 1 pm – 4 pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Students can also schedule appointments online at: http://www.snc.edu/careers/appointment.html, or contact the office at careers@snc.edu or 920-403-3040.


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