Career Development and Placement FAQs
- What types of resources will be available to me in the Career Development and Placement Center?
The Career Center offers a range of services, programs and resources designed to help students make educated decisions about majors and careers; effectively identify their skills and abilities and market them to employers and graduate programs; and research, identify and secure employment and graduate study opportunities. These include:
- Major in Success Program for students undecided on a major or career
- Self-assessment testing and activities including CareerBeam, Strong, MBTI and others
- Exploration of career options for a chosen major
- Assistance securing internships, for which students may be able to earn academic credit
- Conducting a senior-year job search for a full-time position after graduation
- On-campus interviewing and job fairs which include over 100 different employers each academic year
- Résumé and cover letter writing workshops and individual assistance
- Interviewing skills workshops and individual assistance
- Professional networking training
- Social media guidance: How to utilize LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook
- Planning for and researching graduate school options
- Access to PioneerNetwork, SHU’s online career management system with parttime, full-time and internship positions, online résumé submissions, career research tools, registration for Career Center events and 24/7 access by students to a network of over 10,000 employers interested in connecting with SHU students
- The Online Alumni Career Mentor Network
- On campus career events such as employer information sessions, networking events and presentations on career topics by industry experts
- Research resources such as CareerSearch
- Connections with professional associations in various fields
- Support in finding part-time and summer jobs
- One-on-one career counseling for any career-related issues a student is facing
- Are internships available for all students?
Yes. Some majors require an internship for graduation, but internships are available for all students regardless of major. All students are encouraged to complete at least one internship, and preferably more than one, during their undergraduate study. SHU’s location in Fairfield County means close access to the third-highest concentration of Fortune 500 companies in the U.S., world-class hospitals, nationally-ranked elementary and secondary schools and countless additional sites for students to intern and gain relevant work experience. Students intern in New York City during the school year and in their home states during the summer as well.
- Are SHU graduates successful after graduation?
Yes! SHU students pursue many different paths after graduation. One year after graduation, 95% of SHU students are employed in a full-time, career-related position or attending graduate school. SHU graduates are admitted to top graduate schools each year in the disciplines of law, medicine, health care, business, social work, education, humanities, social sciences and more, and a sampling of the institutions in which recent SHU graduates have enrolled includes Fordham University, Yale University, North Carolina State University, Columbia University, Boston College and New York University.
- When can I start using the Career Development and Placement Center?
Students are welcome to begin using Career Development and Placement Center services and resources as soon as Orientation. The online CareerBeam Planning Survey and Career Exploration system is made available to incoming students at that time along with career coach access. You will also meet Career Center staff and receive a jump-start on career planning early in the fall semester during Career Week presentations which all freshmen are required to attend. Many freshmen choose to participate in the Major in Success program for help choosing a major, or to verify a choice they’ve already made, as well as to utilize the Center for help with summer job searches, informational interviewing or action planning to ensure they are prepared to take advantage of internship and other opportunities going forward.
- Can you give me some examples of employers hiring SHU students as interns and full-time employees?
A small sampling of employers hiring recent interns and graduates includes corporations such as Credit Suisse, Deloitte, GE, GE Capital, UBS and L’Oreal USA; hospitals such as Massachusetts General, Children’s Hospital Boston, Yale-New Haven and Montefiore Medical Center; media organizations such as MTV Networks, Forbes Magazine, Food Network Magazine and Time, Inc.; major sports-related employers such as the NBA, the NHL and Octagon; and not-for-profits including Family & Children’s Agency and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.