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Career Planning


  • Contact Us

    Office: Library 2nd Floor, Suite 211
    Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m., evenings by appointment 
    Phone: 814-472-3019
    Email: careerservices@francis.edu

    Julie Barris, Career Services Director 
    Beth McGregor, Associate Director
    Melissa Stasik, student Career Coordinator

    Career Services offers many helpful tools for planning your career.  Below are a few links and tips to get you started. Further information can be viewed from the career planning pyramid or the checklist for each undergraduate year.  Benefits of using our office include assessment of your interests and skills, planning for your future, career counseling, and choosing or changing your major.


  • Career Services Pyramid

    CAREER PLANNING PYRAMID

    A Three-Step Process: choose a career 

    The following three-step process is fairly simple, but it will take some time and energy to follow-through and plan your future.  

    Step One: Self-Assessment (take a look at your interests, values, personality and abilities). Check out www.keirsey.com for an on-line assessment.  For more in-depth self-awareness activities and "tests" attend one of our scheduled workshops or schedule an individual appointment with Career Services.  We can get you on track! 

    Step Two: Career Exploration (research careers/occupations/majors that meet your interests, values, personality and abilities).   

    • Check out www.careers.msn.com. (learn about various careers), www.onetcenter.org (various career resource/information linked to this site).   
    • Other career gathering tips: (career researching is on-going)  
      • Talk to someone (friend, relative, alumnus) in the occupation in which you're interested.   Prepare a list of questions.  Meet with a professor in the major.  
      • Job Shadow a professional for a couple of hours or half-day. Observe, interact and inquire.
      • Volunteer in the field to "experience" what the environment and occupation is like. 

    Step Three: Action Plan (state your goals, choose a major)   

    • Once you've selected a career (occupation) work with career services to select a major that best fits your goal.   
    • Finalize your educational plans.  Does your field of interest required a master's or professional degree? Certification?   
    • Set goals on how you're going to obtain hands-on related experience (volunteering, interning, working in the summer, etc.).   
    • Job Shadow a professional for a couple of hours or half-day. Observe, interact and inquire.   
    • Volunteer in the field to "experience: what the environment and occupation is like.  

    The career exploration and information gathering step continues.  Remember to volunteer, intern, obtain a summer position related to your field of interest.  Get involved with a club or organization - build your leadership skills.   

    Freshmen Career Central

    Freshmen Success Checklist

    • Attend Community Enrichment Series for career-related events
    • Familiarize yourself with the university resources and support systems.
    • Get to know your professors, especially in your field of interest.
    • Know what’s going on – on-campus: Read fliers,SFU email, OrgSync, Social Media, and the online Troubadour newspaper.
    • Join an organization to begin your professional development.
    • Schedule an appointment with Career Services to talk about your major & what you can do with it.
    • Attend Career Fairs and other related career events/workshops.
    • Begin to develop your resume. Get samples and assistance from Career Services.
    • Think about applying for positions on campus (work study, tutor, volunteer, etc.).
    • Set-up a LinkedIn profile to start developing your professional online presence.
    • Set privacy settings on your other social media accounts.
    • Activate your College Central Network account.College Central is a major job/internship searching site that can help students find full-time and part-time jobs, summer jobs, or internships.
    • If unsure about your major, schedule an appointment with Career Services and take a career test. Meet with a trained career counselor.
    • Towards the end of your Freshman year, start thinking about internship positions for the summer and/or for the fall semester of your sophomore year. Students should complete at least one internship during their collegiate career.
    • Remember: if you don’t know, ask! If you’re concerned or overwhelmed, seek assistance!

    Sophomore Career Central

    Sophomore Success Checklist 

    • Make the grades!
    • Begin to focus on a particular major. 
    • Continue gathering career information about your field of interest.  Career Services has lots of information. 
    • Visit Career Services so we can get to know you!
    • Interact with peers, faculty and administrators. 
    • Get involved on campus (clubs, organizations, special projects, volunteering).
    • Attend Career Events and Fairs on- and off-campus. 
    • Develop and set personal and career goals
    • Connect with upper-class students in your field to learn about their job and internship experiences.  
    • Start planning for an internship for your junior year or secure summer-related employment the summer prior to your junior year.  
    • Begin to develop your resume.  Ask the Career Services Office for samples and assistance. 
    • Read "What Color is Your Parachute, Newsweek, Wall Street Journal or Tuesdays with Maurie." 
    • Maintain a good online presence through Linkedin, Facebook, Twitter,etc
      Look into graduate school preparation (if applicable). 
    • Remember: if you have concerns, problems, seek help! 
    Junior Career Central

    Junior Success Checklist

    A year made for preparation and practice

    "Speaking personally, career services are an indispensable asset to students at Saint Francis University.  The representatives in this department are diligent and have a meticulous attention to detail.  Career services have a high standard of professionalism and provides students with useful career and internship advice." - Francesco DiPalermo '12, Political Science/Accounting, Treasurer of Class of 2012, SGA Senior Class Representative, Vice-President of Students for Life 

    Blueprint for Success . . . .

    • Make the grades! 
    • Begin your experiential learning (internships, practicums, related jobs). -build your resume and develop the skills and traits employers are seeking.
    • Network online and in person with alumni and other professional in your field. Use LinkedIn.com to build your professional network.
    • Participate in departmental activities. 
    • Continue your leadership role on campus.
    • Further develop realistic goals, beliefs, values.
    • Gather information about graduate/professional schools.
    • Prepare and register for the GRE, LSAT, or GMAT if necessary. 
    • Apply for scholarships.
    • Update your resume before your final year. Career Services can help!
      Consider all career options/avenues within your major/minor. 
    • Attend job fairs, career workshops and events to prepare and practice. 
      Become familiar with the Career Services Office - your connection to job leads and assistance. 
    • Conduct research on companies for whom you want to work.  Connect with employers and join groups in your field on LinkedIn and Twitter.
    • Schedule a mock interview to fine-tune your interviewing skills. 
    • Remember: this is the final year before you graduate, so get prepared, but have fun, too! 
    Graduating Students Career Central

    Graduating Student Success Checklist

    The Final Year . . .

    Be Ready for Focus, Implementation and Follow-Through!!! 

    • Make the grades! 
    • Complete course requirements in your major.  
    • Check with your faculty advisor to be sure you've met all requirements
    • Contact Career Services Office to review your resume and to discuss job search strategies. 
    • Update your resume and your Linkedin profile by the FALL!
    • Maintain a positive, active online presence and network with recruiters and employers in your field. Utilize LinkedIn.com to continue to build your professional network. 
    • Purchase an interview suite and appropriate shoes. 
    •  Attend career events and workshops on campus. 
    •  Be sure to place your resume on College Central and to connect you with Career Services. Check out the area and out of state Job Postings on the Saint Francis University's College Central Network and other online sites
    • Utilize CareerShift at http://francis.careershift.com
    • Plan and develop your job search goals early.  Use a variety of job search strategies. Follow through! 
    • Set up a profile on LinkedIn.com and develop your professional network.
    • Attend on and off campus job fairs. 
    • Schedule a mock interview with Career Services! 
    • Apply to graduate school early! 
    • Follow through with your interviews by sending thank you letters and letters of further interest! 
    • Be patient, persistent, optimistic, and organized!!
    • Remember -- you can utilize Career Services after you graduate!

    "There is a world of opportunity waiting for you, now is your chance to make a difference and succeed."