The Career Center is committed to preparing students for life after college by supporting their growth throughout their enrollment to commencement and beyond.
The Career Center focuses on individual assessment and the development of professional skills, aligning core competencies and extra-curricular successes to the communication, leadership and critical-thinking skills that employers seek.
Students leave the University of Providence knowing they are life-long learners with the confidence to reach their personal and professional goals.
Learn about IMPACT UP, the University’s commitment to students for career readiness, and check out our official online guide to creating an effective résumé.
Check out the icons below and click on the links for extra information on each section.
Also, check out our PDF of “Powerful Words to Use in Your Resume.”
For students contemplating whether they should attend Grad School, or which Grad School to attend, the Career Services Center offers:
— Individual counseling sessions
— Resource guides
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The Career Center offers multiple career workshops and job fairs throughout the year. We can help plan job shadowing sessions and offer informational interviews. We can also help determine how to help students put themselves in the best position for a strong career pathway.
At least 74 percent of graduates find employment in fields outside of their degree. Find out at the Career Center where students with your degree are finding work and how they are getting it.
At the Career Services Center, we can provide you with crucial tips for building a strong LinkedIn Account that will get you noticed and get ahead in your search for a career after school.
In today’s job market you will need to be able to tell your career story in an effective and efficient way. This unique guide below will guide you through the process of creating a resume that gets you hired.
We are here to remove your confusion.
Schedule an appointment with the Career Services leadership and we can help answer any number of questions regarding the future. Give us a call at 406.791.5216
Finding a graduate school can be a complicated process. While graduate school ratings are important, it is just as important to find one the fits with your values and philosophical approach to law, counseling, business, etc. These guides can help you look through schools. We also strongly recommend you take advantage of the personal access you have to our University of Providence professors. Here at UP, you can work to find ideas and tap into your professor’s expertise to help answer key questions in your search for the best graduate school for you. In general, it is recommended that you apply to at least five.
Paying for Graduate School
Often, graduate schools offer a stipend for candidates to teach or do additional research. You might also check with some of the resources below for ideas for paying for graduate school.
Getting into Graduate School
Building a strong Linked In profile can provide opportunities for employers to spot your talent before you even apply for a job. Here are some of the best tips we have found for a strengthening you online career profile. Come by the Career Center if you have any questions about any of the tips provided below.
Welcome to UP
As you enter the doors of Sullivan Hall quickly approaching your very first class you realize that you are officially an Argo at the University of Providence. This day is truly glorious. You are well on your way to the career of your dreams, but maybe you haven’t quite realized it yet. After all, it’s only the first day of college and a career is pretty far off, or so you think. Yeah, I was there once too. I thought that I had a heck of a long time ahead of me before I had to really think about entering the job force. I was too busy being buried in homework to think about what I wanted to do when I grew up. Yet, here I sit only days away from graduation realizing that my first day of college seems like it was yesterday! Before I knew it, it was time to start creating my resume, attending career fairs, and preparing for interviews. The point I am trying to make here with all this jargon is that it is never too early to start thinking about your future career. You have already made a great leap to start your journey by attending this university, but there is more prep work to be done!
The Prep Work
Yes, that’s right, there is prep work to do in order to make your way to your future career. You may think that it will be as easy as filling out an application, talking with a manager at a company, and getting hired, but that isn’t usually the case. More often than not you will start off your career as a simple name on a piece of paper, in the form of your resume. A resume is used to present your background, skills, and accomplishments to potential employers. This piece of paper is so critically important because it is essentially your ticket in the door of a company that you desire to work for. You have to realize that when companies post their open positions, they receive dozens of resumes from applicants, so your goal is ultimately to stand out among the crowd of resumes they will scroll through. A powerful resume could be the difference in getting invited in for an interview or just being passed over. This is why prepping your resume is so critical! How are you supposed to get the job if you can’t get the interview, am I right?
Lucky for you, you go to a university that cares about your success and wants you to meet that ultimate goal of finding your future career! This site is going to show you how simple it can be to sculpt an effective, professional resume that shows employers why they need to pick you for an interview! This isn’t going to be random tips and tricks that are supposed to work, but actually tried and true information that helped me land a great job that I will start right after graduation. A job that I truly owe to the fact that I had a good resume and that I had it readily available!
Creating a resume may initially sound like a daunting task, but it is really much simpler than you think. Start thinking about your resume by doing these few simple tasks!
By Rodney Johanson
Assistant Director of Career Services
First of all, thank you for bravely serving this beautiful country of ours, we truly appreciate you here at University of Providence! I had the honor of serving in the Air Force for four years and faced the difficulty of creating a resume that made sense to the civilians I would be interviewing with. I was so used to formatting information for Enlisted Performance Reports and had to break that habit and realize that the terminology used in the military wasn’t conducive to a civilian resume. It may be different depending on your branch of service, but USAF EPRs are more quantitative than qualitative. For example, something that would have been on my resume before I knew better would sound like this, “Performed maintenance on 10,000 feet of cable line, saving the USAF $12.2 million, restoring communication to 150 facilities across 400 sq. mile.” That sentence, if you can even call it that, makes no sense to anyone who didn’t work in my particular field. Though that bullet would get me a fair EPR rating, it would likely not get me an interview at a local company. Try to rephrase that information into something relevant that an employer would understand before you add it to your resume.
As a person who has served in the military it is likely that a lot of employers will see that information on your resume and know you possess numerous great qualities. It is completely acceptable to highlight the strong assets that you gained during your military service on your resume. Be sure to note things like your attention-to-detail, discipline, and leadership ability if you feel those apply to you. As long as you adapt your information into language that is civilian friendly, you should have quite the leg-up compared to your competition!
Read This if You’re an Athlete!
Don’t discount the things you’ve learned as a collegiate athlete. You have specific skills that can be very valuable in the eyes of an employer. If you were a team captain in your sport, for example, you should use that in your resume as it shows your leadership ability, especially with a large group of people. It is a great asset that will likely impress anyone reading your resume. Also, the ability to work as a functioning member of a team is a quality that not all people possess, so you may want to include your time as a collegiate athlete on your resume for that reason also!
The Career Services in partnership with faculty, TRIO, the Alumni Association, and local employers offer a variety of events – career fairs, networking events, employment workshops, etc. Information on these can be found in your career center, on the career center information board, and throughout campus. We also take students to job fairs and other career events in the area as most benefits students.
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