Jun 15, 2024  
Jarvis Christian University 
  
Jarvis Christian University

The Office of Career Services


The Mission of the Office of Career Services is to help current students and recent graduates reach their career goals by incorporating those essential skills, both hard and soft, our Industry Partners stress are most important to ensure curricula and degree plans support acquiring and practicing timely industry/career competencies.

The Purpose of the Career Services Center is to:

  • Assist current students and recent graduates in reaching their career goals by offering programs and services to bridge the pathway from college to the professional workforce or into higher education.
  • Align career readiness practice and skills acquisition with (1) academic programs being offered at Jarvis, and (2) respective industry feedback about observed gaps between skills and competencies required in the workplace or institutions of higher education, and what students are learning in college classrooms.
  • Empower current students and recent graduates to compete in the global marketplace or for programs at institutions of higher education with confidence and efficacy, guided by an associated Career Development Plan.

Expected Learning Outcomes are chosen to describe the knowledge or skills students should acquire by participating in Career Services experiential learning initiatives and internship opportunities. These hands-on experiences help students understand why this knowledge and these skills are useful to them individually in achieving their higher education and post-graduation employment objectives.

  1. Choosing a Career Plan: researching occupational alternatives and making decisions based on interests, soft (transferable) and hard (competence) skills, values, and academic alignment with degree requirements of individual majors. Students may choose to use the optional Seek Career Planner: Five Steps to Your Future workbook, available from Career Services as a starting point:
    • Creating a Career Plan
    • Self-Evaluation
    • Aspirations
    • Take the “Princeton Review Career Quiz”
    • Explore the Possibilities
    • Weigh Up Your Options - Pros & Cons
    • Set Your Goals - S.M.A.R.T.
    • Share Your Goals with Advisors
  2. Preparing an Effective Resume: providing workshops and related resume writing resources such as the Career Services Resume Writing Guide.
  3. Developing Interviewing Skills: providing workshops and related tips, strategies, and practice for successful interviewing modes while utilizing CLYVER to practice Video Mock Interviews with online expert feedback.
  4. Engaging in the Jarvis Student Professional Development Digital Badge Program: offering guided pathway micro-credentialing in direct relationship to the curriculum, career, community and experience areas to increase student employability, including Career Services designated Badges:
    • Career Readiness Level 1: create Handshake profile, use Resume Writing Guide to draft a professional Resume specific to student’s Major/Concentration, and participate in CLYVER Video Mock Interviewing practice.
    • Career Readiness Level II: show Level 1 confirmation to Career Services, create LinkedIn profile, attend Career Center sponsored Resume Writing Class, join professional association specific to student’s Major/Concentration, and schedule Office Hours with Career Services to start building individualized Career Plan.
    • Experiential Learning: research Career Services supported Professional Associations, join organization(s) of interest, and complete assigned projects.

Career Readiness Applications and Experiential Learning Organizations

  • Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA): BDPA is an international organization with a diverse membership of professionals and students at all levels in the fields of information technology, computer science and related S.T.E.M fields. Members are actively engaged in serving the community through outreach and charting the future of the IT industry.
  • Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U): CGI U is a dynamic community of young leaders (Commitment Makers) dedicated to developing innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. Commitment Makers connect with leading experts in business, technology, and social impact.
  • CLYVER - Practice Video Mock Interviews with Expert Feedback: Clyver helps students calmly prepare for job interviews or admissions interviews at institutions of higher learning at their own pace in settings that build confidence. Students can practice anywhere with an Internet connection to avoid awkwardness during the interview or interviewing surprises because of unfamiliarity with potential topics or styles of questioning.
  • ENACTUS: Enactus is the world’s largest experiential learning platform dedicated to creating a better world while developing the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders and social innovators. The Enactus network of global business, academic and student leaders are unified by a single vision-to create a better, more sustainable world.
  • HANDSHAKE: Handshake is a comprehensive College-to-Career Network to “supercharge” student engagement and enhance the connection with potential employers. The Handshake platform seeks to “level the playing field for students” by enabling each student to connect with more than 650,000+ employers, democratizing student access to opportunity, and positioning Jarvis to prove its value as an outcome-focused institution.
  • LINKED-IN: The official Linked-In website boosts 500 million+ members. Besides managing one’s own professional identity (profile), Jarvis students can build and engage with their own professional network. An effectively curated profile (professional brand) enables job seekers to access knowledge, insights, and opportunities to stand out to hiring agents that utilize Linked-In’s Talent Solutions and Recruiter Tools.
  • National Association of Black Accountants (NABA): NABA, Inc. is a nonprofit membership association dedicated to bridging the opportunity gap for Black professionals in the accounting, finance and related business professions. Representing more than 200,000 professionals in these fields, NABA advances people, careers, and the mission by providing education, resources, and meaningful career connections to both professional and student members, fulfilling the principle of their motto: Lifting as We Climb.
  • Net Impact: Net Impact’s Up to Us Challenge inspires and equips emerging leaders to build a more just and sustainable world. Now in their 28th year, Net Impact has continued to expand its grassroots, global movement of students and emerging impact leaders who want to use their skills to make a positive impact for people and planet by tackling such issues as the National Debt.