The Career and Professional Development Center supports the academic, vocational, and career success of our students by guiding them through their four years of the college experience.
The Center aims to assist students in forming and pursuing career goals, gaining practical experience, and making decisions toward suitable employment or graduate and professional school matriculation. The center focuses on strengthening the confidence of our students through self-reflection and professional development activities allowing for positive experiential learning engagements. We encourage the understanding of how the liberal arts foundation can be leveraged to launch successful careers while serving as an internal resource to students and faculty and as an external partner to employers, post-secondary institutions, and the Latrobe community.
The following information highlights the services, programs and resources offered by the Career and Professional Development Center for all Saint Vincent College students. To learn more about each, please visit our portal page and make an appointment by finding your career consultant on Handshake or stopping by the office located in the Carey Center.
Career Consultants work with students on a variety of topics, including:
The Career Guide and individual Mini Guides are located on the portal. The guides offer the following tips on the following topics: Services and Resources; Career Exploration and Planning; Resumes and Letters; Networking and Professionalism; Interviews, and Graduate and Professional School.
From choosing a major, to selecting the appropriate career path, the Career and Professional Development Center is here to help. Self-reflection is the most important aspect of the career planning process, significantly impacting your future as a professional. To make appropriate decisions and to define your goals, you must first understand your interests, skills, values, and personality. The center offers assessment tools which can be interpreted by a career consultant, leading to a good foundation to explore your vocation and career. You can also review the mini guide on Career Exploration and Planning to understand how to navigate each year at Saint Vincent and help you get ready for life after college.
Whether you are exploring multiple majors or searching for information about your chosen field, we will help you connect majors to careers, discover typical career areas and the types of employers that hire people with each major, and learn strategies to make you a more marketable candidate.
FOCUS 2 CAREER is an online interactive, self-guided career and education planning system designed to help you make decisions about your future vocation, career goals and education plans. This interactive tool will assist in your self-reflection in areas such as career planning involvement; work interests; values; skills; personality; leisure time; and career competency levels to help you get prepared to enter your first destination through the SVC Bearcat Ready Program. This instrument will allow you to broaden your career options and discover occupations matching your personal preferences and attributes, discover and explore career fields and majors, and plan a career and educational pathway that will support your personal needs and professional goals.
The Career and Professional Development Center encourages you to explore your career goals through self-awareness beyond the classroom. Experiential learning can help build relationships with current supervisors and peers and lead to excellent networking opportunities. By completing at least one practical, career-related experience, you will actively engage with alumni and professionals in your field, leading to a successful future. The program will help you use your talents, strengths, and interests upon transitioning into the workforce. Learn how to Explore, Experience, and Engage through the SVC Bearcat Ready program.
Handshake is the #1 way college students get jobs. When you complete your Handshake profile, jobs & internship opportunities will be tailored to you. You can filter and search internship and job roles based on your interests and discover new career possibilities. Follow employers to learn more, post your resume, apply for positions, and make appointments with your career consultant by using Handshake.
Big Interview is an interactive, virtual tool to help students practice their interview skills while tailoring the experience to a specific industry, job and experience level. The system is a great way to gain practice and enhance interview ability. Students can confidentially share their interviews with anyone including career consultants, faculty, coaches, and family or friends.
The Career Connection Newsletter features career advice, job and internship opportunities, tips about our resources and event information. The newsletter also spotlights students participating in the SVC Bearcat Ready Program.
Alumni of Saint Vincent College can assist in a variety of ways including:
The Career and Professional Development Center offers career consulting for Alumni of Saint Vincent College. We speak with Alumni on a variety of topics including:
One-One Appointments with a Center Professional working with you on a variety of topics including:
Please note that we are most readily available to Alumni during summer and winter breaks. In addition to our services, if you have continued your education elsewhere, you should also take advantage of the career services at those institutions, especially since they have provided your most recent instruction in the area in which you are likely seeking employment. Our first appointments begin with a virtual conversation with appropriate follow-up as needed.Follow us on Facebook and Twitter
Saint Vincent College takes pride in its talented pool of students with strong academic backgrounds, professionalism and outstanding practical experience in their field of study. The Career and Professional Development Center strives to provide you with candidates who meet your employment needs. Please click here for a list of all majors at Saint Vincent College. We will help you in making connections with our students and graduates of our institution.
Join the ranks of hundreds of regional, national, and international employers who are already enjoying the benefits of participating in Saint Vincent College's employment program. Thousands of Saint Vincent College students have served in internship, research, service opportunities, gaining successful employment in their field. We hope you will consider joining our team of employers who have helped our Bearcats become outstanding students and professionals. To include your company in our job and internship platform, be sure to check out Handshake at stvincent.joinhandshake.com. If your company is already posting positions using Handshake be sure to connect with us so we are aware of any new postings.
To post a part-time, internship or full-time position visit: stvincent.joinhandshake.com.If you have any questions about recruiting on-campus or posting a position, please contact Courtney Baum, Career and Professional Development Center Director, at 724-805-2253 or by email at email@example.com.
If you have any questions about recruiting on-campus, creating a virtual interview schedule, or posting a position, please contact Courtney Baum, Director, Career and Professional Development Center, at 724-805-2253 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tips for your Student's Career Success
The Career and Professional Development Center offers the following services and resources:
Saint Vincent College Career and Professional Development Center professionals administer and interpret assessment tools to help your student identify his/her values, interests and skills. The Strong Interest Inventory allows students to explore major and career options by assessing his/her interests and helps your student understand how his/her interests may fit with specific major and career choices. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a tool used to identify a student’s personality type. Through ‘type’, a student can learn how best his/ her personality fits with specific majors, careers and future employing organizations.
Internships are valuable to your student’s overall college career. At Saint Vincent College students can receive credit for an internship, while gaining marketable skills for a future career in his/her field of interest. Internships can also be used to help students explore various career fields. Through an internship, a student may recognize his/her passion for a certain field or even learn that the intended area of interest may not be a good fit. Either way, practical experience will bring your student one step closer to meeting his/her career goals and landing that perfect job after graduation. Please remember to keep the following tips in mind when discussing internships with your student:
Research is the best way for a student to learn about a specific company, career or major area of study. Students can gather information from faculty, alumni, and current students already majoring in your student’s intended major. In addition to shadowing an employer or ‘network’, your student should take the time to read literature and organize an informational interview with someone in his/her network.
Campus involvement can enrich your student’s college experience in a variety of ways. Campus activities are a perfect way for your student to meet new people, get involved, and have fun in a healthy and safe environment. Saint Vincent college has more than 60 campus organizations. Becoming involved on campus will also allow your student to develop leadership, organizational, administrative, teamwork, and oral and written communication skills.
Introduce your student to people who have the career and are employed at places that may be of interest to him/her. Suggest your son or daughter contact those individuals in your personal or professional networks as well as his or her own positions. Encourage your student to “shadow” someone in the workplace to increase awareness in his/her intended career field. Students should remain in contact with ‘networks’ that have had an impact on his/her life, throughout the high school years, as well as during the four years at Saint Vincent College. These networks can provide your student with information about the company or available part-time or internship opportunities.
It is important to encourage and support each student by discussing your student’s strengths & skills. Often times, students are not aware of the strengths and skills they possess. Allowing your student to focus on his/her strengths and skills will encourage confidence and maturity and, most importantly, self-awareness. Each of these qualities will offer students the necessary skills to assure a smooth transition to college. These qualities also assist students in the internship and job search. Each employer requires a specific set of skills from each individual job-seeker. The good news is that most job-seekers possess these skills to some extent. The better news is that job-seekers with weaknesses in these areas can improve their skills through training, professional development, or mentoring from someone who understands these skills. The best news is that once your student understands the skills and characteristics that are necessary for the ‘real world’, he/she can tailor the major and career-decision-making process to showcase how well the strengths and skills align with each employer’s expectations and requirements.
Values are a set of standards that determine choices, actions and attitudes. Understanding values will help students focus on career objectives that are important to them. Values are not right or wrong, but without them students will have a more difficult time reaching his/her goals. It is important to encourage your student to only choose values that define him / her and not someone else. Values will allow students to gain a better understanding of what academic major is most suitable. Also it will give your student the opportunity to begin exploring internships and careers that connect with the types of people and working environments that are most consistent with his/her values.
It is especially important for students to know his/her interest in order to make appropriate academic and career-related decisions. No matter what an individual pursues he/she will want to incorporate passions and interests into some aspect of everyday life. Whether your student gets to use his/her interest in a career or as relaxation, it will be important to the overall quality and satisfaction of his/her life and the lives of family and friends.
As a Parent or Guardian, you will want to be involved in your student’s major and career decision. Listen carefully. Be patient. Be understanding. Be respectful. There might be times you do not agree with your student’s decision. It is okay to provide suggestions about majors and career fields, but let your student be the ultimate judge of what is best. Remember making this decision can be very stressful for your student. He/she will be doing the work, and with the right attitude and proper training and guidance, your student can be successful in any major or career.