Career Services at Aquinas College

Career Planning & Development

Resources

Discover your life's purpose utilizing our four-step process:

CD 100: Career and Self Awareness (Required)
This course assists you in identifying skills, interests, abilities, goals, and values as they relate to careers. Identify values and examine career implications for maintaining a balanced and values-affirming lifestyle. Explore career fields, write a resume, cover letter, and learn interview techniques in this eight-week course. This course is required for graduation.

CD 210: Career and Life Planning
This class is specifically designed for continuing education students who want a theoretical and practical study of the career planning process applied to their interests, abilities, goals, academic discipline, and fields of interest. The focus is on self-assessment, development of career and life plan, and projects and techniques relating to personal career search and career management. 
 
Experiential Learning
Strongly encouraged and may be required through your major discipline. Some Options for Experiential Learning Include:

CD 401: Decision Making and Implementation
The CD 401 course is an exciting eight-week course designed to assist students in making the transition from college to the world of work, service, self-employment, and/or graduate school. Students will prepare an individualized career action plan, which will guide them through the steps necessary to implement their next phase of life. This action plan will include setting goals, finalizing career options, researching employment opportunities, networking, resume and cover letter writing, portfolio development, salary negotiating, budgeting, and interviewing.

Individual Counseling

Career Coaches help with:

  • Career decision making

  • Goal setting
  • Resume and cover letter development*
  • Job search strategies
  • Effective interviewing techniques & practice interviews*
  • Portfolio development
  • Networking

*AQ Students will receive a free padfolio upon completion of a resume/cover letter review and videotaped interview (while supplies last).

Assessment Tools

Career Services can help you identify your unique skills, abilities, interests and values in order to make choices about career paths and to establish career goals.

jobZology™

Aquinas College offers lifetime access to jobZology, a comprehensive interests-based online assessment, to students and alumni.

Use jobZology to:

  • Discover your path by taking assessments that will help you think about what is important to you.
  • Explore the different career paths that make the most sense for your interests and values.
  • Prepare for future jobs by learning about your strengths and the type of environment you need to succeed.

Getting Started: 

  • Create your jobZology account.
  • Complete four assessments of your Values, Interests, Personality, and Workplace Preferences, which should take 15 to 25 minutes.
  • Review your personalized assessments reports.
  • Explore your Career Matches to see what education and career paths are a fit for you.

Focus Assessment
FOCUS is a self-paced, online career and education planning tool. It will enable you to self-assess your career relevant personal qualities and explore career fields and major areas of study that are most compatible with your assessment results. Students who use FOCUS make better decisions about their goals and plans and learn how to self-manage their careers. Once you have completed any of the Focus2 assessments we encourage you to make an appointment with a career counselor to discuss your results.

  • For more information on what the FOCUS assessment can do for you, download this presentation.
  • To get started on FOCUS, log in to the account you already created or create a new account. Your access code to create a new account is: Saints.

Make an appointment with a career counselor to discuss what options are available to you via Handshake or by calling the front desk at 616-632-2126.

Resources

Grace Hauenstein library contains online resources, books, and periodicals to assist with career exploration, job search strategies, and graduate school research.  

What Can I Do With This Major? connect majors with careers. Choose "Information" to download an outline of common career areas, typical employers, and strategies designed to maximize career opportunities for major areas of interest. Choose "Links" to find a list of websites that provide information about listed majors and related careers. Keep in mind that the information sheets and websites are representative of typical career paths associated with each major and not a comprehensive list. 

Occupational Outlook Handbook provides research from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to help people learn about various careers. This resource provides information on hundreds of occupations including job duties, education and training requirements, median pay, projected job growth, and more.

O*NET
Research information on various occupations through this free database. For each occupation learn about the related skills, interests, values, job requirements, the level of experience needed, and occupational outlook.

Career Tools
A specialized tool for identifying resources relevant to your personal needs.

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