Students

Have you thought about how you will fulfill the SUA mission to be global citizens committed to living a contributive life?

  • Will you contribute to the world by attending grad school and becoming an educator? 
  • Will you become a Foreign Service officer, so that you can impact diplomacy around the world?
  • Will you join the Peace Corps so that you can impact developing nations?  How about working for the greater good in non-profit or for a human rights NGO? 
  • Or will you impact others through a career in business or the arts?

Any of the career avenues described above offer a chance to live a "contributive life."  How can you ensure that you will have the chance to reach your dream and impact the world?

First and foremost, you must prepare early by first understanding yourself and what abilities and interests you have while identifying the areas in which you will make the greatest impact.

Then, you must know what steps to take to lead you in the direction of your goals.

Career exploration and development are important aspects of your college experience.  Your Career Services office has many resources to help you navigate this process so that you will be better prepared for success after Soka.  Make an appointment today!

 

Career Timeline

The career timeline is an outline of activities and benchmarks that are important to consider when planning your career goals.  Please use the timeline to gauge how to plan your future.

Career Timeline

Career Assessments

What if you're not sure of what kind of job or career you want? Need some career direction? Spend some time and take one or more self-assessment tests to give you a better idea of your attitudes and interests as they relate to possible career choices.

The assessments are free to students, but you must first make an appointment with the Career Services Manager to discuss the assessment process.  Once you have completed the assessments, I will contact you to set another appointment to discuss the results.

Email me at jcunningham@soka.edu to set an appointment.

What can I do with a Liberal Arts degree?

Many students wonder what types of jobs they can get with a Bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts.  The results might be surprising.

What Can I do with a Liberal Arts Degree

Career Library

Researching careers is one of the best ways to get a better understanding of what careers might be a good fit with your skills and interests.  The Career Services library, located on Ikeda 4th Fl, 307, has a variety of books on every career topic and industry.

The internet is also a great source for career research.  Below are some links to help you explore.

Job Search Strategies

Looking for your first job might not be the most important thing on your mind while you're trying to concentrate on your studies.  However, the average job search for a new graduate can take a few months and in a down economy it may take even longer.  There are many strategies one can utilize to increase your chances of getting hired.  To find out what strategies work best, please make an appointment to visit the Career Services Office.

Resumes and Cover Letters

A resume and cover letter are the first items that a prospective employer will want to see when you apply for a job or internship.  Preparing a great cover letter and resume is much more complex than just formatting using a template.  Articulating your precise accomplishments to an employer is critical to your first step to an interview.  Remember, a resume gets the interview, the interview gets the job.

Interviewing

Interviewing is the beginning of the last step to getting hired.  There are several elements involved to interviewing successfully.  Some things to consider are:

Are you professionally dressed?

Have you researched the organization for which you are applying?

Do you understand the position to which you have applied?

Have you thought about your accomplishments as they relate to the position to which you have applied?

Are you able to articulate your accomplishments, describing them in detail, to a prospective employer?

Have you done a mock interview with the career counselor?

To make an appointment for a mock interview, please contact me at jcunningham@soka.edu.

Job Search Resources

If you are actively looking for your first career job and/or identifying organizations in which you may want to work, the following are links to job and internship postings:

www.idealist.org

NGO/Non-profit jobs located nationally and internationally

www.usajobs.gov

Federal government jobs in all fields of interest

http://www.ngo.org/links/index.htm

Non-profit agency websites

http://www.unsystem.org/jobs/job_opportunities.htm

List of United Nations affiliate job websites

http://www.careers.state.gov/resources/advisors.html

Jobs with the US Department of State-Including Foreign Service Officer

http://www.pirg.org/jobs/about/contactus

Jobsite for US PIRG (U.S. Public Interest Research Group).

http://www.jobcentral.com/

Local and national jobs in all industries

www.monstertrak.com

Entry level local and national jobs

www.careerbuilder.com

General job posting website

http://online.goinglobal.com/default.aspx

International career information and job listings

Internship sites

http://www.dcinternships.org/

Washington DC Internships

http://www.makingthedifference.org/federalinternships/search

Federal government internships in many fields