Career Development Expectations
The mission of Menlo College is to educate and prepare our students to become business and community leaders. Here’s a brief overview of recommended involvement for your student over the course of their experience at Menlo College
First Year: Transition & Explore
- Attend Student Club and Activities Fair. Join a club and get involved.
- Visit Career Services to meet the Staff and become acquainted with the resources. Register on Menlo’s CareerLink.
- Attend career and networking events on-campus.
- Look for volunteer and community-based learning opportunities.
- Write or update your resume. Be sure to include campus jobs and activities.
Second and Third Year: Research & Prepare
- Confirm your academic major.
- Discuss your career plans with the Director of Career Services and your faculty.
- Take a leadership position on campus with a club, athletic team, student government, or Residential Life.
- Identify at least three jobs you’d be interested in and determine the skills an employer would look for in a new hire.
- Update your resume and practice your interviewing skills. Schedule an in-person mock interview with the Director of Career Services at least one week prior to your interview.
- Begin looking for a spring or summer internship in Fall semester.
- Create a LinkedIn profile and join the Menlo College Alumni Association Group.
- Conduct informational interviews to research a variety of jobs and careers.
Fourth Year: Exit Strategy & Launch Your Career
- Begin your job search by updating your resume and LinkedIn profile.
- Design a detailed job search plan that starts in the fall of your senior year.
- If you are planning on going to graduate school research programs and take the appropriate graduate school exam. Many schools require applicants to apply one year ahead of when you plan to attend.
Tips for Helping Your Student
- Share your own story. Talk about your educational experiences – both formal and informal. What was your career path and what have you liked and disliked about your jobs?
- Discuss financial literacy and behavior, including credit cards, loans, debts, and managing money. Set and agree on financial behavior expectations and the importance of financial planning now and into the workforce.
- Watch the news together and discuss what’s happening in the economy and local job market.
- Take your student to work and allow her or him to job shadow you or a co-worker. Take your student to a professional or trade association meeting.
- Encourage your student to buy at least one professional outfit for campus events and interviews.
- Reserve judgment – your student will most likely change his or her academic and career goals at least once in the next few years. This is very normal.
- Understand that the first job out of college is not the last job your student will have. It will probably the first of five, ten, or even fifteen jobs!
- Support your student in their exploration – allow him or her time to keep their options open while looking at different career paths.
Working Part-time On or Off Campus
Students may work on-campus up to 20 hours per week. However, due to the limited number of on-campus jobs, students often look for off-campus jobs in the local community. Students should understand before they apply for a job when they are available to work taking into account their classes, homework, athletic commitments, and leadership responsibilities.
Both on-campus and off-campus jobs are listed on Menlo’s CareerLink. Due to the limited number of jobs available on-campus, priority is often given to students who have accepted Federal Work Study funds.
Off-campus jobs can be found on Menlo’s CareerLink and resources such as Snag-a-job.
Internship and Job Search Resources
All Business students must complete 6 units of internship credit as a graduation requirement. It is strongly recommended that Psychology students also complete an internship. Internships are usually completed during the summer of the junior year. All students should be prepared to apply for internships beginning Fall semester Junior year. Preparation includes research, approved resume, and cover letter.
Career Services works with faculty to identify internship opportunities and provide help with resumes, cover letters, thank you notes, and interviewing skills.