Students are encourages to begin career planning from their first day on campus. Career counseling computerized resources, and workshops are provided for all students – especially those selecting or changing majors.
What career services are available?
Career services, available through the CSS, are structured to assist students in developing appropriate occupational goals prior to graduation. Resources at the CSS include career services, internships, career counseling, volunteer and service/learning programs, off-campus job-placement services, and undeclared advising. Students can assess their career interests and abilities in a variety of ways. Interest inventories such as FOCUS are available to all students. FOCUS is available online at our Career Resources site. Individual and group workshops are also provided. Students are encouraged to begin career planning during their first year. A Student Career Planning Guide outlines career planning steps for students during freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior years.
Do most students know what they want to study?
Only about 60 percent of students have chosen a major when they come to college. Therefore, the first year can be a time for students to explore majors and careers. An advising program for undeclared students offers them the opportunity to explore options for up to two years before declaring a major. Undeclared first-year and sophomore students receive help from faculty advisors, as well as from the First Year Advising Office at Monmouth and CSS professional counselors. Students who are planning to study education or any of the sciences are encouraged to declare a major as early as possible.
My student is seeking a part-time job while in school. What assistance is available?
The Student Employment Office can assist students looking for part-time employment. The office coordinates placement of all students in jobs through Federal Work-Study, a financial aid program. Monmouth University’s policy on student employment grants preferential hiring status for on-campus jobs and off-campus community service positions to students with Federal Work-Study awards. In addition, Career Services assists students in locating part-time jobs off campus.
Each year, hundreds of job openings of all types are advertised through campus e-mail to all students. Summer jobs, many of which are full-time, are also available. Remind your student to check his or her campus e-mail frequently for this information.
How much should a student work while in school?
This depends a great deal on the student’s ability to handle his or her class load and assignments. However, as a general rule, we recommend that most full-time students work no more than ten to fifteen hours per week. Any student having difficulty managing the many demands of being a student should speak with his or her advisor, the CSS, or another individual in order to seek help balancing priorities.
How can participation in service learning and community programs benefit my student?
Service learning is a form of experiential education which offers students unpaid career-related field experiences in nonprofit agencies, schools, and governmental organizations. Through service learning, students have the opportunity to apply concepts learned in the classroom to real-world programs and projects focusing on public or community service. Service learning and volunteer programs allow students to enhance their personal, professional, and intellectual growth while benefiting the community.
What help is available at Career Services?
Career Services offers a variety of services to help students and alumni reach their career goals, such as resume assistance, interview coaching, advice and information on job search strategies and information on graduate school. We also assist students seeking part-time employment, summer and seasonal jobs, as well as internships and service learning opportunities. Career Services also publishes a weekly newsletter containing full and part-time opportunities (including internships and service learning opportunities) that is sent to all current students via email. The job newsletter is available to alumni on request. Job fairs are scheduled regularly throughout the academic year. Career Services also collaborates with various academic offices to co-sponsor or collaborate on career related programming, which include speakers’ panels and networking events.
Are courses available to assist my student in the job search?
Each semester the University offers several sections of “Career Search”, a one credit course that teaches basic job search strategies. (The course catalog number is LC300.) This course is open to juniors and seniors, and is taught by professionals with years of experience in career services and/or human resources.