Volume 1, Issue 4 – May 2018
Career Services

Parents and Families as Partners

A Newsletter from University Career Services

In This Issue:

Maximizing the Summer: Planning for Sophomore Year and Beyond

During college, summer is a time to decompress from a busy academic year.  It is also a time to reflect, explore and prepare for future career opportunities.  
Each fall students return to a robust offering of University Career Services programs.  This includes job fairs, networking events with multiple employers, employer site visits, industry exploration sessions and skill building workshops. Last fall semester, there were over 300 events with over 100 employers.
How can students prepare to take advantage of these opportunities?  Here’s our top ten list of things students can do to get ready.

  1. Work during the summer- Summer jobs provide invaluable transferable skills for any industry such as teamwork, communication and customer service.
  2. Obtain an internship- Employers are looking for students with internship experience. Internships also provide students with the opportunity to build their network and work portfolio.
  3. Volunteer- Besides the intrinsic value of giving back, volunteering can develop a student’s insights about their strengths and areas of improvement.
  4. Update the resume- All students should update their resume each academic year by meeting with Career Services. Career Services is open all summer so students can take advantage and schedule virtual summer appointments.
  5. Create a professional online presence- Set up a profile on LinkedIn, the leading online professional network, and start connecting with professionals. There are over 180,000 St. John’s alumni. Many on LinkedIn are willing to help students. Career Services works with students to develop professional LinkedIn profiles that establish students as aspiring professionals. We also coach students on how to reach out to alumni and professionals on LinkedIn.
  6. Research careers and internships on the Career Services site on MySJU- Here students have access to websites such as Explore Your Major and Vault which provide industry guides and a list of top internships by industry.
  7. Network- Encourage your student to expand  their professional network and to go meet people to learn more about the different career options that interest them. Family, friends, neighbors, fellow students, professors and those met via LinkedIn can all be a valuable resource.
  8. Develop at least one new skill- Employers look for students who are learning agile.  Students can demonstrate this by learning a new technology or skill on their own.
  9. Make a list of companies, industries and/or job titles that are of interest- While students may change their mind, employers respond favorably to students who have a few options they are interested in and want to explore further.
  10. Get organized- Internship and job search is a great way to learn and apply project management skills. Students can organize all internship and job search activities, including networking contacts and follow-up items, for future reference. By setting aside a few hours a week students can build a lot of momentum and get great return on their career investment activities.

Career Services is  available all summer to support students with their Top 10 list.  Reach us at 718 990 6375 or

Professional Development Boot Camp

University Career Services will be hosting a one-stop Professional Development Boot Camp this month, open to all students, to help them get their career in gear.  The full day event will provide time for learning how to write their resume and cover letter, techniques for creating their 30 second pitch for networking, creating and using LinkedIn, and various job search strategies to land jobs or internships.   
Check in time will be 8:30 – 9:30 A.M. with a light breakfast.  Students will have an opportunity to have lunch with their Career Advisor at 12:00 P.M., followed by more interactive learning, ending their day at 3:00 P.M.

Calling all sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduates students! Meet us on May 14, 2018 in DAC 206.  To register, log into Handshake under events on the career services tab on MySJU. 

Innovation & Entrepreneurship 

St. John’s is dedicated to encouraging the spirit of entrepreneurship among our students. We hosted several events this spring to help develop the entrepreneurial spirit across campus.

The St. John’s University Vincentian Innovation Summit was a one day event, where various offices from across the university came together to discuss innovation and entrepreneurship in the scope of advancing the lives of the marginalized. This special summit had a unique focus on social entrepreneurship and we celebrated the scholarship and achievements of those who have worked on and implemented solutions to social, cultural, or environmental issues that impact our world today. 

The Startup & Entrepreneurship Industry Networking Night allowed students to hear the stories from and network with entrepreneurs from New York’s leading Startups and Accelerators.
The St. John’s Startup Society hosted How to be an Entrepreneur event with a local Business & Entrepreneur Development Leader to learn the steps needed to start your own business.
There will be more exciting programming this fall when we will host our annual Pitch Johnny event and the Business Plan Competition.

Student Spotlight: John Hobbs

A senior, Government and Political Science major on our Staten Island campus, John Hobbs has been admitted into an array of top law schools, and is in the process of determining his final destination for fall 2018. As a student he has been a part of the Ronald H. Brown Prep Program at the St. John's Law School, through which he has had internships within both the civil and criminal court systems.  He helped start the Black Student Union, and has been a Resident Assistant on campus working to engage the resident community on the through coordination of programming events that focus on campus issues, areas of interest for the residents, and community development.  In addition, John has frequently volunteered with organizations such as Our Lady of Mt. Carmel-St Benedicta School, Lifestyles for the Disabled, and Ronald McDonald House.

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