Underwood University provides advisors to help students with academic and career counselling. Advisors can help students identify and understand career paths open to their general education and degree paths, and equip them with the tools to help them manage career development effectively. All Underwood University undergraduate students must take PT203 Career Development. This course helps students to understand career planning and decision-making. It develops understanding of HR/employment practices as students develop practical skills to facilitate their individual success including writing effective resumes, preparing job search correspondence, improving interview skills, networking and job prospecting and using Internet resources to land internships and jobs. It examines methods of researching information on careers; and applies decision-making models.
Graduate students in Underwood’s theological programs may choose from several leadership courses for those interested in working in church and ministry settings. These courses cover a range of ministry leadership topics from interpersonal relationships to time management to diversity issues, all aimed at increasing the student’s leadership skills, and to prepare them for a career in ministry. Master of Intercultural Studies (MAIS) and Master of Divinity (MDiv) students also enroll in ministry practicum classes, for which they are paired with a mentor in a local church and placed “on the ground” in an actual ministry setting, as part of their preparation for professional ministry.
Students are trained through resume-writing workshops on how to write effective, targeted resumes that communicate their skills and provide employers with an overall view of their potentials and experience. Resume and cover letter writing help are offered to give students skills that will help make a lasting impression on potential employers.
Students are coached on effective job searching skills. This includes encouraging students to conduct self-assessments of their skills set and interests. A comprehensive overview of the variety of careers, and functional areas corresponding to the student’s area of interest are explored. Students are trained on job searching through the use of networking, on-ground and the current major online Job sites. The effective job search skills training culminates in the creation of a personalized job search toolkit. The job search toolkit contains: a professional targeted resume and cover letter, an employer contact log, a networking worksheet, salary negotiation strategies and successful interview tips. Access to jobs sites with current job openings are provided to student in order to apply to prospective employers.
Students are coached in interview skills that equip them to effectively research prospective employers, analyzi job requirements and obtain useful job searching information. Interview skill workshops are designed to prepare students to articulate their skills and talents to potential employers () Studends learn interview tips, practice answers for common interview questions, and master behavioral interview techniques. Students are supplied with an interview toolkit that includes frequently asked interview questions, and tips on dressing for success, making good first impressions, and what to ask interviewers.
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