Services for Students and Alumni
Career Counseling Services
Career counselors are available to assist you with making decisions and learning about a wide range of topics, including:
- Choosing or changing your major
- Locating an internship or job
- Graduate school resources
- Taking an assessment (exploring interests, values, and skills)
- Résumé Guidelines Booklet (PDF)
- Mock interviewing
- Job search strategies
- Exploring occupations
- Taking StrengthsFinder
Career counselors can advise current students and alumni free of charge and by appointment. (Please refer to the What to Expect (PDF).) Services are available Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m and 5-6 p.m. by appointment only.
Career and Life Planning Courses
The 3-unit Career and Life Planning course aids in understanding career development options, finance management, and coping with stress. Students gain a greater understanding of their strengths, values, interests, skills, and personality as they seek employment and/or apply to graduate school. This course is designed specifically for juniors and seniors.
The 3-unit Calling, Major, and Career Exploration: A Strengths-Based Approach to Life Planning course complements CSA 101 by using a strengths-based approach to life planning in order to specifically help lower-division students make decisions regarding their individual calling, selection of a major, or exploration of a career. Emphasis is on identifying and developing strengths, gifts, and talents. This course is designed specifically for freshmen/sophomores.
The Office of Career Services provides the following packets to help prepare you for what's next:
- Professional Survival Guide for Résumés, Cover Letters, and References
- Professional Survival Guide for the Job and Internship Search Process
- Professional Survival Guide for the International Job Search Process
- Professional Survival Guide for Interviewing
- Professional Survival Guide for Informational Interviewing
- Professional Survival Guide for Applying to Graduate School
- Supplemental Guides are available for Military and Nursing.
Career Services' resource library contains several books that list employers and job banks that can assist you in locating an employer and/or position. Current students and alumni may check out books or make copies of relevant information during office hours. Books are available on topics such as choosing a major, writing a résumé, performing a job search, selecting a graduate school, and more. Job search guides, test preparation guides, business journals, salary surveys, job choices magazines, fellowship applications, "What can I do with this degree?" lists, and other bulletins and newsletters are also available in the office.
Career Services Workshops
APU faculty and staff can request a career services workshop to meet the needs of their group or class.
Available workshop topics include:
- Résumé writing
- Interviewing techniques
- Myers-Briggs Type Indicator assessment review
- Networking and job searching
- Strengths Finder
- Strong’s assessment review
- Salary negotiation
- Graduate school
- Teacher Career Forum preparation
To request a workshop, complete the Workshop Request Form.
APU students can access Reciprocity through the Career Services office. This service allows APU students to use career services with other colleges and universities across the United States.
Graduate School Fair (October)*
Learn about seminary and graduate school programs at this event designed for students seeking further education. Visit www.apu.edu/graduateschoolfair for more information.
*The Office of Career Services will not be hosting the Graduate School Fair for the 2014–15 school year. Please check back for more information on the fair next year.
Nursing Career Forum (November)
This event is tailored to students and employers within the field of nursing. Visit www.apu.edu/nursingcareerforum for more information.
Summer Work and Nonprofit Fair (February)
Summer camp and nonprofit organization representatives recruit at this event, which is designed for students interested in summer employment.
Evening with Industry (March)
This unique event brings sponsoring employers and graduating seniors around the table for advice, learning, and networking.
The Career Fair brings a wide variety of local and national organizations to campus each year. This mutually beneficial experience allows students to network with employers and discover job and internship opportunities, while the employers find quality, capable individuals to fill their job openings.
For more information, please call the Office of Career Services at (626) 815-2103.
This two-hour event provides unique exposure for both students and employers, as employers critique student résumés on a drop-in basis.
For a current listing of events, visit the Career Services Calendar of Events.