Faculty and Staff

Get to Know Us

The mutual goal of both faculty and University Career Services is student success. By working together, we can ensure that the transition from student to professional is as seamless as possible.

Think of the path our students take to their professional career as a camping trip. Our faculty does an outstanding job of "filling the students' backpacks" with the knowledge and practical skills they need to thrive once they reach their destination. At University Career Services, we provide the maps and compasses, and serve as guides for students conducting their career exploration.

How can we help you? The following are some of the services we offer:

  • We help your students find the right fit—We help students determine the right career for their interests, career goals, skills, values and personality. During their academic careers, students return to Career Services to develop essential job-search skills. We are a student's best resource for job outlook, salary and employment trend information.
  • We know employers who want to know you—At Career Services, we work directly with employers, who often ask for the contact information of faculty members who could help them to target students in a particular major or discipline. Ideally, employers would like to develop mutually beneficial relationships with faculty, and can provide many forms of support.
  • Our career fairs attract many recruiters to one event—Our career fairs provide excellent opportunities for your student, to meet representatives from the companies in their industries of choice and establish a network of contacts. We will help your students research the employers beforehand and provide tips so they are prepared to effectively engage recruiters.
  • We help students master the job interview—There is no better way to prepare for the job interview than by experiencing an "actual" interview. At Career Services, our staff will conduct mock interviews with your students, then provide a constructive critique of their performance and effective interview strategies.
  • We'll bring the information to your class—We specialize in conducting presentations to the classes you teach and the student organizations you advise about a host of career-related topics, such as resume writing, job-search strategies and interviewing skills. In addition, we can arrange presentations by professionals (many of them alumni), who can relate their experiences and how their major has helped them in their careers.
  • We assist in identifying quality experiential education opportunities—Experiential education is such an important part of your students' overall educational experience. Just ask any employer. Through our network of employers, we can help your students identify internship and experiential opportunities that will best serve them in their academic and professional pursuits.

These are just some of the services we offer. Please call University Career Services to determine how, together, we can achieve student success. We look forward to working with you.

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How You Can Help

Students

  • Refer students to University Career Services for assistance with career development and employment issues and questions.
  • Encourage your students to set up their profile on CareerLink for both internships and jobs via St. John's Central.
  • Invite us to speak in your classes at all levels to discuss career-related information aligned to your academic discipline.

Alumni

  • Remind your majors that after graduation they will be in the position to mentor students in the classes behind them.  They can sign up to become a mentor in University Career Services' COACH (Count on Alumni for Career Help) program through LinkedIn.

Employers

  • Collect information about internships related to your major. Share this information with University Career Services.
  • If you meet an employer who is interested in your academic program and your students, invite him to post opportunities by referring them to University Career Services and CareerLink.  If possible, get his/her business card and give it to career services for a follow-up contact.
  • Attend Information Sessions hosted by visiting recruiters who are hiring your majors. This kind of interest on the part of faculty goes a long way toward cementing bonds between organizations and the University.
  • When your department hosts a visiting speaker or a seminar with outside experts, find out if the speakers will talk with students interested in pursuing the same careers. If so, inform the career center and we will work with you to make arrangements for this type of networking.

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Request a Presentation 

Need to be out of class?
Don't cancel! Invite University Career Services to give an informative presentation designed to provide your students with the competitive edge needed in today's job market.

For more information contact, Jennifer Grauso on the Queens campus at grausoj@stjohns.edu or (718) 990-6375.

For presentations on Staten Island, please contact (718) 390-4438.

Sample Topics:
Please note that each presentation topic is a suggested area of concentration and can be tailored to your specific group's needs. 

The Career Center: Pathway to the Future
Become aware of the wide range of resources and services University Career Services has to offer, learn how we can benefit students in their freshman through senior years and beyond graduation. 

Need 'Major' Help: Choosing a Major
Students will learn about how to choose a major that's a good fit for them, as well as methods and resources for exploring areas of study at SJU.

Internships 101: Maximize Your Employment Potential
More and more employers are creating internship programs geared toward helping students gain practical experience related to their field of study. Internships allow them to identify potential employment candidates. This presentation will identify internship opportunities and help students learn how to make an internship experience a reality. 

Job Seeker's Workshop: Navigating the Job Market 
Students will discover the most effective methods of job searching, learn ways to increase job hunting success, discuss how to access a job offer, negotiate salary and other strategies to help take control of their future. 

30 Seconds in Time: Competitive Resumes 
A resume and cover letter are the first and most important pieces of information about a candidate that a potential employer sees. Students will learn to go beyond the basics to develop written communications about themselves, which will achieve the ultimate result - getting that interview! 

Effective Interview Techniques
Students will interview like professionals after discussing interviewing dos and don'ts, most frequently asked interview questions, and personal presentation. They will learn how careful preparation is the key to a confident, effective delivery which will yield employment offers. 

Professional Etiquette and Attire for a Winning Job Search
Did you know many jobs are lost in the first five seconds due to the candidate's inability to create the right corporate image? Students will learn how to create a professional appearance, make proper introductions, use table manners, and adopt other self-marketing behaviors designed to increase employment potential. 

Prepare for the Fair 
Many students do not know what a career fair is or how beneficial they are to all students regardless of major or class status. The value of a fair is greatly increased when participants know how to get prepared. In this presentation, students will learn what employers are looking for in appearance, resumes, interview skills and follow-up procedures. 

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Shadowing Program

University Career Services’ Shadowing program provides students who are completing their second year an opportunity to learn about career prospects and professional work environments through a shadowing experience.  The program allows mentors the chance to share what they do day-to-day in their careers with students through first-hand encounters.  
During a successful shadowing experience, students will:

  • Learn what a typical workday is like;
  • Explore the many opportunities available at the company; and
  • Utilize their networking skills to forge new relationships.

What activities are beneficial to students?

  • Talk with the student about your academic background, career field, career path and decision-making, organization and job responsibilities.
  • Have the student attend appointments and meetings with you, if feasible.
  • Set up a meeting with others in your organization (esp. varying levels and positions).
  • Arrange a tour, or assign a career-related project or task.

The shadowing program takes place during Spring Break (typically in March) and during the week following commencement in May and over other University breaks as determined.
For more information or to register to participate in the Shadowing program, contact Jennifer Grauso, Associate Director, Employer Events and Services.

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