Career Readiness Badging Program

Do it. Prove it. Earn it. 

The Career Development Center provides a Career Readiness Badging Program where students can earn digital badges to show their achievement of key skills and competencies sought after by employers.

From day one students begin participating in curricular and co-curricular activities where they develop career readiness skills. These skills can be attained through a combination of educational and experiential learning activities such as class or group projects, internships, service learning, study abroad, volunteering, and participation in student organizations and clubs. Once a student has mastered one of eight career skills or competencies, they can be awarded digital badges that can then be displayed through electronic portfolios and social networks such as LinkedIn.

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, career readiness is a foundation from which you demonstrate core competencies that broadly prepare you for success in the workplace and lifelong career management.

These competencies include:

  • Career & Self Development

  • Communication

  • Critical Thinking

  • Equity & Inclusion

  • Leadership

  • Professionalism

  • Teamwork

  • Technology

To learn more, contact the Career Development Center at career@marywood.edu or 570-348-6247.

Colleges of Distinction Career Development Center Badge 2021-22

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Career Exploration

Every pacer has a passion. We can help you turn turn your passion into a career. If you're not sure what direction your academics are headed, dive into some of these career exploration resources.

Discuss career counseling sessions utilizing career assessments such as MBTI, Strong, Campbell, O*Net and other various means. Please contact the Career Development Center to request an appointment.

email career@marywood.edu

Candid Career provides thousands of informational video interviews featuring industry professionals through an easy to use website. Candid Career is dedicated to providing the inside scoop on careers as well as inside advice that will give you an edge in your job search.

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LearningExpress Career Preparation Center

Are you preparing for a professional exam? Are you curious about a particular occupation or looking to improve your workplace skills? Choose the Career Preparation Center and begin your path to a bright future.

To Register:

To register from a computer within your provider institution, simply click the “Sign In/Register” from the upper right side of the blue horizontal navigation bar at the top of any page of the site. Click the “Register” button to register as a new user, verify your institution and enter your information in the required fields, and then click “Register.”

To register from a computer outside of your provider institution’s network (such as from home), you must first register as a New User from the custom, authenticated EBSCO LearningExpress link. Missing this New User step may result in a registration error message.

For future visits, simply sign in as a Returning User with your email address as your username and the password you created at registration.

Check with your administrator if unsure how to access the site or are having difficulty with registration or as a returning user.

Access the Career Preparation Center

FOCUS-2 is an online career and educational planning tool where students navigate through a self-paced series of assessments meant to evaluate your values, interests, and skills to explore majors, careers, and find out if you are career ready!

Visit the Focus-2 platform and follow the directions below to access the assessments. Use your Marywood email to create your account and begin exploring today!

Should you like to schedule a follow up visit to review your results or would like to schedule a career counseling session, email career@marywood.edu or visit marywood.joinhandshake.com (log in using your Marywood email address and create your own password) and click on the Career Center to schedule your own appointment.

Directions: New users simply click on the REGISTER button to be brought to your self registration URL page. To complete the form, new users will be required to enter an ACCESS CODE. The Access Code is the same for all users.

Your ACCESS CODE is: pacers
All new users need to fill out the requested information on the registration form and create their own unique username and password. Once they submit the form, a FOCUS 2 CAREER account will be activated for them and they will be brought directly into the system. Each time they return to use FOCUS 2 CAREER, they simply enter their username and password. 
Forage is a free and open-access online library of employer-designed job simulations. Develop your skills and gain a real understanding of different roles and sectors by working through self-paced modules, tackling tasks that mirror what you'd do if you were a real employee for that company.

During the program, you will work through a set of materials and tasks set by the company, which are designed to replicate the sort of work that you would undertake as an intern or graduate. All of our programs are self-paced (taking between 5 to 6 hours to complete) ensuring that you can fit your participation flexibly around other commitments.

These programs include:

  • Video instructions and materials created by employees within your chosen organization
  • Work that reflects real day-to-day tasks of interns and graduates
  • The chance to compare your work with that of a graduate at your chosen organization

What are the benefits?

  • Sample what work is like at leading companies
  • Discover career paths that you may not have previously considered
  • Build confidence and gain skills to get you 'work-ready'

Our programs are completely free and open-access for students, and there are no length application processes to complete one of our programs.

To get started or to learn more about the available experiences, click the Access Forage button below!

Access Forage Simulation Platform

The Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) provides up to date information through the Occupational Outlook Handbook where you can find career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations.

Visit BLS

Whether you are exploring multiple majors or searching for information about your chosen field, this site will help you connect majors to careers.

Learn about the typical career areas and the types of employers that hire people with each major, as well as strategies to make you a more marketable candidate. Continue your research on majors and careers through the websites provided.

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Career Preparation

Be prepared for whatever your future holds through real-world and simulated career preparedness opportunities to fit your major.

Have a job interview that you need to dress to impress for?  Going to a networking event and want to shine? The Career Development Center has a wide variety of new or gently used professional clothing available for our students and alumni to use at no cost.  Simply visit the Career Closet in the Career Development Center to browse our selection.  One outfit, per semester, per person is allowed.  

Big Interview

We are pleased to offer you a free training system that features a new and innovative way to help you prepare more effectively for a job interview. Big Interview is an online system that combines training AND practice to help improve your interview technique and build your confidence.

You have at your disposal a variety of tools including:

  • Challenging, virtual mock interviews for all experience levels and dozens of industries
  • A database of thousands of interview questions with tips on how to answer them
  • The ability to rate and share your interview answers for feedback
  • A comprehensive video training curriculum covering all aspects of landing a job
  • A step-by-step interview Answer Builder for crafting answers to behavioral questions

HOW TO REGISTER

  1. Click the link below to access Big Interview then select "Register". The access code that it will prompt you for during registration is: 0882 *Please note, this is for Marywood Students, Alumni, and Faculty Only.  You must register with your Marywood email address!
  2. Complete registration process
  3. You'll then receive a confirmation email at your SCHOOL email address. Click "Verify" in the email, and you'll be able to start using Big Interview.

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Marywood University's Student-Alumni Mentoring Program — Pacer Station — provides opportunities for alumni and current students to connect and form meaningful relationships where mentors offer academic advice, career guidance, and nurture professional growth.  The program focuses on connecting participating alumni with students who share common interests and professional goals in order to enrich students' academic experience and better prepare them for a successful future beyond Marywood.

If you would like to connect with one of our mentors simply log into your Handshake account by going to marywood.joinhandshake.com and use your student email address.

Your profile has already been populated for you and you will just have to finish adding in whatever information you would like visible to the community. If you have not already logged in you will just need to create your own password.  Once logged in, simply click on Community and search for Marywood University only, and then in the Name search box type in MENTOR. This will populate the list of all of our alumni mentors who are ready and waiting for you to reach out.  If you find a mentor that you would like to communicate with simply click on the Message button. Handshake will guide you through the process and give you some input on how to best word your message.  Should you need any assistance with the mentoring program or connecting with our mentors, feel free to contact the Career Development Center at career@marywood.edu or 570-348-6247.

Mentors can also benefit from participating in the program.  Some of these benefits include:

  • Getting connected with up-and-coming talent.
  • Expanding their network.
  • Further developing their own leadership and professional skills.
  • Knowing that they helped shape someone's future.

To volunteer as a mentor, please complete the Alumni Volunteer Opportunities Form and check the box next to Alumni Career Advocate.  You will then receive an email that includes information on the application process.

For more information on the Student-Alumni Mentoring Initiative, contact the Career Development Center at career@marywood.edu or 570-348-6247.

Resources

FIRSTHAND - Formerly Vault

Vault is the world’s leading source of Career Intelligence. It will make your efforts at researching employers, industries, and career subjects infinitely easier and more efficient. Whether you are just exploring possible career paths or you are ready for your interview, Vault can help!  Utilize this tool to guide you as you develop your resume and write a cover letter as well!

Access Firsthand

Resume Target

Resume Target provides:

  • Professional resume templates and cover letters, built for a job search in over 54 industries at all career levels   
  • Daily targeted job alerts tuned to the unique needs of each user   
  • Professional articles and advice on resume writing, LinkedIn development, job search, and interview strategies   

Thanks to a partnership with Resume Target, a professional resume writing service, they are pleased to offer complimentary career-related resources to Marywood University students and alumni seeking professional development and career tips. 

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LearningExpress Job & Career Accelerator

LearningExpress Job & Career Accelerator

Get detailed information on more than 1,100 occupations. Find careers that match your skills and interests. Access millions of current job and internship postings. Create professional resumes and cover letters, master interviewing and networking techniques, and more. Job & Career Accelerator is your guide to getting hired. What are you waiting for – get started now!

To register:

To register from a computer within your provider institution, simply click the “Sign In/Register” from the upper right side of the blue horizontal navigation bar at the top of any page of the site. Click the “Register” button to register as a new user, verify your institution and enter your information in the required fields, and then click “Register.”

To register from a computer outside of your provider institution’s network (such as from home), you must first register as a New User from the custom, authenticated EBSCO LearningExpress link. Missing this New User step may result in a registration error message.

For future visits, simply sign in as a Returning User with your email address as your username and the password you created at registration.

Check with your administrator if unsure how to access the site or are having difficulty with registration or as a returning user.

Access LEARNING EXPRESS AND JOB CAREER ACCELERATOR

FIRSTHAND - Formerly Vault

Vault is the world’s leading source of Career Intelligence. It will make your efforts at researching employers, industries, and career subjects infinitely easier and more efficient. Whether you are just exploring possible career paths or you are ready for your interview, Vault can help! Utilize this tool to guide you as you develop your resume and write a cover letter as well!

Access Firsthand

Career Opportunities

Start working toward a fulfilling future from #DayOne. It's never too early to start preparing for your career and gaining real-world experience. Find ways to jump start your professional journey.    

Visit the Marywood University Human Resources website

  • Chartwells is the food service provider at Marywood University.  To apply, you must go in person to the Main Dining Room which is located in the Nazareth Student Center.  When you arrive, ask for a manager who will give you an employment application to complete.

  • Additional opportunities are available at Life Geisinger, which is located across from the Tony Domiano Center for Student Life. Upon entering Life Geisinger ask for Mike Colangelo. He will assist you.

Marywood's career platform, Handshake, is used by all Fortune 500 companies.  It allows you to discover and favorite jobs at top financial institutions, cutting-edge tech firms, leading design and marketing agencies, nonprofits making the world a better place, and more.

You can also receive personal recommendations based on your interests, skills, major, location preferences and search history.

Handshake can be used by students, alumni, and employers!

Current Marywood students simply use their Marywood email address to log into their profile and finish setting their account up.

Marywood Alumni can request an account in Handshake.  Once you access Handshake, simply click on the "Sign up here link" in the upper right hand corner and use whatever email address you would like to create your account with.  You may enter basic information into your profile and when your account is approved, you will have full access to employment opportunities, events, and webinars.   

Login to complete your profile and put your best self forward to employers. And, be sure to download Handshake Mobile (iOS) to discover jobs on the go and to stay on track with reminders for application deadlines and direct messages from employers.

Finding a job can be daunting, but Handshake is here to help you take the first step towards building a great career and fulfilling your potential.

Log into Handshake

Small Business Development Center

Learn about and apply for great local small business internships in partnership with the Small Business Development Center at The University of Scranton!

Visit Scranton SBDC Website

CovIntern

In the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak, most American college students are home from school, often with limited academic responsibilities and many companies are moving operations online to slow the outbreak's spread. Students remaining quarantined in their home can gain valuable experience in industry during this time through remote internships.

While remote internships have existed for some time, they're now more popular and needed than ever, when multiple states are under "Stay-at-Home" orders and millions of students are home from college. CovIntern connects employers with positions and programs to fill with students from top universities with available time and a desire to learn.

Visit Covintern.com

Parker Dewey Micro-Internships

Our Micro-Internships program connects students to our diverse network of companies and organizations to take on professional, paid, short-term assignments year-round. As a complement to existing campus recruiting efforts and semester-long internships, Micro-Internships provide opportunities for Career Launchers to demonstrate their skills, develop relationships, and explore career paths, while providing real value to businesses.


Get Professional Experience Now
Micro-Internships allow students to apply to short-term, professional assignments, while also allowing companies to identify and assess highly motivated college students and recent graduate for fit should there be full-time opportunities. Unlike traditional internships, these paid opportunities typically range from 5 to 40 hours of work, can be completed year-round, and help students develop career skills while
getting paid.


Get Hired

Companies have recognized that major and GPA alone do not predict career success or fit. Unlike assessments, video interviews, algorithms, and other applicant screening technology, Micro-Internships improve hiring effectiveness by allowing companies to authentically evaluate a Career Launcher’s skills and work ethic upfront. Both employers and candidates win by having an opportunity to do actual work with one another before committing to an internship or full-time role.

  • You gain professional experience.
  • Companies get immediate support.
  • Enhance your resume and find the right full-time role.

Receive Meaningful Opportunities
Most college majors don’t sound like job titles. But you come from a competitive, open-minded environment and have powerful motivation to exceed expectations as you look to land your first job.
Micro-Internships enable you to utilize classroom knowledge and campus support to complete professional assignments while gaining experience and demonstrating research, problem solving, and communication skills.
Micro-Internships enable businesses to audition talent to see
how the fit into the company. This innovative way to evaluate
candidates alleviates temporary resource constraints while
Career Launchers showcase their skills and character.

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