Career Launch Program

Your path to transitioning from college to the professional world and beyond

As a leading liberal arts institution, Saint Michael’s College has a proud heritage of providing students with the broad context and practical knowledge to address the professional challenges of our time. It is the foundation of what we do and what we are passionate about. We also recognize that our outstanding education must be complemented by a well-defined, hands-on, post-graduate preparation program. Helping our graduates secure a rewarding career upon graduation is a mission we take to heart and why we developed the St. Mike’s Career Launch Program: Your path to transitioning from college to the professional world and beyond.

Plotting Your Course: First Year Students

In the first year of Career Launch, you will meet with a career counselor and be introduced to the program. This is the time when you will lay the groundwork and begin to understand how to prepare to successfully launch into your chosen profession. Guidelines for your first year include:

  • Understand more about yourself and others through self-assessment exercises.
  • Learn more about your career interests and select a major that enhances your future goals.
  • Attend or view workshops to develop your online professional profile, resumé, and cover letters.

Flight Training: Sophomores

In year two, you will obtain practical experience that allows you to apply your classroom learning in a professional environment. Guidelines for your sophomore year include:

  • Finalize or select your major and/or minor(s).
  • Explore job and internship opportunities; one resource is Handshake.
  • Learn about your chosen career through informational interviews with alumni.
  • Apply for summer research opportunities or other experiential learning.
  • Apply for Study Abroad opportunities and research international internship opportunities.

Taking the Controls: Juniors

In this year of Career Launch you will gain experience in your chosen field and work closely with Career Development to hone your skills in searching for internships, jobs, and graduate programs. Guidelines for your junior year include:

  • Complete a research opportunity, an internship or a co-op.
  • Research (fellowships), graduate programs, and begin to prepare for entrance exams.
  • Gain insight into a profession through job shadowing.
  • Prepare for interviews by practicing with a career counselor or doing a mock interview in Handshake
  • Update your resumé and online professional profile.

Countdown to Launch: Seniors

As you approach take-off, this last year of the program is when you fine-tune skills that allow you to move from college to career or graduate school. This final year’s activities will help you secure the opportunities you seek. Guidelines for your senior year include:

  • Apply to graduate school, employment, or post-graduate volunteer opportunities.
  • Complete internships, co-ops, independent study, or faculty-led research.
  • Update your resumé and online professional profile.
  • Secure letters of recommendation.
  • Learn effective job search strategies.
  • Participate in the Alumni Career Symposium and other networking events.
  • Attend job fairs and on-campus recruiting events.

The Career Launch program provides the framework for you to transform your classroom learning to a career in your chosen field.