How A Faculty Member Can Help Students with Career Goals

In your role as a Calvin College faculty member, students may approach you with career-related questions, including choosing a major, finding an internship, and/or searching for employment upon graduation. We hope our website provides the information you need to refer students to our programs and services. We look forward to helping you and your students!

How does Career Development partner with faculty?

  1. Making presentations to your class on a topic of your choice, for example:
    • Myers-Briggs personality/career assessment administration and interpretation
    • StrengthsFinder assessment administration and interpretation
    • What can I do with a major in _____?
    • Networking
    • Resumes and cover letters
    • Job searching techniques
    • Interviewing skills
    • Dress for success
    • Business etiquette
    • Technology etiquette in a Facebook world
  2. If the career-related topic you would like to request is not listed above, contact our office, and we will develop a presentation to meet your needs. Please give us at least two weeks advance notice if possible.

  3. Connecting your students with experiential education opportunities:
    • Internships (download student and employer agreements)
    • Informal mentoring/job shadowing opportunities with Calvin alumni

  4. Collaborating with your academic department to co-sponsor workshops or panels

  5. Providing resources and test preparation materials for students pursuing graduate school

  6. Coordinating credential files for students for education students. These files are located on a secure drive accessible only by select Career Development staff members. Students will receive copies of their recommendations and credential files.
    • If you are writing a letter of recommendation for a student, please use this form and e-mail it to career development, edcareer@calvin.edu. What to include:
      • In what capacity you know the student and for how long
      • The traits you have observed that will make the student an effective teacher
  7. Please contact Career Development at 616.526.6485 with any questions about these partnership opportunities. If you would like to use career assessments in your class, or if you assign/offer extra credit for specific activities such as a resume critique or a practice interview, please contact Career Development first to make appropriate arrangements.