STRIVE Career Center at St. Mary’s University — Successful, Transformative Results from Innovative Vocational Experiences — engages campus and community partners to provide vocational and experiential education opportunities for our students.
These innovative programs engage alumni, parents, faculty, staff, employers and citizens of the community in strategic partnerships. Our educational purpose is to develop essential life skills and career competencies that bridge professionalism with character-driven values, to inspire students and alumni to pursue a successful career journey.
STRIVE Career Center
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STRIVE Career Center is guided by four core values to transition students from an educational setting to a vocational career.
STRIVE Career Center offers employers numerous opportunities to recruit St. Mary’s students and alumni while developing relationships with these potential employees and our office.
Employers can use Rattler Connect to post employment opportunities for St. Mary’s students and alumni, experiential learning opportunities including internships and research, and volunteer opportunities.
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Job and Professional School Fairs
Employers can participate in job, internship, volunteer and professional school fairs that are either general and industry-specific, and are open to all St. Mary’s students and alumni to attend. Students are not required to register for fair participation in order to attend. Professional attire is required for most fairs, and students are strongly advised to bring a résumé and be prepared for interviews on site.
Throughout the year, students can register for on-campus Interviews through Rattler Connect. Employers will have the opportunity to conduct one-hour or half-hour interview appointments with students interested in your field, or with students seeking to improve their interview skills. Students are encouraged to prepare for their interviews by meeting with Career Advisers for a résumé review, an interview prep session, and a mock interview. The STRIVE Career Center has two interview rooms for use.
Tables for your organization can be set up on campus to reach students in a casual atmosphere. We will work with you to ensure your space is reserved and advertised in advance to students. Typically, tables are set up for a large duration in time to catch students in between classes and briefly as they go about their day on campus.
Your organization can host an information session that would involve a formal presentation. You can share in-depth information about the culture, vision, and organizational needs of your organization, including employment opportunities.
Organizations can offer presentations to classes and Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) for students to learn more about your organization in a small, intimate setting.
STRIVE Career Center offers a variety of programming and services geared to help students discover the intersection at which their Mission, Vocation, Profession and Passion overlap in a career selection.
Services and resources of STRIVE Career Center are available to students in all disciplines and all St. Mary’s alumni. Students of the St. Mary’s University School of Law should refer to Law Career Services.
Resources and services include career counseling, workshops, résumé reviews, job and internship fairs, and access to Rattler Connect.
In-depth information about the services and resources for students can be found on STRIVE Career Center’s Gateway page.
Rattler Connect is an online, job-posting site where students and alumni can search for full- and part-time jobs, and internship postings. These postings are connected through corporate, governmental and nonprofit partners. In addition, users can have their up-to-date résumé on display in their Rattler Connect account, which allows them to engage in various programs such as on-campus interviews, résumé collections and résumé referrals.
In the context of Career/Major Exploration, the usefulness of Rattler Connect is two-fold. First, Rattler Connect can help preview to users the reality of the job market. Some fields and majors may have an extraordinarily high number of job openings, or high demand, or conversely may have a declining outlook or number of opportunities. This helps to inform the career development decision-making process. Second, other career websites offer information on the “ideal” occupation; Rattler Connect will display tangible job postings, which can also help inform the logical decision making process for students and alumni.