• Career Services

    Students are encourages to begin career planning from their first day on campus. Career counseling computerized resources, and workshops are provided for all students - especially those selecting or changing majors.

    Career Fair

    What career services are available?

    Career services, available through the CSS, are structured to assist students in developing appropriate occupational goals prior to graduation. Resources at the CSS include career services, internships, career counseling, volunteer and service/learning programs, off-campus job-placement services, and undeclared advising. Students can assess their career interests and abilities in a variety of ways. Interest inventories such as the Career Occupational Preference Survey (COPS) and FOCUS are available to all students. FOCUS is available online at our Career Resources site. Individual and group workshops are also provided. Students are encouraged to begin career planning during their first year. A Student Career Planning Guide outlines career planning steps for students during freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior years.

    Do most students know what they want to study?

    Only about 60 percent of students have chosen a major when they come to college. Therefore, the first year can be a time for students to explore majors and careers. An advising program for undeclared students offers them the opportunity to explore options for up to two years before declaring a major. Undeclared first-year and sophomore students receive help from faculty advisors, as well as from the First Year Advising Office at Monmouth and CSS professional counselors. Students who are planning to study education or any of the sciences are encouraged to declare a major as early as possible.

    My student is seeking a part-time job while in school. What assistance is available?

    The Student Employment Office can assist students looking for part-time employment. The office coordinates placement of all students in jobs through Federal Work-Study, a financial aid program. Monmouth University’s policy on student employment grants preferential hiring status for on-campus jobs and off-campus community service positions to students with Federal Work-Study awards. In addition, Career Services assists students in locating part-time jobs off campus.

    Each year, hundreds of job openings of all types are advertised through campus e-mail to all students. Summer jobs, many of which are full-time, are also available. Remind your student to check his or her campus e-mail frequently for this information.

    How much should a student work while in school?

    This depends a great deal on the student’s ability to handle his or her class load and assignments. However, as a general rule, we recommend that most full-time students work no more than ten to fifteen hours per week. Any student having difficulty managing the many demands of being a student should speak with his or her advisor, the CSS, or another individual in order to seek help balancing priorities.

    How can participation in service learning and community programs benefit my student?

    Service learning is a form of experiential education which offers students unpaid career-related field experiences in nonprofit agencies, schools, and governmental organizations. Through service learning, students have the opportunity to apply concepts learned in the classroom to real-world programs and projects focusing on public or community service. Co-curricular volunteer opportunities are also available for students who wish to participate in community outreach efforts outside of the classroom. Service learning and volunteer programs allow students to enhance their personal, professional, and intellectual growth while benefiting the community.

    What help is available at Career Services?

    Career Services offers services such as assistance with résumés, interview coaching, advice and information on job search strategies, and information on graduate schools. A primary focus of the services is to help seniors, recent graduates, and other alumni to secure full-time career-oriented employment. Job fairs are scheduled regularly throughout the academic year. Career Services also publishes two job newsletters containing full- and part-time opportunities from local and regional employers. These newsletters are distributed weekly to students at their University e-mail address.

    Are courses available to assist my student in the job search?

    Yes. We have reference materials available on graduate school admission and test requirements. In addition, there is a Pre-Professional Health Advisory Committee on campus for students interested in medical or health careers, along with a pre-law advising group. Monmouth also offers a Five-Year Baccalaureate/Master’s Program for qualified students who are interested in completing their undergraduate and graduate degrees in as few as five years. To learn more about this program, please contact the admission office at 800-543-9671 or 732-571-3456