Center for Life's Work

The Student Experience

Personalized, mentored career planning begins in your first semester at Nazareth and continues even beyond graduation.

Paired with a career coach, you’ll find support as you explore, reflect, engage, and define what success means for you. Along your journey, you’ll integrate the best of a Nazareth education with professional experiences and expertise.

Your steps to success:

  • Define your talents, skills, and initial goals.
  • Learn about the professions that interest you most, on campus and off, from practicing professionals and academic resources.
  • Experience hands-on, personal learning through internships, research, civic engagement, performance, clinical work, and field studies to explore what career fields and workplaces are truly like.
  • Combine skills and knowledge with your core curriculum, study abroad options, and additional work experiences.
  • Market your skills, build networks, and finalize your bridge to your next steps and life after Nazareth.
History student at Nazareth

Example: History major

Freshman Year

  • Meets with career coach to identify and chart next steps in Bridge Plan.
  • Completes StrengthsQuest assessment and goal-setting activities in Academic and College Success (ACS) course to help frame interests
  • Shadows a history teacher (alum) for a day. Interviews curator at George Eastman Museum. Researches demand for teachers and non-profit work.
  • Meets with career coach to reflect. Summarizes work and plans for future experiences in a personal "bridge plan" outlining how to successfully prepare for goals after college.

Sophomore Year

  • Begins to plan study abroad options. Includes opportunity for international professional experience in archival work.
  • Does primary research for faculty member on the underground railroad and the Erie Canal.
  • Meets with career coach to begin organizing experiences into a LinkedIn profile and other networks.

Junior Year

  • Meets with advisor to shape goals of Core Milestone Experience and to link coursework, international study, internships, and future objectives.
  • Participates in service-learning trip and leverages archival knowledge for a trip to Central America.
  • Presents Core Milestone Experience.
  • Meets with career coach to assess and plan next steps.

Senior Year

  • Works with career coach and alumni services to network with local non-profit museum community, attends events, and begins to identify specific first-job goals.
  • Studies abroad in Berlin and works with WWII archivist who is promoting an exhibition.
  • Participates with the Professional Internship Program to finalize a three-credit internship with the Field Museum in Chicago.
  • Networks with alumni in cities of interest (Chicago; New York City; Washington, D.C.) to identify and interview for positions in spring of senior year. 

After Graduation

Over the years, connects with the Center for Life's Work resources to:

  • Explore grad school options, such as to get a management degree to prepare for a leadership role or to get teaching certification.
  • Get help updating a resume for a great next job.
  • Offer an internship and/or provide mentoring to current Nazareth students
  • Post a job opening through Nazareth's Handshake database for Nazareth students and alumni to see.
physical therapy student works with patient

Example: Physical therapy major

Freshman Year

  • Meets with career coach to explore areas in which health care providers engage with the community. Begins to understand personal strengths as well as areas for improvement (such as cross-cultural development, communication skills).
  • Identifies a series of activities that aligns with the type of health care provider he/she wants to be in the future. This may include engaging with the community in service programs, learning more about elder care, applying physical therapy to athletes, etc.
  • Completes StrengthsQuest assessment and goal-setting activities in Academic and College Success (ACS) course that help frame interests.

Sophomore Year

  • Inspired by a powerful experience helping the local elderly community, enrolls in a psychology class that provides deeper understanding of the psychological needs of the elderly.
  • Volunteers at the York Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute.
  • With the help of career coach and Nazareth's Center for Civic Engagement, submits a proposal for the Clinton Global Initiative that introduces new ideas on how underserved elderly are impacted by inadequate resources in physical rehabilitation.

Junior Year

  • Meets with advisor to shape goals for Core Milestone Experience that links courses in psychology, sociology, and economics to develop a solution for funding physical therapy care for the elderly.
  • Travels to India for two-week immersion and works in physical therapy clinic.

Senior Year

  • Coordinates with career coach and advisor to identify clinical placements that help further the passion for serving the elderly.
  • Completes minor in psychology. In collaboration with the local chapter of the American Psychological Association, submits a grant to help increase funding for elderly PT patient care.
  • Transitions to doctorate-level coursework and is able to continuously apply learning to a larger goal of making a difference.

After Graduation

  • After relocating to a new state, connects with other Nazareth alumni through the Alumni Office for social and professional networking.
  • Speaks to current students about elder care issues via online videoconferencing, coordinated by Nazareth's Physical Therapy Club.
  • Keeps in touch with the Center for Life's Work to post job/internship opportunities to alert Nazareth students and alumni.
Yomayra Guerrero interning at Steve Madden shoe company

Yomayra Guerrero '16 interned at Steve Madden shoe company

"Internships ... provide you with real-world experience that you could not otherwise get in the classroom."

Prepared for more than a job

You need the skills and experience to define and launch a meaningful career  or careers. You will draw on these planning skills repeatedly.