Career Services

For Students, Alumni and Employers

What Guides Us

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The Career Services Office at California Lutheran University (CLU) strives to be a leader in serving students and adhering to a variety of professional standards. These standards and values are geared towards preparing students to become professional leaders in a dynamic society. Career Services is committed to providing a positive learning experience for all students that incorporates their identities, values, beliefs and goals. These learning opportunities assist students in their journey in becoming professional leaders aware of their strengths and dedicated to their calling, defined on their own terms. Although there are a number of different professional standards within each organizational criteria, below are the ones we feel directly serve our students. Below are examples that CLU Career Services practices/implements based on the following criteria:

21st Century Employability Skills
NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) Career Readiness Competencies

WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges)

Analysis/Solution Mindset (21st Century Employability #2) and Critically Thinking/Problem Solve (NACE #1)*:

  • Workshop: “Career Pathways: Discover Your Purpose”
  • Career Assessments on interests, values, personality, and skills
  • Resources (online via CLU Career Services website)
  • One-on-one counseling appointments; phone consultations
  • Graduate School Assessment filters Universities based upon set criteria to encourage decision making

Career Management (NACE #7)*:

  • One-on-one counseling appointments; phone consultations
  • Workshops: “Marketing U: How to Create an Epic Resume,” “Know Your Worth: How to Negotiate the Best Salary,” and “Interview Like a Pro”

Communication (21st Century Employability #4 and WASC #5) both Oral and Written (NACE #2)*:

  • Workshops: “College to Career,” “Social Media & Your Career: How to Network and Find Jobs on LinkedIn and Twitter,” “Where are all the Jobs? Tapping into Hidden Job Market,” “Interview Like a Pro,” and Student Employment Trainings to teach students how to communicate with supervisors
  • Mock Interviews in meetings (including phone and Skype)
  • 30-second sound bite development and review
  • Calling scripts for proactive job search and informational interviews
  • Career & Intern Expo and Grad Fair Events giving the opportunity to communicate with employers and recruiters

Cross-Cultural Competencies (WASC #2) Social/Diversity Awareness (21st Century Employability #10) Global/Intercultural Fluency (NACE #8)*

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  • Workshops: “The Isms of Professionalism” and “US Job Search for Internationals”
  • Resources for U.S. students to travel and work abroad and international students looking to work in the U.S.
  • Information for CPT, OPT, and H1-B Visa employers for international students
  • International job databases and job listings

Digital Technologies (NACE #4) and Digital Fluency (21st Century Employability #5)*

  • Workshops: “Social Media & Your Career: How to Network and Find Jobs on LinkedIn and Twitter”
  • Guidance provided on 10+ different software programs related to Career Development
  • Offer Skype and other video conferencing based appointments
  • Promote Lynda.com online learning courses to acquire relevant professional skills and computer technologies

Entrepreneurial Mindset (21st Century Employability #6)

  • Online Entrepreneurial Resources on how to start a business within one-on-one counseling appointments
  • Career Library: Books can be checked out through our Career Services Library at any time
  • One-on-one counseling appointments; phone consultations
  • Westlake Village HUB 101

Interpersonal Skills (WASC #3)*

  • Workshops: “Interview Like a Pro” Workshop and “College to Career”
  • Student Employment Trainings to teach students how to communicate with supervisors
  • Mock Interviews in meetings (including phone and Skype)

Professionalism/Work Ethic Skills (NACE #6) Self-Aware and Identity and Values (WASC #4)

  • Career Assessments on interests, values, personality, and skills
  • Workshops: “Career Pathways” “College to Career” and “Social Media & Your Career:
    How to Network and Find Jobs on LinkedIn and Twitter”
  • Grad School and Job and Intern Preparation workshops
  • One-on-one counseling appointments; phone consultations
  • Present to Internship Classes offered by departments that require credit
  • 4A CAUSE Direct Placement Intern Program

Principled Leadership (NACE #5 and WASC #1)*

  • Workshop: “College to Career”

Resilience (21st Century Employability #8)

  • Book Seminars: “Grit” - students learn multiple ways on how to successfully persevere through challenges and hardships they may face throughout their careers

*Denotes that Comm. 306 Course entitled “Business and Professional Communication” taught by Dr. Cindy Lewis, Director of Career Services every fall semester, relates to this standard. This course is open to all majors, fulfills CLU’s speaking intensive requirement and multiple professional standards above.

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