Office of Career Development and Services
The Office supports the Mission of Concordia University Irvine by assisting undergraduate students to determine and fulfill their career goals through programs and services that foster career management confidence via self-assessment, research, skill development and exposure to opportunity.
Your student's career development journey will be one of self-assessment, trial, exploration, and sometimes indecision. The process of career discovery may take place in a classroom while listening to a guest speaker sharing her career story. Other students may realize their passion through servant leadership or an internship opportunity.
If your student returns home without a clue as to their career path, encourage him/her to visit the Career Center.
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Myths and Facts
Myth: I must select a major my freshman year and stay with it until graduation.
Fact: The majority of students change their major at least once before graduation. During the first two years, many students are still learning about their interests and need more classes and experience before deciding.
Myth: My current major dictates my future.
Fact: It is very common for students to major in one field and work in an entirely different field after graduation. Every major provides skills that are transferable to a variety of career options.
Myth: I should focus only on my academic studies while in college.
Fact: Grades are only part of a student's self-marketing package. Employers also value experience outside the classroom. By pursuing part-time jobs, internships, volunteer experience, and extracurricular activities, students will learn more about themselves while building their resumes!