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Center for Career & Vocation

Co-curricular learning and experiential learning opportunities provide students a space to learn desirable employability skills such as teamwork, collaboration, problem-solving, adaptability, and leadership. Concordia offers a variety of learning opportunities for students to gain these skills through experiences.

Work Experience

On-campus Employment

The primary objective of student employment is to enhance the students’ education by nurturing strong work habits and Christian ethics. Part of Concordia’s mission is to empower students to become individuals of lifelong learning and service. This takes place in the workplace as much as it does in the classroom. The objective of the student employee is to afford the best and most effective efforts on the job, develop good work habits, and to be of service. Students often gain essential office and customer service skills through on-campus employment opportunities.

Internships

Internships are opportunities to gain practical work experience in a variety of fields. Here are just some advantages an internship offers:

  • Internships serve as a link between college and work
  • Investigate and experience the organization’s culture
  • Develop and identify career-related and transferable skills
  • Internships allow you to network and meet people within your field
  • According to a recent Job Report from the National Association of Colleges and Employers, 80.9% of new college hires had either a co-op or internship experience.

Campus Involvement

Studies show that student involvement has a positive impact on critical thinking and contributes to student success in college. “Students involved in co-curricular activities are 51% better at working in teams and at developing interpersonal relationships than their uninvolved counterparts” (Moderson & Woosley, 2014).

Modernson, K., & Woosley, S. (2014). Involvement, leadership, and learning: Using data stories to communicate value. The Bulletin of the Association of College Unions International, 82(3), 12-17.

Develop employability skills through the following activities:

Clubs & Organizations

  • Verbal communication (presentations, leading meetings, motivational speeches, impromptu speaking)
  • Teamwork
  • Decision making & problem solving
  • Workflow planning (time management, prioritizing work, planninging, organizing, succession planning)

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Student Government (ASCUI)

  • Verbal communication (campaigns, formation of arguments, presentations, committee membership)
  • Teamwork (committees and rounds, conflict management
  • Decision making & problem solving (advocacy, representation, understanding of personal bias, Robert’s Rules of Order
  • Workflow planning (weekly meetings, office hours, project management, delegation)
  • Quantitative analysis (present and interpret data, proposal approvals)
  • Writing & editing reports
  • Computer software (database management, shared networks, social media management, presentation, budget management)

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Intramural Sports

  • Verbal communication (create game plans and practice schedules, interpret rules)
  • Workflow planning (prioritization, operational planning and scheduling, group exercise routines)
  • Teamwork (establish rapport, recruitment and selection of teammates, set goals)

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Student Leadership

  • Verbal communication (interpersonal, facilitate small group discussion, presentation
  • Teamwork (relationship building, conflict management, commitment, accountability, trust
  • Decision making & problem solving
  • Workflowing planning (organization, event execution, succession planning)
  • Quantitative analysis (budget management and balance, calculate hours, estimate expenses, program assessment and evaluation)
  • Technology (social media management, budget management, event planning software, project management, digital collaboration, calendar management)

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Service & Community Engagement (Concordia Cares)

  • Teamwork (conflict resolution, interpersonal, collaboration
  • Adaptability

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Peck, A. (2017). Engagement and employability: integrating career learning through cocurricular experiences in postsecondary education. Washington D.C.: NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.

How to get involved:

Study Abroad

Global experiences are extremely valuable to students to prepare them for working in a global society. When students study abroad they navigate unfamiliar territory and challenges that foster skills of adaptability, intercultural fluency, and critical thinking.

Concordia offers a variety of opportunities through both the Around the World Semester (ATW) and Study Abroad programs.

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