Future Students

Center for Career Connections provides quality programs and services.

Center for Career Connections provides quality programs and services to help you discover your talents and uncover your mission. Check out some of the benefits we offer to incoming Grace students.

  • Placement Promise

    Read more about how we offer free education to students who can’t find a job within six months of graduating.

  • Choosing a Major

    View our resources for how to select the right major.

Placement Promise

The Placement Promise is a true distinctive of Grace College. We recognize that the cost of college is a significant investment, and we are standing behind the quality of our academic process and the resulting product. Students who meet certain criteria and who do not find employment or gain acceptance to graduate school within six months of graduation may be eligible to earn an additional year of undergraduate education tuition-free. In the five years since starting the Placement Promise, one graduate has returned to Grace to add additional knowledge and skill to his credentials through this program.

To be eligible for the Placement Promise, students:

  • Must be eligible to work in the U.S. on a full-time, permanent basis.
  • Must have record of success in the classroom, having achieved at least a 2.75 GPA while at Grace College.
  • Must have been successfully employed in at least one quality work experience related to your field of study while at Grace College.

Qualifying Examples:

  • Successful on-campus employment experience related to field of study
  • Summer experience related to field of study
  • Internships, practicum, student teaching
  • On-going part-time experience related to field of study

Non-qualifying Examples:

  • Job shadowing
  • Part-time or summer work with no evidence of transferable skills
  • Must have evidence of participation in and application of the knowledge gained from professional development programs and services offered by the Center for Career Connections Office or through workshops and seminars of OSI.
  • Must have a letter of recommendation from your academic advisor addressing your scholastic effort while enrolled and addressing the area of focus that may enhance marketability for the future.

Choosing a Major

Choosing a major may be one of the most important choices you can make while in college. But it doesn’t have to be that difficult! With some prayer and humility, we believe that God and His Spirit will direct you toward what you are meant to be studying.

First Steps

  • Start with prayer. The Holy Spirit leads us to the Father. The Holy Spirit reveals the will of the Father to His people. Be consistent with your prayer life. Ask and listen and trust what He reveals to you.
  • Look inside. Part of God’s revelation is in how He crafted you. Your college major isn’t going to stray too far from your natural interests, passions and talents. God made you the way He did for a good reason. Take time to reflect upon this.
  • Consider who you are called to. Has God placed a desire or a natural care in your heart for someone? The nation of Africa? Kids in the inner city? At-risk teens? Christian young people? The elderly? Absent fathers? Those who battle eating disorders? This may be an aspect to helping you determine the right major in college.
  • Consider areas of greatest need. Is there something that you recognize about society today that you know is not right? Something in the world? Among the body of believers? Being led by His Spirit, you can make an impact in that area, and it may be important information to consider in determining an appropriate major in college.
  • Seek godly counsel. Let the Center for Career Connections help you. We offer assessment instruments and appointments to prospective students to assist with determining a college major. We’ll help to bring clarification, but ultimately the answer rests with you hearing from God. Contact us today!

Cautions

  • The “safe” major. Avoid choosing a major merely because you presume it “guarantees” you a secure job after graduation. If you are not inspired or motivated by the field you are studying, you are in the wrong major.
  • The “mom and dad” major. Avoid choosing a major merely because you want to please others. Ultimately, you have to live for many years with the outcome of your choice. Make it a God-inspired one.
  • The Top 10 list major. Avoid choosing a major based solely on a published list of any kind (i.e., best careers for the future, top money-making majors, etc.). When you do this, there are many other factors that you’ve failed to consider—like what God has placed within you to do.

Internships

Formal, Formative and Foundational

Generally, an internship consists of an exchange of services for experience between a student and a business, ministry or nonprofit organization. The experience is formal, formative and foundational to your emerging expertise. Classroom concepts suddenly become real tools of the trade. Internships tend to be more formal than applied learning experiences because they include clear expectations delineated between employer and intern. Internships are a great way to prove to yourself that you are on the right career path.

What if I discover I really don’t like the job?

Then we say the internship worked perfectly! The second role of an internship is to weed out the roles, tasks and positions that are not right for you. Your Career Connections advisor will help you with Site Evaluations that will distill the internship experience down into quantifiable feedback, which will aid you in making career decisions for the future. Many employers hire interns as the new full-time, entry-level employee, which affords both of you a trial period and a chance to single out exceptional candidates for full-time and even leadership roles.

Do internships lead to jobs?

Percentage of 2013 college graduates who received job offers, grouped by internship experience. NACE 2013 Student Survey.

The Secret of Soft Skills

Internships provide work experience. But you are also learning something else that may be even more valuable in the long run: soft skills. These are people skills, collaboration, business etiquette and personal propriety. Candidates with these character qualities have a noted advantage over those who do not and will be able to adapt to corporate culture quickly, and that gets an employer’s attention. Most employers rank interpersonal communication and teamwork skills above technical aptitude. There’s no better way to acquire these skills than to jump into a corporate environment and roll up your sleeves.

How Grace Thou Art . . .

Character, Competence and Service—it is what we are about at Grace College. Fortunately, employers consistently seek more employees who exemplify:

  • Strong integrity
  • A moral compass
  • A well-rounded skill set
  • Other-centeredness
  • Teachable spirits
  • Confidence without entitlement or pride

As a Lancer, you have a strong heritage to uphold. You bring the name of Christ with you wherever you go.

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Questions?

Email Denise Terry at denise.terry@grace.edu or call 574-372-5100, ext. 6101.