Career Services

Whether you are in the process of choosing a major, changing a major, choosing a career, writing a résumé, exploring internship opportunities, or preparing for an interview, please let us help you! In order to achieve your dreams, we invite you to work closely with us. You can do that by making an appointment or stopping by our office.

We host job fairs, résumé workshops, etiquette dinners, dress-for-success events, self assessments, social media networking, mock interviews, and more. Check our calendar and follow us on Twitter for upcoming events.

Students

Visit our Events Calendar to view upcoming workshops.

Career Counseling

Stop in Real World Career Services and talk with a counselor. We are open Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., G52 Student Union.

Major/Minor Selection

We provide guidance in selecting or changing your current major or minor. Visit our office and review our library of  What can I do with this Major? handouts.  

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) & Strong Interest Inventory

Career assessments give students an idea about their personalities and/or interests. Assessments help students determine which career path might best match their personality, interests and work style. Any student wishing to take an assessment can obtain information in the Real World Career Services Office, Student Union G-52, or visit Explore Majors and Careers.

Resume and Cover Letter Writing Review

Resumes and cover letters are crucial to your job search. When presented well, these items will help you to secure an interview. These documents will be the employer’s first impression of you as you pursue opportunities ranging from internships to full-time employment. Real World Career Services counselors will review your cover letter and resume. Stop in Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., G52 Student Union, or schedule a meeting through Handshake

Interview Practice (Mock Interview)

We offer interview practice to prepare for upcoming interviews.Students meet with our counselors and we provide a real-life interview setting. 

Graduate School Fair

This event is held in September in the Cambria Room of the Student Union, and is open to all Pitt-Johnstown students and alumni.

Graduate School Information:

  • Each organization will be assigned a table with skirting and two chairs
  • Exhibitor spaces will be allocated on a first-registered, first-served basis

For additional information, please contact Kim Shook at kshook@pitt.edu or 814-269-1962

Graduate/Professional School Selection

The Real World Career Services Office provides assistance when students are deciding whether or not to go to graduate/professional school. 

Students may visit Petersons.com » for information about colleges and universities and graduate schools. Kaplan or Princeton Review visits Pitt-Johnstown to offer FREE practice exams for the GRE's, GMAT's, LSAT's and the MCAT's. Kaplan also offers free online testing. Our office has more information

Internships

Internships are a valuable part of the employment process. They will increase your real-world experience and ultimately help when it comes time to look for a full-time position. 

On-Campus Interviewing

Employers come to Pitt-Johnstown to interview students. Mock interviews are also available by appointment. Tips for interviews and a list of questions are available in our office.

Job and Internship Fairs

The Real World Career Services Office provides access to several job fairs throughout the school year. This makes it possible to meet representatives from a large number of companies in one setting. Always take an ample supply of résumés, and dress professionally. We also have worksheets such as "Job Fair Tips” and "How to make a Job Fair work for you.”

Workshops

Workshops on résumé writing, interviewing, and job hunting are held at various times during the term. 

For Alumni

University Email

Computing Services and Systems Development allows for graduating students to have a special alumni computer account that will enable them to keep their My Pitt Email mailbox for as long as they like. They will be able to send and receive email messages from their username@pitt.edu email address, as well as from any email aliases they created while a student at Pitt. 

Use your university email to schedule appointments with career counselors and inquire about any upcoming events.

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) & Strong Interest Inventory

Interest inventories are offered to students wishing to have a profile of their interests. We administer the "Strong Interest Inventory" and/or "Myers-Briggs Type Indicator" and other personal assessments.

Access website: Strong Interest Inventory
Instructions for completing a Strong Interest Inventory assessment:
     1) Enter the following Account Login: mountaincats   
     2) Enter the following Account Password: upjstudent
     3) Leave the “User ID” blank unless you are returning to complete an assessment. Click: Login
     4) From the menu, select the desired assessment – Newly revised Strong Interest Inventory. Click: Begin   
          - Provide the requested demographic information. Click: Continue Now
          - Follow all directions to complete your assessment
          - After completing the assessment, click Done at the bottom of the page.
     5) Contact us to schedule an appointment and review the results. 

Graduate/Professional School Selection

The Real World Career Services Office provides assistance when students are deciding whether or not to go to graduate/professional school. You can also view an online resource for graduate school and program information. 

Students may visit Petersons.com for information about colleges and universities and graduate schools.

Kaplan or Princeton Review visits Pitt-Johnstown to offer FREE practice exams for the GRE's, GMAT's, LSAT's and the MCAT's. Kaplan also offers free online testing. Our office has more information

For Faculty

Capitalizing on career development in the classroom:

Major and Career Exploration

Students are encouraged to connect with our office their first year to discuss their career plans and aspirations.

  • Implement a writing assignment in which students identify and research career or major options.
  • Encourage use of Strong Interest Inventory or Meyers -Briggs Type Indicator and have students reflect on results.
  • Invite us to deliver a short Career Services overview or full presentation to your class.
Résumés and the Job Search

Résumé formatting and the job search are industry-specific, and students should be familiar with the best ways to find internships and/or employment in their particular field.

  • Assign students to write or update their résumé and have it reviewed by a career counselor.
  • Encourage students to attend campus networking events, industry tours, graduate and professional school and job/internships fairs.  If possible, incentivize attendance.
Interview Preparation

Interviewing can be an intimidating process, but you can help your students become more confident with the process and their answers to commonly asked questions.

  • Include a requirement for your students to complete a mock interview, which can be done in person in our office.
Professionalism

Developing the habits and behaviors of professionalism starts in the classroom.  Students must be ready to embody their professional brand as they transition to their career.

  • Encourage students to attend our etiquette/dress for success event.
  • Capstone course project of creating a portfolio or LinkedIn profile.
Fostering Employer Connections

We collaborate with academic departments to:

  • Coordinate career panels to explore options within majors.
  • Organize informational and networking events for students.
  • Engage employers in classroom and departmental presentations.

Our office is a central location for employers to promote opportunities and connect with students. We have worked to:

  • Develop relationships with organizations of interest to students.
  • Meet with employers interested in recruiting at Pitt-Johnstown and discuss how to promote their organization and opportunities on-campus.
Encouraging students to:
  • Schedule one-on-one 30 minute appointments.
  • Attend Walk-in Wednesday, no appointment needed.
  • Visit our website for an array of useful information.
  • Create a profile in Handshake, our online job database
Did you know?

Each academic division has a designated liaison:

  • Sherri Rae – Education, Engineering, Nursing and Health Sciences, and Natural Sciences
  • Kim Shook – Undeclared, Business and Enterprise, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Contact us to schedule class presentations or learn more about our services!

For Employers

Pitt-Johnstown's combination of academic excellence and real-world experience produces strategic thinkers who are ready to energize your workforce!

Our team is ready to provide you with:

  • on-campus recruitment opportunities - reserve an information table
  • information sessions
  • online access to student and alumni resumes through Handshake
Recruit Pitt-Johnstown

On-campus recruiting is a simple and highly effective way of finding interns and/or future employees. The first step is to contact Kim Shook to set up a date that is convenient for you to visit our campus. Once a recruiting date is confirmed, we will inform students and alumni of your recruiting date. Résumés may be viewed on Handshake. Employers can set up interviews with the office according to availability.

The following criteria must be met before recruiting Pitt-Johnstown students:

Your business contact must have a legitimate business domain e-mail (no accounts using Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo, or others). Your business must have a legitimate website.

Employers who require students to purchase supplies or other materials upon employment (such as sample products) are not eligible to recruit through our office.  We do not post babysitting jobs or other positions where an employee will work out of someone else's dwelling (house, apartment, condo, etc).

  • You must provide a physical address and phone number.
Post Jobs and/or Internship opportunities 

Pitt-Johnstown, Johnstown Area Regional Industries (JARI), and the Greater Johnstown-Cambria County Chamber of Commerce work together to promote awareness among students of industries and opportunities that exist in the region. Through the Industry Tour initiative, students learn about local business and industry, while the organization has an opportunity to meet talented students and discuss new business internship opportunities. The goal is to create a strong local talent pipeline that informs students about what is being imagined, developed, and sold from the region, as well as provide the possibility of new professional training opportunities. If you are interested in hosting a tour, register here.

Job and Internship Fairs

Job fairs showcase the opportunities that exist at your organization while interacting with potential hires. Our office sponsors an annual Job & Internship Fair during the spring term. The March 2017 Job and Internship Fair was the largest to date, with over 100 employers registered and nearly 300 current students and alumni in attendance. Local companies, as well as regional, have shown great interest in recruiting our students. To reserve your space at the fair, contact Kim Shook.  

Additionally, several departments sponsor discipline-specific job fairs for students throughout the year. 

Share your Knowledge and Experience

No matter where you live, you can volunteer to conduct mock interviews, host a tour of your workspace, provide externship or job-shadowing opportunities, or serve as a panelist/presenter.

To indicate your interest in becoming a volunteer for any of these services, email or call 814-269-7123.

For Veterans

  • Veteran's Leadership Program of Western PA - The mission of Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania is to provide essential housing, employment, and vital support services to eligible local Veterans, service members, and their families with the goal of improving their self-sufficiency, sustainability, and quality of life.
  • Resume Engine - The Personal Branding Resume Engine™will translate your military record into a strong resume that civilian employers can understand.
  • My Next Move - A service provided by O*net that is designed specifically for veterans transitioning to civilian careers)
  • Guide to Post-Military Success - Veteran specific job board, salary information, top military friendly employers, career tips
  • Hire Heroes - A non-profit dedicated to creating job opportunities for veterans. Website has useful career tips including online workshops on interviewing
  • Career Link - Free job training services for veterans in Allegheny County
  • Resume Writing Advice -  Showcase military skills applicable to civilian jobs
  • Recruit Military - Military Job Board
  • Troops to Teachers - Transition into a teaching career