From Career Services

What’s New in Career Services?

Like most people, I enjoy new things. When I was a little girl, new shoes were a big deal. We’d barely make it to the car and those new shoes would be on my feet. Sometimes, I would be permitted to wear them out of the store. Either way, once we arrived home, I would dance and parade around in my new shoes, testing out the clip-clop sound on the kitchen floor or their speed as I raced down the hall. My mother drew the line when I would attempt to sleep with them. After much protesting, I would relent, delicately placing them in the box and setting it as close to my bed as possible. Needless to say, new shoes had a special effect on me – and they still do – only as an adult, I don’t sleep with them on!

Similar excitement surfaced in Career Services this summer as we experienced a series of “new” things. First, we moved into a new space on campus. Instead of climbing the stairs to the second floor of Stevens Center, you and your student will see us the moment you walk through the front doors. Upon arrival in our new space on the first floor, your student will be greeted by our friendly office staff as they assist them in scheduling a “career conversation,” present them with a “birthday muffin,” or guide them to relevant resources. Our new space features comfortable seating, bistro tables with chairs, and a technology for group presentations. Also included in our new space is a centralized carrousel of computers that allow students to complete online assessments, search for open positions, and access our new software system – BruinCareers.

BruinCareers is a web-based interface that allows students and alumni to register for Career Services events, manage a customized job search, and connect directly with employers. As technology advances and the job market becomes increasingly more competitive, we wanted to offer a more sophisticated way to advertise and access open positions. In fact, if you and/or your employer are interested in hiring George Fox students or graduates, you can create an employer profile and post jobs with us.

As usual, students can access BruinCareers through “MyGFU” or from our new Career Services website ( The Web continues to be a valuable source of information and guidance for the process of career development. Via the Web, students engage in the process at whatever stage best suits their needs. Whether it is taking assessments using Sigi3, practicing their interviewing skills in Optimal Resume, or researching graduate school information, there is something for every student – and even a section devoted to you, parents.

As you browse the new Career Services website, you might also notice that we are touting a new tagline, “Engage in Career Services, Envision Your Best Future!” This statement represents the impact Career Services can have on those students who come see us early and often. A recent research study conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) revealed that students who utilize career services experience greater success in landing their first job. We sincerely hope that students will invest in their best future by taking full advantage of the services and resources we offer. One thing that isn’t new is our commitment to empowering students with information and opportunities to pursue meaningful and productive careers.

With the start of a new academic year, we are excited to share these new things with you and your student. Considering what they represent in regard to your student’s future, new shoes pale in comparison!

Angela J. Doty
M.A., GCDF, Associate Director of Career Services