Career Development

In Career Development, our mission is to assist students and alumni in developing effective career planning skills to achieve their career goals and promote lifelong career development.


Career Event at Dominican University of California

Career Development Distinction

We guide students in self-awareness, career exploration, internship experience and job search preparation through individual coaching and career development programs. 

Handshake Logo

Check out Handshake for job and internship opportunities! 

Handshake is a powerful employment platform that connects Dominican students and alumni with amazing job and internship opportunities across the country. Companies such as Amazon, Genentech, Google and Salesforce have connected with Handshake because they want to hire students like you. Join Handshake today!  

Focus 2 Career 

FOCUS 2 is an online, interactive, self-guided career and education planning system that combines
self-assessment, career exploration and decision making into one comprehensive program. 


  • What majors am I interested in?
  • What careers match my interests, skills, personality, values and preferences?
  • What can I do with this major?
  • Where can I find salary information?

FOCUS 2 will help you answer these questions and more. 

Register for free. Access Code: penguins

Suggested assessments

  • - Career Planning
  • - Readiness
  • - Academic Strengths
  • - Assessments
  • - Personality
  • - Work Interests
  • - Skills and Values Assessments


  • Read the results of your Combined Assessments
  • Select from a list of matched careers, then research related industries
  • A Career Advisor will help you process your results. Schedule an appointment in the Career Development Office in Bertrand 109.

Programs and Services

  • 1:1 Coaching
  • Choosing a major and career assessments
  • Mock Interview Days
  • Resume, interviewing and LinkedIn workshops
  • Classroom presentations
  • Life Skills 101 course
  • Finding internship and experiential learning opportunities
  • Reviewing resumes and cover letters
  • Job search strategies and resources
  • Networking tips
  • Graduate school planning and personal statement feedback


First Year Dominican Students

First years are encouraged to explore Degrees and Programs as well as career options. Discovering your strengths and understanding yourself are important first steps.

Personality and Career Assessments
By assessing your strengths, personality type, and values, we'll help you learn more about yourself so you can flourish academically, personally, and professionally.

Assessments tools we offer:

          • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
          • Strong Interest Inventory
          • Focus 2 Career

One-on-One Career Coaching
You will meet with a Career Coach who will assist you design your career plan.

          • Get involved in campus clubs and activities
          • Activate your Handshake profile
          • Schedule a 1:1 coaching appointment
          • Connect with your professors and advisors during office hours


Sophomore Dominican Students

Sophomores are encouraged to engage in meaningful ways in co-curricular activities and part-time work.

It’s time to get involved and engage with your campus and local community. What interests do you have? How can you develop leadership skills through student organizations? Part-time employment is an excellent way to develop soft skills such as communication and problem solving skills as well as the ability to work as a team – all important skills employers value.

Create experiences that prepare you for the future!

          • Take on leadership in campus clubs and activities
          • Talk to your professors about research opportunities
          • Create a LinkedIn Profile to review with Career Services staff
          • Complete your Handshake profile and follow companies you are interested in
          • Search for summer jobs, research opportunities, and internships


Dominican Career Event

Juniors are encouraged to empower their collegiate career with the development of soft skills through campus involvement and internships. 

Real Mentorship

At Dominican, we recognize and value mentors with experience and expertise that challenge and encourage our students. Alumni frequently return to campus to talk shop and share insights with current students, scout for interns and/or employees, and connect with mentees. Enroll in the Life Skills course, where alumni co-facilitate this seminar on life after college topics.

Internship Placement

We connect companies and organizations in the Bay Area with talented students. Contact your faculty advisor for internship opportunities that best suit your strengths and interests.

          • Take the Life Skills course
          • Secure an internship and/or research opportunity
          • Update your resume and learn to write a cover letter
          • Connect with at least three professionals in your chosen field for informational interviews and career advice
          • Hone your interviewing skills by attending a Mock Interview event with alumni


Senior Dominican Student

Seniors are encouraged to prepare to embark on their next steps to either career or graduate school through resume review, mock interviews, personal statement review, etc. 

Job Search Support

Receive individualized feedback on your cover letter, resume, LinkedIn profile, and personal statement. Learn how to strategically pursue your career goals and market your unique skills to targeted employers.

Gain access to our online job board that offers a rich source of career opportunities when looking for employment.

      • Take the Life Skills course
      • Tailor your resume and cover letters to fit jobs to which you are applying
      • Review our website resources for tips on applying, interviewing, and negotiating your post-grad job
      • If you are on the path to graduate school, submit those applications and get letters of recommendation
      • Update your LinkedIn profile and build you online network
      • Apply to jobs and follow up!