Serving past and present students is a strategic priority for the Career development office at San Diego Christian. Strategically positioned within the Advancement and Alumni relations department, Career Development strives to engage, educate, and empower both students and alumni by providing professional resources in career planning, personal development, experiential learning, and job obtainment, equipping them for a position that will utilize their God-given strengths and gifts to impact the world for Christ. With an emphasis on being proactive, we meet you where you’re at and empower your steps as you move towards your vocational calling.
Luke Makwakwa, M.A.
Manager, Career Development & Constituent Relations
Adjunct Faculty in Leadership & Justice Program
Career development created several strategic tools to ensure you make progress toward your career objectives. Knowing that going to college is a significant investment, we aim to ensure you stay on track.
The SDC Career Development Plan is a tool we’ve developed to help you progress from freshman year through graduation.
Career Development Plan (CDP)
For students, providing accessible, and useful tools for our students and alumni is important. Hire-a-Hawk is a web-based tool that enables both the student and employer one place connect.
From on-campus jobs, to internships, to resume writing, posting and personal document collection, Hire-a-hawk helps students progress through their four year career development plan with greater ease.
For employers, Hire-a-hawk is our job posting service. Whether you have an internship, part-time, full-time position, Hire-a-hawk makes it easy for you to upload your company’s job, and quickly connect with students.
The students of San Diego Christian College are immersed in an academic community that offers a liberal arts education, promotes a scholarly environment, and fosters the examination of truth. Our students have a foundational knowledge of humanities, sciences, and social sciences that provide a framework for lifelong learning. They specialize in at least one academic discipline or internship which refines their critical thinking skills; essential for any professional and personal endeavors.
To learn more about Hire-a-Hawk, contact Luke Makwakwa
Clifton StrenghtsFinder campus
SDC is a growing strengths-based campus. Today, students are inundated with myriad of industries and career options to choose from. Choosing a major, job hunting, and ultimately finding a purposeful career can be overwhelming. At SDC, we start with the student in mind.
From the #1 Wall Street Journal and BusinessWeek bestseller, Clifton StrengthsFinder 2.0 is an assessment to help students discover their innate, God-given talents.
Thus, before students begin their first semester, SDC students take a 45-minute online assessment and receive their Top 5 strengths. We believe that understanding these talents are the starting point to identifying your calling and post-collegiate career.
An integration of strengths, academics, and spiritual formation is key to designing a life filled with purpose and meaning.
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
A powerful assessment designed to help students understand their personality and identify occupations that are a fit for their type. Myers-Briggs Type Indicator has been used by millions of people around the world as a vital tool in the Career Development process -Helping you understand yourself at a different level and how you relate to people and the world around you
Pricing Myers-Briggs Type Indicator College Profile Report $11.95
Strong Interest Inventory
One of the world’s most widely respected and frequently used career planning tools. Compares your personal results with people similar to you who have already found satisfying careers. Provides a list of occupations that you are most likely to find rewarding
Pricing Strong Interest Inventory Profile Report
Connecting students to people and knowledge about options is important because often it’s a personal connection at a company or school that can help a student gain an interview or know where to apply. Our goal is to be strategic as we plan meaningful events to engage our student and the community.
Graduate and Seminary Fair
Each fall semester Career Development hosts a Graduate and Seminary fair designed to bring some of the top graduate schools and seminaries on campus to connect with our students.
Each spring semester Career Development hosts a Career fair focused on connecting our students to local and international companies seeking to hire students in a variety of positions.
“Brand U” workshops are conducted strategically throughout the year within classrooms and in stand-alone workshops.
Career Development actively engages Santee, and the broader San Diego County. We partner with dozens of organizations, non-profits, and businesses. Many provide jobs, some enable students to complete their internships. Here are a few of the companies we work with.
- Young Life
“My plan is to eventually oversee a department of a college, and after gaining experience in that field pursue an executive position in Higher Education. I have been highly impacted by the staff at SDC and would love to impact other students in that same way.”
What are your words of encouragement or advice to students that are working to develop themselves professionally? “Take advantage of mentors and discipleship at SDC! One of the main reasons I want to move on in my education is because of the staff and faculty who took the time to invest in me as student and as an employee. If I never went out of my way to ask questions and learn from them than I would have never decided to stay connected at SDC or pursue the Masters program that I have chosen.”
“Their priceless wisdom and mentorship has been something that has helped shaped me to have a different outlook on my relationship with the Lord, but also has prepared me for the workforce.”
“Ask questions, be teachable, and be ready to serve when the time comes for you to step up!”
“I see myself, serving the Lord in a vocation that fits His calling for my life. What that looks like for me is as a Chiropractor. Eventually, I would like to open up my own practice and travel around the world helping those overcome their ailments.”
What are your words of encouragement or advice to students that are working to develop themselves professionally? “Give yourself a break. We’re expected to know everything there is to know about our future post college life and it can be an overwhelming process. I didn’t know that being a Chiropractor was the direction I wanted to take until I allowed myself to experience life for a year (post-graduation). God has a cool way of guiding you back to where you were meant to be if you would just allow Him to move that way in your life.”
Sheyla Senior, Psychology Major
How has Career Development Helped you? “It has helped me prepare for more professional job interviews, helped me discover the potential I have to offer to employers, and has taught me how to create resumes that express my professional achievements without demeaning even the ‘smallest’ job.”
Job/Internship: Guest Service Associate at Worldmark by Wyndham Resort
What are your visions and aspirations for the future? “My prayer is that the gifts and talents that The Lord has given me will be worked out for his good wherever he places me. The desire of my heart is to serve young women through counseling and servant ship.”
What are your words of encouragement or advice to students that are working to develop themselves professionally? “Always seek the Lord. Every single job has been given to me by grace. There is no such thing as luck or being so professionally outstanding that anyone can hire you. Of course you prepare, but always keeping him in mind no matter what profession. This job has recently allowed me to see that grace. I had no front desk experience yet I have been working at Worldmark for one year and have developed professionally in the hospitality business due the very goal of giving it to Christ. Philippians 4:13 is wishful inspiration. It’s what the Lord empowers every believer to live out.
Freshman, Communication Major, age 18
How has Career Development Helped you? “I was presented with this internship opportunity with Senator Joel Anderson and they needed a resume. I first came to Career Services to help build the resume, which the staff did a fantastic job walking me through how to build a proper resume; they did amazing. Afterwards, I got an interview once I submitted my resume. I came to Career Services for my mock interview, which really prepared me for my actual interview.”
Job/Internship: Legislative Intern, ”My responsibilities require me to do a lot of front office desk work, directing calls to appropriate office members. Attending events on behalf of the Senator, networking with local people and representing the Senator at different meetings.”
What are your visions and aspirations for the future? “A lot of this internship involves public relations and I am considering a career in public relations managing.”
What are your words of encouragement of advice to students that are working to develop themselves professionally? “Well before I came to Career Services for help with my resume and mock interview, I actually came to Career Services to take the MBTI and strong interest test. Career Services helped me understand more about who I am and the way I operate and helped me to figure out what I can do with my major and future career. I would advise everyone to take the personality assessment tests to get a better understanding of who you are so you can really succeed at a job that you love.”
Senior, Kinesiology/Physical Therapy Major
How has Career Development Helped you? “It first helped me to set up a resume. Then taught me how to prepare and sit through a job interview in a professional manner that lead me to get a good job such as the one I have now.”
Job/Internship: Rehab Aid at Sharp Hospital, “My responsibilities are to carry out exercise the therapist has for the patient. I clean equipment, ultrasound stem activity, and messages if necessary.”
What are your visions and aspirations for the future? “I definitely want to become a Physical Therapist and eventually open up my own clinical offices throughout San Diego County or where ever God takes me. Not only will they be clinics I want them to have a Christian based mission.”
What are your words of encouragement or advice for other students that are working to develop themselves professionally? “The work that you put in now may not seem like it is worth or it may just seem long and tedious but down the road it definitely pays off big time. So, definitely take advantage of every opportunity whether it looks good or not.”
Senior, Kinesiology Major,
How has Career Development helped you? “Career Services helped me with my resume for the internship that I really wanted. I got the internship! Career Services helped me with structure, re-wording sentences that made me standout. Personal branding was a huge factor, which led me to getting me the job that I wanted. I highly recommend it to the students.”
Job/Internship: Rehab United, “My responsibility is to show patients their stretches, and create a conversation to make my clients feel comfortable. I also job shadow the physical therapist as they demonstrate exercises. I also do random tedious responsibilities, such as cleaning tables, getting ice for the clients when there done with their rehab”.
What are your visions and aspirations for the future? “My vision is to get a job that I love, so I can put my whole heart into it. I want to make sure that I am making a difference wherever I am”.
What are your words of encouragement or advice for other students who are working to develop themselves professionally? “Go meet up with Career Services and get your resume and cover letter finished! Also, go practice your interview skills with them so that you can land that job or internship. Practicing the questions with Career Services will help you feel less nervous!”
Garrett, Communication Major,
How has Career Development helped you? “It has helped me realize that my professional world starts now, and I need to focus on what is coming up next for my life so I can have a clear direction of where I am heading. Through this I have found possible career opportunities that I could see myself doing in the near future”.
What are your words of encouragement or advice for other students who are working to develop themselves professionally? “Know that you need a plan and then put actions towards it instead of just staying where you are. “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” – Colossians 3:17
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