Career & Calling Milestones

Your career planning begins the day you arrive on campus; we’re here to help.


Getting ready for the job market begins your freshman year. Our program makes you career ready, so you'll graduate with a portfolio of sorts, to showcase your skills to employers.

Bethel's Career and Calling Milestones Program links students to career resources from the first day of orientation up to graduation. Career development activities are part of the entire college experience — just like going to class.



"One goal with the program is to connect students with professionals in the area and introduce them to the many opportunities in South Bend/Mishawaka.”

— Matthew Stackowicz, Director of Career Development and Experiential Learning


Career-Minded Milestones



Projects help students work toward getting a job before graduation.

Freshman year: EMBARK — Students take the first step toward their career and calling.

Milestones elements: Personality and careers assessment, service learning, intercultural development and spiritual formation.

Sophomore year: ENRICH — Students grow their strengths to meet the needs of the world and the demands of the workplace.

Milestones elements: Résumé and cover letter review, networking event, service learning, intercultural development and spiritual formation.

Junior year: ENGAGE — Integrate your education with your calling through hands-on experiences.

Milestones elements: Mock interview, extended hands-on learning experience, personal branding, service learning, intercultural development and spiritual formation.

Senior year: EMERGE — Walk across the stage ready for the future.

Milestones elements: Extended hands-on learning experience, public presentation, life mission statement, service learning, intercultural development and spiritual formation.

Resources to Help You Succeed



Faculty and staff mentor students every step of the way, so they're not doing this alone. Plus, Bethel works with industry experts to make sure students are ready for life post-college.

Bethel is located near about 16,000 employers. Many businesses and organizations provide opportunities for student job shadowing, internships and networking. Career services staff also provides assessments and support in exploring job options.






Building Your Portfolio



Seniors will have achievements to their credit including interviewing and business networking; on-the-job experience in their major; and professional development and leadership.

Their portfolio will reflect the work they have done to fine-tune their interests, identify their values and assess their individual strengths for their chosen career.