As part of Christendom’s vision to “Restore all things in Christ,” the college strives to prepare students to be confident leaders in their field of choice. The career services offered at Christendom give students the practical tools to land internships and jobs in a variety of fields. But Director of Career Development Kristin Stephens wants graduates to succeed not only in their careers, but in life. The transition from college life to the work force can be challenging, and many young adults find it difficult to prepare for the financial hurdles that come with this stage of life. That is why Stephens is launching a series of important workshops for graduating seniors which will give insights into some of the most pertinent information these soon-to-be new graduates will need in navigating their life outside of college.
The workshops will give students tips on how to gain financial stability after graduation, with one workshop covering budgeting and finances. Stephens will discuss how to save and invest, build a good credit score, and manage loan payments. Another workshop in the series will be focused specifically on housing, and will provide information about searching for housing, finding roommates, understanding a lease, and tips about hidden costs. There will also be a workshop on vehicles which will cover shopping for a car, purchasing an insurance policy, budgeting for car payments, and the basics of maintenance.
“I see it as my responsibility to prepare our students to be professionals, which extends beyond employment and the workplace,” says Stephens. “These workshops are another important component of the life prep offered by the Career Development Office.”
These sessions will be offered two times each month and can be attended at the student’s convenience. These workshops, in tandem with the professional guidance offered in the Education for Life courses, Life on Tap and Outside the Box speaker series, dining etiquette classes, and one-on-one career counseling, prepare students to be resourceful professionals.