More Than Just
A Degree

Vocation and Career Development

Cooper Center for Vocation & Career Development

At Trinity, our goal is to set you up—not only for your first job, but for your entire life. We take the time to know you, to spark and feed your curiosity, and then to send you out into the world. Our alumni leave Trinity ready to build a life that matters. And we love to watch and celebrate them as they go.

The Cooper Center for Vocation and Career Development specializes in providing resources and services to assist students and alumni in their life-long work and service in God’s Kingdom.

We’re here to help you to discover your strengths, develop and sharpen your professional skills, engage in the job search process, explore graduate school options, discern God’s call on your life, and more.

We offer a number of services to make this happen and have resources for both students and alumni, no matter where you are in your academic or professional journey.

At Trinity, we love to talk about vocation – something we view as a joyful response to God’s calling – and actively seek to know and support the variety of ways He has uniquely called you.

We are eager to help you prepare for your next transition, whether that be into Trinity, full-time employment after graduating, graduate school, or a completely new career as an alum. To help you prepare, navigate, and flourish, we offer the following services:

Career & Vocational Counseling

This encompasses a wide range of conversations, based on specific student need.  We can work through questions about majors and minors, questions about what field or career could be explored within a particular major or minor, or questions about whether to go into graduate school or the workforce after graduation, to name a few. We will also help you to think more broadly about your own sense of vocation and the areas of engagement and service you feel called to beyond work.

Résumé and Cover Letter Reviews

We can start you out with guidelines about how to put together a résumé or cover letter if you are just starting out, help you update your résumé for internships and summer jobs during your years at Trinity, or help you polish your résumé for your first job hunt after graduation.

We can also help you work through any other relevant application materials including references, letters of recommendation, and graduate school admissions essays.

Assessments

At times, it is helpful for some students to take an assessment to help find out where their strengths lie, narrow down a degree decision, and target a specific career path.

  • We build in StrengthsFinder as an intention part of every student’s first few weeks at Trinity through the FYF curriculum. Reviewing your Top 5 Signature Themes (Strengths) helps provide insights on how to fully engage in your work as students, professionals, and community members.
  • Jobzology – This assessment addresses an individual’s personality, values, interests, and workplace preferences and then provides an interactive “career match” feature based on your results. This resource is available to all Trinity students and alumni. If you are interested in taking this assessment, please contact our office for access instructions. If you have already taken it and would like to talk through your results with one of our staff members, please email us to set up an appointment!

Mock Interviews

You are welcome to set up an individual mock interview to help you prepare for a specific job opportunity. We will happily tailor the mock interview process in any way that will best help you based on your degree or the type of interview you would like to prepare for.

Job Search & Professional Skills

Schedule a time with us to talk about all aspects of the job search process. We’ll help you think through topics like how and where to search, developing networking skills, interview attire, how to navigate a career fair, and how to adjust your résumé when changing career paths.

Vocation & Career Programming

Throughout the year we partner to support a number of events on campus that address vocation, career, and advising related topics!

The Cooper Center is here to help connect you with career, internship, and part-time work opportunities.

Trinity Christian College’s Job Board  NACElink

  • This job board is specific to Trinity’s community and jobs posted have been approved by Trinity. Jobs are added daily, so stop back often to see new postings.
  • Students and alumni will need to register and create an account the first time they use this service. Alumni, if you forgot your student ID number, please use 12345 instead.
  • New accounts have to be verified by email and approved by the Cooper Center, so registering will not allow immediate use.
  • For any assistance regarding access to this job board, contact vocationandcareer@trnty.edu or 708.239.4853.

Illinois Small College Placement AssociationISCPA

 

  • Trinity is a member of this consortium of small colleges, who work together to provide career and job search opportunities for our graduates.
  • Students and alumni will need to register and create an account the first time they use this service.
  • For any assistance regarding access to this job board, follow these instructions.

 

Additional Places to Perform Job Searches

  • The best place to start your job search is to ask your professors for recommendations for the best sites in your particular field, or by talking to others currently working in the field.
  • Please talk to us to seek out recommended locations for job postings that connect to your specific field of interest.
  • There is also an interactive job search function within Jobzology, one of the assessments used in the Cooper Center. Contact us for access and navigation instructions!

Employer Resources

At Trinity, we recognize that the fast-paced, global, and interconnected economy requires that students be equipped with skills that are broadly applicable across many occupations.  Trinity’s curriculum and training provides students with multiple opportunities to practice and develop these vital skills, while discovering their authentic selves. However, we also see God’s calling as extending beyond just a career. God calls His people in service to church, family, neighborhood, civic, and even global communities. A Trinity education prepares students for meaningful participation in all areas these of life and service.  This makes Trinity students excellent hires, and we encourage employers to get to know our students better through campus visits and employment opportunities.

Post a Job or Internship for Students & Alumni

If you are an employer who is looking to hire students or alumni for full-time professional positions, part-time professional positions, or paid internships, please utilize our Job Board.

Simply go to trnty.edu/jobboard to register as an employer and manage your postings

Click here to view posting instructions.

Part-time Jobs for Full-time Students

If you are a local business or resident who is looking for part-time help from a college student that could be done concurrently with their classes, Trinity offers a listserv as a community service to assist with marketing these opportunities. These jobs would be seasonal lawn care; babysitting or nannying; local retail or restaurant positions; part-time office work; local churches needing youth group leaders or childcare help; volunteer opportunities in the Palos Heights community; or one-time opportunities that come may along.

Please click here to download instructions for posting to this listserv.

On-Campus Recruiting

  • Trinity offers on-campus recruiting in the Dining Hall Lobby during lunch, between 11a – 1p.  Download on-campus recruiter information sheet.
  • Special requests for other times may be granted on an individual basis, at the discretion of Trinity Christian College.
  • If employers want to visit any classes while they are on campus, in addition to hosting a recruiting table, that must be arranged by contacting faculty directly.
  • To reserve a table, please contact vocationandcareer@trnty.edu
    • Clearly state the purpose and organization being represented.
    • Offer a couple of optional dates, as the table is subject to availability.
  • Any desire for reserving space beyond informational sessions (on-campus interviewing, for instance) needs to go through Events Manager at events@trnty.edu or 708.239.4831. The Conference and Events Manager will provide rental rates.

Have Questions?
Get in Touch.

Contact
The Cooper Center for Vocation and Career Development
vocationandcareer@trnty.edu
708.239.4853

Hours
Monday – Friday
8:30am – 4:30pm
*Additional times available by appointment

Jennie Huizenga Memorial Library
Trinity Christian College
6601 W. College Drive
Palos Heights, IL 60463