Handshake is Biola’s internship and job search platform for students and alumni. Unlike other job boards, Handshake is used extensively by recruiters hiring new grads and young alumni. Handshake also is utilized by alumni and other friends of Biola to specifically recruit from the Biola community.
Gaining experience does more than boost your resume and qualifications. Each internship, job, company tour, and opportunity can help confirm or shift your vocational plans. Take time to pursue experiences that interest you, no matter how big or small.
Learn How to Find a Job
Job Search Resource
Job Search Strategies is a series of videos and tutorials to help you become job-ready. This resource is free and available on Canvas.
Internships allow you to connect your classroom knowledge to real-world experience. They can also confirm your vocational plans or help you shift direction. Employers look for students who have 2-3 internships during their college careers. Confirm with your department if they require internships or give credit.
Campus and Community Involvement
Build relationships with faculty by asking your department for research opportunities. This can expand your knowledge and help discern if graduate school is your next step. Check with your department if you can receive credit as a Research Assistant.
Shadowing and Clinicals
Many professionals understand the importance of exposure to different industries and specialties. Some industries such as healthcare and medicine involve job shadowing. This allows you to observe and then practice similar tasks. As you build relationships with professionals, ask if you can shadow them for a set period of time.
Study Abroad Programs
Studying abroad allows you to expand your perspectives and gain cross-cultural competence while getting academic credit. You will develop cross-cultural communication, gain appreciation for other cultures (including your own!) and grow personally.
Related Resource Guides
With so many job boards and postings online, it can seem like you’re searching for a needle in a haystack. Check out these tips to learn how to easily and efficiently find a job or internship that interests you.
Interview Preparation Guide
Professional attire is important because it is expected at every job interview, career fair or professional event. It shows respect and creates the impression that you are confident and ready for new opportunities.
Job Offer Guide
After doing a lot of research and preparing for your interviews, it has all paid off and you have an offer in front of you. Congrats! Now is the time to finish the process and inform them on your decision. But how exactly do you go about doing that? Read our guide for tips on next steps.