Colorado Christian University
EMS for Students
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EMS for Students

In order to get a job out of college these days, new grads should be overachievers with real-life business experience, and they should expect to have to go above and beyond the typical job search.               – Dan Schwabel, New York Times best-selling author 

Education or experience… or both? Many argue that a college education is absolutely crucial to landing that dream job of yours, while others believe that hands-on experience is more valuable. Believe it or not, both are true.

Formal education is important and valuable. At the same time, what is learned in the classroom needs to also be applied in the workplace to develop real-world competence in any subject.

Work experience is far more than being in the industry that you love; it’s about understanding a holistic picture of how the real world actually functions. 

Work Experience

  • allows you a unique opportunity to impact the world for Christ by seeing work as a way to worship the Lord, to do work with excellence, and to learn and grow through each experience;
  • prepares you with valuable knowledge and skills that will allow you to compete in any environment;
  • teaches you how to tackle challenging tasks with little oversight or direction from your superiors;
  • develops creativity and the determination to press on when everyone else’s ideas are spent;
  • helps you find the humility and flexibility to succeed under a supervisor that you perhaps don’t agree with;
  • builds your network as well as your reputation for responsibility and trustworthiness in the workplace; and
  • leads you to opportunities for significant projects in your career.

You probably won’t land your ideal job while you’re in school. That’s why it’s important to recognize the value of work experience, which provides you with stepping stones toward your career goals.

How EMS Works

Step 1: EMS Appointment - Full Service Virtual, In Person, or Combination

Schedule a meeting with one of the EMS team members so that they can get to know you. This meeting can be a virtual meeting or it can be in person. Your choice! During that meeting, we will determine the next steps based on your career goals, skill set, work experience, and availability to work.

Step 2: Assess and Identify Opportunities

The EMS team member will have a one-on-one conversation with you about your current and future career goals, your skills and experience, financial needs, and your availability to work. Job opportunities will be identified that fit your unique situation. Once again, this can be done virtually or in person. 

Entry Level Positions
  • Entry-level positions require little or no work experience
  • Part-time hours
  • No EMS Application
  • Documents required: Resume review and revision (if resume is requested by the employer) and Availability to Work form
  • You will be provided with a job placement
  • Potential Advancement to positions requiring related work experience and mock interviews are available upon request
1-2 years of work experience
  • Complete a polished and professional resume, gather references, and read and sign the Employer Satisfaction Agreement
  • Requires 1-2 years of work experience
  • Part-time hours
  • Documents required: Resume, References, Employer Satisfaction Agreement
  • You will be given placement preparation including mock interview(s) as well as job placement
  • Individualized coaching and placement is available upon request
2+ years of work experience or relevant degree required

Step 3: Connect

Our staff will then connect you directly with the employers identified as a good match. The employer will then contact you directly to schedule an interview date and time either by phone or in person.

Step 4: Preparation

Before your formal interview, you may be asked to perform a practice a job-specific mock interview with an EMS staff member. This mock interview can be done digitally or in person.