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 is Virtual

Schedule a meeting with one of the EMS team members so that they can get to know you. This meeting will be virtual. 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. 

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 will be virtual. 

Student Testimonials

CCU alumni with english degree
Lat Nichols ’21

“After talking with EMS one-on-one, they found a position at a sports store that not only worked with my limited availability, but also helped boost my resume to show that I could balance both work and school while holding an active leadership position on campus. During that year, EMS also helped place me in a sales associate position at a local sporting goods store where I gained valuable communication skills. A few months later a medical scribe position opened at St. Anthony’s emergency department with Scribe America, one of EMS’s partner employers. Because I had been working with EMS, they let me know about the position, helped me prepare for it with a resume critique and a mock interview, and I got the job. Every day I am learning new medical terminology, while being mentored under the ER doctors.”

ccu alumni with english degree
Jacob Rippey ’17

“Say ‘yes’ to opportunities that arise! I am currently working as a materials coordinator at Honeywell Experimental Flight Test Operations. I support the operations of 12 experimental aircraft (from a Boeing 757 to a Cessna 182). I test experimental technology that needs to be tested at altitude; everything from weather radar, Wi-Fi systems, avionics, and engines. With EMS as a student, I had opportunities to work with companies such as Chick-fil-A, Lazer Designs, and General Air. EMS helped perfect my resume, partnered me with incredible companies, and provided a comfortable environment for mock interviews. Every job I have worked since partnering with EMS has led to a valuable experience that has given me a competitive edge in the market. I could have never imagined that working in three different industries would have set me up so beautifully for my current position.”