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Career Development

With a commitment to student success, members of the Career Development & Vocation team (a department within CORE) partner with students as they move through the career development process.

Beginning with exploration, students consider who they are and how they want to live that out in the world. Combining vocational exploration and career development strategies, students will explore strengths, interests, values, and the needs of the world.

Next students move into preparation as they ready themselves for deeper engagement in experiential learning through CORE's signature programs. This step includes all the typical services associated with career development, such as resume writing, interviewing strategies, internship and job search, and graduate or professional school pursuit.

Once students engage in internships and other experiential learning opportunities, career coaches partner with students to get them career ready for either pursuing full-time work or entrance to graduate or professional school programs.

Viking Score

The Viking Score

The Viking Score at Augustana College is a career-readiness program designed to support students throughout their college journey and into post-graduate life.

By tracking experiences and awarding points, it motivates students to take small steps toward their career goals. The program is structured into four stages aligned with the Career Development Process, but students can complete activities at their own pace. This flexible approach ensures students are on the right path and smoothly progress through their career development. 

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Class of 2023 stats


of the surveyed Augustana Class of 2023 said they were in graduate school or employed within six months of graduation.

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Lisa Slater with student

Career coaching

Career coaching is a student-centered partnership between student and career coach designed to assist students in developing career management skills while meeting the student's career goals. Career coaches develop knowledge and expertise for the fields of interest.

Viking Connections group

Viking Connections

This alumni network brings together accomplished alumni and students. Alumni are available to share advice on careers, industries, employment trends, and organizations in their areas of expertise. Students can find a career match and connect.


Augustana uses Handshake, an online tool for students to find jobs and internships, and for more than 65,000 recruiters to find students. Students and alumni get postings that are specific to their job interests, major, and preferences.

Employers also can use Handshake to recruit students.

Vocational exploration

Vocational exploration helps students explore questions such as: Who am I, What's my place in the world, and how can I make a difference?

Then it connects these questions to the process of exploring majors, internships, study abroad, volunteer service, graduate school and careers.


  • Career Development services are offered from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays at the CORE Commons, Olin Center.
  • Individual career coaching appointments are available to students and recent graduates regarding all areas of career planning and preparation. 

Career Development Student Portal