Career Services

 

 

 

Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies is pleased to offer career guidance and resources to all Doctor of Behavioral Health students. Whether you aim to move into a new role, advance into a promotion, or shift careers or employers, we are here to help you prepare and leap confidently into the next level of your career.


Employment Opportunities

Job Search Guidance

Career Advising

Cummings Graduate Institute Academic Advisors are pleased to offer career guidance to enrolled DBH students during advising appointments. To schedule a career advising session, email your advisor with the subject line “Career Advising” and include any career related questions you have in you message.

Resume Review

Are you preparing to apply for a job or promotion? Cummings Graduate Institute is pleased to offer resume reviews to enrolled DBH students. To request feedback on your resume, email a copy of your resume with the subject line “Resume Review” to your Academic Advisor. If feedback is needed by a specific deadline, please note the deadline in your email message. Allow 5 business days for a reply with personalized feedback.

Self-Assessments

Understanding yourself is critical when choosing or changing your career. Being able to effectively articulate your skills, talents, and knowledge in the job search process can dramatically impact how you are perceived by potential employers.

Self-assessment tools offer insight on yourself, of which you may or may not be aware. We invite you to explore a selection of no-cost assessments for possible recommendations on how your can best describe your value and market yourself during your job hunt.

Informational Interviews

An informational interview is a meeting with a person who can help you find out more about a career or organization and potentially increase your exposure to job opportunities. Informational interviews can help you expand your network of contacts, reveal possible new career paths, and give you insight on potential employers, and confirm if job matches your own interests, skills and goals.

Informational Interviews Reference Guide

Mock Interviews

Mock interviews are a great way to ease nerves and prepare for a future interview. We suggest participating a mock interview prior to informational interviews. Cummings Graduate Institute is pleased to offer mock interviews by phone or video conference to enrolled DBH students. To request a mock interview, send an email with the subject line “Mock Interview” to your Academic Advisor. If a mock interview is needed by a specific deadline, please note the deadline in your email message. Allow 5 business days for a reply with personalized feedback.

 

Networking

Building a Network

Building a strong network can help you get ahead in your career in more ways than one. A health professional network can help you land a new job or aid you in finding the right talent for you team. Your personal network can also provide support to you when going through a challenging time in your life or career.

The following statistics illustrate the magnitude of networking benefits. (Statistics source: All Business)

  • 70 – 80% of all jobs are found through networking
  • Networking referrals will typically generate 80% more results than a cold call
  • Every person you meet has 200 – 250 people with whom they connect who can potentially assist you

Cultivating a healthy, active network can afford you many professional opportunities and help you reach your goals with greater efficiency.

Your Personal Network

Have you ever mapped out your personal network? You may be surprised at how many people you know and the potential connections you have to future career opportunities. Complete this activity to explore and build your personal network.

Network Mapping Activity

Online Networking

As a job seeker, it can be challenging to find a job on your own. LinkedIn functions as a modern day digital version of your resume. Creating a LinkedIn profile gives you many advantages, including connections to potential future employers and easy application processes for job openings. Build your network on LinkedIn, share posts and links to topics that matter to you, and expand your connections to future opportunities.

Already have a LinkedIn profile? Be sure to your profile is up to date with your education at Cummings Graduate Institute and don’t hesitate following faculty, fellow students, and alumni.

Networking and Mentoring

Explore networking and mentorship opportunities through ERIC, a special interest program through the International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC). Linking to researchers across the globe can be an effective strategy for expanding career opportunities. 

The Collaborative Family Healthcare Association also offers early career mentoring.

Informational Interviews Reference Guide

Networking at Conferences

One of the most important skills to develop as a future DBH is professional networking. Each time you attend a professional development conference, whether alone or with your current organization, you should set a goal of introducing yourself to at least 10 new people you’ve never spoken to before. Networking is a two-way street. View networking as both an opportunity to share your work and impact with others as well as to grow your knowledge of others’ work and contributions to the field so that you may call upon colleagues should you need to link others or make referrals in the future. 

While this is by no means an exhaustive list, here are some of the key conferences we want you to be aware of as a student at CGI: 

Networking in Special Interest Groups


Testimonials

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At the age of 53, and after working 25 years in the field of social work returning to school was not on my bucket list, but after learning about the Cummings Graduate Institute’s online program, my hope of achieving my lifetime a doctorate degree was possible. CGI online Doctor of Behavioral Health program is innovative and relevant. It's the perfect fit for the busy professional, parent or person looking to return to school or career advancement without the fuss of unnecessary coursework. CGI understands and recognizes that there are capable professionals and that most professionals are looking to gain a competitive edge or simply looking to satisfy a personal goal.

Steven Byrd DBH, Alumni March 4, 2017

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