Career Preparedness

Get that AQ Advantage to your career!

The AQ Advantage Center has so many resources to help Aquinas students prepare for life beyond college, from classes, career events, appointments and more! The AQ Advantage CenterĀ serves as the hub for professional skills development in theĀ NACE Career Readiness Competencies.

Wondering what do to with your major?

What Can I Do With This Major has resources for every major to help students determine how to put their education into a career.

You can also check out the “Career Pathways” tab of the AQ Advantage website, and click an area of study!

Career Development Courses

GEN 110: Career and Self Awareness

Designed for students just starting their academic journey, this one-credit course assists you in understanding how your personal strengths and values help with career goals to develop a balanced and values-affirming lifestyle. Students will also get a head start on designing a resume, writing cover letters, and learning valuable interview skills.

GEN 210: Life and Career Planning

This course is specifically designed for students who want a theoretical and practical study of the career planning process applied to their interests, abilities, goals, academic discipline, and fields of interest. Focus is on self- assessment, development of a career and life plan, and creation of a resume, cover letter, and portfolio. Students will participate in a job shadow experience and become familiar with current employment trends and organizational environments.

GEN 310: Generation Swap Mentoring Program

Lifelong learning through mentoring and podcasting is a springboard for building career ready skills based on readings, lectures, class discussions, and mentorship with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Program.

GEN 410: Decision Making and Implementation

Thinking of life beyond Aquinas and wondering how to navigate a post-college world? GEN 410 is designed to help students make the transition from college to the world beyond, whether that be in a job, service, self-employment, or graduate school! Launch your future with this essential one-credit, quad format course that focuses on life after Aquinas.

Career Events

Throughout the semester, students have plenty of opportunities to practice or build their professional skills!

Career Fairs

With multiple career fairs a semester, students can practice their networking skills with employers that have available part-time and full-time opportunities.

Etiquette Dinner

Navigating professional settings can be intimidating, and the Etiquette Dinner is a way to learn all the proper ways to conduct oneself at a formal event.


The AQ Advantage Center hosts several workshops to help students with resumes, cover letters, and more!


Discover your joy, meaning and purpose! Create a free PathwayU account by clicking here!

  • Complete the 4 assessments (Interests, Values, Personality, and Workplace Preferences), which should take about 15-20 minutes.
  • Explore majors and career paths that align with your personalized results.
  • Connect to local and global job and internship opportunities that resonate with your passion.

Contact & Location

(616) 632-2126

Mother Victor Flannery Hall

Aquinas College
Advantage Center
1700 Fulton St. E.
Grand Rapids, MI 49506-1799

Career Service Hours

Monday 9:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday 9:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday 9:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday 9:00am - 5:00pm
Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm