Career Services

Union provides comprehensive career coaching to all current students and alumni.  Services include individual career counseling, resume review, and a variety of workshops to prepare you to transition from Union, or from your current position, especially during these uncertain times.

Bio: Ruth Schemmer, PhD (she/her/hers)
Graduate Career Advisor

Since 2003, Ruth has advised graduate students at two universities, and across all disciplines, on all things career-related. Currently, she enjoys assisting those who find themselves drawn to seminary education, whether they are planning careers in clergy work, social justice, education, nonprofit, entrepreneurial, or business settings.

Born, raised, and nurtured in the United Church of Christ, Ruth’s faith story is rooted firmly in progressive UCC congregations.  She served in leadership at the congregational and regional levels, chaired a search committee, and has served as an informal mentor for numerous pastors. Ruth’s Ph.D. is in Sociology, from Texas A&M University.

Individual Career Coaching

Each appointment lasts 45 minutes, via Zoom, and the topic is widely variable – resume review, figuring out the job search, exploring options, mock interviews. You tell me what you want to discuss and we’ll discuss it!

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Recent Events

Co-sponsored by the Student Affairs Career Development Office and the Union Alumni/ae Council

Wednesday, April 14; 4:30 – 5:30 pm ET

Social Entrepreneurship as a concept gained traction in the 1980’s and has only expanded since then. Definitions abound, but essentially, a social entrepreneur’s main goal is to offer solutions for a social problem or to create social impact. They do this through a variety of methods – business, nonprofit, and hybrid approaches. Union Theological Seminary has both accomplished alumni/ae and outstanding students who are social entrepreneurs. Five of them from across the country will share their wisdom and experiences via Zoom. Audience members will be able to submit questions ahead of time and during the webinar. Join us for an opportunity to learn about this career path!