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.

For individual advising appoint contact Dr. Schemmer at

Upcoming Worships and Seminars

Should I Apply for This Job?  |  Wed, Oct 14, 4:30 pm

Have you read a job description or listing, but still not sure if you should apply? Maybe you have some of what they are looking for but not all. Perhaps it’s just difficult to understand what they mean. This session will go through actual job listings to help you understand what employers are seeking and how to show them you are just what they need!

Register: Registration is no longer available.

LinkedIn is Your Friend  |  Thurs, Oct 22, 1:00 pm

LinkedIn is a powerful tool for doing research on careers, ONCE you know all the tips for using it.  We’ll look at elements of good profiles, talk about how to respond to requests to connect, see examples of “notes to total strangers,” and learn how to find people with interesting stories! Using LinkedIn may sound like as much fun as a root canal to you—but I promise it is better than that. If you’d like to get input on your LinkedIn profile, I’ll stay around until 2:30 to allow plenty of time. Register:

Big Help for Small Talk, in a Socially Distant World  |  Wed, Oct 28, 6:00 pm

Even more terrifying than an interview may be an informal reception with other professionals! In this seminar, participants will learn the ins and outs of carrying on social conversations with professional contacts and potential employers outside the formal interview setting. We’ll cover some tips on business etiquette, video conversations, and adjustments fo a socially distant world. Register: