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Office Hours

Monday - Friday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Closed on school holidays

Contact Information

The Master’s University
21726 Placerita Canyon Rd, Box 23
Santa Clarita, CA 91321


Phone: 661-362-2238

Fax: 661-362-2668

Welcome to Student Career Center

  • Work Study

    How work study works

    • Work study is awarded through the Office of Financial Aid. At the beginning of the semester, 80% of your Work Study award is applied to your student billing account (for example, if your fall award is $1,250 then $1,000 was applied). Throughout the semester, you “work off” the amount applied to your student account. If you do not earn the 80% of work study funds applied to your Student Account, you will be responsible to pay the un-earned funds back to the university. You also have potential to earn all 100% of your Work Study award.

    • As a Work Study recipient, it is your responsibility to secure a job and earn the amount applied to your Student Account.

    • Average Hours per Week:\ $5,000 Award = 18-20 hours/week\ $2,500 Award = 8-10 hours/week

    Apply for work study positions

    • Every student who has been awarded Work Study through the Office of Financial Aid must complete an online, Work Study application for our office to provide to on and off campus employers in preparation of the Work Study Job Fair in August. Please be sure to include an email address you check regularly, as this will be our primary method of communicating with you!

    • Awarded Work Study student employees can complete the online Work Study Application here. You will need your MasterNet login and password to access the Application tool.

    • We strongly encourage you to complete and submit your Work Study Application by July 22, 2015; by doing so you will be included in the first batch of student application available for consideration.

    Search the work study job board

    • Students with Work Study Awards can view the Work Study Job Board through their Content Management account starting July 22, 2015. At that time, you are welcome to contact supervisors, gather data, and set up preliminary interviews for the Work Study Job Fair.

    • NOTE: The Work Study Job Board is DIFFERENT than the regular TMU Job Board which is available to the public.

    Attend orientation

    • New Student Employment Orientation is held during WOW; date, location and time of event will be published in your WOW schedule/itinerary. At orientation, we will review everything you will need to know about student employment at TMU, including employment paperwork and deadlines, timekeeping, and how to prepare for the Work Study Job Fair.

    Attend the work study job fair

    • Meet employers, interview and get hired all in the same day! New hiring decisions cannot be finalized until this time.\ Date: Friday, August 28th, 2015\ Time: 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm\ Location: Music Recital Hall on North Campus

    Complete your paperwork

    • We cannot allow you to begin working until you have completed your employment paperwork.

    • All required forms are available for completion in our office!

  • Work Study Partnerships

    The Master’s University participates in the Federal Work Study program, which helps subsidize our student employees’ wages. This program provides employers in the Santa Clarita Valley with access to an outstanding pool of college-age, part-time employees at a discounted rate. We place our student in your business and pay all their payroll taxes, as well as 35% of their hourly wage, which means you only pay 65% of their wage. \ \ We view our program as a way to help our community, especially during these difficult economic times. At the same time, it benefits the university, because it helps to provide additional jobs for our students, who have developed a reputation within our community for being hard-working, dependable and reliable.

    A Brief History

    The Work Study Program was developed in 1994 to provide students with an opportunity to earn money toward their tuition and to get valuable work experience. It has also become a great opportunity for The Master’s University to reach out to its community through the businesses that participate. The university benefits as well by being able to, in effect, guarantee part-time jobs to prospective students. In this way, the Work Study Program is an effective recruitment and retention tool.\ \ The Master’s University has over 50 academic programs that draw a diverse student population representing a variety of experiences and skills. We are always looking to partner our students with employers who have similar interests and goals (eg. placing education majors in a local school). Some of our past and current business partners include: public and private schools, manufacturing and retail businesses, corporations and sole proprietorships.

    The Cost

    When you hire a TMU Work Study student employee you may set their wage at $9.00 (CA minimum wage) per hour or higher. Your cost is only 65% of the gross wage, which means you pay as low as $5.85 per hour. Employers incur no tax or worker’s compensation liability and avoid the hassle of payroll entry. TMU covers all applicable employer-related taxes, so 65% of the student’s wage is your total cost. Furthermore, an additional discount is available to various local non-profit, government and community-based organizations.

    Work Study 101

    Work Study is based on “need” as determined by the FAFSA and is awarded to undergraduate students through Financial Aid. At the beginning of the semester, funds are credited toward the student’s bill and are then earned, or “worked off,” throughout the semester. Work Study is awarded in two amounts, $2,500/yr or $5,000/yr.


    While regular, consistent schedules are preferred, flexible scheduling is a possibility as long as the student can be assured of earning their targeted amount. We ask that any employer choosing to partner with us make enough work available to the student so they can earn their Work Study award. A student will typically will need to work approximately 8-10 hrs/week or 18-20 hrs/week to earn their award (depending on their award amount and wage).\ \ Work Study students are available to work during the school year (September - December and January - May). It is also important to note that though students often are available to work during the day, many will have class and may have limited daytime hours.

    The Payroll Process

    A Work Study student employee works for you as a contracted employee. The student employee remains on TMU’s payroll so we do all of the processing. Each week your student employee will complete an online timesheet; you, or your representative, must verify the hours. TMU will pay the student employee by the hour for the hours submitted on the time sheet. We will then invoice you for 65% of their total pay. Each invoice is due and payable within 20 days of its issue date.

    Company Requirements

    To partner with The Master’s University through the Work Study Program, your company must be an officially licensed business, as well maintain general liability insurance in a minimum amount of $1 million for each occurrence. You will also need to be able provide adequate hours for the student to earn their Work Study award (8-10 hrs/week or 18-20 hrs/week).

    The Registration Process and Finding Employees

    To participate in the Work Study Program, you will need to sign an Employer Agreement. You will then be given a login and password for our website, which you will use to enter descriptions for the positions available, as well as verify student timesheets. Students are available for hire only twice a year: August and January; the best place to hire student employees is at the Work Study Job Fair held annually in August.

    More Information

    To request more information about the Off-Campus Work Study Program, please email the Office of Student Employment and Professional Development or call (800) 568-6248 ext. 3716.

  • Student Career Library

    General Tips

    10 Commandments of Temping

    Ways to make the most of working through a Temp Agency, from Staying Positive to Furthering your Skills and Knowledge.

    Five Who Landed on Their Feet – Finding a Job in a Tough Market

    Learn from the success stories of five Bay Area job seekers.

    Getting into Competitive Grad Schools

    Suggestions, related links, and much more than can put you a step ahead in getting into the Grad School you want.

    I’m Graduating With the Wrong Degree - Now What?

    As graduation approaches, you realize you majored in something you have absolutely no desire for. Does this mean that you are doomed to a life of misery in a field that you don’t care about? Absolutely not! Here is some practical advice to apply the wrong degree to the right career.

    How to Find a Job

    See the differences between the way employers seek to fill vacancies and the way the typical job hunter looks for a job. Adapted from What Color is Your Parachute.

    How to Research a Company

    Demonstrating an interest and knowledge about a company makes a favorable, lasting impression on a prospective employer. But how do you research a company?

    Make the Most of Your First Job

    Your first job likely won’t be your last job. Find out how to maximize it as the first step toward your dream job.

    Contact Tips

    Cultivate Your Contacts

    The majority of jobs are filled by individuals recommended by word of mouth. Find out how to create an effective network of contacts and build positive relationships with them.

    Employment Agencies

    A list of over a dozen local Staffing Agencies and their contact information.

    Job Fairs Aren’t for Sissies

    Job Fairs can be great ways to build your list of contacts, but you should use your energy spent constructively - not just wandering around. Find out some tips to get the most out of your job fair experience.

    Preparing for a Job Fair

    Find out what to expect at a job fair, tips on preparing beforehand, and how to make the most of an opportunity.

    Cover Letter Tips

    Cover Letter Guide

    As your introduction to a prospective employer, a cover letter is an important tool to sell yourself as the best employee, but how?

    Resume Tips

    Resume Guide

    How to prepare and write a resume. Includes instructions, several style samples, lists of skill words and action verbs, and a worksheet to help you get started.

    Improve Your Resume Guide

    Tips on what to emphasize to have your resume make the best impression. Also a few tips on making an effective cover letter.

    Chronological Resume Sample 1

    This resume, in the chronological format, is referred to in the Resume Guide. It is a word document, so it is available for you to experiment with your own resume information and save for later use.

    Chronological Resume Sample 2

    This resume, in the chronological format, is referred to in the Resume Guide. It is a word document, so it is available for you to experiment with your own resume information and save for later use.

    Combined Resume Sample

    This resume, in the combined format, is referred to in the Resume Guide. It is a word document, so it is available for you to experiment with your own resume information and save for later use.

    Functional Resume Sample

    This resume, in the functional format, is referred to in the Resume Guide. It is a word document, so it is available for you to experiment with your own resume information and save for later use.

    Resume Worksheet

    Use this worksheet to help you remember and organize information to include on your resume. It is also referred to in the Resume Guide.

    Interview Tips

    What is Your Body Saying?

    Body language can communicate volumes during an interview. Find out what to look for in your interviewer and what to be careful about in your own behavior.

    Questions to Consider When Preparing For an Interview

    Everyone wants to anticipate and prepare for what their interviewer will ask. This document offers a thorough list of possible types of questions to prepare for, but it doesn’t stop there. An interview is an interactive process… YOU need to evaluate the interview and determine if it is a job that fits your needs.

    Portfolio Sampler

    Sometimes a resume just isn’t enough. A portfolio can be an effective way of organizing samples of your work and proof of your diligence as an employee that could sell you to an interested prospective employer.

  • Choosing a Major

    A major in college is significant, but your life does not depend on it. You can find success in a wide range of careers and industries, regardless of your major. For some careers, a specific major is vitally important, i.e., accounting, engineering and medicine. If you pursue a career in business, a business degree will be more helpful and impressive to prospective employers, but you are not eliminated from consideration with a major in general liberal arts. Choosing the right major might mean that you will get more from your college experience, and that you can avoid additional training or education later on. So there are real benefits to selecting a major!

    Take a look at the links that follow. If you’d appreciate additional guidance and advice, go see the helpful staff in the Student Career Center.

    Tools for Choosing a Major

    The Career Center has a variety of tools as well as reference material to assist in choosing a major.

    What Can I Do With This Major

    This is a very useful online reference. Scan the list and see occupations that correlate with various majors. (Note that TMC does not offer all of these areas of study.) Click on “links” to learn more about opportunities in the major.

    Strong Interest Inventory

    The Strong Interest Inventory is used widely in career counseling to help individuals correlate their interests and personality traits with majors and careers. The assessment is 317 simple questions and takes between 30-45 minutes to complete. When you are finished, contact our office at extension 3716 or at to schedule a personal review of your results, which will be available immediately. You will not be able to obtain your results directly; you *must *make an appointment with the Office of Student Employment and Professional Development.

    The Strong Interest Inventory is offered to TMU students at no cost!

    Steps for Choosing a Major


    “Know thyself” is sound advice. Don’t choose a major because someone you know did, or because someone else is telling you to. You’re different in many ways. Think about what you want to DO and then associate your likely professions with a major.

    Make a list of the following:

    • What jobs have I enjoyed in the past?

    • What activities do I enjoy during my spare time?

    • What did I used to enjoy but maybe haven’t done for a long time?

    • What do I do well?

    • What classes do I enjoy the most?

    • In what subjects have I had the greatest success?

    • What do I value?

    • What would I do if income was not a consideration? What would I do for free?

    If you have difficulty doing this, the Student Career Center can help you clarify your values, skills and interests. They can then help you connect those characteristics to career areas.


    Most people evaluate their career after they are in it. Their #1 concern was to get a job for income. They either thought they knew what they would enjoy, or they didn’t give it much thought. Sometimes, after they’ve been in it for awhile, they realize it isn’t what they thought it would be.

    You have a great advantage! You don’t yet have a career, so you can do your evaluating BEFORE you start!

    Talk to people in fields that you think you would enjoy:

    • What’s it like?

    • What is the upside?

    • What is the downside?

    • What major would they recommend you consider for a career in this field?

    • Spend a day with them. What does that tell you about their job?

    Talk with professors knowledgeable in your possible field. What can they tell you that helps you understand more about it?


    Don’t feel pressured to make a decision until you are ready.

    Along the way, take basic required courses that will work for several different majors. Involve yourself in a variety of course experiences to “test the waters.”

    Try taking courses in the majors you are considering. How do you like them?

    Take time to supplement your formal education with real-life learning experiences. Extracurricular activities, internships, mission trips, summer and part-time jobs all play essential roles in developing your skills, as well as giving you exposure to careers and occupations.

    Talk frequently with your academic advisor, with your professors and with the career counselor. And, of course, PRAY WITHOUT CEASING!


    I Think I May Have Chosen the Wrong Major!\ Your choice of career and success in life are not necessarily dependent upon a certain major. Employers are looking for transferable skills that are developed across a broad range of studies:

    • Verbal and written communications

    • Problem solving and critical thinking

    • Relating to and understanding people

    • Strong work ethic

    • Integrity and reliability

    If you leave college with these, you’ll be well-prepared to enter the job market, regardless of your major!

  • Internships

    An internship is a limited (usually 2-3 months), one-time work or service experience in a career field, under the supervision of a practicing professional, with a specific learning agenda designed to give a student exposure and experience to prepare the student to enter that field.

    Benefits to employers:

    • Interns provide a source of highly-motivated, quality students who have proven to have superior academic skills and personal character.

    • Employers often hire interns for full time positions, having seen their work product and attitude.

    • Students hired from internships tend to have higher performance evaluations and lower absenteeism than the typical new hire.

    • Students who have proven themselves in internships and seek employment in that same field are reported to have greater motivation and a more mature attitude toward their work, with a greater likelihood of rapid career advancement.

    • Employers who participate in internship programs become contributors to the educational process while building positive college relations.

    Benefits to students:

    • Students gain a unique inside perspective on their primary career field, and are able to see the relevance of their academic studies to the real world.

    • Students get a head start in their career field and sometimes secure full-time employment upon graduation.

    • Students may earn income to support their college expenses.

    • Students learn job-seeking and job-holding skills, gaining maturity, professionalism and confidence.

    Types of Internships:

    Internships may be classified as:

    • Paid or unpaid.

    • For academic credit or not for academic credit.