Our Mission

To empower career-ready students and alumni through self-discovery, experiential learning, mentoring, and networking to successfully live, work, lead, and serve in the global community.

The Things that Matter

  1. SELF-DISCOVERY: Students can articulate professional values, interests, personality, and skills and incorporate them in decision-making
  2. CAREER READINESS: Students demonstrate the requisite competencies that broadly prepare college graduates for a successful transition to the workplace (NACE Definition)
  3. EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING: Students successfully complete at least one internship to build skills and gain relevant experience in their field of interest
  4. MENTORING/ NETWORKING: Students connect to professional mentors and employers to build relationships and increase access to opportunities 

What We Do

  • Student Advising
  • Career Education Programs and Courses
  • Career Opportunity Events
  • Employer Networking Events
  • Alumni Mentor Program

Office Hours

Monday - Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Scheduled Appointments
Available Monday-Friday: Call 502.272.8151 to schedule an appointment

Drop-in Hours*
Tuesday and Thursday: 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (15-minute sessions – no appointment necessary)
*Available only Spring/Fall when regular classes are in session

Our Location

2001 Newburg Rd, Louisville, KY 40205
How to find us: As you enter campus on Bellarmine Boulevard, take the 2nd right. Visitor parking is located to the left on Bellarmine Boulevard in front of Centro Hall and to the left of the center stairs. Upon entering Centro, the Career Development Center is the first office on your left. 
(Centro Hall is building #1c on the campus map)

Visiting Campus

Our Team

Lilly Massa-McKinley, Ed.D.
Director, Career Development
CNCH 088 (Centro)

Matt Real
Associate Director, Career Development
CNTH 086 (Centro)

Core Career Competencies

The Career Development Center at Bellarmine University serves all current students and alumni with a variety of career exploration and preparation services, such as; job search strategy, self & career assessment, resume review, mock interviews, employer on-campus recruiting events, and classroom presentations. We want Bellarmine students to be successful both academically and professionally. Our students succeed in a competitive environment due in part to the rigors of the liberal arts education they receive while at Bellarmine. Through curricular, co-curricular leadership involvement, and experiential learning, students develop the core competencies necessary for success in post-graduate life and work, including;

Critical Thinking/Problem Solving: Exercise sound reasoning to analyze issues, make decisions, and overcome problems. The individual is able to obtain, interpret, and use knowledge, facts, and data in this process, and may demonstrate originality and inventiveness.

Oral/Written Communications: Articulate thoughts and ideas clearly and effectively in written and oral forms to persons inside and outside of the organization. The individual has public speaking skills; is able to express ideas to others; and can write/edit memos, letters, and complex technical reports clearly and effectively.

Teamwork/Collaboration: Build collaborative relationships with colleagues and customers representing diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, religions, lifestyles, and viewpoints. The individual is able to work within a team structure, and can negotiate and manage conflict.

Information Technology Application: Select and use appropriate technology to accomplish a given task. The individual is also able to apply computing skills to solve problems.

Leadership: Leverage the strengths of others to achieve common goals, and use interpersonal skills to coach and develop others. The individual is able to assess and manage his/her emotions and those of others; use empathetic skills to guide and motivate; and organize, prioritize, and delegate work.

Professionalism/Work Ethic: Demonstrate personal accountability and effective work habits, e.g., punctuality, working productively with others, and time workload management, and understand the impact of non-verbal communication on professional work image. The individual demonstrates integrity and ethical behavior, acts responsibly with the interests of the larger community in mind, and is able to learn from his/her mistakes.

Career Management: Identify and articulate one's skills, strengths, knowledge, and experiences relevant to the position desired and career goals, and identify areas necessary for professional growth. The individual is able to navigate and explore job options, understands and can take the steps necessary to pursue opportunities, and understands how to self-advocate for opportunities in the workplace.


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