Republic Bank Foundation Institute for Career Development and Graduate School Planning

Our mission is to provide a system of services that guide and teaches students the process of career development for the purpose of effective career decision making.

Our aim is to:

  • Help students identify career goals by clarifying their interests, abilities, and career options via coaching and exploration
  • Teach students job hunting strategies while assisting them in their job search
  • Support students and faculty to complete the experiential learning requirement
  • Educate students about graduate and professional school options

The Republic Bank Foundation’s Institute for Career Development and Graduate School Planning (ICG)

Virtual Services for Career and Graduate School

Virtual Student Services

The Republic Bank Foundation’s ICG staff recognize the challenges that the new routine of remote learning presents to our campus. We are still available to support our students and can provide many of our services virtually.

We miss seeing you daily and pray for the health of your family and your success in the weeks ahead.

Currently, the Institute has transitioned all in-person appointments to online or telephone appointments which can be scheduled with Samantha Palmer through Handshake. Follow these steps to connect with Samantha:

  • Log in to Handshake at thomasmore.joinhandshake.com using the same credentials that you use for myTMU or your email account.
  • Click on “Career Services” in the main menu.
  • Click on “Appointments”.
  • Choose the type of appointment you wish and a time that suits your schedule.
  • You will receive a confirmation email when the appointment is accepted by the ICG.

Career Development Resources During COVID-19

In addition to our traditional career resources, the ICG has updated this list to include sources that indicate employers that are still hiring during this time, best practices for connecting virtually for interviewing, networking, and informational interviewing, and planning for your future in practical ways.  Click here for those resources.

Services Offered

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Students & Alumni

  • Career exploration, advising, and coaching
  • Job search strategies and skills
  • Use of the Joe Raphael ICG Studio for recorded mock interviews and self-promotional videos
  • Support to identify experience learning opportunities (internships, co-ops, etc.)
  • Graduate school information

Student Resources

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  • Classroom presentations and workshops by the ICG
  • Support to identify outside speakers for classroom presentations
  • Use of the Joe Raphael ICG Studio for recorded mock interviews, self-promotional videos, conference calls, virtual interviews
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  • On-campus recruitment
  • Access to online job platform
  • Invitation to on-campus events
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Handshake is Thomas More University’s online platform for students and alumni to post resumes, search and apply for jobs and internships, and learn about campus events. Employers can post jobs and internships, review student profiles, and learn about campus events. Click on the appropriate link below to join Thomas More University’s Handshake community.

Faculty – Please contact Samantha Palmer for access

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On-campus Jobs for Students

  • See openings for on-campus employment

Online Job Board for Work Study

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ICG Events

  • Review available workshops, career fairs, and other career-related events






ICG Calendar

Upcoming ICG Events

August 2610 a.m. - 11 a.m.Resume WorkshopVirtually: ZoomRegister Here
August 27Online: ZoomResume WorkshopVirtually: ZoomRegister Here
September 910 a.m. - 11 a.m.Interview WorkshopVirtually: ZoomRegister Here
September 1010 a.m. - 11 a.m.Interview WorkshopVirtually: ZoomRegister Here
October 14All DayMock Interview Cometition Round 1Virtually: ZoomSubmit a Resume
October 28All DayMock Interview Cometition Final RoundVirtually: ZoomSubmit a Resume
November 410 a.m. - 11 a.m.Networking WorkshopVirtually: ZoomRegister Here
November 510 a.m. - 11 a.m.Networking WorkshopVirtually: ZoomRegister Here

contact us

Robin Norton, Assistant Director | 859-344-3386

Samantha Palmer, Coordinator of Career Planning | 859-344-3326

Kiera Bowman, Project Coordinator | 859-344-3685