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Career Services Network

To foster T-shaped professionals, the Career Services Network helps students confirm their purpose by: developing an understanding of their skills, interests and values; exploring career options and pathways; acquiring experiences that build abilities and tests options; creating strategies for navigating a job search; and gaining access to professional development opportunities. Network support includes:

  1. One-on-one advising appointments with career advisors to assist students in self assessment, career exploration, decision-making, resumes and cover letters, job search strategies, interview preparation, and negotiating offers.
  2. Career assessment tools to help students align interests and preferences to job types and work environments: Strong Interest Inventory, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, and Choices 360. Assessments are interpreted with a career advisor.
  3. Career exploration events, such as guest speakers, alumni panels, networking sessions and industry trips (e.g., Spartan Start-Up entrepreneurship; sports careers; entertainment journalism; careers with government; careers in non-profits)
  4. Workshops offered on topics ranging from resume writing and career exploration to networking and interviewing skills.  Custom workshops are provided for classes and student organizations.
  5. Career Fairs, including MSU Fall Career Days; Graduate and Law School Fair; Diversity Career Fair; Summer Job and Internship Fair; Teacher and Administration Career Fair; and more.
  6. On campus interviews with employers for entry-level and internship positions, with over 10,000 interviews conducted annually.
  7. Career resourcesHandshake, an interactive system that manages job, internship, and part-time campus employment listings, on-campus interviews, as well as a comprehensive calendar of career events and workshops.   CareerSearch, a database of over 4 million employers across the US and Canada;  Career Handbook, a printed career guide distributed to 20,000 students annually; and the Web site with information on services, events, guides, career news, and links to other useful resources.
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