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:
- 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.
- 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.
- Career exploration events, such as guest speakers, alumni panels, networking sessions and field trips (e.g., Spartan Start-Up entrepreneurship; sports careers; entertainment journalism; careers with government; careers in non-profits)
- 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.
- Career Fairs, including the three-day Career Gallery (business, engineering and technology, science agriculture food environment, packaging and health exchange); Graduate and Law School Fair; Diversity Career Fair; Summer Job and Internship Fair; Teacher and Administration Career Fair; and more.
- On campus interviews with employers for entry-level and internship positions, with over 10,000 interviews conducted annually.
- Career resources: Handshake, 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 Passport, a printed career guide handed out to 20,000 students annually; and the CareerNetwork.msu.edu Web site with information on services, events, guides, career news, and links to other useful resources.
For more information, visit www.careernetwork.msu.edu