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Mission Statement

With a strong commitment to development and individual responsibility, the Office of Career Services is dedicated to assisting students and alumni in cultivating the life-long skills needed to successfully navigate their educational and career journeys.

What We Do

Career Services assists students & alumni with major and career exploration, internship strategizing, career planning, and graduate school preparation. Throughout the academic year, we offer a variety of career workshops and events as well as career fairs designed to connect students with prospective employers. In addition, the office maintains a range of online career resources including REDHAWKjobs.com, Southeast's online job search service. We believe that career development is a process, and advise students to begin early and take ownership of their career decisions.

What We Don't Do

The role of Career Services is not to act as an employment or placement agency. We provide students with the tools, resources and opportunities to identify part and full-time jobs, internships, and appropriate graduate schools. Ultimately, students are responsible for their placement or outcome.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

At the Office of Career Services, we occasionally receive requests from parents or family members concerning their student's participation in our services, visits to our office, or content of career counseling sessions. With being an office at a postsecondary institution, we follow strict guidelines concerning the release of student information, as outlined in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. Click the button below for more information regarding FERPA, as outlined by the U.S. Department of Education.

FERPA

Services are provided primarily in-person and are appointment based, with the exception of identified walk-in services. If an in-person appointment is not a feasible option, services may be provided through alternative means (Phone, Skype, Email).

Available Services

One of the biggest decisions you will make as a student is deciding on your major and what that means job-wise after graduation...but sometimes it can be an overwhelming decision. Career counseling can help you know who you are and understand how your uniqueness fits into your decision on your major or job after graduation. We want to help you not only make these important decisions now, but to empower you with knowledge and skills you will need to make future career and life decisions.

What can I expect?
  • Appointments for career counseling are scheduled for 60 minutes. Since career counseling is a process, be prepared to meet with your counselor more than once to discuss your educational and career goals.
  • Your career counselor is a person with training and credentials in the field of counseling, skilled in how to help you sort out and make sense of your thoughts and feelings so you can make a decision you are comfortable with. (All of our career counselors have at minimum of a Master's degree in Counseling or a related field)
  • Your career counselor will help you locate and explore sources of career information. They might also provide referral to campus or community resources as needed to assist you.
  • Your career counselor will help you develop a plan (both short term and ongoing) to prepare you to achieve your goals.
  • Your career counselor WON'T tell you what to do, what you should major in, or what career you should pursue. Our goal is to serve as a fellow traveler along your journey to forming your own conclusions and making your own decisions.

Whether you are applying for an on-campus or part-time job while a student, applying for an internship, or getting ready to apply to your first "real" job after graduation, it will be necessary for you to have the skills and knowledge to write a quality resume and cover letter. Our office can provide guidance on getting your documents ready so you highlight your skills, qualities, and experiences to get called in for an interview!

What can I expect?
  • Resume and cover letter reviews are 30 minute appointments. It is ideal for these appointments to be face-to-face, but we can schedule a phone appointment or an email review IF you request this and make arrangements to send over your documents prior to the appointment. It is expected that students will bring a hard copy of their documents to a face-to-face appointment.
  • Appointments are designed to provide feedback on formatting and resume writing guidelines tailored to your job search or current needs. Be prepared to discuss the job you are applying to or industry you are looking at applying to during your appointment to help guide the conversation. Our staff are trained to help assist you in tailoring your resume or cover letter so you capitalize on your experience and skills to show an employer you are the candidate they want. We will not write your resume or cover letter for you!

So you landed a job interview...GREAT! But feeling a little freaked out about what to expect? We can help! You can schedule a mock interview or consultation with members of our staff. We will do our very best to tailor it to your upcoming interview.

What can I expect?
  • Mock interviews are scheduled a bit differently, and require you to submit a "Student Request Form" through the "Schedule a Mock Interview" section under the "Students" tab on the Career Services website.
  • Mock interview appointments are scheduled for 60 minutes, with approximately 30 minutes for the interview portion and 30 minutes for review of your interview with a Career Services staff member.
  • Once your request is approved and scheduled, you will receive the name of the staff member you are meeting with and any other additional details.
  • We treat mock interviews like actual interviews. Plan to arrive 10-15 minutes beforehand. Dress professionally and bring with you any documents or materials you think you would bring to the actual interview. Not only will we provide feedback on your answers to prepared interview questions, but also give feedback on: clothing & appearance, body language & demeanor, overall level of preparedness, and discuss the follow-up process. If you present yourself as you plan to for your actual interview, we can provide you more accurate feedback during your practice interview. Remember, you are doing this to reduce your anxiety, get answers to your interviewing concerns, and work to modify these so you can rock your interview when you have to do it for real!

We meet with students and alumni to discuss how to begin the process of searching for a job or internship. It can be hard to know exactly who is hiring in your industry, what job titles and descriptions actually mean, or maybe what you want to do with your major following graduation.

What can I expect?

Appointments for job/internship search assistance are scheduled for 60 minutes. The topic areas could vary, but generally speaking, these are just a few of the questions or concerns students have when making these type of appointments:

  • "I don't know where to start looking for jobs."
  • "I need help finding an internship."
  • "I feel like I don't know how to network. Can you help me?"
  • "I want to become a ______ who is hiring for this?"
  • "I've heard about this thing called LinkedIn...can you help me create my profile?"
  • "I am majoring in ________ but I am having a hard time searching for jobs with this major. Can you help me?"
  • "I have no idea what kind of salaries to expect with my major and level of experience."
  • "I think I might need to go to graduate school. Can you help me figure this out and look at options?"

A staff member will need to ask you questions related to your experiences, skills, values, personality, and career goals in order to provide you guidance and assistance in accessing resources relevant to your search. You could have multiple appointments depending upon your needs, but the process will be focused, short-term and goal-oriented. Where career counseling appointments are more reflective (understanding you) a career coaching appointment is more educational (learn about/implement resources).

Our goal is to help you learn about the tools and build your skills for the job search process. We do not "place" students in internships or jobs or have influence on the hiring process.

For certain career paths, continuing your academics after completing your undergraduate degree might be a necessity or increase career options beyond what you can expect with a Bachelor's degree. Other students choose graduate school programs to increase a knowledge base or focus area beyond what they studied as an undergraduate. Whatever your interest might be in graduate school, we can help you sort out and make sense of:

  • Whether or not you need graduate school
  • Researching schools or programs
  • The application process (timelines, testing requirements, interview preparation, etc.)
  • Review of application materials (personal statements, resumes/CV's etc.)
What can I expect?

Appointments for graduate/professional school preparation are scheduled for 60 minutes. Follow-up appointments may be recommended depending upon where a student is in the decision-making process on attending graduate/professional school.

Stop in without a pre-scheduled appointment during our walk in hours every Wednesday of regular semesters between 9am to 4pm. These brief meetings with a Career Services staff member (15 minute maximum per stop in) are great for:

  • Resume/cover letter reviews
  • Job/Internship search (assistance with REDHAWKjobs.com, Career Expo preparation, etc.)
  • Social media & Networking (LinkedIn photo assistance, practice of 30-second pitch, etc.)
  • Interview preparation (what to wear, what to take with you, questions to ask, etc.)

*If you and your Career Services staff member determine your needs warrant a scheduled appointment, this follow up meeting can be scheduled for a later date.

Location & Contact/Appointment Information

To schedule an appointment, students may stop by or contact the Office of Career Services:

Academic Hall 057
Phone: 573-651-2583
E-mail: careerservices@semo.edu
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Monday - Friday)
*Spring Break/Summer Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Internships & Jobs

REDHAWKjobs.com is an on-line resource which connects current students/alumni with employers, from all over the United States and world, who are providing employment opportunities. After setting up their profile, students/alumni are able to search position postings, develop and save application materials, and much more!

While primarily utilized for full-time opportunities, REDHAWKjobs.com can be utilized to post part-time time positions as well. Students are encouraged to contact the Office of Career Services for assistance with setting up their profile and with any questions.

Our office encourages students to "begin with the end in mind" and students should be actively engaged with their career development starting their first year in college. In addition to homework for class, students should also be doing homework on themselves to define what they would like to do after college. Then, develop a plan which will aid them in maximizing their college experience and set them up for success post-graduation. Our office can assist your student with both of these items and more!

First, this is okay and there are more students who enter college without knowing their major then you may think. Second, in addition to working with their academic advisor, we would encourage your student to schedule an appointment to meet with one of our career counselors. Our counselors will assist your student in their career exploration process and provide insight and resources which will place your student in the best position possible to make an informed decision on their post-graduation path. If your student would like to begin the exploration process on their own, they can review our office's Career Decision Making Model by clicking "Choose a Major/Career" within the Student Resources section of our website.

An internship is an opportunity provided by an employer for an individual, usually an undergraduate student, to work for that employer for a fixed period of time. Internships may be paid and/or may incorporate course credit but not all of them will. The emphasis, and true benefit to the student, should be placed on skill development and the educational experience they receive. This is why internships are important because they have the potential to provide students with additional skill sets, work experience, and networking connections. When observing internship opportunities, students are encouraged to pursue internships which align closest to their major and career goals.

Some academic programs at SEMO require an internship but not all of them. Your student will first want to consult with their academic advisor to verify if their program does require an internship and if so, what resources are available to assist in finding an internship. All students, regardless of major, have the Office of Career Services as a resource. Your student can schedule an appointment to meet with a member of our staff, for search assistance and advising, and/or utilize REDHAWKjobs.com to review posted internship opportunities from employers.

For either direction, it is never too early for a student to begin setting their post-graduation goals and formulating/implementing a plan to reach them. For graduate/professional school, a student should begin to examine this option for themselves and be moving toward a decision by the end of their second year. This will place them in a position to start examining potential programs and getting their application materials ready during their third year. For more assistance, your student can schedule an appointment with a member of our staff and/or review our "Graduate School Preparation" resources by going to the Student Resources section of our website.

If a student is looking to acquire employment following graduation, they should start their search no later than two semesters prior to graduation. In the current job market, a lot of positions are acquired through strategic networking. With this, students should begin building and utilizing their network of contacts at the same time they begin reviewing on-line job boards and potential employer websites. For additional assistance with their job search, your student can schedule an appointment with a member of our staff and/or utilize our office's on-line resources (REDHAWKjobs.com & Student Resources).

Career Counseling, Job Searching and Resume Review services are offered online through the Office of Career Services. However your son/daughter’s local branch of the Missouri Job Center is a great place to seek-out assistance without traveling to Cape Girardeau.

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Contact

573.651.2583
careerservices@semo.edu
Academic Hall 057
Office Hours:
Regular: 8am - 5pm (Mon - Fri)
*Spring Break/Summer Hours: 8am - 4pm
*Fall/spring semesters Walk-in-Wednesdays 9am-4pm
Office of Career Services
One University Plaza, MS 3333
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701