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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.
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!
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.
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.
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:
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:
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 Monday-Friday 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:
*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.
To schedule an appointment please stop by or contact the Office of Career Services:
Academic Hall 057
Office Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (Monday – Friday)
*Spring Break/Summer Hours: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Academic Hall 057
Regular: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Mon - Fri)
*Spring Break/Summer Hours: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Office of Career Services
One University Plaza, MS 3333
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701