Career Development Center

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The Missouri State University's Career Development Center invites you to keep coming back to our site for information about careers, resumes, cover letters, interviews, and helpful links.

Career Development Plans

First Year Students - Self Assessment

Identify your interests, skills and values.

  • Take a variety of courses to see what piques your interest.
  • Develop academic and career goals.
  • Explore a variety of majors by talking to staff, faculty, students, employers, friends, advisers and parents.

Sophomore Students - Exploration

  • Choose a major consistent with your interest, abilities and goals.
  • Build relationships with faculty and instructors. You may find a mentor as you work with them.
  • Get involved in career-related activities such as workshops, summer employment, the etiquette dinner, recruiters on campus.
  • Start to look for internship sites to use during your junior and senior years.
  • Talk to people about your career plans. Counselors, faculty, advisors and employers can provide great feedback.
  • Join professional organizations related to your major.
  • Work towards leadership positions on campus.

Junior Students - Preparation

  • Start to think about your plans after graduation. Grad school? Work?
  • Narrow down your career path.
  • Update your resume.
  • Attend career fairs
  • Start networking with alumni, business people, the college.
  • Complete an internship.
  • Take graduate or professional school exams.
  • Establish a list of references and get their approval to serve as such.
  • Be a campus leader.

Senior Students - Implementation

  • Begin the job search process as you begin your senior year. Commit yourself to a thorough search.
  • Identify the skills and abilities you have developed throughout college. Be ready to share them with employers.
  • Finalize your resume.
  • Contact the Career Development Center to discuss job search and interview techniques. 
  • Participate in job fairs and on campus recruitment.
  • Apply for positions of interest and prepare to interview.
  • Keep networking!!!
  • Consider and review job offers. Send thank you letters to all prospective employers.
  • Attend financial literacy workshops to prepare you for being on your own.

Steps of Career Development

1. Assessment

There are several career inventories to help guide you in the process of choosing a career. These are NOT tests, nor will they predict what career field you should enter. Instead, they will assist in evaluating your strengths, interests, values, skills and personality style within the workplace and allow you to generate satisfying options for your career path. Complete a career assessment.

Ask yourself these questions 

  1. In what type of environment would you like to work?
  2. How do I like to work with people?
  3. What are my strengths and skills? Discover careers that match your skills.


2. Explore Careers & Get Experience

Internship: An internship is the bridge between the classroom and your professional career— it offers you a chance to learn the skills and practice with the supervision of a more experienced professional. Completing one or more internships will increase your competitive edge. Learn more about internship opportunities.

Externship: Part job shadow, part informational interview, these one to three day site visits with employers can help you understand various work environments, corporate cultures and daily job tasks. This experiential learning opportunity super charges your major/career exploration. 

Part-time Job On-Campus: Consider working in academics, the Library, Dining Services or program offices throughout campus. Campus contacts can serve as references for internships and professional employment after graduation. Review frequently asked questions about student employment.

Work Study: Options may also be available based on your financial aid package. Off-Campus - Many local retail stores, restaurants and non-profit organizations seek student employees each year. Learn more about the work-study program.

3. Explore Careers through Networking

Networking is about getting to know people and you are doing this every day as you chat with someone in line at the store or meet someone at a school event, or when you are visiting with a family friend.

Building your network is a valuable job search resource. To be successful at networking you must learn to form mutually beneficial relationships with others. Someday, you may be contacted as a networking connection for someone else.

The number one way to secure employment in today’s competitive market is through networking. The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) estimates that 75–80% of available positions are never advertised but are filled through word-of-mouth or networking.