Transitioning from high school to college can be a challenge. Explore the resources and referrals highlighted below that can help you successfully navigate your academic and career path during your first year. Begin by reviewing our Freshmen Career Readiness Guide.
+ SUPPORT & WELLNESS
- Career Counseling provides students the opportunity to discuss career, academic, and personal/social concerns.
- Counseling Center offers individual and group counseling as well as crisis services available 24/7.
- Student Health & Well-Being provides self-care resources and programs (like meditation) to help you stay balanced.
- Learning Center offers academic help at no cost to students through The Writing Center, Tiger Tutors and Study Plan Consultants.
- Office for Financial Success provides free consultations about financial matters such as loans, credit cards, credit scores, budgeting, saving, debt management and more.
- Tiger Pantry allows students to receive non-perishable food and household items monthly as well as eggs, produce, and bread each week.
- Truman’s Closet enables MU students to borrow business attire in an array of sizes free of charge.
+ CAREER & MAJOR EXPLORATION
- Exploring students can visit the Discovery Center to learn about majors through individualized advising appointments.
- Arrange an informational interview, learning about the real-life experience of someone working in a field or company that interests you.
- Watch Candid Career videos to get honest career information and insight from professionals in hundreds of occupations.
- Take a 1-credit hour Career Explorations course which is intended for those exploring majors and those unsure what to do with a major. Multiple sections are offered to students in any major at any point in their journey of self-exploration and career “decidedness.”
+ INVOLVEMENT & EXPERIENCE
- Create a profile on HireMizzouTigers.com (powered by Handshake) to apply for part-time jobs and internships.
- Get involved on campus and join organizations to meet new people and pursue your interests. Schedule a consultation with an Involvement Ambassador to learn more.
- Participate in residence hall programs, intramurals and campus activities.
- Attend academic lectures and activities to grow your knowledge and explore new subjects.
- Volunteer for one-time or ongoing service opportunities and consider enrolling in a service-learning course or program.
- Seek out research opportunities with faculty members.
- Look into studying abroad which is available online, in person and for short and long-term programs.
- Attend a career fair to chat with employers about employment opportunities.
+ CAREER READINESS
- Create an account on the employment website HireMizzouTigers.com, powered by Handshake, to search for internships and full-time jobs.
- We recommend students create a resume highlighting their strengths, high school achievements, college involvement and academic background.
- Take CliftonStrengths to learn about your natural talents and talk with a Career Specialist about how to leverage your strengths in and out of the classroom.
- Become familiar with employers’ definition of career readiness competencies.
- Build your interview skills by watching interview playbook videos and answering practice questions using Big Interview.
- Learn about networking and create a LinkedIn profile to make new contacts.