First Year

Career services is eager to help new Tigers make a successful transition to college and build your Mizzou experience. We can assist you with career and major exploration, student employment and all your career-related questions. It’s not too early to connect with career services to explore your interests and goals!

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.

      • 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.
      • 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.”
      • We recommend students create a resume highlighting their strengths, high school achievements, college involvement and academic background.
      • Participate in professional development workshops sponsored by career services and employers.
      • Seek out mentors by making meaningful connections with upperclassmen, staff, instructors and advisors.


Featured Articles


Samples of resumes based on experiential learning such as research, service learning, study abroad and more.

Focus 2 Am I Career Ready?

Career readiness is a foundation of eight core competencies that broadly prepare college students for lifelong success in their careers …

Review the simple, practical steps you can take to shape your career development journey as a first year student.

A brief overview of how to get started on the site and maximize all the features of this interactive resource …

Contact & Location


Student Success Center (lower level)
Lowry Mall
Columbia, MO 65211

Career Service Hours

Monday 9:00am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 9:00am - 4:00 pm
Friday 9:00am - 4:00 pm