You’re in your third year of college, with plenty still to explore. Now is the time when your plans will begin to crystallize as you refine your path, build your network and gain experience. Keep taking steps to realize your goals including connecting with career services!

You are in the process of solidifying your future career path! Explore the topics and resources below to help you successfully navigate your academic and career journey. Begin by reviewing the Junior 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.
    • Search the What Can I Do With This Major? site to discover possible career options with your major.
    • Thinking about changing your major? Connect with the MU Career Center to discuss your interests, major options and MU degree programs.
    • Take the Focus 2 assessment to search for occupations that fit with your interests, values, skills, and personality. Then speak with a Career Specialist about the results.
    • ­­­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.
    • Consider job shadowing, spending  time following and observing someone in a role you may want to do in the future.
    • Research graduate school, fields of study, entrance exams and application deadlines. Discuss pursuing an advanced degree with faculty members and career advisors.
    • Update your Handshake account, research employers based on your career interests and apply for part time-jobs and for internships.
    • We recommend you update your resume highlighting your strengths, skills, college involvement, work experience and academic background. 
    • Be prepared to draft cover letters and other employer communications.
    • Join local chapters of national organizations related to your chosen field or career path.
    • Attend career fairs and company information sessions to learn about your employment options.
    • Research companies on Glassdoor, non-profits on Idealist, and follow employers’ social media accounts.
    • Update your LinkedIn profile, request recommendations and endorsements and start joining groups related to your career interests.
    • Participate in professional development workshops sponsored by career services and employers.
    • Build your interview skills by watching interview playbook videos on Big Interview and sharing your recorded interview answers for feedback.
    • Assess your career readiness by taking the Am I Career Ready? assessment on Focus 2. Discuss the results with a Career Specialist or advisor to determine how you can enhance any areas that need further development.
    • Learn about networking and visit MangoConnect, a free tool that coaches you through how to craft your first networking messages.
    • Stay connected with a mentor through your connections with peers, faculty, staff or alumni.    


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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