Senior or Recent Grad

Congrats – it’s your final year of college! You’ve worked hard so finish strong by staying connected to career services. We can help you refine your career goals, review your career readiness and pursue your post-grad plans. Take advantage of career fairs, employer interviews, networking and professional development opportunities to find success beyond Mizzou.

It’s not too long before you’ll be leaving Mizzou to pursue your career plans. Explore the resources and referrals highlighted below to help you maximize your final year and make a successful transition to the professional world. Begin by reviewing the Senior 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.
  • + LEVERAGE YOUR INVOLVEMENT 
      • Reflect on your campus involvement and assess the skills and knowledge you have acquired both in and out of the classroom.
      • Conduct a mock interview and seek career advisement from professionals in your chosen profession.
      • Seek out positive references from professors, employment supervisors and club advisors.
      • Engage with local chapters of national organizations by going to local meetings, attending national conferences and adding professional contacts to LinkedIn.
  • + ASSESS  YOUR SKILLS & CAREER READINESS
      • 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.
      • Be prepared to communicate your career readiness with employers and determine the areas where you excel.
      • Reflect on how your coursework and extracurriculars have contributed to your career readiness and skill development.
      • Evaluate whether your resume, cover letter and work samples reflect your career readiness and transferable skills.
      • Participate in professional development workshops sponsored by career services and employers.
      • Review your personal brand and online image so that it reflects your career interests, personality and professionalism.
  • + PURSUE CAREER OPTIONS  
    • Maximize Handshake: Update your profile and career interests, set up job alerts, apply for full-time positions and reach out to employers and former interns (other students) about career opportunities.  
    • Take advantage of career fairs, company information sessions and employer interviews (virtual or on-campus) all accessed on Handshake.
    • Draft unique cover letters for each position you apply to and be prepared for all employer communications.
    • Have your resume reviewed by career services and make sure it will be accepted by a company’s applicant tracking system.
    • Be ready to accept and negotiate job offers and feel confident in how to research salaries
    • Prepare graduate school applications: seek letters of recommendation, request transcripts, take entrance exams and write personal statements.
    • Consider gap year programs if you are unsure of your long-term plans, want to develop skills or want a break before pursuing graduate school or a permanent job.
    • Be proactive! Follow-up on each job or graduate school application you submit.
    • Recent grads and alumni can learn more about our online resources and services.
  • + BUILD YOUR NETWORK
    • Update your LinkedIn profile: create a strong summary indicating you are job seeking, request recommendations, seek endorsements and make career-related posts on your feed and in groups.
    • Follow and engage employers of interest on LinkedIn and social media.
    • Be prepared to give your elevator speech, briefly explaining to contacts and recruiters who you are and what you are hoping to do. This is an introduction to start a conversation at a career fair, networking event or in any setting.
    • Get familiar with networking and visit MangoConnect, a free tool that coaches you through how to craft your first networking messages.
    • Seek advice and perspective from mentors with the MU Alumni Association’s Mizzou Mentoring Program or from relationships with other peers, faculty and staff.

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Contact & Location

Phone
573-882-6801
Address

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

Career Service Hours

M 9:00am - 4:00 pm
T 9:00am - 4:00 pm
W 9:00am - 4:00 pm
TH 9:00am - 4:00 pm
F 9:00am - 4:00 pm