Career Services

 

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Students prepared in one of the social, behavioral, or economic sciences at Michigan State University have a wide range of career options. The MSU Career Services Network assists students in exploring careers and activities that match their values, interests, and abilities. They provide opportunities to help students explore options, build skills that prepare them for life after college, and connect them to future career possibilities. To support students’ professional development, the MSU Career Services Network:

• leads workshops on a variety of topics such as resume writing, interviewing, and applying to graduate programs.

• connects students with specific information about careers, labor market trends, and employers.

• cultivates and promotes internship and job opportunities with employers.

• provides one-on-one career advising to help students assess their career interests and goals, develop job/internship search strategies, and plan for advanced degrees.

 

In general, employers have high standards. They expect MSU graduates to have experience outside of the classroom in addition to their degree. To meet these expectations, students should start professional exploration and development early in their college careers. Professional development takes time. So, students should not wait until their senior year to begin preparing for graduation. 

Be sure to use the resources of Career Services Network EARLY and OFTEN. 

We are here to help! 

 

Handshake

Michigan State University has partnered with Handshake- a modern career development platform. Handshake has replacied MySpartanCareer and is now your one stop shop for launching your career.

Handshake features: 

  • internship, part-time, and full time job postings for MSU students.logo-square-cbd35825f4256c3a259c4056993bc59166925cbadedec098a86d0fd31def890a.png
  • career exploration resources.
  • career related workshops and presentations.
  • employer events, including career fairs.
  • sign up for career sdvising appointments.
  • links to career resources.

Log in to Handshake using your MSU Net ID (email) and password here.

Career Guides

MSU’s Career Services Network has developed award-winning career guides to help students—from freshmen to seniors—prepare for life after college.  

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As a Spartan, the Career Passport is a great place to start your professional development. The Career Passport is updated every year and is just for Spartans. So, it is full of current and relevant information. Grap a copy at any CSN office or find the electronic version here.

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CSN, with the assistance of employer partners, created the 12 Essentials for Success  to show how expectations in the workplace are connected to college experiences. The competencies described in it should be considered fundamental to your MSU education. Although they aren’t the only skills employers seek, they appear repeatedly in entry-level job descriptions. 

Career Exposure Series

A excellent way to begin career exploration is by participating in the Career Exposure series. Career Exposure events help students learn about career fields of interest and make informed decisions by connecting them with alumni who are working in various professional areas.

How to....Workshops

Also take advantage of the CSN’s How to…Workshops. CSN offers short workshops for students at various campus locations and online. Topics include but are not limited to career exploration, resumes, interview skills, job search strategies, and graduate school applications.

Career Fairs

MSU's on-campus career fairs are opportunities to talk directly with employers looking for interns and entry level hires!  All events are open to students in all majors. Plan to attend events that fit your personal interests. Be sure to check out CSN's career fair prep videos and workshops, too. 

Not ready to look for internships or full time jobs yet? It’s still a good idea to come to check out the different events. Freshman and sophomores can learn a lot from observing or volunteering at a fair and seeing what it’s all about. 

Career Fair Ambassadors

Students can also get involved in the Career Services Network by becoming Career Fair Ambassadors. Career Fair Ambassadors assist the Career Services Network staff by greeting, hosting, and assisting employers during career fairs. While doing this, ambassadors meet employers, learn what recruiters look for in potential employees, and engage in resume-building opportunities.

Info Tables

Throughout each semester, organizations that are eager to engage with social science students visit Berkey Hall. These employers, graduate programs, and service organizations host info tables near the south entrance of Berkey Hall from 11am to 2pm. Stop by and learn more about the opportunities they have available. Check Handshake for the most current schedule.

For more information, log in to Handshake at http://careernetwork.msu.edu/services-locations/handshake/index.html and learn about the many resources available.
 
 
Amy Deitrickson
Field Career Consultant
College of Social Science
Berkey Hall, Room 302
deitric4(at)msu.edu
 
Marc Hunsaker
Career Consultant
College of Social Science
Berkey Hall, Room 302
hunsak10(at)msu.edu