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Guide To Our Services
One-on-one counseling is available with experienced and credentialed Career Counselors to assist you with exploring your options, narrowing your focus, and/or creating an individualized career development plan (CDP). We have numerous resources available to facilitate your career decision-making and development. Make an appointment today and we’ll get the process started.
Job Shadowing/Informational Interviews
Job shadowing provides you with an opportunity to get a feel for a particular work environment and to conduct an informational interview. A job shadow is typically a one day experience that:
- Gives you an opportunity to "test the waters" within your chosen field
- Helps you expand your own professional network
Schedule an appointment with your Career Development Coordinator by calling the Office of Career Services at 660-543-4985 to discuss job shadow experience(s) that may be helpful to you.
Registering with Career Services
In order to have your resume referred to potential employers and participate in campus interviews, you need to be registered with the Office of Career Services. It's important to remember that this registration is beneficial for work study, part time, internships, and full time opportunities. To do so, you first need to complete a Mules4Hire Orientation which is available at URL.
Practice Interview Sessions
Videotaped practice (mock) interview sessions allow you the opportunity to role-play a job interview with a career professional, during which you review, receive feedback on, and sharpen your interviewing skills.
- Know yourself interests, skills, strengths, weaknesses and goals.
- Dress professionally and bring a copy of your resume.
- Plan ahead! Appointments are limited and can fill early. Schedule by calling Career Services, 660-543-4985.
- Mock interviews are generally 60 minutes in length; includeing 10-15 minutes of feedback.
- A great opportunity for your resume to be reviewed as well.
Employer Practice Interview Sessions
Employer Practice (mock) interview sessions allow you the opportunity to role-play a job interview with an industry professional, during which you review, receive feedback on, and sharpen your interviewing skills.
You gain exposure by allowing Career Services to send your resume directly to employers through resume referrals. Employers also access resumes via the Career Services web site.
Also, through your Mules4Hire account, you will receive information about employer events, access job vacancies, review employer information, along with other career related services. Complete a Mules4Hire Orientation and get started making your career connection.
To access work study, part time, internships, and full time opportunities 24 hours a day, go to Mules4Hire. Your username is your UCM email address. To get a password, click on “forgot my password” and one will be sent to your UCM email. If you are not registered with Career Services, you will have limited access to searching opportunities posted. You will need to complete a Mules4Hire Orientation to get full access. Registration is FREE.
Career Development Plan
To assist you with your progression throughout your college experience, the Office of Career Services has developed a Career Development Plan that is customized for you and partners with your academic plan. The purpose of the CDP is to provide you with guidance as you progress through your college experience.Each time you meet with your Career Development Coordinator you will be guided down the path that is right for you. We will help you build your brand, refine job search skills, and much more.
The purpose of an internship is to gain experience that integrates classroom theory with practical application in a supervised work setting.
Completing an internship in your field of study will:
- Allow you to develop and enhance your professional skills
- Help you to expand on your professional network
The more relevant, hands-on experience you have, the better equipped you'll be able to make informed career decisions, and the more appealing you will be to prospective employers. Internships can be paid or unpaid, non-credit or credit (if you gain approval from your faculty over the course of a semester or throughout the summer months).
Once registered with Mules4Hire, schedule an appointment with your Career Development Coordinator for internship search assistance by calling 660-543-4985.
Career Events & Workshops
The Office of Career Services sponsors career events and workshops throughout the academic year to help you explore career issues, plan your career search and make contact with potential employers.
Nearly 600 employers visit UCM annually to recruit candidates for full-time, internship, part-time, and summer positions.
Your Career Development Coordinator will send you email notifications of opportunities to sign-up for interviews and employer
visits via your Mules4Hire account.
Interview Tips and Questions
Students seeking employment in the field of education may self-manage their credential file. A self-managed credential file is the name given to the employment file used by candidates seeking jobs in education. This file consists of several documents that are collected, maintained, administered, and sent by you directly to prospective school districts. Self-managing allows candidates to have 100% control of managing the file. Candidates must collect, organize and submit the desired documents.
Graduate School Information:
Deciding to go to graduate school is a complex process, with many factors to consider. Graduate school is a major commitment of several years, money, intense coursework and research, and is much more demanding than your undergraduate program. Examine your personal motivations and educate yourself about graduate school; both are essential to making an informed decision.
Policies and Procedures
Each individual who registers with the Office of Career Services assumes an obligation to abide by the policies and procedures set forth by the Office, as well as the rules and regulations prescribed by the University of Central Missouri
Students have an obligation to know and follow the policies of the Office of Career Services. These include but are not limited to the following:
1) Honesty in all endeavors is essential to the functions of the Office of Career Services. Individuals found to have provided false or misleading information on their web registration account face disciplinary action by the University. Falsifying information includes but is not limited to grade point average, graduation date, work experience, work authorization, etc.
2) Assaulting, striking, intimidating, or in any way threatening the well being of any of the Career Services staff is strictly prohibited.
3) Destroying, vandalizing, stealing, or damaging the property of the Office of Career Services is strictly prohibited.
4) Misuse of computing resources contained within the Office of Career Services is strictly prohibited. All computers contained in the Career Library are reserved for career-related use only (e.g., resume construction, web registration account, Internet career-related sites, employer research, etc.).
5) The student is responsible for providing the Office of Career Services with a professional style resume. If a student refuses to make recommended changes to a resume on the student database, the student account will be suspended until an acceptable resume has been placed on the student web registration account.
Any student facing disciplinary action will receive notification of such action within five (5) business days of the act (level 1). After receipt of the written notification, the student has five (5) business days to take appropriate action. If corrective action is not taken, the student acknowledges acceptance of the disciplinary action.
- If a student disagrees with the disciplinary action, the student must schedule an appointment with the assistant director of the Office of Career Services.
At this meeting (level 2), if the matter is not resolved to both parties’ satisfaction, then a written statement should be submitted to the Director of Career Services within five (5) business days (level 3). At this meeting (level 3), should the matter not be resolved to each party’s satisfaction, then the matter will be referred to the Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs (level 4).
- At all levels the burden of proof as to the allegations of the complaint shall rest upon the student. Any questions regarding the policies and procedures of the Office should be directed to a Career Development Coordinator in the Office of Career Services.
In an effort to maintain positive relations between employers recruiting Central students, the Office of Career Services, and the University of Central Missouri, it is necessary for all patrons (students, alumni, etc.), as well as university staff members/students employed by the Office of Career Services, to maintain the highest level of professionalism and integrity when interacting with and providing information to employers.
The Office of Career Services at the University of Central Missouri in its provision of services to students, alumni, and off-campus employers makes no representations or guarantees regarding the opportunities listed on its website, bulletin boards, print materials, and other resources, and is not responsible for the wages, safety, working conditions, or other aspects of off-campus employment. It is the responsibility of the students and alumni to take the necessary precautions when interviewing for and accepting part-time/full-time employment and participating in volunteer activities.
In addition, the Office of Career Services has provided links to Internet websites that are maintained by third parties, over which the Office of Career Services has no control. The Board of Governors of the University of Central Missouri and the Office of Career Services are not responsible or liable for the content, products, services, or other materials on or made available through the web links to other websites. The opinions and views associated with the web sites are not necessarily those of UCM or the Office of Career Services. UCM and the Office of Career Services shall not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any direct or indirect damage or loss caused by or in connection with use of or reliance on any such content, products, or services available on or through such sites.
The UCM Office of Career Services encourages and permits links to content published on the Career Services website. However, any linking should not (1) implicitly or explicitly suggest that UCM endorses any third party’s causes, ideas, website content, products, or services, or (2) use Career Services content for inappropriate commercial purposes. The Office of Career Services reserves the right to withdraw permission for any link. Please forward any concerns regarding links and/or disabled links to firstname.lastname@example.org
Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)
UCM and the Office of Career Services adhere to applicable federal and state EEO laws, regulations, standards, and guidelines, and offer employment information without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, citizenship, or identity as a military veteran, unless legally required. Furthermore, in good faith, the Office of Career Services works only with those employers who subscribe to EEO guidelines. With regard to professional conduct of job seekers, employers and career centers throughout the recruiting process, the Office of Career Services abides by the principles set forth by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).
By registering with Mules4Hire, UCM’s online job search program, students and alumni and others who use the system are agreeing to allow the personal and professional information, e.g., name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, degree, etc., they provide, to be accessed by UCM’s Career Services and approved employers seeking candidates for full-time/internship/part-time positions and volunteer opportunities.
Third Party Recruiter Policy
In accordance with the NACE principles, the practice of the Office of Career Services is to educate students regarding a wide variety of job search strategies, including third party employment services. Individuals can then determine whether utilizing these services will be of benefit to them. The Office of Career Services does not investigate, endorse, or recommend any third party employment services.
By participating in these services, organizations agree that they will adhere to applicable federal and state EEO laws, regulations, standards, and guidelines, as well as the appropriate principles set forth by NACE, in all recruiting activities; that no fee will be charged to any candidate at any time; and that organizations will not disclose resumes or other applicant information under any circumstances to other entities without the applicant’s prior written consent. The Office of Career Services reserves the right to discontinue services to students, alumni, and employers who have violated EEO and NACE guidelines.