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Resource Center

Welcome to the Career Services Resource Center for Students and Alumni! We hope you find the information on this page to be helpful as you start to research opportunities, build your LinkedIn profile, prepare job search materials, gear up for that big interview or think about applying to graduate or professional school. 

Outside Resources to Help You Explore Possibilities

 Take advantage of these tools to aid in your career development

Virtual Expo Resources

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Astrum U

Leveraging technology to help the #MuleNation find career success

 

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UCM will launch the AstrumU student application for all students in the Fall 2019 semester. AstrumU translates your educational journey at UCM into marketable skills that are in demand with employers. Students use AstrumU’s personalized tool to discover and prepare for career pathways based on their strengths and interests.

Students interested in joining a pilot group and testing the app can click here to sign up or visit ‘app.astrumu.com/student’ to create your UCM account.

AstrumU’s technology captures the soft skills, technical skills and experiences students gain in curricular and co-curricular activities on campus and in the community. Students have the opportunity to earn employer-funded incentives for completing career preparation activities.

AstrumU’s student application is a complementary tool UCM Career Services provides students. To find or post job and internship opportunities, please visit Handshake.

What Can I Do With a Major In...

This tool lets you explore what career options may be available to you by major. Simply follow the link to the exploration tool here to find out more about your discipline's projected career paths.

Focus

Deciding on your major can be a “puzzling” experience.  Focus is a comprehensive online career exploration program that can help you decide on a major and explore career options.  Focus is self-paced and interactive.  

You will discover several important “pieces” of the puzzle such as your interests, personality, values, skills and aspirations.  Focus will enable you to identify and explore options matching your personal attributes with an exhaustive major and career informational database. 

If you are creating a new user account, you will be asked to enter an access code. Your Access Code will be the word: MULES

New User Account

Existing User Account

Glassdoor

Glassdoor holds a growing database of millions of company reviews, CEO approval ratings, salary reports, interview reviews and questions, benefits reviews, office photos and more. Unlike other job sites, all of this information is shared by those who know the company best - the employees.

Occupational Outlook Handbook

The Occupational Outlook Handbook from the Bureau of Labor Statistics can help you find career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations.

One AutoCoder

 Locate keywords in a position description to target your resume to employers using AutoCoder.

IBISWorld

IBISWorld is the United States' most comprehensive collection of Industry Market Research and Industry Risk Ratings.

ReferenceUSA

ReferenceUSA is perfect for all of your research and reference needs when it comes to relevant, comprehensive and up-to-date data.

Liquid Compass

Liquid Compass is the best resource to find healthcare jobs.

MOREAP

MOREAP is a job search data base for teaching positions within the state of Missouri. 

Chamber of Commerce Student Member Program

Build your Network

 

The Chamber of Commerce Student Member Program is a partnership between the Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce and the Career Services Center, designed to provide a select group of students with opportunities to connect with local professionals, build communication skills, improve confidence, and create connections to begin developing a professional network.

The program is open to UCM students from any major and any year in school, and is designed to follow the academic year. If you live in or near Warrensburg, you're welcome to continue your participation through the summer after the academic year. Participants may be invited back for additional time.

Members of the Warrensburg Young Professionals group (WYP) provide mentorship to program participants.

Applications will be reviewed by Chamber and Wellness Support staff and WYP members, and select applicants will be invited to an interview.

Requirements for participation in the program are:

  • Demonstrate interest in community involvement and the development of professional skills.
  • Desire to learn about and give back to the Warrensburg community.
  • A recommendation from a UCM faculty or staff member, or a local business person.
  • Current cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • Not on academic or disciplinary probation with UCM.
  • Attendance at a Chamber Member Orientation.
  • Volunteer for at least one Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce event per semester.

To apply, please fill out the Google Form found here.

Employment Disablity Guide

Employment Disability Guide covers topics to include job seeking strategies, acts and government resources, language, groups & associations.  

LinkedIn Resources

 Create a strong and professional online presence using LinkedIn

LinkedIn for Students

Learn about the resources and benefits of a LinkedIn profile and how to get started.

Building a Great Student Profile

Learn how to Build a Great Student Profile.

Profile Checklist

Top 5 Profile To-Do's

Using LinkedIn to Land a Job

Learn how to use LinkedIn to Find a Job or Internship 

How to Network on LinkedIn

 

 

Applying to Graduate or Professional School

 Questions to Consider 

Are My Career Goals Well-Defined?

 A clear picture of what you want in your career will let you know whether an advanced degree will help you get there. Graduate school may not be for you, at least not now, if:
  • you have no idea what to do with your life;
  • you think you are not ready for “the real world”;
  • you struggled in many of your undergraduate classes; or
  • you loved undergraduate school and don’t want it to end

If any of these are true for you, invest some time and energy with the staff of the Career Services Center let us help you with self-assessment, career exploration and planning.

If you do know what you want, do the research to learn if a graduate degree will help you get there. While certain careers, such as doctors and lawyers, definitely require an advanced degree, many fields offer job opportunities at the undergraduate level. In some situations, having an advanced degree could actually hinder your job search if you have little or no job experience. Graduate degrees are also highly specialized; you will not earn an MBA and then work as a counselor or a physical therapist. Again, take the time to be certain of your desired career path first.

When is the Right Time for Graduate/Professional School?

 Some reasons to enter grad school right out of college:
  • you have academic momentum;
  • you have few obligations;
  • your career field may require an advanced degree.

Some reasons to work a few years before graduate school:

  • your work experience can provide greater clarity of your career goals;
  • you can save up money, and/or your employer may pay for graduate school;
  • your graduate program may require work experience
  • you will have a more mature outlook on school, work, and life.

Do I Have the Grades (and the Motivation) to Get in and Stay in?

Graduate programs have GPA and standardized test requirements (e.g., GRE, MCAT, GMAT, etc.) You can learn admissions requirements as you research the programs you are considering.  To persevere, most programs require a B average or higher to count toward graduation credit. Most also require a research thesis, internship experience, and/or a passing score on comprehensive exams in order to earn your degree.

Can I Afford Graduate/Professional School

Look at the costs of the graduate programs that interest you. Study the literature they send you and talk to their financial aid advisers to determine what combination of financial aid makes the program feasible for you. Be sure to also research the graduate assistantships they offer, which can help defray education costs. And if you are employed, find out if your employer offers an education reimbursement program.

Other Things to Consider

  • Timetable for application process
  • Required elements of each school’s application packet
  • Development of your personal essay / statement of purpose 
  • Your curriculum vitae / resume’ 
  • Faculty recommendation letters

Sample Documents

These will in part be determined by the individual requirements of the schools to which you are applying.

Guide to Taking the Right Steps for Graduate or Professional School
Guide to Writing a Curriculum Vitae
Guide to Writing a Personal Statement

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