Resources to help you feel more confident in the career planning and professional development process are available below. Knowledgeable and helpful staff are available to meet you by appointment to assist you.
For a handy reference to the type of help Career Planning & Development offers, download this handout.
- Big Interview
- Career Assessments: MyPlan
- College Central Network (CCN)
- Cover Letter Help
- Four Year Plan
- Graduate School Prep
- Internship Information
- Job Search Guidance
- Major and Career Information
- On Campus Recruiting
- Online Image
- Resume Help
- Senior Year Experience
- Writing a Personal Statement
Big Interview is your opportunity to prepare for all the interviews coming up in your life. An online resource that's available to you 24/7, Big Interview has lessons, explanations, and opportunities to practice likely interview questions based on the type of interview you're going to be doing.
This is a free service for Drury students, so register today! Watch the videos below for an overview, or take a look at this handout for the short version. Have a Skype interview coming up? Watch this video to put your best Skype foot forward!
If you're looking for some simple, last-minute tips as you prepare for your interview, try this handout, sure to help you nail anything!
Career Assessments: MyPlan
MyPlan.com is a free resource for Drury students and alum that's designed to help you reaffirm that you're on the correct pathway, or point a direction if you're unsure. Through MyPlan, you can take assessments to help you determine your interests, skills, values, and personality as they relate to the workforce and your future career.
The MyPlan handout and the videos below discuss registration, the assessments you can take, and how to use that information when you've completed the assessments. For further, fun information on your personality type as indicated by the MyPlan Career Personality Test, check out 16 Personalities. Our office is also happy to discuss your results with you if you would like!
MyPlan: Career Values Assessment
MyPlan: Career Skills Profiler
MyPlan: Career Personality Test
MyPlan: Career Interest Inventory
MyPlan: Using Your Results
College Central Network (CCN)
CollegeCentral.com is an online database of searchable job and internship opportunities. Through it, Drury students have free access not only to a national database of jobs, but also to opportunities posted directly to the Drury's database from employers looking for students like you.
All students are pre-registered with CCN, so all you have to do is input your student ID, then click "change password" to get started!
CCN offers numerous resources, including podcasts and videos. To learn more about what CCN is all about, check out the handout or watch the video below.
College Central Network (CCN)
Cover Letter Help
Having a targeted and error-free cover letter is a key component of the job search process. If you have no idea where to start with a cover letter, check out this great step-by-step guide put together by TheMuse.com. If videos are more your thing, take a look at our video guides below. You can also view cover letter tips and examples on CCN in the Career Document Library and the Job Search Kit sections. And as always, contact us if you need more help.
Cover Letters: Part One
Cover Letters: Part Two
Cover Letters: Part Three
Four Year Plan
A four year plan is like a road map, designed to help you navigate your undergraduate years in a way that will prepare you best for the job market. Feel free to print a copy of the four year plan checklist, and watch the video below to get a quick overview.
Graduate School Prep
Maybe instead of heading into the workforce, you're considering a stop by graduate school first. Or, perhaps, you're interested in working a few years and coming back for graduate school. Either way, you have a big decision ahead of you.
This fall, the Honors Program and the Humanities and Ethics Center co-sponsored a faculty panel discussion about how students can prepare for graduate school. Faculty from business and law, pre-health sciences, psychology, and philosophy shared about their personal experiences and offered advice to current students. Gain valuable insight by viewing the session.
In addition, the resources in our specially designed handbook are meant to help you outline what decisions you're making and why, as well as research and understand the impact graduate school may or may not have on your future career.
Fall 2017 INTERNSHIP DEADLINE: August 30
Internships are a fantastic way to learn on the job skills, not to mention earn credit hours. Career Planning & Development is happy to help! To get the basics, check out the video; to get more detailed information, and find the paperwork you need, head to our internship information page.
Job Search Guidance
The job search itself can be pretty overwhelming; we want to help you feel in control. CP&D has created a Job Search Guidebook full of helpful information and resources to navigate the process. Also, be sure to check out our Top 10 Job Search Tips handout, or just watch the video, to get an idea of the best ways to help your search. View popular online job search links below.
Here's a list of websites to get you started:
- Simply Hired
- Career Rookie
- Missouri Career Center
- Springfield Chamber of Commerce
- Kansas City Chamber of Commerce
- LatPro-Spanish, bilangual & Hispanic jobs
- US State Department
If you're looking for more assistance, call and schedule a guidance appointment today.
Major & Career Information
Career Planning & Development can assist you in determining the best major or career to suit your interests, values and abilities.
Understanding your personality, interests, values and abilities is the first step to finding a "good match" career field; access MyPlan assessments to start that process. The second step is researching careers and market trends to determine their "goodness of fit."
Important points to remember when choosing your major:
- Choose something you enjoy
- Explore your options before deciding
- Gain experience outside of your major through other classes and departments, activities and internships.
- Most occupations are open to a wide variety of majors.
To start your research, try the following websites:
What can I do with a major in...?: A list organized by major that will give you an idea of what you can do with various Drury majors.
Occupational Outlook Handbook: Created by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this site will give you up-to-date information on job statistics, outlook, pay, and necessary education.
O*NET Online: This site offers descriptions of every career you can think of. Look here to make sure you really understand what a career is like.
Glassdoor.com: A site that collects information and user-generated data to offer insights into various companies, both about employee experience and salaries. Glassdoor also provides job listings.
Salary Calculator: A salary data resource that determines approximate salaries depending on college attended, region and experience.The ETC Salary Calculator Center is the salary data resource for HR professionals, career counselors and job seekers. - See more at: https://www.jobsearchintelligence.com/salary-calculator-intro-etc#sthash.TVWFvof8.dpufThe ETC Salary Calculator Center is the salary data resource for HR professionals, career counselors and job seekers. - See more at: https://www.jobsearchintelligence.com/salary-calculator-intro-etc#sthash.TVWFvof8.dpuf
Networking is simply the act of forming and maintaining professional relationships. The Drury Mentoring Network is a Student-Alumni mentoring program that brings together students and alumni in purposeful, mutually rewarding relationships, introducing students to alumni from different backgrounds, class years, programs, and industries. Learn more and sign up online to express interest in participating in the Drury Mentoring Network.
Did you know that approximately 70% of jobs are found through networking? It's a truism that networking is crucial to a successful career. However, the idea of networking can be nebulous and often intimidating. To help you get started, we've put together a handout and a video to give you an overview of basic networking ideas. Contact us if you want to discuss networking further!
Networking: 12 Basic Tips
On Campus Recruiting
On Campus Recruiting (OCR) is a great way to get interviews for both internship and professional opportunities, and there are plenty of frequently asked questions about it. Check out our FAQs video below, or download the OCR FAQ handout.
Your online image is a crucial part of your career development and your job search. We strongly encourage you to audit your online presence using this Online Image Form. We also have a great list of tips to help you manage your online image.
Further, we strongly encourage you create and maintain a professional LinkedIn profile. The introductory video below will help get you started, even as a college student.
Resumes are your first impression with future employers. The latest statistics show that employers look at resumes for about 10 seconds, so it's important to make certain they're flawless. To get you the basics, check out the handout or the videos below. They include general tips and some sample resumes. You can also view tips, a rubric and examples in the Career Document Library and the Job Search Kit sections on CCN, as well as use the Resume Builder tool to create and save resumes.
Once you have a basic resume, feel free to call and schedule an appointment with a career coach today! We're happy to help you make your resume as unique as you are.
Anatomy of a Resume
Polish Your Resume
The offices of Career Planning & Development and Community Outreach & Leadership Development are here to help you transition from a senior to a graduate!
Throughout your last year at Drury there are a variety of events you can stop-by or attend to help you in life-after-college. From networking to resume refinement, and a retreat customized with senior-selected topics be sure to check out the full list of events and see which ones will best support you.
- Professional Development: Register for PDEV 493 Senior Seminar: Professional Development, a one-hour course offered in fall or spring. Focuses on preparing for the next steps and polishing your professional development skills.
- Senior Days: Stop by CP&D office throughout the day for walk-in resume reviews and free professional LinkedIn photos
- Senior Retreat: Senior-selected topics will be discussed by area professionals to help you get some of those adulting questions answered!
- Job Fair: Come to the annual job fair and talk to employers about various opportunities and to get the inside scoop on the hiring process.
- Networking: Drury has monthly alumni networking events that current students are invited to attend! This is a great opportunity to expand your professional network.
- Mentoring: Want to connect one-on-one with a DU alum? Networking has loads of benefits, and it’s also the best way to find a job! Sign up for Drury’s mentoring program by 9/15. More than 140 pairs were matched last year. We got a ton of great feedback and expect the program to be even better this year!
- Leadership: Community Outreach & Leadership Development office holds a monthly luncheon series with real-world topics from leaders in our community.
Stay on track with our senior checklist from our Four Year Plan.
Have a look at what other seniors are thinking and feeling with our mini-series, the Katie & Courtney Show!
When it comes preparing for graduate school, writing your personal statement is a key component in the acceptance process. The personal statement is your opportunity to sell yourself in the application process. Get advice and find out where to start.