Whether you graduated last year or a decade ago, you’re part of the Drury family. As such, we are happy to share with you both online and in-person resources. You may be looking to change to a dream job, or to change careers altogether. Whatever your aim, our resources are here for you.
For a handy reference to the type of help Career Planning & Development offers, download this handout.
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 Guide book full of helpful information and resources that covers:
- The job search process
- Cover letters and resumes
- LinkedIn profiles and networking
- Managing your online image
- Interview tips and commonly asked question
Handshake is an online career services and job search platform offered to students and alumni by Career Planning & Development. You can use it to search for full-time, part-time, internship and on-campus employment opportunities.
In addition, you can use Handshake to book appointments with Compass Center staff.
Career Planning & Development is available to assist you with your interview preparation needs. If you are looking for interview FAQs, interview attire, top interview questions or behavior based questions click on our Job Search Guide. Our staff is also available for mock interviews. Please call and schedule an appointment today!
Big Interview is an online system that combines training and practice to help improve your interview technique and build your confidence! It is free for Drury alumni, just use organization code 3443 when registering.
Big Interview offers a variety of tools including:
- Virtual mock interviews for all experience levels and hundreds of industries
- A database of thousands of interview questions with tips on how to answer them
- The ability to rate and share your interview answers for feedback
- A step-by-step interview Answer Builder for crafting answers to behavioral questions
Virtual interviews can be tricky, this video shares tips to help!
Networking is simply the act of forming and maintaining professional relationships. 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
Now that you've graduated and perhaps worked for a bit, you might be considering returning to school to earn a graduate degree. The resources in our specially designed handbook are meant to help you outline what the decisions you're making are and why, as well as research and understand the impact graduate school may or may not have on your future career.
MyPlan.com is a free resource for Drury students and alumni 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!
See instructional videos further below.
Are you ready to make some big career moves? Using visual thinking techniques, this workbook will help you discover your strengths, develop your vision, design a path forward, and deliver your talent. Packed with dozens of interactive exercises from Dr. Kate Brooks & Grace Foy of Vanderbilt University’s Career Center, generously shared with NACE members like Drury University’s Career Planning & Development (Creative Commons License), this guidebook will help you:
- Develop your vision and discover possible career trajectories
- Discover your talents and understand how they help you in the workplace
- Get organized and set goals for your future
- Complete inner work such as managing emotions and anxiety
- Explore possibilities in your career field
- Conduct a job search with practical tips on networking, interviewing, and resumes
MyPlan: Career Values Assessment
MyPlan: Career Skills Profiler
MyPlan: Career Personality Test
MyPlan: Career Interest Inventory
MyPlan: Using Your Results
View our timely Alumni Resource Guide for tips and information on securing employment!