Furthering your education is a big step. Use our resources to make your next steps in your career. Our online resources can be accessed wherever you are, and our staff is available to Drury GO students by appointment. We’re here to help you succeed on your journey.
For a handy reference to the type of help Career Planning & Development offers, download this handout.
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!
If you're looking for some simple, last-minute tips as you prepare for your interview, try this website!
Interviewing over Skype can be tricky, this video can help!
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
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.
All students are pre-registered with Handshake, so just sign-in with your drury.edu email and get started!
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. And as always, contact us if you need more help.
Cover Letters: Part One
Cover Letters: Part Two
Cover Letters: Part Three
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. 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.
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.
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 to navigate the process. Also, be sure to check out our Top 10 Job Search Tips handout, or just watch the video below, to get an idea of the best ways to help your search.
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, bilingual & Hispanic jobs
- US State Department
If you're looking for more, 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.
Career Action Plan: Use this booklet to manage your academic major and career exploration. Record your assessment results, answer questions relevant to your major and career decisions, outline goals to work towards, and access a list of online resources to help you throughout the exploration.
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: 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.
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
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.
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
StrengthsQuest™ is Gallup’s strengths development and engagement program for students and educators. This assessment, based on the concept of intentionally developing your strengths rather than your weaknesses, identifies students’ top five strengths from a list of 34 talents. Grounded in Positive Psychology, the assessment is utilized as a way for students to better understand the way in which they most naturally think, behave, and feel. This site will help you explore your top five strengths while providing ideas on how you can leverage your strengths to overcome challenges and reach your own personal, academic, and professional potential.
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