Faculty, Alumni & Parents


Career Planning & Development is happy to collaborate with faculty across campus. If you have questions or thoughts, please contact us.

If you’re interested in being a faculty sponsor for a Drury student doing an internship, you can download the handbook here.


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.

Alumni Resources

Job Search Guidance

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 & Appointment Scheduling

Handshake is an online career services management system and job search platform offered to students and alumni by Career Planning & Development. You can use it to network with employers and search for full-time, part-time, and internship opportunities.

In addition, you can use Handshake to book appointments with Career Planning & Development staff. 

Handshake Alumni Registration Instructions


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 virtually and in-person. Please call and schedule an appointment today!


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

Graduate School Prep

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.

Career Changes/Exploration: Focus 2 & Picture Your Career Guidebook

Focus 2 is a self-paced career platform designed to help you decide on your career goals by providing you with valuable information about yourself, occupations, and majors. The assessment is free for students, alumni, faculty, and staff. To optimize your use of Focus 2, be sure to:

  1. Complete all assessments within the Career Planning Foundations & Self Assessment sections.
  2. Remember your username and password.
  3. Schedule an appointment with a Career Advisor through Handshake to review your results.

Please select the appropriate link below to get started!

First Time Users: Create a New Account (Access Code: panthers)

Returning Users: Logon Now!

Additional Information:


The following sections are included in the Focus 2:

  1. Career Planning Foundations

This section offers 3 assessments career planning involvement, academic strengths, and career readiness.

  1. Self Assessment
    This section offers a series of assessments. After you complete these assessments, Focus 2 will use your answers to connect you to occupations and majors that correspond to your interests, skills, values and personality.
    • Work Interest Assessment
    • Values Assessment
    • Personality Assessment
    • Skills Assessment
    • Leisure Assessment
  2. Explore the Possibilities
    This section offers you an opportunity to explore, learn about, and compare occupations by their title, industry, and major. You can review detailed reports of any occupation(s) to inform your career decision making process.
  3. Take Action
    This section enables you to create a roadmap of your academic and career development activities.
  4. Career and Education Planning Results
    This section offers a report summarizing your use of Focus 2, including your assessment results and any occupations saved as your favorites.
  5. Recommended Tools & Websites
    This section offers websites for job and internship postings, and links to resources recommended by the Career Development Center’s staff.

Picture Your Career Guide

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


Your student is preparing to step out onto their career path, and you are a valuable resource as a coach, cheerleader, proofreader, and even a networking connection. Career Planning & Development is here to offer support as your student needs it, but we want to extend our support to you as well.

To help you be the best possible strength to your student, we’ve gathered resources and information that you can access from anywhere, including information on resumes, cover letters, and job searching, as well as networking. Further, we are happy to offer you the Career Planning Course for Parents PDF, created by the National Association of Colleges and Employers to help you know best how to assist your student.

As always, we are happy to be available to your student. Encourage them to contact us so we can help you help them, and read this handout so you know what we have to offer.