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.
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 students, just login with your drury.edu email address.
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!
MyPlan - Career Assessment
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 to 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. To take the assessment for free, enter the license code 8RBZHP5L on the second page of the registration.
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!
YouScience - Career Assessment
YouScience is a free career assessment for Drury University students interested in identifying their natural aptitudes and abilities through a series of brain game type exercises. Students’ profiles are matched to over 500 careers and educational paths. For information on how to access this assessment and meet with a career advisor about your results, contact Career Planning and Development.
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!
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 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.
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.
The resources in our specially designed handbook and Purdue Owl's Application Process Guide 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. Wake Forest provides helpful information on how to create a Curriculum Vitae (CV) for graduate school applications.
In addition, Drury students have access to the Learning Express Library. This database provides a range of interactive academic and licensing practice tests such as: GRE, LSAT, and MCAT. Sign up online to take advantage of this FREE resource. If you’re off campus, log in through the OCLC Proxy Server. Just use your MyDrury login and password.
The database link is also available through Olin Library.
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 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, 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.
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 skills is a great first step to finding a "good match" career field; access our Career Assessments page to begin 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.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.
Drury sponsors an Annual Job/Internship Fair in February at the Springfield EXPO Center along with 4 area colleges (Missouri State University, Evangel University, Southwest Baptist University and College of the Ozarks). Approximately 200 employers and graduate schools attend!
Each September, Drury hosts Soak Up Springfield to bring job, internship and volunteer opportunities to you! Bring your resume and/or business cards and keep an eye out for the booths marked with an “Ask Me!” table tent. This is a great chance for you to make some professional connections as you get to know Springfield a little bit better.
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
Career Planning & Development offers programming to Day School Seniors that helps them transition from college to life after graduation! Visit the Senior Year Experience page for resources and events!