Your career exploration should begin early in your academic career, and at MacMurray, it begins when you enroll as a freshman or transfer student. Your initial enrollment conversations include questions about your interests, values, and academic strengths. The Office of Career Services will also explore these important questions with you as your college career continues. When you have a good understanding of your career opportunities, you will become more excited, motivated, and engaged in your studies, and your path to a successful professional life is much clearer and more rewarding. You also become a much more competitive job candidate for that first professional position after graduation. Each year, the Office will provide you with services and supporting activities. Workshops on important topics will offer you focused information to increase your understanding of the skills you'll need to develop and when the best time to participate would be. Workshops include Internship Exploration, Résumé and Interview Prep, and Networking 101. MacMurray also partners with area professionals for mock interviews designed to improve your comfort and skill when it really matters.
Additional services include guidance on résumé writing, setting appointments for informational interviews and job shadowing, helping you prepare for and arrange internships, and interview practice and tips. Career Center Assistants are also available to help with those important first steps of a job search including identifying resources and résumé construction.
As of the fall of 2015, all MacMurray students will be required to complete a career experience, such as an internship or practicum, as a part of the general education requirement. The successful completion of that experience will help you be better prepared and more competitive when you begin your job search.
The Office also arranges such activities as job fairs, information on graduate-school testing dates, and job leads. Each year, the Office hosts two events to encourage students from all majors to enhance and develop their networking and social skills. More than ever before, these skills are critical to navigating your job search to the best job offers.
Career exploration and preparation, coupled with academic development, provides you with complementary learning and a strong foundation for internship and job-search activities. MacMurray is proud to partner with area businesses and organizations, which invite our students to be interns and employees. To continue these relationships, we count on our students to engage and invest in all the Office of Career Services offers and to represent MacMurray College's best to the community.
Graduate School Exploration and Preparation
During your sophomore and junior years, you might begin to have many questions about going on to graduate school. The Office of Career Services provides information and resources to answer your questions, including information on the outlook for the job market in your selected field. Representatives from area graduate programs make on-campus visits so you can have face-to-face conversations about each school's admissions and application process. Resources are also available at MacMurray's Henry Pfeiffer Library for GRE, GMAT, MCAT, and LSAT exam preparation. Your academic program will also assist in answering your questions and offer you insight to help you prepare for and select a school and program.