There is a widely underused resource housed on every college campus in the mid-Michigan area. This resource is our Career Centers, which provide a variety of services to college students. Many outside of these organizations do not know about the services they can provide to the wider educational and business community.
For college students, the Career Center offers a variety of services including:
- Career workshops
- Résumé & cover letter development
- Interview preparation
- One-on-one career assistance
- Career/major exploration
- Guidance on choosing a career that fits you
What area educators might not know is that some of these services are offered to high school students at events such as the Senior Focus event in Clare and Gladwin counties. Staff from the Career Center at Mid Michigan College provide a workshop service to help students improve their interview and resume skills. They often, along with Admissions team, will host a table at career fairs to share educational opportunities as well.
Career Centers serve as hubs for job postings too! Local job seekers and businesses can make use of this service. Businesses can easily post a job opening through Mid Michigan College’s Career Center and anyone in the community has access and can respond to job postings. Educators can use the job postings to analyze local employment needs and assist their students with career planning to ensure employment after graduation.
Both Alma College and Central Michigan University use Handshake. Handshake is one of the top free posting sites for employers to connect with students and young alumni from over 500 colleges across the US. Through Handshake employers can also request an information session and table for an event or to place strategically at the University for the purposes of recruitment.
CMU also offers a unique opportunity to employers, The Employer Spotlight. Through this program, students are provided the opportunity to engage with a featured employer and learn more about the internship/career opportunities available. Employers are available to students throughout the day at a specified location on campus, typically starting at 9am. Additionally, employer representatives spend 10 minutes in a variety of classes (based on interested areas of study and recruitment needs).
Current trends strongly emphasize the desire for students to participate in work-based learning experiences. We have known for quite some time that the job market is changing rapidly, your grandpa’s job is probably not still available, and our grandchildren will have job opportunities we can’t even imagine. Therefore, high school and early college students need to get out there and experience jobs and careers they don’t hear about at home. Career Centers are more and more often serving as the hub for that activity. If a student wants a work-based learning experience, contacting the Career Center can put him in touch with a local business willing to host the students. And likewise, businesses who want to attract and inspire young local talent can put themselves in the database housed at the Career Center as potential hosts.
For Mid Michigan College work-based learning: https://www.midmich.edu/student-resources/career-center
For CMU work-based learning: https://www.cmich.edu/ess/careers/Pages/internships-co-ops.aspx
For Alma College work-based learning: https://www.alma.edu/academics/support/center-for-student-opportunity/career-services.php
Career Centers also have staff and resources to keep students and the community in touch with every newly available resource. The Mid Michigan College website has recently added connecting information for the Pure Michigan Talent Connect effort. The Talent Connect effort is a collaborative effort of the State of Michigan’s Workforce Development Agency (WDA) and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and serves as a launch pad for new jobs, careers, and talent. It is an online marketplace connecting Michigan’s job seekers and employers, and serves as a central hub linking all public and private stakeholders who support Michigan’s workforce. Pure Michigan Talent Connect serves as the state’s labor exchange system.
Another great opportunity for connecting is a community job fair. A job fair is a convenient opportunity for employers to interview and hire local workers and for job seekers to connect with companies who need their skills. Mid Michigan College holds their job fair on the Mt. Pleasant Campus in late September. CMU College of Science and Engineering has a fair in mid- September.
Alma College hosts a unique event each fall called Career EXPLO. It is a cross between a job fair and networking event, providing upperclassmen with exposure to entry-level jobs and internships while allowing underclassmen to explore potential career paths.
SO MANY OPPORTUNITIES offered through the local Career Centers!