Mid's Career Center team is ready to help you discover a meaningful career. Use innovative tools to choose a career path that meets your interests, skill level, personal values, lifestyle, and the current job market.
Build a resume that highlights your unique skills and perspective.
Gain experience on-the-job through internships.
Begin your journey toward an apprenticeship.
And discover job openings in the Michigan and across the Nation.
- Career/Transfer Exploration
- Résumé & Cover Letter Development
- Interview Preparation
- Career Placement Assistance
- Internship/Apprenticeship Placement
- Please complete the Focus 2 career-exploration tool.
- Your résumé
- List of your work history and/or experiences
- Course work
- Focus 2 results
How can I learn more about a career?
Contact the Career Center today to learn more about these options.
While the College offers courses in many areas of study, it can be hard to practice the skills you're learning in the classroom in a real-world, work environment. There are practical applications of skills that are best developed in the field, that can simply not be duplicated in the classroom. To learn within a workplace setting, you can pursue an internship in the career field you're interested in. Internships provide an opportunity to learn in a hands-on environment, are often temporary positions, and can be paid or unpaid. The types of skills learned may range from organizational skills, people management, time management, negotiations, and much more. For these reasons alone, an internship proves to be a vital part of your educational program and development as a professional.
Most job shadowing opportunities are unpaid and primarily offer the participant a sense of the field and the specific type of work they would do if they entered the profession. The goal is to provide participants with industry experience and knowledge. Job shadowing often means you'll spend the day with a professional in the field of your choice as an observer, more than a participant. Depending on the nature of the company you visit, your job shadowing experience may include sitting in on meetings, facility tours, observing daily work, informational interviews, or even hands-on projects.
An apprenticeship is a formal employment program that trains you to do a specific job. Unlike internships, apprenticeships employ people who already know which career path they wish to follow. If you enter into apprenticeship, you'll sign a contract with your employer and learn specific skills. This usually includes a mix of on-the-job training and work experience, and formal, classroom-based learning. Programs last from one to six years, and at the end of your apprenticeship, you'll have a formal certification and the skills needed to work in your chosen field. Traditionally, apprenticeship programs have targeted skilled trades careers, such as welding, electrical, and other specialized skilled trades roles.