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The MWSU Career Development Center (CDC) is a centralized, comprehensive operation geared to assist all MWSU students with their career management needs. Our office is a full-function career planning center serving all MWSU students from freshman year through graduation.

Career Resources

Hello, my name is InternThe more knowledge you have on your major the better employee you’ll be at your internship. Most students do not begin working at an internship until they have chosen a major and has begun taking course in the major.

Internships help you build invaluable real-world work experience, which sometimes means taking an unpaid internship, though some internships are paid.

Internship Perks

  • Expanded professional network (It’s not always what you know, but who you know.)
  • Further developed communication skills
  • Improved ability to carry yourself as a young professional
  • A possible full-time spot on the company’s team
  • Added experience to include on your resume

The interviewing process can be nerve-racking and scary at times, but with these tips you can say goodbye to the sweaty hands and fidgeting and hello to interviewing with confidence. Interviews are opportunities to impress someone who might become your new boss.

A screening interview can be conducted over the phone or in-person. It is usually the first interview of someone who has qualifications. Depending on if you have impressed the employer, he or she will then let you know if you qualify to move on the second round of the interview process.

Phone interviews are often used to screen candidates in order to narrow the pool of applicants who will be invited for in-person interviews.

A typical job interview is one-on-one between a candidate for employment and a hiring manager. The interviewer will ask you questions from work experience to what you like doing in your spare time. This interview is usually conducted privately in a closed-door office.

Group interviews can involve many people. Companies usually use the group interview technique when it is a huge business or they need multiple people fast. At these interviews the applicants may answer a series of questions about team working skills, leadership, or complete problem-solving activities.

Big Interview:  If you are a virtual student or you missed one of our scheduled mock interview days, gain experience with Big Interview. This virtual mock interview training system is designed to help you improve your interview technique and build your confidence. Gain access to thousands of interview questions across dozens of industries and tips on how to answer them. Share your answers with faculty or Career Development Center staff to gain feedback.

Additional Resources:
Howdini | Preparing for a Job Interview

Upcoming Events

Leadership and Workplace Culture Series with Candy Whirley

September 26 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on October 22, 2019 at 2:30 pm

One event on November 14, 2019 at 2:30 pm

Handshake Training Session

October 1 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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One event on August 7, 2019 at 2:00 pm

One event on September 3, 2019 at 2:00 pm

One event on October 1, 2019 at 2:00 pm

One event on November 5, 2019 at 2:00 pm

One event on December 3, 2019 at 2:00 pm

Leadership and Workplace Culture Series with Candy Whirley

October 22 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on October 22, 2019 at 2:30 pm

One event on November 14, 2019 at 2:30 pm

Career advising is a dynamic, interactive process that ‘helps students understand how their personal interests, abilities, and values might predict success in the academic and career fields they are considering and how to form their academic and career goals accordingly’ (Gordon, 2006, p. 12). It is a process aimed at helping students effectively use information about themselves (e.g., interests, abilities, values, strengths) and the options available (e.g., majors, occupations, internships). Through the process, students integrate this information to set goals, make academic and career decisions, and develop plans to make meaning of their goals and decisions.” (Hughey & Hughey, 2009, p. 6)
Yes, all enrolled students and graduates of MWSU are able to take advantage of the services provided by the career center.
Yes! Please visit our office during scheduled walk-in hours, or call us to make an appointment and speak with a career advisor. We regularly schedule Career and Self-Assessment Workshops (CSAW’s) that help students identify their interests, skills, values, and personality and, with the guidance of a career counselor, you may connect the information you have gathered about yourself to possible majors and career.
Both on-campus and off-campus student employment opportunities are posted in Handshake. Students can access through their Goldlink profile.
No, we are not a placement office. However, we can provide you with various job searching tools necessary to conduct a proactive, strategic search in a highly competitive job market.
Yes, you can schedule an appointment to have a counselor review your resume. We DO NOT write the resume for you, rather we offer suggestions for improvement.

The best way to prepare for an interview is to research the company, review traditional and behavioral interview questions, and participate in mock interviews. You can schedule a mock interview by calling the career center.

MWSU students can also practice their interview skills at anytime with our virtual mock interview training system, Big Interview.

An informational interview is one way to get information regarding different occupations. Whether participating in a face-to-face discussion or phoning a professional in the field in which you are interested will give you a “heads-up” on the pros and cons of the profession, the qualifications needed, and may even provide a networking opportunity for you.

View events, including job fairs on the Career Services homepage. Career Services also sends emails to all students regarding events and will post announcements in the Griffon Weekly online publication.

Kansas Association of College and Employers
Human Resources Management Association
National Association of Colleges and Employers
NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education
National Career Development Association (NCDA)
Missouri Career Development Association

DISCLAIMER: Missouri Western State University’s Career Development Center and Student Employment acts only as a referral service, advising individuals of employment opportunities submitted to the office. No recommendations or guarantees are made about the positions or employers listed through Missouri Western. Missouri Western is not responsible for the wages, safety, working conditions, or other aspects of off-campus employment. We encourage you to conduct a broad search of jobs as often as needed to obtain employment. When reviewing job listings, students should keep in mind interests and career goals, in addition to schedule and pay rate. Off-campus jobs listed through Missouri Western are not endorsed by Missouri Western. It is the responsibility of the individual to take the necessary precautions when interviewing and accepting employment. Job seekers are encouraged to exercise good judgement when considering a job. Carefully check any employer you are considering to be sure the job offered is legitimate. Watch the Federal Trade Commission’s video on job scams.