Career Services

Parents & Families

 

UMSL Career Services is committed to assisting UMSL students as they navigate through decision processes surrounding jobs, internships, and what to do after graduation. Recognizing the critical role family members often have in a student’s personal career choices, please encourage your student to take advantage of our services.

Parents and Family--Frequently Asked Questions



How can Career Services help my student?

What is career counseling?

When should my student begin working with Career Services?

My student is new to UMSL. Can my student use your office?

Will you help get my student a job or internship?

My student is majoring in ___________. How marketable is THAT?

My student is undeclared or talks about switching major. How can I be supportive?

What percentage of UMSL students actually find a job after graduating, and what kind of salaries are they getting?

How do you schedule appointments?

 

How can Career Services help my student?

Career Services helps degree-seeking students and recent graduates determine a career path and assist them in preparation for the job and internship search. Some of these services include: Resume/cover letter review, interview preparation, Job/internship leads through our web-based software, UMSL CareerKey , assessments, Job/internship fairs, workshops, special programming and events, on-campus job leads, on-campus interviews and employer led workshops. Students may find out dates and register for Job Fairs, Workshops, and Employer Events by clicking on the Related Links section.

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What is career counseling?

Career counseling is a collaborative effort between the student and a Career Professional where the process is devoted to focusing on career exploration, career change, personal career development and other career related issues. Those who seek out career counseling typically know exactly what they want to get out of the process, but are unsure about how this process may look or work. Often, Career Professionals will employ the use of assessments to gain additional objective insight into a particular concern for the student. The three assessments utilized by UMSL Career Services are:

Strong Interest Inventory (SII): Measures your interests to help you identify a career focus and begin your career planning and exploration process.

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI): Analyzes your strengths and reveals information about how you think, communicate, and interact.

Focus 2: A computerized, self-guided career-planning program. Use this comprehensive research tool to evaluate your interests, values, skills, and explore occupations. Assess your career readiness, map your career goals, and take action with FOCUS.

To take an assessment:

After your student’s Assessment:

Assessments can help your student identify possibilities. After completing a career assessment, your student’s next task is to investigate career options of interest. This is a process and takes time and effort. Steps involved include research, speaking with individuals in careers of interest, and gaining related experience while completing education.

It is important to remember that choices regarding career are not static. Your student—and the world of work—change. Even if your student may have previously completed a career assessment, they may find their preferences are different. We are here to help your student find success!

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When should my student begin working with Career Services?

It is never too early for your student to come talk with us! We welcome incoming freshmen as well as recent Transfer students to get involved with Career Services early in their academic career at UMSL. Through connecting with our office early, your student will have an edge in career readiness, connection to experiential learning through jobs or internships, and expanding their professional network.

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My student is new to UMSL. Can my student use your office?

Yes, all currently enrolled, degree-seeking students are welcome to utilize our office.

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Will you help get my student a job or internship?

Of course! While we do not serve as a placement service for students and recent graduates, we are committed to assisting your student through resources and preparation intended to empower them to successfully secure employment or internship opportunities. Our office posts available on-campus employment and Federal Work Study, as well as 24/7 access to Job and Internship leads through our web-based program UMSL CareerKey.

-To view on-campus positions, please access On-Campus Student Jobs

-To view information on Federal Work Study, click here

-For information about On-Campus Recruiting, click here

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My student is majoring in ___________. How marketable is THAT?

We encourage you to check out What Can I Do With This Major? located in the Related Links section. It is a great resource to connect majors to career areas. It is important to help your student understand that many times, skills and experiences gained outside the classroom direct an individual’s career path. One major can lead to numerous careers and most careers can be entered with a variety of majors. Career Professionals on staff are available to discuss majors and career goals with students during individual appointments.

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My student is undeclared or talks about switching major. How can I be supportive?

Career exploration is a lifelong process influenced by our change in interests, values, knowledge and abilities. Be aware that most students will change their major at least once over the course of their college career. You can assist your student with this process in the following ways:

Encourage Exploration—Be enthusiastic about your student taking courses in subjects of interest to them. Understand the most successful choice of major is a personal decision based off of individual interests, values, and skills.

Support Involvement—On-Campus clubs, organizations, memberships, and sports offer students a chance to interact with others who share common interests.

Involvement is also an excellent opportunity for your student to develop leadership ability, teamwork, time management, and other career-related skills which can transfer to the world of work.

Promote Internships or Experiential Learning—Research indicates that those students who had at least one paid internship during their college career not only fared better in securing employment post-graduation, but were able to command higher salaries than their peers not participating in internships. Internships are also a great way to “test the waters” with a position or company of interest without the implications of full time employment.

Recommend Visits to Resources on Campus—Encourage your student to make an individual appointment with a Career Professional to learn more about how we can help them with their career development and preparedness. There are also dedicated advisors in the College of Arts and Sciences who work with undeclared students. View more information here: http://www.umsl.edu/divisions/artscience/Advising%20and%20Student%20Resources/Undeclared%20Students/index.html

In addition, your student’s career development will go through different phases depending upon their year in school. The Career Development Checklist is a great resource for students to keep track of tasks associated with each year in college.

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What percentage of UMSL students actually find a job after graduating, and what kind of salaries are they getting?

Many factors determine students’ success in securing positions relative to their major. Career Services conducts graduate surveys every two years to compile data specific to UMSL students. For the most current figures and breakdown among the majors represented at UMSL, please refer to the Graduate Survey.

The salary a recent graduate can negotiate with an employer is variable depending upon factors such as academic performance, major area of study, and practical work experience through internship or co-op for example. UMSL Career Services reports information to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE); a professional organization devoted to the research and promotion of career placement and planning services in higher education. The NACE Salary Calculator is a useful online resource to get information regarding salary information.

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How do you schedule appointments?

A student can request an in-office appointment by stopping into the office, via phone at 314-516-5111, or via email at careerservices@umsl.edu. We welcome walk-ins for general questions. We recommend a student schedule a 1:1 appointment with a Career Professional to do more in-depth coaching or counseling. These appointments are normally scheduled for 60 minutes. We are also able to conduct appointments via phone or email depending upon the nature of the student’s need. Let us help!

Office Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 8am-5:30pm
Friday: 8am-5pm


Location:
Career Services
University of Missouri-St. Louis
278 Millennium Student Center
One University Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63121-4499


(314) 516-5111
(314) 516-6535 (fax)

careerservices@umsl.edu

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