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Request a Workshop

Career Services is happy to come and present to MSU classes and student organizations. Faculty consultation is available to help develop a customized workshop that meets your instructional objectives or to help you integrate career development content throughout your curricula. Please feel free to contact Tammison Smith at (517) 884-1353 or smitht62@msu.edu  or connect with the Career Consultant for your college to discuss customization for your class.

For student groups we would happy to customize workshops to meet your needs, however please note that in an hour long presentation we are able to cover only ONE topic. We encourage you to first consider on the General Workshops listed below.  Please contact Tammison Smith at (517) 884-1353 or smitht62@msu.edu or connect with your college’s Career Consultant for more information.

To Request a Workshop

Please send the following information to careerpresentation@csp.msu.edu (Due to a high volume of demand, we recommend workshops be requested at least 30 days in advance):

  • Preferred focus (ONE topic can be covered during a 60 minute presentation; see General Workshops offerings listed below)

  • Date and time of workshop

  • Location

  • Technology available in presentation space

  • Number of students attending

  • Information on the students i.e. (class rank, group’s mission)

  • Requesting person’s name, e-mail and phone

General Workshops (topics)

Choosing a major

College is full of choices, not the least of which is finding the major that fits your goals and interests. This workshop introduces you to a variety of resources designed to help you explore your interests and develop a plan to explore your academic and career options.

Developing a Career Plan

Not sure what you want to do? Uncertain about what you have to offer? Take this session to help clarify your thoughts and engage in personal reflection. This session will help you organize random thoughts and ideas into a solid strategy to help you navigate your career decisions and interviews successfully.

Developing a Portfolio

Portfolios aren’t just for artists and writers. Learn the difference between a personal and professional portfolio. Is an electronic portfolio right for you? Get valuable tips on the best way to present yourself to potential employers.

Dressing for Your Career

Professional.  Business casual.  Casual.  Campus casual.  With all of the words to describe attire it should be easier to figure out what to wear.  This workshop provides basic rules for career dressing for interviews to site visits to the first day on the job.  Pick up practical tips on how to build a professional wardrobe.  Can be customized for men, women or both.

Evaluating Job Offers

And you thought you were done with finals!  Negotiating the ins and outs of complex job offers can put you to the test.  Learn how to make good decisions about signing bonuses, benefits, 401Ks, relocation costs, and cost of living differentials.

Finding Internships and Career-Related Experience in College

Everyone wants you to have experience, but where do you start?  Learn what internships are and how to find them.  Explore other ways you can gain experience to forward your career before you graduate.

Graduate School Preparation

Pondering whether and when to “re-enlist” in higher education by going to a graduate or professional school?  Learn about resources to help you explore your educational goals and the steps you can take now to prepare you for graduate study.

How to Build Career-Related Contacts

You may have heard the old adage, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.”  This workshop covers some basic strategies for networking and building relationships that can help you both professionally and personally.

Job Search Strategies

Gotta get a job?  This workshop outlines the fundamentals of successful job campaigns from start to finish.  Learn how to target your job search effectively and the latest tips to give you the competitive edge.

Internet Career Tools

The Internet is a powerful job search tool, but try finding the right dot.com and then the right keyword to find what you want!  Explore some of the best job sites around and learn how to conduct effective job campaigns using all the Internet has to offer.

Interviewing

Employers are using a variety of interviewing techniques to assess job candidates.  Learn how to excel in all kinds of interview formats from phone interviews to group exercises to site visits.  This workshop can be offered at a variety of levels and be focused on specific interview formats upon request.

Personal Career Assessments

Career Services at the Student Services Building offers several different career assessments to help a student examine, understand and talk about how his/her interests, personality, values, and skills combine to make him/her who he/she is. While these assessments will not tell a student what major or career is best for him/her, the results can guide him/her toward careers he/she may wish to explore further. For more information, please see our assessment information page. Our staff is available to provide interpretation workshops for academic classes and student groups. Requires that the assessment chosen be taken at least one week in advance to allow us time to generate individual scoring reports. There is a small per student fee for several of the assessments.

Professional & Job Search Correspondence

Cover letters, follow up letters, thank you letters, acceptance letters, networking communication,developing effective correspondence and communication strategies is a valuable tool for any professional endeavor.  Use this session to develop networking/follow up plans and outline customizable templates for your correspondence.

Researching Employers and Career-Related Information

Successful career decisions depend on your knowledge of potential employers and market trends.  Learn how to find the recruiting and employment trends in various industries.  What’s a reasonable salary offer?  How do you evaluate an employer?  What kinds of questions should you ask an employer?

Resume Development

As career and employment trends change, so must the tools you use to communicate your talents and skills. Learn current techniques to write effective resumes to reach your employment goals.

Tours of the Career Development Center

Interactive and self-guided tours of the Career Development Center library are available upon request for academic classes and student groups.  We are happy to extend hours for groups upon request and staff availability.