Ask an Expert: Building a Portfolio Career

Question: I’m considering a career path that will involve working freelance (earning revenue from multiple streams).  What are some factors I should consider as I make my decision?

Are you interested in a career field where there is a lot …

By Christine Beamer
Christine Beamer Director of Career Education, College of Music Christine Beamer
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Annual Collegiate Recruiting Survey: Hiring, Wages Expected to Climb

The job market for new college graduates is rebounding from the COVID-19-driven decline.

Phil Gardner, author of Michigan State University’s Collegiate Employment Research Institute annual Recruiting Trends survey, said employers who had slowed recruiting during the pandemic have accelerated efforts …

By Terri Hughes-Lazzell
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Ask an Expert: Taking “Perfection” Out of Exploration

Question: How do I know if I’m making the “right” major and/or career choice? 

As we enter November, it is often a common time of reflection for all of us as we round the corner to the end of the …

By Lauren Hinkel
Lauren Hinkel Career Advisor - All Majors Lauren Hinkel
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Ask an Expert: 5 Tips to Write a Resume if You Feel Like You Don’t Have Any Experience


Question: How can I write a resume if I feel like I don’t have any experience?

Answer: Traditional resume sections are more flexible than you might think! Class projects, volunteer work, and involvement in organizations are all worthy of …

By Allison Fox
Allison Fox Career Consultant, Residential College in the Arts and Humanities and International Studies and Programs Allison Fox
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Ask an Expert: Writing a Personal Statement

Question: I’m overwhelmed at the thought of writing a personal statement to accompany my graduate/professional/law school application. Where do I even begin?  

Answer: Most graduate programs ask for personal statements (sometimes called statements of purpose or statements of intent) to …

By Karissa Chabot-Purchase
Karissa Chabot-Purchase Career Consultant, James Madison College Karissa Chabot-Purchase
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Spartan Showcase: Undergraduate Research Clarifies Professional Aspirations

Rising fourth-year Michigan State University (MSU) student, Andrew McDonald, knows much about balancing responsibilities in the pursuit of his goals. Triple majoring through the College of Natural Science, the College of Engineering and the Honors College, McDonald is studying computer …

By Sammi Williams
Sammi Williams Social Relations and Policy Major
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14 Great Jobs for College Students That Give You “Real World” Skills

There’s a lot going on during your undergraduate years—and not all of it is directly tied to your future career. But at least part of going to college is about getting the skills you need to land your first job …

By Lily Zhang - The Muse
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Spartan Showcase: Passion for Learning Sparked a Career in Student Support

As a three-time graduate of the Michigan State University (MSU) College of Education, alumni Greg Steele is a lifelong learner with a deep-running connection to the university. Earning a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education in 2002, Steele would go on …

By Sammi Williams
Sammi Williams Social Relations and Policy Major
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Spartan Showcase: Global Projects Internship

A passion for law drew Michigan State University undergraduate Annie Hamaty to the James Madison College. Studying both Social Relations and Policy and Comparative Cultures and Politics, Hamaty has learned how different policies impact domestic and international communities, which was …

By Sammi Williams
Sammi Williams Social Relations and Policy Major
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Alumna Making Waves in the Agriculture Industry

Celia Salmon: Taking the road less traveled

“Growing up the daughter of a dairy veterinarian, I spent a lot of time riding with my dad when my daycare would shut down during summer. My mother also works in research and …

By Jill Cords
Jill Cords Career Consultant, College of Agriculture & Natural Resources Jill Cords
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