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Ask an Expert: Cover Letters 101

Question: I’m applying to a role that asks for both a resume and a cover letter. What’s a cover letter? Does it really matter? How do I write an effective cover letter?

A cover letter is definitely one of the …

By Bill Morgan
Bill Morgan Experiential Learning & On-Campus Internship Coordinator, Career Services Network
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Ask an Expert: Alternatives to Summer Internships

Q: I wasn’t able to land an internship this summer. What are my options to still gain some experience and build my skills?

Summer is a great time to engage in some resume building activities! Here are some ideas to …

By Rachel Mangiavellano
Rachel Mangiavellano Assistant Director, Career Services Network
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Ask an Expert: Careers Working with Animals

Q: I’d like to pursue a career working with animals. Is becoming a veterinarian my only option?

It’s not! MSU alumni work with animals every day without degrees in Veterinary Medicine. You might consider some of the below opportunities as …

By Jill Cords
Jill Cords Assistant Director, Career Services Network
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Ask an Expert: How to Write a Creative Resume

Q: I’m planning to work in a creative field and want my resume to stand out without being “over the top.” How should I approach designing it?  

If you’re planning to pursue a major or field of study in a …

By Victoria Morris
Victoria Morris Assistant Director, Career Services Network
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Ask an Expert: How to Conduct an Informational Interview

I’ve been told that a good way to learn about different roles/industries is to conduct informational interviews with alumni in those spaces.  What’s the best way to approach conducting an informational interview?

Consider approaching an informational interview like an informal …

By Karissa Chabot-Purchase
Karissa Chabot-Purchase Assistant Director, Career Services Network
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Ask an Expert: Is Teaching the Right Career Path for You?

Question: I’m considering teaching as a potential career path. What do I need to know? 

Now more than ever, elementary, secondary, and special education teachers are needed to fill critical roles in K-12 schools. Newly trained and certified teachers are …

By Pepa Casselman
Pepa Casselman Career Consultant, College of Education
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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
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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 Associate Director, Undergraduate Career Coach - Russell Palmer Career Management Center
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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 Assistant Director, Career Services Network
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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 Assistant Director, Career Services Network
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26%

Bachelor's degree graduates continue education.

 

76%

Undergraduate students complete an internship.

 

94%

Bachelor's degree graduates work or continue education.

*Data Source: Post-graduation outcomes and experiences of spring & summer bachelor’s degree recipients (2018- 2021).