In addition to excellent academic programs and extensive on-campus activities, Michigan Tech students benefit from many professional-development tools and opportunities.
Encourage your student to be proactive in their career development. There are many ways in which students can better prepare themselves for a professional position, graduate school, or a military career, and Michigan Tech can help them to explore these options.
Career Services offers students the opportunity to improve their career readiness through workshops, seminars, resume-review sessions, mock interviews, and a career foundations class. Students seeking internships, co-ops, and full-time positions can test their job-search skills at the Career Fair, which brings hundreds of employers to campus each semester.
Career Services also has resources that can help students explore possible careers. MyPlan allows your student to take a career interest inventory, personality tests, and other assessments to determine their strengths and career paths that might be a good fit. The HuskyJOBS system allows Michigan Tech students to post their resumes online, as well as search and apply for jobs, co-ops, and internship positions.
One of the best ways your student can increase their job competitiveness is to gain as much relevant work experience as possible while they are still in school. An Internship or Co-op position provides valuable hands-on experience, as well as opportunities for networking and developing problem-solving skills.
Academic and professional student organizations can also enhance your student’s understanding of their chosen field. The Enterprise Program is another great opportunity for students to gain practical work experience. There are over 25 different Enterprise teams, and each one allows students to work together with their peers and a faculty advisor on a real-world project, which is often industry-sponsored. Often, students choose to fulfill their Senior Design requirement with Enterprise. (Encourage your student to talk to their academic advisor about alternatives for meeting degree requirements that may better suit your student’s interests).
Many employers look for leadership skills in job candidates, so it is important for your student to develop these skills throughout their time at Michigan Tech. Students may take on leadership positions in student government, student organizations, or their class projects, and may choose to participate in opportunities dedicated to building leadership, such as the LeaderShape Institute, the HuskyLEAD program, or Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Week.