Launching a Successful Career
Dear Parents and Families,
One of Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is "begin with the end in mind." The end result of your student's Michigan Tech experience will ultimately be a successful career in the industry of her or his choosing. Michigan Tech Career Services’ mission is to work collaboratively with our campus community and corporate partners to help our students develop their talents and communicate them to prospective employers. Our programs are designed to:
- Help students explore and define their career interests
- Provide unique and engaging opportunities that allow students to begin building their professional network
- Give students professional guidance in effectively communicating their talents through their résumés, interview skills, and other platforms such as LinkedIn.
You are your student's number-one support network. Our goal is to keep you updated on the opportunities we're providing to help your student effectively launch and navigate a successful career.
Stephen Patchin, Director
Michigan Tech Career Services
Resources for Students
Though first-year students may not think to make career development a priority, we want them to know it is never too early to start. By starting early and working consistently on their career development, students aren’t stressed finding a job when they graduate; they're stressed because they have to choose which job offer, of many, to accept!
- Use Career Services to make the process easy, effective, and enjoyable
- Meet with a Career Services Advisor for all things career-related
- Pursue co-ops or internships — some are available for first-year students
Peer coaches are available in our Career Services Learning Center. They are upper-level Michigan Tech students who can provide your student the best advice from another student’s perspective.
- Be sure your résumé is college-ready
- Find out the inside scoop on one of the largest Career Fairs in the entire country
- Practice answering interview questions
- Find out how to best search for a co-op or internship
Students may think the résumé is the key to a successful job search, but even more important is making personal connections and networking. Students should take advantage of all the events leading up to the Career Fair, because they are opportunities to build their personal network.
Know how to make the best first impression with your personal introduction at all the events
Be sure your résumé is up to date - attend a Résumé Blitz or the Career Services Learning Center
For the Career Fair, do your homework and dress professionally. Make sure to find out which companies you want to target at the event.
Industry Days are the perfect opportunity for your student to learn more about the types of industries they can pursue through interactive networking events. Students should visit the tent between classes to find out what an industry is like and meet a company representative.
- Learn more about a variety of industries: Aerospace, Foundry, Automotive, Petroleum, Steel, Information Technology, and more
- Get involved in a hands-on activity: tear down an engine, cook popcorn on a Cupola, or drive a vehicle fresh off the production line
- Have an informal conversation with a recruiter and leave a lasting impression - these recruiters remember an enthusiastic student
CareerFEST, held under the tent in the heart of campus, provides a full month of activities to explore a career, network with companies and prepare for the main event, the Career Fair. Encourage your student to check the calendar and attend as many events as possible.
- Have your résumé reviewed at a Résumé Blitz, participate in a mock interview, and attend a presentation to learn how to get a co-op or internship
- Meet the person who has the power to give you a job
- Start building your professional profile—start early and the end is easy