About the Career Center

Mission statement

To provide comprehensive career development services to students along their path to life-long success and to foster partnerships among students, employers, faculty, and staff

Vision statement

To empower all Missouri State Bears for lifelong career success.

Core values


We provide an inclusive, supportive, and compassionate environment that respects and incorporates the thoughts, beliefs, and experience of others.


We intentionally collaborate with internal and external partners to create connections that assist our stakeholders in achieving common goals and outcomes.

Student success

We contribute to student retention and completion by creating opportunities that support career development, career readiness, and lifelong learning through engaging students and alumni in career services, resources, and education.


We are committed to professional education, growth, and innovation to effectively serve and advise our stakeholders regarding career-related needs in an ever-changing world of work.


We demonstrate integrity through the responsible use of resources, making data-driven decisions, and upholding ethical standards in supporting career development among students.

The Career Center’s role is primarily educational: individuals learn career-planning and job-search techniques that they will use not only during college and immediately after graduation, but throughout their career life. Career Center staff members guide students in locating resources and developing career management skills.

Students who use the Career Center's services benefit from increased career awareness and job-search skills. Early career planning equals career success.

Our services cover three main areas: 1) career counseling and academic major exploration; 2) internships and relevant experience; and 3) job search, graduate school, and the world of work.

Career counseling and academic major exploration

  • Individual appointments with Career Resources Specialists
  • Self assessments and inventories such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and the Strong Interest Inventory
  • Career course—IDS 120: Exploring Majors and Careers
  • Occupational information and trends
  • What Can I Do with This Major?
  • Goal-setting and decision-making assistance

Internships and relevant experience

  • Individual appointments with career resources specialists who specialize in the different colleges and schools within the University
  • Handshake, an online resource for full-time jobs and internships, which is free to students and alumni
  • Skill exploration
  • Mock interviews
  • Assistance and review of résumés and cover letters
  • Portfolio development
  • Employer/industry research
  • Networking

Job search, graduate school, and the world of work

  • Customized appointments with Career Resources Specialists
  • Assistance with the job-search process
  • Review of application materials
  • Interview assistance
  • Full-time job postings on Handshake
  • Assistance with applying for graduate or professional schools
  • Information on the world of work