About Us

Career and Student Employment Services at Western Michigan University offers comprehensive career development and engagement between students and employers for internships and jobs. We provide career advising, assistance with resumes, cover letters, interviewingsalary negotiation, job search strategies, job fairs, campus employment. We also deliver workshops and presentations, and report on WMU graduates' career outcomes.

Our mission is to empower students to develop the skills necessary for reaching their career goals.


Our Core values

Students - Focus on students. Cultivate experiences that guide students towards academic, career, social, and lifetime success and happiness. 

Diversity and Inclusion - Advocate for an open and inclusive campus. Be mindful of the unique perspectives and lived experiences of those who do and those who do not represent the traditional majority. Actively respect the ideas, values, contributions, and perspectives of others. 

Trust and Accountability - Complete tasks with integrity, take responsibility for our actions, follow through on our commitments, and communicate respectfully about the process and outcome. 

Service - Take initiative to understand, research, and offer ethical and appropriate solutions. Represent Career and Student Employment Services and Western Michigan University positively and professionally. 

Collaboration - Utilize the unique talents and strengths of team members and partners; share ownership of the process and outcome. 

Communication - Be open, transparent, and respectful of the ideas, values, strengths, and perspectives of others. Use active listening and seek mutual understanding. 

Efficiency - Use available resources, such as data and others' expertise, to inform our decisions. Consider what is best for the whole system. Look for ways to avoid redundancy and complacency. 


Goal 1: Teach students to develop and apply knowledge about self to career decision making.

Objective 1.1: Career assessment instruments are used systematically to help students articulate their VISP (values, interests, skills, and personality) to increase career clarity.

  • Strategy 1.1.A: Engage students who took Focus2 assessment in First Year Seminar in relevant career development programming to assist them with identifying majors and career pathways.
  • Strategy 1.1.B: Build a Strengths culture at WMU through staff training, campus-wide collaborations, and involving students in meaningful Strengths activities.

Objective 1.2: Students are engaged in the career development process to support their retention at WMU.

  • Strategy 1.2.A: Intentionally engage underrepresented identity-based student groups in career development.
  • Strategy 1.2.B: Follow up with students participating in career advising and job fairs to keep them engaged in the career development process by providing relevant resources and opportunities for next steps.
  • Strategy 1.2.C: Collaborate with Alumni Relations and Development to create additional on-campus student jobs focused on developing career readiness as a vehicle to increased retention and graduation rates.  

Goal 2: Help students identify and develop transferable and job-specific skills.

Objective 2.1: Students learn to articulate the career competencies employers seek in candidates.

  • Strategy 2.1.A: Create an employer and alumni advisory forum to strengthen relationships with industry professionals and obtain input about career competencies for college graduates.
  • Strategy 2.1.B: Incorporate career readiness competencies, 30-second commercial, and Handshake into all presentations and workshops.
  • Strategy 2.1.C: Teach WMU student employees to articulate career competencies through career readiness certificate training and resources provided to student supervisors.

Goal 3: Assist students to successfully transition after graduation: obtaining jobs, graduate school, or other goals aligned with their VISP.

Objective 3.1: Handshake is used campus-wide to help students connect with employers and career development resources.

  • Strategy 3.1.A: Increase the number of student profiles with uploaded resumes in Handshake.
  • Strategy 3.1.B: Collaborate with University partners to increase the use of Handshake among students.

Objective 3.2: Students in all majors have diverse opportunities to engage with employers.

  • Strategy 3.2.A: Increase awareness about the annual Spring Recruiting Showcase among students, faculty, and staff.    
  • Strategy 3.2.B: Engage students in job fair preparation programming in spaces where students are present to ensure readiness for interactions with employers.
  • Strategy 3.2.C: Seek funding from employers to support career development programming for students, including intentional interactions with alumni mentors, and improved visibility of career programming.

Objective 3.3: Students have increased access to career education to support their retention and post-graduation outcomes.

  • Strategy 3.3.A: Implement an online career development curriculum to increase students’ access to career education digitally.
  • Strategy 3.3.B: Build the second mobile kiosk to ensure career development programming and resources are available in the spaces frequented by students.
  • Strategy 3.3.C: Career and Student Employment Services is intentionally integrated into student experience at WMU by locating career development services in the newly built student union. 

Goal 4: Maintain an efficient infrastructure to provide an environment conducive to learning and excellent service.

Objective 4.1: Staff is familiar with key WMU resources and initiatives.

  • Strategy 4.1.A: All CSES professional staff and student employees are able to effectively use Handshake to help constituents.
  • Strategy 4.1.B: Staff receives training in Strengths to effectively support student career development.
  • Strategy 4.1.C: Staff meetings involve student and staff speakers to better meet the needs of identity-based student groups.

Objective 4.2: Decisions related to resources are based on strategic objectives.

  • Strategy 4.2.A: Integrated planning and budgeting is used to make decisions about the department infrastructure.