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, interviewing, salary 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.
HOURS AND LOCATION
- Hours of operation: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Campus location: 1401 Ellsworth Hall, Mail Stop 5225
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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: Collaborate with Alumni Relations and Development, and Southwest Michigan First on the internship initiative.
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: Utilize employers and alumni to 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: Students have increased access to career education programming to support their retention and post-graduation outcomes.
- Strategy 3.1.A: Increase the number of student profiles in Handshake.
- Strategy 3.1.B: Engage students in career development programming in physical and digital spaces where students are present to ensure readiness for interactions with employers.
Goal 4: Maintain an efficient infrastructure to provide an environment conducive to learning and excellent service.
Objective 4.1: Staff is engaged in professional development and campus-wide service.
- Strategy 4.1.A: Staff serves on university-wide teams and participates in professional development aligned with strategic priorities.
Objective 4.2: Resources are allocated to deliver services in a welcoming, comfortable, and engaging manner.
- Strategy 4.2.A: Invest in department infrastructure to ensure inclusive service delivery.