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Student Development

The Center for Career Exploration & Success offers services to students from their first day on campus until their last. No matter their year in school, it is important for students to have the right tools and knowledge to help them make the best possible career decisions.

Your student's journey begins now! You can help your student navigate the career planning process and ensure his or her success at Miami University and beyond. The following resources are designed to help you as you encourage your student to complete this exciting journey.


The first step for your student is to DISCOVER his or her strengths, values, abilities, interests and skills. Your student should:

  • Familiarize himself or herself with the Center for Career Exploration & Success website, including career development programs, workbooks such as Mapping Your Miami Journey.
  • Take FOCUS 2 or other career assessments to identify occupations that match his or her interests, skills, values, personality and potential major.
  • Explore majors. Assistance is available through your Career Advisor to explore majors and career opportunities
  • Use the Career Center Website to research potential careers.
  • Attend a Career Exploration Series event to learn about the different industries and career paths and meet employers at the career fair through the special program for first-year students.
  • Participate in volunteer activities and join student organizations to help build communication, teamwork and critical thinking skills.
  • Take EDL 100 - Career Development for the College Student to explore majors and career opportunities.
  • Create a resume on Optimal Resume and a LinkedIn profile and have them reviewed during Resume Drop-In Hours. No appointment is necessary.
  • Attend a LinkedIn workshop and have his or her photograph taken for their LinkedIn profile. You can help your student by reviewing his or her work and providing your insight as well.
  • Seek advice from faculty, administrators, advisors, and friends. Have your student learn how to meet and get to know faculty and administrators.
  • Access the Center for Career Exploration & Success website and program offerings. Students who start with the end in mind will find career exploration easier to navigate as they progress through their Miami experience.
  • Find a meaningful summer job to develop confidence, skills, and work ethic.


Your student’s next step is to INVESTIGATE career choices. Researching and validating the choices will help confirm that your student is on the right path. Your student should:

    • Schedule mock interviews and career advising appointments.
    • Sign-up for on campus interviews with employers.
    • Upload resumes and other documents for use in his or her job/internship search.
    • Have his or her resume included in the Resume Book for employer viewing.
    • View job and internship postings.
    • Access employer profile information.
  • Participate in an informational interview and in a job shadowing experience in his or her areas of interest.
  • Refine his or her resume and LinkedIn profile. Build a network of contacts and research employers.
  • Create a cover letter and have it reviewed at a drop-in session or during an advising appointment.
  • Select or re-evaluate his or her major. Begin identifying career options. He or she should meet with an Academic Advisor and Career Advisor for assistance.
  • Use Handshake and Internet resources to research job/internship postings.
  • Attend Center for Career Exploration & Success programs that are most relevant to his or her internship and career options.
  • Attend Miami Career Fairs to speak with employers about job/internship options.
  • Talk to faculty and staff about the careers your student is interested in exploring. He or she should also consider undergraduate research opportunities or high-impact student jobs on campus.


Major course work, networking, internships and work EXPERIENCE help sharpen focus, build credentials and marketability. Your student should:

  • Review the Internship Search Timetable Checklist
  • Prepare an updated resume tailored for an internship search. Upload the resume onto Handshake.
  • Attend Career Center programs that are most relevant to your students internship and career options and enhance job search skills.
  • Attend one of Miami's Career Fairs to speak with employers about internship opportunities.
  • Research possible internship opportunities on Handshake and Internet resources on the Center for Career Exploration & Success website.
  • Create and expand networks through personal and LinkedIn contacts. Encourage your student to tap into your personal network to find professional mentors.
  • Consider a study abroad program to expand his or her understanding of different cultures and international issues.
  • Stay informed. Your student should subscribe to free newsletters about the industries or markets he or she is most interested in.
  • Get involved in a professional organization related to his or her potential career field. Students can find many student organizations that are career oriented. You can also help your student connect with local professional organizations. Professional organizations often have student memberships that can be obtained at a significantly discounted rate. They also usually host seminars and networking events that bring together industry professionals.
  • Attend relevant Center for Career Exploration & Success programs to enhance job search skills.
  • Investigate the role of graduate/professional school in his or her potential career field. Attend the workshop Planning for Graduate School. Many students from Miami attend graduate/professional school. You can talk to your student about the feasibility of continued education after receiving his or her Bachelor’s degree.
  • Sign up for a Mock Interview. Mock interviews are a great way to practice interview skills. You can also practice with your student by routinely asking interview questions, assessing responses and providing critical feedback.
  • Identify faculty and staff who may be able to serve as references. Encourage your student to create and maintain connections with the faculty and staff they interact with. Scheduling appointments and attending office hours will benefit them during the school year and in the future.
  • Continue involvement in Miami clubs and organizations or service activities for public speaking, leadership and organizational skills. Taking on leadership roles helps students practice the skills that contribute to success in their professional endeavors. Employers are looking for a number of skills; you can help your student effectively acquire them. Complete the Value of Service in Your Career Search brochure.
  • Use CAREERlink and Career Center Internet resources to find meaningful summer jobs and internships that can help your student confirm his or her career interests.
  • Finalize an elevator speech for prospective employers by completing the Telling Your Story workbook.
  • Review the Translating Your Study Abroad Experience booklet if applicable.


The last phase is your student’s opportunity to use all that he or she has learned and experienced to ACHIEVE a great job or pursue his or her dreams for graduate/professional school. Your student should:

  • Commit to a thorough job search and develop a plan for contacting employers. There are many resources to assist students in their job search process, including the job search timetable checklist. You can ask your student clarification questions to help him or her set goals and realistic expectations about life after Miami.
  • Finalize his or her career network, refine network skills and continue to develop contacts. Continue to encourage your student to tap into your personal network to find professional mentors and referral sources.
  • Attend job search, networking and LinkedIn programs to assist in his or her job search plan.
  • Upload an updated resume to Handshake and utilize it as well for internet-based job searches.
  • Practice interviewing skills. You can also practice with your student by routinely asking him or her interview questions, assessing responses and providing critical feedback. Your student also needs to understand the dress code for interviews.
  • Have resumes, LinkedIn profile, and cover letters reviewed with a Career Assistant during drop-in hours.
  • Utilize Handshake and internet job search resources to search for posted positions and employer information.
  • Identify job opportunities utilizing CAREERlink and internet job search, LinkedIn and twitter resources and submit applications. Stay organized by keeping a log of all employer contacts, interview offers and follow-up activities. You can help your student by both challenging and supporting him or her during the job search process.
  • Sign up for a Mock Interview. Mock interviews are a great way to practice interview skills. Practice, practice, practice!
  • Attend the Miami Career Fairs and other specialized fairs. Miami has a strong connection with many top companies across the nation. By encouraging your student to attend the career fairs, your student can speak directly to recruiters to find out about the companies and job/internship openings.
  • Sign up for on-campus interviews using CAREERlink. Many first round interviews for companies that recruit at Miami occur on campus. As long as your student has completed Basic Interviewing Skills, he or she can apply for on-campus interviews.
  • Research companies before attending fairs or interviewing with employers. With so much information about companies available online, there is no reason why your student should not know the basics about a company and what it is like to work there.
  • Make decisions about accepting, declining or negotiating offers