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Faculty and Staff

Miami's Community

Faculty and staff are vital members of Miami's Career Community and are encouraged to assist students in developing the knowledge and skills needed to formulate and conduct a successful career plan.

Bring Career to your Classroom

The career planning process takes place throughout a student’s experience at Miami. We encourage you to utilize and refer your students to the many programs and services the Career Center offers:

Professional discussing their career roadmap to Miami students in classroom

Connect with Employers

Here are some ways you can utilize your industry connections for the benefit of your students:

  • Reach out to them and ask if you can share their information with your students to get them connected.
  • Have them guest speak to your classes to build interest in their company.
  • Create opportunities for connections that enables all students access.

Career Fair Faculty Participation

Career Fairs are a great opportunity for Faculty to learn more about the industries their students are heading into. You can utilize the fairs in several ways:

  • Have conversations with industry professionals about what they do to increase your understanding and allow you to better answer your students’ questions about the workforce.
  • Network with employers you can invite to speak to your students, or recommend students to in the future.

Reference Letter Assistance

The following information may be helpful as you approach writing a letter of reference.

  • Letter of Reference and FERPA Release Form
  • Identify the student and the capacity in which you came to know him or her. If the contact was primarily through having the student in class(es), please give the course name(s), not just the number(s).
  • Give evidence of the student’s knowledge, maturity, understanding of material or other aspects of development during the period you knew him or her.
  • Future employers as well as graduate schools will be evaluating candidates on the basis of the following factors, among others:
    • communication skills (written and oral)
    • willingness to take initiative
    • level of motivation
    • planning and organizational skills
    • technical or professional knowledge or skills
    • flexibility/adaptability
    • interpersonal skills
    • willingness to accept responsibility/leadership
    • analytical/problem-solving ability
    • group interaction and team-working skills
  • Any information you can give to support the student’s candidacy with reference to these attributes would be helpful.
  • Accent the positive and try to qualify any negative statements with evidence of the ways in which a student is dealing with the problem. If you feel you cannot give a positive recommendation, it is best to let the student know!
  • Ask the student to provide you with a copy of his or her resume, which can enhance your own comments. Also, it would be helpful if you asked the student to share his or her career goals with you. This could also strengthen your comments.

Center for Career Exploration and Success

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550 E. Spring Street
Oxford, OH 45056