Graduate Catalog 2014-2015


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Career Education Center

Mission Statement

The Career Education Center's mission is to offer relevant and timely career development training to UDM students. The Center provides opportunities for students to explore career options, obtain career-related experience and to research and find meaningful employment appropriate to their knowledge, abilities, aspirations and interests. The CEC website Titan Career Link provides resources for students and alumni to research career options, explore job postings, apply for actual positions, learn more about career-related subjects, and view activities and events offered by the Career Education Center.

Dean: Sheryl McGriff
Office: Reno Hall
McNichols Campus
Phone: 313-993-1017
Fax: 313-993-1029
Email: careerlink@udmercy.edu

Assistant Dean: Elissa Clemons
Office: Reno Hall
McNichols Campus
Phone: 313-993-1449
Fax: 313-993-1029
Email: careerlink@udmercy.edu

Overview

We accomplish our mission by providing students with…

  • Experiential learning opportunities through cooperative education and internships
  • Opportunities to network with recruiters through campus interviewing, career fairs, employer information sessions and online career management software
  • Opportunities to learn and implement lifelong career development and career management skills through courses, workshops, seminars and online career resources

CEC Core Values

  • We are committed to empowering students to make purposeful career-related decisions.
  • We are committed to building and fostering partnerships with employers, faculty, staff and administration to facilitate the accomplishment of the CEC mission.
  • We are committed to supporting the University's mission to provide excellent student-centered education in a welcoming and supportive environment.

Career Services

The Career Education Center offers many services that will assist graduate students to make career choices appropriate to their personal goals. The resources and services offered can assist graduate students in the development of a plan to advance or change their career.

TitanCareerLink

The TitanCareerLink online recruitment system TitanCareerLink provides UDM students and alumni with access to hundreds of part-time, internship, and career job postings. A Job Agent can be created to alert you by email when new employment opportunities are posted in the system.

TitanCareerLink Benefits

  • Upload a current resume to apply for job opportunities
  • Create a Job Agent to receive email notification of new employment opportunities
  • Track and manage job search activities
  • Access career development resources in Document Library
  • View and register for upcoming career development/job search workshops and career fairs
  • Schedule an appointment with a CEC Career Advisor/Coach

Self-Directed Career Resources

TitanCareerLink contains resources to assist UDM students and alumni with a self-directed career search. The site contains information, links and articles on career development and planning; job search, resume tips; and provides additional online links to employment resources available on the Internet. The site has everything from "What can I do with this major?" to interactive personality/interest inventories (TypeFocus Careers); to resume writing tutorials; to salary negotiation and a link to the occupational outlook handbook.

Career Advising/Coaching

Career advisors assist students and alumni to determine the best career options for their interests, career goals, values and personality types. Career advisors are available to assist with job search skills, and salary and employment trend information. The CEC provides (on a referral basis) limited testing/assessment services (some fee-based) to individuals and groups. Advising appointments can be made through TitanCareerLink.

Career Development & Job Search Workshops

The CEC staff and/or professionals in the field facilitate workshops and career information panels on a variety of career and job search related topics including resume writing, job search strategies, self-assessment and interviewing skills. Workshops are open to all UDM students and alumni. Current event schedule is available from CEC home page.

Networking Opportunities

The CEC coordinates several career networking opportunities for students and alumni. Expos allow students and alumni to meet representatives from companies in their industry of choice and to establish a network of contacts. Career fairs are offered in both the Fall and Winter semester.

On-Campus Interviews are scheduled in Fall and Winter with employers recruiting for cooperative education, entry-level and experienced employment opportunities. Employer Information Sessions are often held prior to Campus Interviewing to familiarize applicants with the employer. Practice Interviews help students prepare for the actual interview and are conducted by actual employers or by retired UDM alumni executives. Perfect Interview software allows students to use web cameras to practice interviews at their convenience.

Experiential Education

Experiential education is an umbrella term for student work and academic integration. Participation in the experiential education program is a privilege extended to those students who meet certain criteria and who demonstrate their ability through their initial academic work. Experiential education opportunities may be classified by the employer as cooperative education, paid or unpaid internship, or student employment.

  • Cooperative education (co-op) is defined as multiple periods of work related to the student’s major or career goal and typically alternate terms of full-time classroom study with terms of full-time, discipline-related employment. Virtually all co-op positions are paid and the vast majority involves some form of academic credit.
  • Internships are defined as one-time work or service experiences related to the student’s major or career goal. During the internship, students work in professional settings under the supervision and monitoring of practicing professionals. Employers may offer paid or unpaid internships. (Note: The issue of pay is dictated by the Fair Labor Standards Act.)
  • Student employment is defined as part time/seasonal jobs on or off campus. The position must be related to the student's major or career goal. Some students may be able to use financial aid work-study awards for off-campus employment in designated non-profit agencies.

Experiential Education for Graduate Students

For the most part, experiential education is not required at the graduate level and cannot be substituted for curriculum requirements. Because experiential education integrates work with classroom trainings, students in non-required programs will not be allowed to enroll for experiential education credit in the final semester of study.

International Students & Experiential Education

International students are subject to the same prerequisites as all other UDM students who wish to participate in experiential education. International students should be aware that many employers may have citizenship requirements that exclude opportunities for international students.

International students should consult with ISO for thesis/dissertation related CPT guidelines. More information is available on the ISO website.

Student Employment Services

Student Employment Services is coordinated by the Financial Aid Office. Work-study and Non Work-study job opportunities are posted on: TitanCareerLink