On March 11, Career Services officially launched its new Virtual Career Center with the support of uConnect, a platform specifically designed for higher education institutions that comes with automated features and additional resources to support student’s career development needs.

“On our needs assessment, students across the university indicated a desire to access career development resources, services, and support 24/7, Kerri Carlson Anderson, director of career services, shared. “The uConnect Virtual Career Center platform provides us the opportunity to maximize existing resources, like Handshake, and expand our offerings including career masterclasses, videos, labor market data, and virtual experiences to help develop and expand their skills.”

Individuals using the new Virtual Career Center will be able to:

  • Explore open jobs and find employers currently hiring through Handshake
  • Find career opportunities and advice specific to your career path
  • Job Market Insights Tool – The Job Market Insights tool provides employment data from across the country to help with exploring occupations and industries, salary expectations, skills, competencies, and education needed to identify top employers and job titles.
  • Career Masterclasses – Access to self-paced courses with lifetime access to assist with job search, resume and cover letters, LinkedIn, and more.
  • Virtual Experiences (Forage) – Explore careers and prepare for the job with job simulations that build real-life skills for real-life roles, offering a window into the company and a preview of their day-to-day. Job simulations are 100% free, open-access, and self-paced.

The Virtual Career Center is live now, and ready to be explored at careerservices.smumn.edu.

The Virtual Career Center can be found easily on smumn.edu in the main menu by selecting “Careers and Internships” under Helpful Links, or by navigating to Career Services on the Offices and Services link in the website’s footer.

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