“A foundational part of our mission at the University of Missouri is to prepare our students for rewarding lifelong careers,” says Rob McDaniels, Director of the MU Career Center. “At the Career Center, we serve Mizzou’s large and diverse community of undergraduate and graduate students. Ensuring that all students are able to efficiently find the career resources they need, and that faculty and staff are able to refer students to the right resources at the right time is of the utmost importance to achieving our mission. Our uConnect platform, known as Mizzou Career Tools, is a streamlined and user-friendly digital space where visitors can quickly and intuitively find what they need along any career pathway.”
On Mizzou Career Tools, resources, opportunities, and events from across campus are aggregated and categorized, allowing students and campus community members to easily filter and search through valuable career development content. On the platform, visitors can also learn about career center advisors and make appointments. This heightened access and streamlined user experience encourages students to engage in career development with purpose and frequency.
To get students excited about using the new platform from the moment they arrive on campus, the Mizzou Career Center team integrated a fun and creative event into new student orientation.
"The University of Missouri hosted a Career Carnival during the school’s Welcome Week, aimed at helping incoming students get oriented to the resources and services on the Mizzou campus," shares Amanda Nell, Senior Career Services Coordinator at Mizzou. "The Career Center transformed into a “big top” offering carnival-themed activities, including Career Jeopardy, Lollipop Surprise, Casino Dice and Career Putt Putt. While munching popcorn and cotton candy, students played games to earn points for prizes such as padfolios, water bottles and sunglasses. To highlight the new uConnect site (branded as Mizzou Career Tools), students selected a Dum Dum which had a colored tip corresponding to a career resource category or community on the uConnect site. Staff showed students how to use the resource filters to find targeted career information as well as other site features (career fairs, featured employers, etc.). Based on participation and positive student feedback, Mizzou plans to do this again next year!"
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