Careers, Callings, and Consciousness
We are here for YOU!
Our mission is to help students explore a broad range of career options. In support of that, we can help you build relationships that will serve as an ongoing resource to connect you with employers and graduate schools that offer opportunities.
Connection starts HERE!
- Develop communication strategies to extend your professional network.
- Successfully navigate the internship and job search process.
- Learn to interview and negotiate the best job offer.
- Work on your transition to your next situation, whether you pursue work or further education.
- Discover unique opportunities–potentially working with dynamic, far-reaching projects to promote change:
You need experience to get a job…
…but you need a job to get experience. That’s where Internships come in. Employers are much more likely to hire a person who has both an education AND practical experience. Use this link to get started on your internship journey, and to find out more!
Once you have secured an internship, you can be considered for college credit, by sending a proposal to the Registrar. Find the MIU Internship Proposal Forms here.
Career Strategies Course
Take an immersive, two-week course with a practical focus on career discovery and implementation. In Career Strategies, students create an action plan based on their skills, abilities, and objectives that will help them to excel in their prospective fields of interest. You will conduct research on organizations, businesses, and current industry trends in their respective markets.
You will learn interview techniques, how to build professional networks, writing blogs, how to develop a portfolio, cover letters, resumes, and speaking strategies–and discover how your unique story has built your career journey so far.
“MIU offers many resources, Career Resources being the most important. The care and support is nothing short of the foundation needed to build your future.”
“As an overwhelmed young person trying to enter the world, having someone to encourage me and point me in the right direction has boosted my confidence and allowed me to see my own potential.”
“I had the opportunity to be advised by Career Services. My experience was really good because I received good recommendations and observations to improve my resume.”
Troy Van Beek – B.A. Sustainability, 2009
Troy is a former Navy Seal who found MIU after his tour in Afghanistan. After graduating he created Ideal Energy, a leading wind and solar energy company in the Midwest and beyond.
Lauren LeBritton – B.A. Media & Communication, 2019
As an MIU student, Lauren directed The Playhouse, which went on to win an Iowa Motion Pictures Award for Best Original Score. She has released music on Spotify and was featured in several news articles for her music and film.
Ray Baptise – MBA Sustainable Business, 2010
Working for INTERPOL as an IT Team Leader, Ray oversees their criminal tracking software. As a humanitarian, she brought internet connectivity to 120 schools on her home island of Barbados.
Basics of LinkedIn:
- The Best Skills to Include on Your Resume – Which skill set will help you get hired? Do you know the difference between hard skills and soft skills? How can you share your skills, expertise, and accomplishments with prospective employers? As well as providing a history of your experience, your resume is the perfect place to highlight your skills, strengths, and abilities.
Tips for an Elevator Pitch:
- How to Write an Elevator Pitch – What’s an elevator pitch, and how can it help your career? An elevator pitch – also known as an elevator speech – is a quick synopsis of your background and experience. The reason it’s called an elevator pitch is that it should be short enough to present during a brief elevator ride.
- How to Perfect Your Elevator Pitch:
Interviewing Tips & Techniques:
- Common Mistakes During Interviews:
- Dressing inappropriately
- Arriving late
- Bringing a drink with you
- Using your phone during the interview
- Not knowing about the company
- Not paying attention
- Talking too much
- Not being prepared to answer questions
- Badmouthing past employer
- Fuzzy resume facts
- Answering Questions: The STAR Technique:
- The 8 Best Questions to Ask in an Informational Interview – Make the most of your next informational interview. One of the best ways to get a feel for a job and a company without interviewing for an actual position is to line up an informational interview. The informational interview is simply a conversation between yourself and someone who holds a job similar to what you are searching for. It’s not about trying to land a job on the spot by talking to this person – there might not even be an open position. Instead, it’s about gathering information.
- Job Networking Tips – The best way to find the right job is by building relationships – and it’s easier than you think. These tips will get you started.
Dylene Cymraes – Director of Career Services
Phone: 641-472-7000 ext. 4191
Argiro Student Lounge, Room 118