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Job hunting? NMSU’s Career Services offers help, much more to students

New Mexico State University Career Services isn’t just a resource for those preparing to don a cap and gown soon, it’s an asset for all students and alumni.


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Career fairs at New Mexico State University are one of the many resources Career Services provides to students and alumni. NMSU alumnus Travis Burkhard, left, of Sandia National Laboratories, spoke with a student about internship opportunities during a career fair at Corbett Center on campus. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

“Career preparation is part of your educational experience that begins freshman year. The sooner a student begins the process by creating an AggieCAREER Manager Account and our other tool for career exploration called Career Beam, the easier it will be to discover the best career path,” said Roseanne Bensley, NMSU Career Services associate director. “Finding out what is the best career is like a marathon; you shouldn’t run a marathon without practice and training.”

AggieCAREER Manager allows students to learn about career fairs, events, apply for jobs, research employers and schedule on-campus interviews. It is also a site for employers, both on-campus and off-campus, to post positions ranging from full-time, part-time and seasonal to intern, co-op, work-study and graduate assistantships positions.

Last week, Career Services hosted the 33rd annual Career Expo on campus with 130 employers in attendance. The Graduate and Professional School Fair will be held Oct. 3, and the Health Professional Career Fair is set for Nov. 8. During the spring semester, Career Services will host career fairs such as Career Connections, Educators’ Job Fair and Employment Extravaganza.

Career Services not only hosts career fairs but also offers one-on-one support and group presentations to classes and student organizations.

“Our goal is to teach students how the world of work functions, so they can navigate it on their own and understand how to make adjustments to their resume and cover letters along with their presentation in an interview,” Bensley said. “Students look at rejection as a sign they did something wrong, but we teach them in their appointments and presentations the complexities of a job search so they understand the ebb and flow of the market.”

Throughout the academic year, Career Services offers workshops such as Resume AggieMania and The Power of LinkedIn. Career Services also assists students with student employment opportunities.

Bensley encourages students to visit the Career Services staff in Garcia Annex.

“While there is a vast amount of information available online, the most valuable resource is the Career Services staff, who collectively can guide a student in the right direction and save valuable time,” she said.

Additionally, the Cooperative Education and Internship program is conducted through Career Services. The Cooperative Education program dates back to 1929 when NMSU was New Mexico College of Agricultural and Mechanical Arts.

“Our mission is to provide experience-based learning for NMSU students through paid employment in practical, curriculum-related work assignments structured to meet student’s interests, abilities and career goals while meeting employers’ needs.

“The essence of the Cooperative Education program is a partnership effort where the student, the employer and the university all participate on an equal basis in an effort to make the educational experience richer and more meaningful,” she said.

For more information on NMSU Career Services visit http://careerservices.nmsu.edu.