About Us

Career and Student Employment Services at Western Michigan University offers comprehensive career development and engagement between students and employers for internships and jobs. We provide career advising, assistance with resumes, cover letters, interviewingsalary negotiation, job search strategies, job fairs, campus employment. We also deliver workshops and presentations, and report on WMU graduates' career outcomes.

Our mission is to empower students to develop the skills necessary for reaching their career goals.


Our Core values

Students - Focus on students. Cultivate experiences that guide students towards academic, career, social, and lifetime success and happiness. 

Diversity and Inclusion - Advocate for an open and inclusive campus. Be mindful of the unique perspectives and lived experiences of those who do and those who do not represent the traditional majority. Actively respect the ideas, values, contributions, and perspectives of others. 

Trust and Accountability - Complete tasks with integrity, take responsibility for our actions, follow through on our commitments, and communicate respectfully about the process and outcome. 

Service - Take initiative to understand, research, and offer ethical and appropriate solutions. Represent Career and Student Employment Services and Western Michigan University positively and professionally. 

Collaboration - Utilize the unique talents and strengths of team members and partners; share ownership of the process and outcome. 

Communication - Be open, transparent, and respectful of the ideas, values, strengths, and perspectives of others. Use active listening and seek mutual understanding. 

Efficiency - Use available resources, such as data and others' expertise, to inform our decisions. Consider what is best for the whole system. Look for ways to avoid redundancy and complacency. 


Goal 1: Teach students to develop and apply knowledge about self to career decision making.

Objective 1.1: User career assessment instruments  systematically to help students articulate their VISP (values, interests, skills, and personality) and increase career clarity.

  • Strategy 1.1.A: Continue to engage students who took Focus2 assessment in First Year Seminar beyond the first semester.
  • Strategy 1.1.B: Build a Strengths culture at WMU through staff training, campus-wide collaborations, and involving students in meaningful Strengths activities.

Objective 1.2: Engage students in the career development process to support their retention at WMU.

  • Strategy 1.2.A: Intentionally engage underrepresented identity-based student groups in career development.
  • Strategy 1.2.B: Collaborate with Alumni Relations and Development, and Southwest Michigan First on the internship initiative.

Goal 2: Help students identify and develop transferable and job-specific skills.

Objective 2.1: Teach students to articulate the career competencies employers seek in candidates.

  • Strategy 2.1.A: Utilize employers and alumni input to understand career competencies from college graduates.
  • Strategy 2.1.B: Explain career readiness competencies and provide Handshake registration steps in all presentations and workshops.
  • Strategy 2.1.C: Teach WMU student employees to articulate career competencies through career readiness certificate training and resources provided to student supervisors.

Goal 3: Assist students to successfully transition after graduation: obtaining jobs, graduate school, or reach other goals.

Objective 3.1: Increase student access to career education programming to support their retention and post-graduation outcomes.

  • Strategy 3.1.A: Promote handshake as a tool for students to meet their career goals. 
  • Strategy 3.1.B: Offer relevant career development programming in a variety of physical and digital spaces and formats to ensure student access and readiness.

Goal 4: Provide an environment conducive to learning and excellent service.

Objective 4.1: Staff engages in professional development and campus-wide service related to diversity and inclusion and student affairs priorities.

  • Strategy 4.1.A: Staff serves on university-wide teams and participates in professional development aligned with strategic priorities.

Objective 4.2: Allocate resources to maximize the office suite and Parkview offices to be welcoming, comfortable, and engaging.

  • Strategy 4.2.A: Invest in department infrastructure to ensure inclusive service delivery.