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O’Brien Center for Student Success

Career Passport

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The Career Passport is an innovative program offered by the O’Brien Center for Student Success. For Fall 2013, students in all sections of Essentials of Business Analysis (BUS1100) and Intro to College Writing (FYW1050) are participating in the program.

  • Step 1: Complete at least 5 activities within these pages. Three are required, two are your choice:
    • A résumé creation & critique - Due November 1
    • Meeting with your Career Advisor - Before October 30
    • Internship & Co-Op Event - October 29
    • Your Choice
    • Your Choice
  • Step 2: Bring this Passport with you to each event to receive your participation stamp.
  • Step 3: Present your Passport to the O’Brien Center for Student Success to receive academic credit
  • By Wednesday, December 4 at 5:00pm

All ten activities are listed below, including instructions on how to access Vault, Going Global, and Advantage.

Required: Resume Critique

Resume Creation and Review  |  Anytime during resume critique walk-in hours

This is a required passport activity.
A professional resume is the first step in building your brand.

Step 1— An in-class resume workshop will take place on a date specified by your professor
Step 2 — Create / revise your resume and have it reviewed by the O’Brien Center by November 1, 2013.

Resume critique walk in hours are:

  • M 1:00 - 3:00 pm
  • T 1:00 - 3:00 pm
  • W 10:00am - 12:00 pm
  • TH 2:00 - 4:00 pm
  • F 12:00 - 2:00pm

Once completed, get your stamp at the O’Brien Center for Student Success.

Required: Meet with Your Career Advisor

By appointment - Before October 30, 2013

This is a required passport event.

Starting day one, you are paired with a Career Advisor through the O’Brien Center for Student Success. Your Career Advisor will guide your career development during your time here at Merrimack College. Some common advising topics are: resumes and cover letters, internship and co-op exploration, interview preparation, career and job search, major/career exploration and decision making. Meet with your Career Advisor to get to know them, begin to build a relationship and talk about your career plans. 

Required: Internship & Co-Op Event

Tuesday, October 29  |  4:00 pm  |  Rogers Center 

This is a required passport event.

Did you know that 74% of employers prefer to hire candidates with relevant work experience acquired through a co-op or internship? Learn the benefits of internships and co-ops, how to get started on your search, and how the O’Brien Center can help! 

International Programs Event

To receive credit, you will need to attend your choice of at least one of the following programs:

Study Abroad Fair

Tuesday, September 17  |  4:00 – 6:00 pm  |  1st Floor Lounge, SAK

Study Abroad Fair is a great way for students to learn about the variety of study abroad opportunities available to Merrimack students. Learn about short-term, semester, and full-year programs and meet with Merrimack students who have studied abroad.

Going Global

Independent Internet Project | Anytime Fall Semester

  • Step 1 — To access Going Global, visit: www.merrimack.edu/explore and follow the links for Going Global.
  • Step 2 — Navigate Going Global, choose a country or city to research and get expert advice about employment trends, job search resources, resume guidelines, cultural/interviewing tips, networking groups and more.
  • Step 3 — Complete the survey. Make sure that you press the submit button and are directed to a confirmation page to ensure that your survey submission was successful. If you have questions about whether your submission was successful, please call 978-837-5480.
  • Step 4 — Stop by the O’Brien Center to receive your stamp.

 

Any O’Brien Center Career Event

Career Events are scheduled throughout the semester. Log in to our Advantage account and click Events for more detailed information on each event.

*Note: Some events may require professional dress

Finance Fair - Wednesday, September 25, 6-8pm, Murray Lounge

Ask an Employer, Liberal Arts - Wednesday, October 2, 1:30-3:30pm, Library

English Career Night - Tuesday, October 8, 7:30-10pm, Mack Club

Accounting Fair - Wednesday, October 16, 6-8pm, Murray Loung

Sports Management Night - Wednesday, November 6, 6-8pm, Meeting Room B

Ask an Employer, Science & Math - Tuesday, November 12, 1:30-3:30pm, Mendel

Ask an Employer, Engineering & Technology - Wednesday, November 13, 1:30-3:30pm, Mendel

STEM Fair - Wednesday, November 20, 1-3pm, Murray Lounge 

Industry Conversations

Anytime Fall Semester | Counts for 2 stamps

The best way to explore a potential career is by speaking with someone who works in that career. Learn first-hand about a profession you are considering by asking questions about tasks, business environment, and educational background.

  • Step 1 - Find a Professional (Contact the O’Brien Center if you need assistance contacting a professional).
  • Step 2 - Call or write a letter/e-mail requesting an informational interview.
  • Step 3 - Conduct your interview.
  • Step 4 - Complete the Survey. Make sure that you press the submit button and are directed to a confirmation page to ensure that your survey submission was successful. If you have questions about whether your submission was successful, please call 978-837-5480.
  • Step 5 - Stop by the O’Brien Center to receive your stamp.

Click here to learn more about how to find a professional and carry out an informational interview.

Social Media and Your Online Reputation

Presentation in Class/ Bus 1100 | Week of November 4

Thursday, November 14 | 4:00 pm | Meeting Room B | Sakowich 

Have you Googled yourself lately? Did you know that 89% of employers plan to use social networks as a means of recruiting and that 91% of employers screen potential candidates’ accounts prior? Learn how to use social media to your advantage and how you can protect yourself now from the harmful effects social media can have on your future opportunities.

Etiquette in the Workplace:

Presented by Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Thursday, November 7 | 3:00 pm and 4:30 pm | Meeting Room B | Sakowich

Do you have the professional skills needed to be successful in the workplace? Proper professional etiquette lets an employer know that you are a mature, responsible adult who can appropriately represent their company. Not knowing proper etiquette and social skills can damage your image, prevent you from getting a job, and/or jeopardize personal and business relationships.

Vault

Anytime Fall Semester  |  Independent internet project

  • Step 1 —To access Vault, visit: www.merrimack.edu/explore and follow the links for Vault. Login or create an account. 
  • Step 2 — Navigate Vault, a comprehensive career resource featuring industry news, exclusive insider information on more than 5000 companies, salary information, career advice articles and message boards.
  • Step 3 — Complete the survey Make sure that you press the submit button and are directed to a confirmation page to ensure that your survey submission was successful. If you have questions about whether your submission was successful, please call 978-837-5480.
  • Step 4 — Stop by the O’Brien Center to receive your stamp.

Advantage Navigation

Anytime Fall semester  |  Independent Internet Project
To access Advantage, visit: https://merrimack-csm.symplicity.com/students

  • Step 1 — Sign in using your Merrimack username and password 
  • Step 2 — Log-in; update your account, search current work study positions, internship/co-op listings and jobs; browse companies active on our system; check upcoming events
  • Step 3 — Stop by the O’Brien Center to receive your stamp

For questions, email careerservices@merrimack.edu

Activities & Events

for the Passport Program

  • Required: Resume Critique
  • Required: Meeting with your Career Advisor
  • Required: Internship & Co-Op Event
  • International Programs Event
  • Any O’Brien Center Career Event
  • Industry Conversations
  • Social Media & Your Online Reputation
  • Etiquette in the Workplace: Presented by Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  • Vault
  • Advantage Navigation