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O’Brien Center for Career Development

Career Passport

OVERVIEW: Career Passport is an innovative program designed to support first and second year students in their career preparation and provide an introduction to career development and decision-making as an undergraduate. Through Career Passport, students gained academic credit to participate in a series of career related events and activities, such as resume creation and review and meeting with their Career Advisor. For a sample, see below.

HISTORY: Career Passport was launched in the fall of 2011 in collaboration with the Girard School of Business & International Commerce as part of BUS 1100: Essentials of Business Analysis & Decision Making course. During the 2012-2013 academic year, the Passport piloted an expansion effort which included the School of Liberal Arts as part of FYW 1050: Introduction to College Writing. The 2013-2014 was the launch of the third year of the Career Passport and included participation from 690 students. 

EVOLUTION: As a result of the success of the Career Passport, beginning in the fall of 2014, the program will be integrated into the First Year Experience (FYE) course for all incoming first year and transfer students. 

Please click here for more information on the First Year Experience course. 

Career Passport Spring 2014:

For Spring 2014, students in 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. Four are required, the last is your choice:
    • A résumé creation & review - Due April 1
    • Meeting with your Career Advisor
    • Major/Minor Fair – February 11
    • Internship & Co-Op Event – February 19
    • 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 and complete the survey to receive academic credit.
    • By 5:00PM on Wednesday, April 30th

All activities are listed below, including instructions on how to access Vault, Going Global, and Advantage as well as any required surveys.

Required: Resume Review

Resume Creation and Review  |  Anytime during Career Lab

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 April 1, 2014.

Step 3 — Once completed, get your stamp.

Career Lab Hours @ the O’Brien Center:
  • M 1:00 - 4:00pm
  • T 1:00 - 4:00pm
  • W 10:00am - 12:00pm & 3:00 – 4:00pm
  • TH 2:00 - 4:00 pm
  • F 12:00 - 2:00pm & 3:00 – 4:00pm
Also stop by Career Lab @ McQuade Help Desk:
  • M 4-7pm
  • T 1-3pm, 4-7pm
  • W 1-3pm
  • TH 9:30-11:30am

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

Required: Meet with Your Career Advisor

By appointment or during Career Lab (3pm-4pm) or Career Lab @ McQuade

*Note: if you intend to combine your resume review with this meeting, you will need an appointment to allot for extra time needed.
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: Majors and Minors Fair

Tuesday, February 11th – 2:00-4:00PM – MPR, Sakowich

This is a required passport event. 

Your academic journey begins with a program of study. Each student may take a different path on this journey through a combination of majors and/or minor(s). Attend this event to map out your personal journey by speaking with departmental advisors, faculty members, and even students from each major and minor. Already have a major? Take advantage of exploring career paths associated with the major you’ve chosen or look at options for adding a minor!

Required: Internship & Co-Op Event

Wednesday, February 19  |  4:00 pm  |  MPR Sakowich

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? A student panel will discuss their recent internship and co-op experiences and you will be able to ask questions. This event is an opportunity for you to gain valuable insight into other students’ experiences and learn how you may benefit from a similar experience.

International Programs Event

Global Village: Thursday, February 27: 4:00-6:00pm
Sakowich Campus Center, First Floor Lounge
International Tea: Thursday, April 24: 3:00-4:00pm, Cascia Hall          Going Global:  Independent Internet Project (Anytime Spring Semester)

To receive credit, you will need to complete your choice of at least one of the following programs:
Global Village: Global Village is a great opportunity to learn about and celebrate the many cultures and nationalities of Merrimack College.  Cultural competencies and diversity appreciation are essential for students aspiring to work in any business profession.
International Tea: Connect with Merrimack community members from different cultures while enjoying a cup of tea and sampling sweets and savories from around the world.
Going Global is an independent internet project. 

  • Step 1 — To access Going Global, visit: 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 your Advantage account and click Career Events for more detailed information on each event.

*Note: Professional dress is required.

Life Sciences & Technology Career Fair: February 27th, 1-3PM, Murray Lounge
Careers for the Common Good: Nonprofit, Government, and Education Career Fair: March 5th, 3-6PM, MPR
Sales, Marketing, PR, Media & Communications Career Fair: April 1st, 5:30-7:30pm, MPR

Industry Conversations

Anytime Spring 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 this 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 – Bring a copy of the survey confirmation to the O’Brien Center for receive your stamp.

 Click here  for additional information on setting up and carrying out an informational interview.  Did you complete an externship over winter break or plan to over spring break? Consider using your externship site as a resource.  Contact the O’Brien Center for Student Success for more information.

Social Media and Your Online Reputation

Tuesday, April 8th | 4:00 pm | Meeting Room B | Sakowich 
In Class Presentation Bus 1100 | Week of March 24

Have you Googled yourself lately? Did you know that 94% of recruiters use or plan to use social media in their recruitment efforts and that 78% of recruiters have made a hire through social media? Learn what a social media shadow is and how you can protect yourself now from the harmful effects social media can have on your future opportunities.  


Anytime Spring Semester  |  Independent internet project
  • Step 1 —To access Vault, visit: 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 Spring semester  |  Independent Internet Project
To access Advantage, visit:
  • 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

Activities & Events for Career Passport: Spring 2014

  • Required: Resume Review
  • Required: Meeting with your Career Advisor
  • Required: Majors & Minors Fair
  • Required: Internship & Co-op Panel
  • International Programs Event
  • Any O’Brien Center Career Event
  • Industry Conversations
  • Social Media & Your Online Reputation
  • Vault
  • Advantage Navigation