At Merrimack, we believe career preparation is not a one-time event. That's why Merrimack's O'Brien Center for Career Development offers four years of programs, resources, connections, and tools, all aimed at one thing: getting you career ready. An integral part of your Merrimack experience, the O'Brien Center's offerings complement our career-focused academic programs and help you cultivate both soft and hard skills-enabling you to achieve sustained academic and professional success.
The results? Many of our graduates land well-paying jobs at sought-after companies and are admitted into competitive graduate programs at top-tier institutions.
Career preparation tailored to your needs and goals. That's what you'll find at Merrimack. You'll benefit from "wraparound" services, from one-on-one career advice to alumni mentoring to "best fit" internships, co-ops, and jobs. You'll spend time with your career advisor who will get to know your strengths, values, and preferences. Together, you'll match your skills to jobs, companies, and careers.
Pursue your passions while getting valuable, in-the-trenches experience with these opportunities:
We know that real-world experience matters. That's why we encourage Merrimack students to put their knowledge into action at local businesses, nonprofits, and schools. In fact, 65% of the 2016 class participated in at least one internship or co-op.
Link college to career with milestones toward your chosen profession with a Career Action Plan
Meet with your career advisor to explore your strengths, values, and preferences
Get connected to internships, co-ops, or research projects
Leverage the Merrimack alumni/parent/ employer network to launch your job search
Draft your resume and cover letters
Participate in a Professional Development Retreat
Begin full-time job interviews and practice salary negotiations
Merrimack's Professional Development Retreat helps students develop and polish their communication and professional networking skills. The two-day retreat in Boston includes interactive workshops and activities facilitated by a distinguished group of industry experts, including members of the Merrimack College Leadership Council, alumni, and corporate partners.
In addition to helping students identify their strengths and develop their own personal elevator pitch, the retreat's workshops, presentations, and smallgroup sessions focus on building essential personal and professional skills:
Throughout the course of two days, students also learn the importance of cultivating emotional intelligence and soft skills, such as problem solving, conflict resolution, and critical observation.
Data represents the Class of 2015 surveyed nine months after graduation