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Providing opportunities for students to discover their career interests, articulate their skills, and locate internships and employment.

  •  Career Development

    Career Planning, otherwise known as the Career Development Process is a life-long process of self assessment, exploring options, developing skills, marketing yourself, and performing on the job.

    Faculty, staff, advisors, educational counselors, and the Center for Leadership, Activities, and Career Services are all to help you.

    • Career Planning
      We will help you create a road map to reach your career goals.

    • Skills Development
      We will help you find opportunities to practice and enhance your skills.

    • Employment Opportunities
      We maintain employment and internship listings with potential employers.

    • Marketing yourself
      We will help you market your skills and feel comfortable talking about yourself.

    • Job Performance
      We can help you evaluate your value to your current employer, strategize and learn to negotiate.
  •  Students and Alumni Services
    Type of Service Dates/Times Location
    Alumni in Residence Go to Handshake under events to register for an appointment UCB 121
    Career Planning or Consulting Please schedule an appointment through Handshake or call 231-591-2685. UCB 121

    Career and Internship Fair - All Majors

    Go to Handshake to find out more information.

    February 20th, 2020 Ewigleben Sports Complex
    Career Prep Workshops Refer to the University Calendar or Handshake events.  Variety of Locations
    Certificate Programs

    Essential Skills

    Career Experience

    Entrepreneurship Institute

    Sign up through Handshake appointments to receive details.

    For assistance contact [email protected] or call 231-591-2685
    Document Review - resume, portfolio, cover letter, co-curricular transcript

    1. Submit your resume through Resume Worded or JobScan.

    2. Schedule an appointment through Handshake.

    3. Attend a review session.

    Appointments may be scheduled as:

    - Video

    - Phone Calls

    - Emails

    - In Person

    Faculty/Staff Services To request a classroom presentation or resources email career center staff at least 2 weeks in advance.   
    Handshake University Recruitment Platform - Schedule appointments, build your profile,  search employers, career event info, peer to peer messaging apply to jobs, and career resources.

    Access Handshake here

    Handshake is also located in MyFSU. Single sign on for students. Faculty/Staff should access through MyFSU employee workplace dashboard. Use Ferris Email.

    Alumni may request access to log on at Handshake. 

    The First Lady's Attic - Professional Clothing Dates and times listed here

    UCB 134

    Contact CLACS during non - operating hours

    Practice Interviews

    Scheduled through Handshake for in person, video chat, or virtual interviews. 

    Big Interview provides virtual practice here

    UCB 121

    Handshake Tutorials:

    1. Learn to search for a job here

    2. Learn to apply for a job here.


  •  Employer Services
  •  Career Center Advisory Board

    Career Center Advisory Council Members

    Auto Owners Insurance


    Eagle Village


    HiTech Molding

    Family Healthcare

    Grand Rapids Public Schools

    HRU Technical Recruiting

    Mecosta County Chamber of Commerce

    New York Life

    PolyFlex Products, Inc.

    Spectrum Health Systems

    State of Michigan Civil Service Commission

    State of Michigan Department of Corrections


    West Michigan Works! West Central


    Ferris State University

    Career Center Advisory Council

    Operating Guidelines

    (Last Update August 2020)


    1. Overview

    An Advisory Council is assembled to support the mission and vision statements of both Ferris State University and The CLACS Career Center.  We seek to enhance student services and relationships that will assist in preparing students and alumni for career success by engaging them in leadership development, mentorship, and opportunities by:

    • Considering services, outreach of, and programs offered through the Career Center
    • Encouraging student learning outcomes related to employability skills 
    • Sharing Industry specific information and help identify workforce trends 
    • Fostering alumni relationships in the workforce 
    • Helping develop new internship and employment opportunities 
    • Supporting employer, faculty and student relations by communicating information with constituents


    1. Board Structure


    The Career Center Advisory Committee will consist of 30 members representing employers, faculty, administrators and students from a variety of industries and disciplines.

    1. Membership will be by invitation from the Coordinator of Career and Volunteer Centers so that many diverse colleges, roles, and industries are represented.
    2. Ferris State University will have representation from the following colleges and departments.
    • Academic affairs
    • Student affairs
    • Off campus programs
    • Extended and International Education
    • Retention and Student Success
    • College of Arts & Sciences
    • College of Business
    • College of Engineering Technology
    • College of Health Professions
    • College of Pharmacy
    • College of Optometry
    • Kendall College
    • School of Education
    • School of Criminal Justice
    1. A two year term limit will be required. This will allow different employers, students, and educators to contribute to the on-going focus of the career center advisory committee. Members desiring to remain active beyond their initial two year term will have an opportunity to express interest, or recommend a replacement for consideration prior to new invitations being distributed.
    2. The board will meet a minimum of twice annually.
    3. The executive board will be lead by an employer chair and a student chair.


    • Current Chair – Christopher Smith, New York Life (elected 2019)
    • Student Chair – Caitlin St.clair, Social Work (elected 2020)
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