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Academic and Career Services host grand opening
Rebecca Mcmickell
Antelope Staff
Photo by Rebecca McMickell
Mary Daake, Director of Academic and Career Services said she is excited about the new year and the new office location. Our main goal this year is to help students become aware of the services we offer, she said.

Needing help with your resume? Thinking about changing your major? Wanting some practice for that big interview?

The office of Academic and Career Services is here to help with new services and a new office location in West Center. With school in full swing, they hosted a grand opening Sept. 8 at the main campus location and Sept. 9 at the new West Center office.  

Last year, Academic Advising and Career Services joined forces to create a combined office in the Student Affairs building in Room 140.

“The biggest benefit is that it’s become a one-stop shop for students,” said Mary Daake, director of Academic and Career Services. “Now, students who are looking for career information as well as students who are still deciding on a major have access to several resources right in one spot.”

According to Daake, the office can provide guidance to students whether they are just starting out at UNK or planning for their career after college. “Its interesting because academic advising and career advising have different cycles. Right now, where we’re at in the year, we just got done with a lot of the academic side, like schedule changes, and we’re starting to see more career based issues,” she said.

This year, the office expanded and now includes a “satellite” location in West Center, Room 108N. Daake said the new office is geared toward business students who spend most of their time on west campus. The new site will provide the same services including major and advisor changes, help with resumes and practice interviews, which can even be videotaped.

Both office locations have several other academic and career related resources. “We have a brand new career assistance program called Focus-2 designed to help students identify and evaluate majors and careers they might be interested in,” Daake said. “It can also tie a student’s interests to majors available here at UNK.”

The office of Academic and Career Services also helps students find careers that are right for them by providing access to job research tools such as Hoovers, JobWeb, CareerOneStop and The Big Guide to Working Overseas.

In addition, the office hosts three annual career fairs on campus. The first career fair is Oct. 5 in the union.

Daake said the faculty and staff at the office of Academic and Career Services are excited for this year, and she hopes students take advantage of the tools offered there.

“I think students, especially in this economy, should use all the resources they can get. Our services can really enhance a students marketability,” she said.

Video by Nichole Hansen

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