CSSE/Career Services strives to assist students and alumni in identifying, planning, and implementing education and employment strategies. We offer the following services:
Chart Your Course: Your four year map for success.
Meet with your adviser, a faculty member, and/or a CSSE staff person to talk about your career plan
Learn which careers match your values, interests, personality, and skills by taking a career assessment. Here are two to try:
MyNextMove Interest Profiler Begin your studies and think about how each course will apply to your ultimate career goal.
Transform your high school resume into a college resume or write a new one. Try
Optimal Resume or follow this Resume Guide Investigate and apply to part-time and summer jobs to gain work experience. Sophomore Year
Update your resume with new skills and your most recent experience
Explore careers of interest in more depth using career exploration resources, such as
Eureka.org Start talking to people who work in jobs of interest. Not sure how? Follow this Networking Guide
Declare a major if you have not, if you have selected a major confirm that choice by talking with your adviser or a staff person in CSSE
Start planning and searching for internships
Return to your summer job, find a new one more related to your field, or volunteer Junior Year
Concentrate on course work in your major.
Update your resume
Research possible employers and companies for whom you would like to work using this resource:
GlassDoor.com Follow your favorite companies on Twitter or "like" their Facebook page
Research internships or
study away programs and apply before deadlines Considering Graduate School? Start researching schools, testing requirements, and financing using Graduate School Guide or
Gradschools.com Attend at least one career fair, networking event, graduate school fair, or Career Services workshop
Polish your professional image--social media, business attire, email and voicemail Senior Year
Compile a list of professional references and obtain letters of recommendation
Create a Job Search Plan
Learn how to tailor your resume and cover letter to each job posting
Practice your interviewing skills Graduate!
Graduate School Information: Is Graduate School for you?
Deciding whether to attend graduate school is a decision that requires some careful thought and is one that should not be taken lightly. Graduate school differs from your undergraduate education in that it involves specialized study of one specific area.
There are several questions that you should ask yourself to assist you in this decision:
What are my reasons for attending graduate school?
Am I delaying my job search?
Do I enjoy research projects, writing and presenting material?
Do I know what career opportunities are available at the graduate level?
Do I have the personal qualities and skills that are needed to be successful in graduate school?
Do I want to go to school full-time or part-time?
Factors to Consider
The following factors are those to be considered as you select a school and/or program:
Cost (financial aid)
Competition for admission size
Faculty availability (academic advice)
Areas of specialization
Affiliation (public, private, religious)
Job statistics for their graduates
Skills emphasized in program
Start researching graduate programs
Check websites or write to schools to request catalogs
Determine test requirements, application deadlines, test dates, etc.
Meet with faculty members and Career Services to discuss programs.
Sign up for required standardized tests. Take practice tests.
Take standardized tests
Write draft of statement of purpose and have it critiqued by a faculty or staff member
Research financial aid sources, fellowships, and assistantships
Request recommendations from faculty members
Order official transcripts from the Registrar's Office
Finalize statement of purpose according to the questions asked on the application.
Mail applications. Even if deadlines are later, it is good to get applications in early.
Apply for fellowships, grants, and assistantships.
Contact schools about the possibility of visiting and scheduling an interview.
Fill out the GAPSAF form. If you are applying for need-based financial aid, you may have to file a copy of your federal income tax returns.
Discuss acceptances, rejections, and other career options with Career Services staff or a faculty member.
If you would like to defer enrollment for one or two years, contact your Graduate department concerning that possibility. If you are rejected, it may be helpful to contact the school and discuss the reasons for your rejection and obtain suggestions on what action you can take to get admitted in the future.
Graduate School Fair and Campus Visits
Graduate School Fair: Fall Semester
Campus Visits from Grad School Admissions Representatives to be announced periodically through Student Announcements.
Contact Career Services at (413) 662-5333 for more information or come by CSSE/Career Services, Eldridge Hall, top level, to schedule an individual appointment.
Job Search Links: Job search and career information websites.
us.jobs - Link to state employee positions.
Massachusetts Job Network
New York Department of Labor
Connecticut Department of Labor
New Hampshire Works
Vermont Job Link
Usajobs.gov - Link to Federal employee positions.
The Top 100 Niche Job Boards on the Internet
Mass Technology Internships
Public Relations Society of America Job Center
International Association of Employment Web Sites
Mass Technology Leadership Council (MassTLC)
Hired For Vets
Women's Career Channel
Berkshire County Board of Health Associations
National Society for Professional Engineers
Massachusetts Society For Professional Engineers
Glassdoor for Students Links to Summer/Part-time/Temporary Jobs
Snag a Job
Massachusetts Job Network
Resumes & Cover Letters: Learn how to write resumes and cover letters that best market your accomplishments, skills, strengths, and knowledge.
A resume is a marketing tool that you use to sell your achievements, experience, skills and strengths to a potential employer. The primary purpose of the resume is to obtain an interview. CSSE/Career Services offers these two choices to help you prepare your resume:
Optimal Resume™ is a free service provided by CSSE/Career Services, where you can design high-impact resumes based on your major and career goals, easily create resumes in several formats, including Word® Compatible, Plain Text, PDF, and HTML, manage an unlimited number of resumes and include your resume in your own professional website, which you can update, deactivate, and reactivate as your career progresses. Writing Your Winning Resume Guide: A guide that explains what a resume is, the different types of resumes, how to write accomplishment statements, and use action verbs to highlight your experience. This guide also provides multiple examples for your review. Cover Letters
A cover letter or letter of intent is another essential piece needed to apply to jobs. Writing a cover letter takes practice. Here is a guide to help you:
Writing Your Cover Letter.
Student Employment: There a number of employment opportunities that students may apply for while studying at MCLA. On campus employment is a great way to earn money, gain professional experience, and become an active member of the campus community.
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts offers of number of opportunities for students to earn money and pursue engagement with the campus community. Students may apply for Federal Work Study and College funded positions.
Federal Work Study: If you need financial assistance to help with college expenses, you may qualify for the Federal College Work-Study Program. Eligibility is determined by the Financial Aid Office using information from your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you qualify, the Financial Aid Office will send you a notification and request that you confirm your financial aid package.
College Fund Positions: College fund positions are provided by campus departments and are available to all MCLA students regardless of whether they have been awarded Work Study or not.
All student employment opportunities are posted online through MCLA's job site. Students may review postings and apply directly through this site.
The process for finding a job:
Search and apply for positions.
You will be notified by the hiring manager if you have been hired. Managers may require an interview before a decision is made.
Once you have been hired, you must complete the required student employment paperwork before you begin working and receive clearance approval from Human Resources.
Required Paperwork: All student employees must complete the following forms with the Human Resources Office, located on the first floor of Mark Hopkins prior to starting.
You will also need to provide two forms of original identification. A Driver's License (State ID or School ID) and your Social Security Card or Birth Certificate will suffice. A passport also counts as an acceptable form of identification. Please review the Federal I-9 Form for other acceptable forms of identification.
Off Campus Employment
Local job opportunities are posted on Office 365 under the "JOBS AND INTERNSHIPS" button. On your homepage click preferences to add the button. The direct like can be found below. You may be asked to provide your A# and password.
If you need assistance finding a job, writing a resume or cover letter, completing a job application, or need any other job search help, please contact CSSE/Career Services. Our staff is ready to help you.
Positions and Rates
All student employment positions are standardized to federal minimum wage rate $10.00/hour.
A student's work schedule is determined by the supervisor. Students may not work more than 8 hours in one day. Students may hold more than one employment position but they may not work more than a total of 20 hours in one week. All hours worked must be recorded on the Time Sheet and submitted to Human Resources.
Know your rights and privileges as an MCLA student employee. Familiarize yourself with the Student Employment Manual. If you have any questions feel free to contact the Human Resources office at 413-662-5560.
Alumni Career Services: If your career is in transition and you need job search assistance, we can help.
CSSE / Career Services at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) looks forward to hearing from you.
If you are interested in updating your resume or are currently in career transition, we would be pleased to assist you. You can search our internal job bank below which is filled with a number of positions ranging from entry to executive level in a wide variety of fields (please note: you may be asked for your A# and password to access the information).
Want to make an appointment with us?
In an effort to accommodate the professional needs of current students and alumni, the Office of Career Services allows up to three office visits per semester with unlimited phone and email consultations. They are also welcome to attend any events advertised that are sponsored by the CSSE/Career Services office.
Appointments can be scheduled from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Please call 413-662-5333 or email
If you are employed already, we ask for your assistance in providing job opportunities and internship possibilities within your organization. By doing so, you provide support for hands-on career related experiences for MCLA students. We cannot think of a better way to help our students professional growth than through our strong and successful alumni base. Click the link below for instructions.