November 2023 Blog - Career Services Resources, MBA News, & Festive Fun

Resources Career Services Provides for Graduate Students (by: Erica Shaw)

Career Services provides a myriad of resources for all students, but as a Graduate student you will be stepping into the world as a new professional and that requires preparation. Every college in the university has its own dedicated Career Specialist who is available for one-on-one meetings in person or virtually to assist you. Here is how Career Services can assist you in preparing for your new journey.

Professional Documents

Need to perfect your resume? Never written a cover letter? Does your industry require a curriculum vitae (CV) instead of a resume? Did you not know that a CV and a resume are two different documents? Its ok, because Career Services can assist you.

You can upload your professional documents to your Handshake account under the Documents section and your Career Specialist can review them giving you line by line comments and suggestions to assist you in creating professional documents that will give you the best chance at being called for an interview. You can also schedule a meeting in person or virtually to review your documents.

Use the professional document resources the university offers for free to write your resume, cover letter, and curriculum vitae. The resource offers step by step guides that fully explain the writing process as well as examples to follow.

Interviewing Techniques

Do you have an interview coming up for that dream job? Or maybe it is a part time job that will give you the skills you need to get that dream job? Either way, Career Services can assist.

Schedule a mock interview session with your Career Specialist where you can practice and discuss how to respond to various questions that are often asked in professional interviews and prepare questions to ask your interviewer. Learn how to research the company and use that information in your interview. Understand how and when to follow up with your interviewer. 

Give yourself the best opportunity to land the job with the proper preparation.

Career Exploration/Planning

Are you in a great major, but just not sure of how to function in it? Career Services can assist you by offering a sounding board to talk through your plan and resources to assist you in making informed decisions. 

The What Can I Do With This Major? page can give you detailed information on career paths, types of employers hiring for that field, strategies to maximize opportunities, and professional organizations that you could become a member of to build your network.

Pathway U and Steppingblocks are two assessment tools that can help you better understand what yourself as you embark on your career building process. 


Allow Career Services to assist you in understanding what networking is and how important it is to build your career. If you are not accustomed to having professional conversations or using your elevator speech, attend one of the many events that Career Services offers on campus. From career fairs, networking events, employer visits, and much more you can start to build and strengthen your professional network. You can also email or schedule a one-on-one appointment with your Career Specialists to ask questions, draft your elevator speech, and get tips on networking.


Photo of Dr. John CicalaWe are proud to announce Dr. John Cicala is the new director of MBA Programs. John is also an assistant professor of teaching for the Dept. of MSCM. John is a lifelong Tiger and earned all three of his degrees from the UofM (BA in 1986; MBA in 2001; PhD in 2011)





  • November 22-26: Thanksgiving Break
  • December 6: Comprehensive Exams– Doctoral exam results are sent to the Graduation Analyst when complete for graduation.
  • December 17: COMMENCEMENT!


Who doesn't love a good holiday market!!

Try these new restaurants in Memphis!

  • Lily’s Bakery & Catering
  • The Public Bistro
  • Dos Hermanos Kitchen in the Cossitt Library 
  • Belltower Coffee at Shelby Farms Park
  • Lucky Cowboy 901
  • Esco Restaurant and Tapas (owned by Tauheed “2 Chaniz” Epps)
  • Let it Fly (founded by former NBA player, Mike Miller)

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