Career Center

Jason Brockett
brockett@nmsu.edu
Phone: (575) 439-3720
Located in Academic Advising
advisingNMSUA@nmsu.edu

Career Center

The Career Center assists students through the career choice and job search processes. Assistance and general information are available on topics such as choosing a career, career and educational exploration, the resume and application, the cover letter, thank you letter and references, job hunting, interviewing, and job success.

Individual appointments can be scheduled with the Career Advisor for career decision making, career exploration, job hunting, resume and interviewing, employment forecast information, and nationwide college/university information. Several free handouts are also available. Drop-ins are ALWAYS welcome.

The Career Center is open Monday through Thursday from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm and Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Saturday 9:00am to 5:00pm.

General Services Offered

Career Advising

The Career Advisor can meet with you on an individual basis to discuss your career plans and options.

CHOICES Career Planner

The CHOICES Career Planner is used extensively in the Career Center for assessment and for occupational and educational information. CHOICES is web-based and can be used on any internet accessible computer, including those in the Career Center. CHOICES is a comprehensive career search software program made up of several databases: occupations, post secondary schools, graduate schools, financial aid awards, and New Mexico employers. The Assessment component is made up of the Interest Checklist, the Work Importance Locator, and the Skills Checklist. CHOICES also connects to America’s Job Bank allowing a job seeker to conduct a nationwide job search. Assessment tools are used to gather information on your interests, values, and skills to help you make a more informed career decision.

Interest Inventories

Interest inventories help in focusing varied interests into potential career opportunities. The interest inventory used is the Interest Checklist in CHOICES.

Values Inventories

Values inventories focus on what the individual feels are the most important aspects of work. Every person has a values set that needs to be reflected in a job for work to be fulfilling and rewarding. The Work Importance Locator in CHOICES identifies your most important values for use in the Career Search.

Skills Checklist/Work History Search

This checklist/search focuses on skills and work history. This type of search is helpful if a person wants to use skills he or she already possesses in a future career.

CareerBeam

CareerBeam is a comprehensive, 24/7, user-friendly online career center that helps you determine what you want in your career and offers the steps to realize that dream. No matter where you are along the career development journey, it is a self-paced process to help you discover your values, interests and personality style, clarify your career goals, develop a professional resume and cover letter, prepare for interviews, build a professional network, and implement a strategic career search. Contact Jason at 439-3720 or brockett@nmsu.edu for assistance.

Career Exploration

This information is available via career reference books like the Occupational Outlook Handbook and The Guide for Occupational Exploration as well as in CHOICES and over the Internet. Career specific books and videos are available which focus on, but are not limited to, career fields related to NMSU-A majors and programs.

Educational Information

Information on New Mexico universities, correspondence/independent study courses, pre professional/professional programs, graduate studies, and technical/vocational information is available.

Fall 2013 Workshop Series – “Getting the Job”

The following workshops are being offered in Fall 2013 through Community Education. If you are interested attending any of the workshops, please contact Community Education at 575-439-3842 or stop by CB 401 to register. Participation in any of these workshops is free and all are welcome.

  • Resume and Cover Letters (Sept. 19th 5:30-6:30pm)
  • Job Search and Networking  (Oct. 10th 5:30-6:30pm)
  • Interviewing Skills  (Nov. 7th 5:30-6:30pm)
  • Follow-up and Keeping the Job  (Dec. 5th 5:30-6:30pm)

Career Workshops

Workshops can be conducted on an as needed basis for classes or groups. If you are interested in any of these topics, please contact Jason Brockett by phone at 439-3720, or brockett@nmsu.edu, or stop by the Career Center. Participation in any of these workshops is free and all are welcome.

  • CHOICES & CareerBeam-Career & Educational Exploration
  • AggieCareer Manager
  • Resumes
  • Cover Letters & References
  • Job Search Techniques
  • Successful Networking
  • Interviewing Skills
  • Being A Success on the Job