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The Campus Compass: The Career Center

The arts and culture editor’s K-State campus resource guide
The Campus Compass: The Career Center
Kaitlynn Faber

It’s a big world full of endless career opportunities, and the Career Center at Kansas State has professional resources to help students hit the ground running and kickstart their careers. At the Berney Family Welcome Center, the Career Center works to support students in becoming career-ready, and these are some of their resources.

Career Closet

Do you need business professional clothing but don’t have the money to spend on it? The Career Closet has you covered.

At the back of the center, the Career Closet provides students professional business clothing for free. It’s open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Students can take three items each semester, choosing anything from shirts, suits, blouses, pants, jewelry, shoes and more. There’s a dressing room, so you don’t have to commit until you know everything fits perfectly.

The Career Closet also has a “Dress to Impress” professional attire guide on its website.

Professional photos

The center provides students free professional headshots with Iris, the photo robot. To get a headshot taken, students can check in at the front desk, and the attendant will guide them through checking in and using the photo booth kiosk. Students can take as many photos as they want, and the kiosk will walk them through posing. When students finish, the headshots are automatically sent to the students’ emails.

Major and career exploration

The center has professionals ready to discuss major changes, career paths, internships and job searches. 

Students can meet with career specialists offering free professional resources, advice and exploration assessments.

Students can either set up appointments with their career advisor, available on the center’s website, for more enhanced and personalized experiences, or go to the Career Center Studio. The studio is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is open for student drop-ins.

Resume critiques

The center’s website has a guide to building a successful resume; no matter where students are in that process, the center offers help.

Students can bring resumes and cover letters for professional critique through the studio or by appointment. The studio and Resume Tune-Ups, which are 15 minute virtual appointments, provide brief resume assistance and feedback. For more in-depth critiques, students can make an appointment with their career advisor through the center’s website.

Mock interviews

Practice makes perfect, and interviews are no exception. Through a career advisor, students can schedule mock interviews to get quality practice before job interviews. Mock interviews can be scheduled year-round depending on availability, and they’re a helpful resource to get more comfortable interviewing.

The center also has a guide to preparing for interviews on its website.

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Kaitlynn Faber, arts & culture editor
A&C editor for spring 2024. Previously asst. A&C editor for fall 2023 and writer for 2022-23.
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