is an educational process that fosters students’ knowledge of self, academic success, personal development and the changing nature of careers. It begins by providing students with information resources, verifies their understanding through questioning, encourages them to apply what they are learning and challenges them to employ increasing sophisticated skills of analyzing, synthesizing and evaluating in their quest for lifelong learning. Career Advising is part of the dynamic Student Services offerings that assist students with registration, admissions, financial aid, academic advising, and more. These services reinforces Mat-Su College’s mission to:
“Educate students and prepare them for future learning, employment, and community engagement through a challenging and rigorous curriculum combined with exceptional support.”
Alaska Career Information System (AKCIS)
…a comprehensive career guidance system that provides information and career exploration tools for people throughout Alaska and beyond.
…a regularly updated source of information on careers, career pathways, career clusters, training programs, college majors, apprenticeships, career assessments, financial aid, etc.
User name: matsu
Where to Start:
Set up an appointment with our Career Advisor!
To schedule an appointment call Student Services at 745-9762.
Complete an Assessment
If you are unsure about career direction and would like to take an assessment, numerous options are available. We can administer the Myers-Briggs Personality Indicator (MBTI), New Strong Interest Inventory (with College Profile), and/or review a combined report. There are also links to values, skills, entrepreneurial, and other assessments on AKCIS. Ms. Backlund would be glad to meet with you to discuss which might be of greatest value to you. There is a $45.00 fee for non-students to cover the costs of the assessments.
Visit the Okeson Library
Did you know that Mat-Su College has over 300 titles related to careers? Book, audio, video, and ebook materials may be checked out on a variety of career-related topics.
Career Services for Job Seekers:
Did you know that you can register for College Central Network through UAA’s Career Services Center? Benefits include the ability to search for jobs posted exclusively to the University of Alaska Anchorage or for nationally posted jobs and internships; to build or upload a resume; and, tools to track and organize your job search activities. Go to: http://www.collegecentral.com/uaa-alaska/Student.cfm to learn how to register and log in to Student Central. Services are also available to alumni, community members, and employers: http://www.collegecentral.com/uaa-alaska/index.cfm.
Need further assistance with job search strategies, applications, resumes, cover letters, or interviewing? Schedule an appointment with Ms. Backlund to learn more about the additional resources available to you.
Career Services for Employers:
Are you looking for employees who are proving their medal through the rigors of college course work? Might you be interested in hosting an intern? Contact Karen Backlund, Career Development Coordinator, to find out more about promoting a job opening and other career services available to employers. Furthermore, check out the University of Alaska Anchorage College Central Network Services. Register your organization by visiting: http://www.collegecentral.com/uaa-alaska/Employer.cfm and begin posting jobs, and search resumes or portfolios (contingent upon approval and access level).
Some academic programs at Mat-Su College require students to participate in an Internship or Industry Work Experience, while for others this is an option. Ms. Backlund is your point of contact in Student Services for assistance with this process. It often takes several months to identify an employer or volunteer host site, develop a learning agreement, and complete the requirements needed to register for one of these courses. Pre-requisites usually apply to ensure students will benefit from their Internship experiences. Ms. Backlund will refer students to UAA’s Career Services staff for assistance with Internships associated with their programs.
Ms. Backlund can also assist with identifying informal work-based learning experiences where students apply what they are learning in their academic programs to real life situations. Over 25,000 Internships are posted through Student Central (http://www.collegecentral.com/uaa-alaska/Student.cfm) and can be searched by title, keyword, company name, city, state, and/or zip code. Employers can also register for an account and post Internships (http://www.collegecentral.com/uaa-alaska/Employer.cfm). Please contact Ms. Backlund to further explore Internship opportunities at Mat-Su College.