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O’Brien Center for Student Success

Career Programs

Career Passport

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OVERVIEW: Career Passport is an innovative program designed to support first and second year students in their career preparation and provide an introduction to career development and decision-making as an undergraduate. Through Career Passport, students gained academic credit to participate in a series of career related events and activities, such as resume creation and review and meeting with their Career Advisor. For a sample, click here.

HISTORY: Career Passport was launched in the fall of 2011 in collaboration with the Girard School of Business & International Commerce as part of BUS 1100: Essentials of Business Analysis & Decision Making course. During the 2012-2013 academic year, the Passport piloted an expansion effort which included the School of Liberal Arts as part of FYW 1050: Introduction to College Writing. The 2013-2014 was the launch of the third year of the Career Passport and included participation from 690 students. 

EVOLUTION: As a result of the success of the Career Passport, beginning in the fall of 2014, the program will be integrated into the First Year Experience (FYE) course for all incoming first year and transfer students. 

Please click here for more information on the First Year Experience course. 

Destination Exploration

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Destination Exploration is designed to support undeclared students as they navigate the major and career decision making process. The program provides students complete support through a three-tier advising system including: a career advisor, faculty advisors and peer ambassadors.

Generation Merr1mack 

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Generation Merr1mack is designed to help first generation college students strengthen the college experience through networking connections and exposure to experiential learning opportunities. The program is led by student leaders, faculty, staff and alumni who also identify as being first generation.

Professional Mentor Exchange

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The Professional Mentor Exchange is designed to support sophomore, junior and first-generation Merrimack students as they navigate their career development process. The goal of the Professional Mentor Exchange is to develop value-based relationships that help students to understand the importance of professional development as they work progressively towards their career aspirations.