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Skill Building

Being a student is not just about taking classes and fulfilling degree requirements. It is about becoming involved in your whole undergraduate experience. There are many learning opportunities that take place outside the classroom. Here are some that you definitely should investigate:

Career Fairs
Many employers come to campus to recruit for internship positions for continuing students and for full-time positions for graduating seniors. Even though you might not be ready to begin a career, it’s never too early to take the opportunity to meet employers to see what types of careers they are offering and what kind of skills they are looking for in an employee. The Career Services Center maintains an updated list of career fairs both on and off campus. Students potentially interested in a career in business, should also visit the Lear Corporation Career Services Center in 21 Eppley Center.

Learning Resources Center
202 Bessey Hall
LRC offers free tutoring in many of the required lower division courses, organizes study groups, and provides workshops and seminars to improve your reading, math and social sciences skills. For the self-paced learners, there are many interactive computer software programs in the LRC lab in 204 Bessey.

Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement
27 Student Services
Here is your opportunity to be involved in the community, to gain practical experience, and to investigate possible career areas. There are over 1000 local positions each year which welcome students as volunteers. Browse the binders of opportunities, talk to a staff member about positions that interest you, and apply. The Center for Service-Learning even gives you free bus tokens to your placement!

Career Services Network
113 Student Services
Gain skills and experience, and in this case, get paid for it. Through the Welcome to Handshake system students may apply for both jobs and internships

Registered Student Organizations (RSO's)
101 Student Services
There are hundreds of student organizations on campus. Check out the above link for the current list of all the registered student organizations, including the purpose of the organization and contact information.

Study Abroad
109 International Center
With more than 250 programs in over 60 countries, and an ever-growing variety of learning opportunities, the MSU Study Abroad program is one of the largest and most prestigious in the nation. Even if you have not declared a major yet, Study Abroad is an excellent opportunity for you to take courses which fulfill your University requirements, explore other cultures and courses, discover new interests, and maybe even find a major! The Study Abroad Office sponsors a Study Abroad Fair each semester. Watch for the dates and visit with representatives from the programs for some first-hand details of the individual Study Abroad programs.

12 Essentials of Success
For an excellent overview of the skills and competencies employers seek in new graduates and how to develop these skills explore Career Services "12 Essentials for Success".