Welcome to your Career Connection

Today's students (and their parents) are more concerned than ever about their employability after graduation. For this reason, we want you to have good resources and information.

If you have questions about searching for a job, internship, study abroad, or another career learning opportunity, students may visit the main Career Connections page on Bulldog Connect, or contact Amy Beckman in the Career & Experiential Learning office.

It’s never too early or too late to begin a search! The Career & Experiential Learning office can also assist students create or polish their resume or cover letter as well as practice interviewing skills to get where they want to go. We're here to help!

Phone: (620) 242-0467

Email: beckmana@mcpherson.edu

Location: Miller Library, 1st floor (just past the Library Services desk) 

Schedule appointment: Click on this link to schedule time with Amy

Your appointment can be scheduled in-person or via Zoom, just let us know your preference.

Work. Learn. Budget. Reduce debt. Financial Freedom!

Learn how to create and manage a budget while reducing your student debt through work, financial planning tools, and mentorship. In the program, any earnings applied to your student account will be matched $.25 per dollar. Talk with Amy Beckman in the Career office, beckmana@mcpherson.edu, or Andy Olsen, olsena@mcpherson.edu, in the Financial Aid office to learn more about the program and register. 

Learn more about the Student Debt Project

Apply to the program 

Basic Monthly Budget Template

Student Debt Project Budget Worksheet

Already part of the program?

Have questions or need help? Contact Amy Beckman, beckmana@mcpherson.edu.

Join the Bulldog Network!
Connect with mentors who will help guide you through college and career choices.

Mentors on the Bulldog Network are MC alumni, faculty or staff, or MC community partners.

  • NETWORK: Find a professional/mentor in your network who has been in your shoes at MC. 
    • Look for someone who shares similar interests with you.
    • Ask questions you might have about college or career.
    • Ask professionals in your field of interest about how to prepare for a career in that field or what a day at work is like.
    • Learn about the industry or career you see yourself doing after graduation.
    • Get help on resume tips and develop, prepare for an interview, etc.
    • Grow your professional network.
  • RESOURCES: Find helpful career resources in the Resources tab.
    • Learn about how to prepare for internships, jobs and your next step after graduation.
    • How do I start a conversation with a mentor?
    • How to do an informational interview with a professional.
    • How to say Thanks after you've interviewed a professional.
    • How to do a STAR interview - Be prepared for your next interview!
    • What skills do you need to be career ready?
    • Watch MC's E3 podcasts to learn about the career success of several MC Alumni in a variety of careers. Check back occasionally as we plan to add 3 new alumni interviews every semester!
    • Look for new resources to the page.
    • If you have a concept you'd like to see on the site, let us know! Email Amy at beckmana@mcpherson.edu

As a McPherson College student and alumni, you have TWO places special for job and internship search. Check both places often as opportunities change daily. Create your profile in both systems using your McPherson College bulldog email address.

**International students, for additional guidance to follow for off-campus employment, go to International student off-campus employment page for more information.**

All Campus Jobs are posted in Handshake.



Handshake is an online platform, much like LinkedIn, Glassdoor, Indeed, ZipRecruiter, or SimplyHired, that allows you to search for a variety of opportunities from regional to national to around the world. Start by following these 4 easy steps: 

  1. Download the Handshake App from your app store, OR, Go to https://mcphersoncollege.joinhandshake.com
  2. Use your bulldog email address to create your account. After you have entered your email address, Handshake will send a verification code to your bulldog email account. Confirm your account
  3. Create your profile. Upload your resume. If you don't have one, come see me! We can work together to create your basic resume.
  4. To search jobs, go to "Jobs" and then filter for your search (ex. on campus, location, part-time, full-time, etc.)

Campus Jobs: All campus jobs are posted in Handshake, so if you’re looking for on-campus employment, you’ll want to make sure to download the app.

Handshake connects employers to students and allows students to browse not only job opportunities, but interview opportunities and company events posted by employers. Students are also able to connect with other like-minded students in their fields of study to share experiences and ask questions.

Start here:

Handshake Link

Getting Started in Handshake

Search for on-campus jobs in Handshake

Searching for jobs and internships on Handshake

Additional info about Handshake:

What is Handshake.pdf

Why you need Handshake more than other career sites.pdf

How to signup and find a job on Handshake.pdf

Bulldog Network

In addition to the networking opportunities and career resources on the Bulldog Network, you may also search for internships and part-time or full-time jobs posted from McPherson College alumni and community partners. Don't forget to check out the Bulldog Network "Jobs" page in your search!

Search Jobs on the Bulldog Network

Did you know? 

  • You're 14x more likely to be hired with a referral than without one. Check out the Job Referral tab to connect with people who want to help you get hired.
  • 80% of jobs are landed through connections.
  • The Bulldog Network highlights alumni with experience at each company to help you tap into the power of your network.

If you're searching for a campus job, there are a few important things to know:

  1. If hired, you will need original documents (not copies) proving your eligibility to work in the United States. See I-9 form with List of Acceptable Documents.
    • Have them available and ready to provide to the payroll office for when you receive an offer of employment.
    • You cannot start work until these documents and new hire paperwork are completed. 
  2. How to find a campus job
    • Search Handshake for campus jobs. See Jobs and Internship Search section (on this page) to learn how to create your account and begin your search.
    • Apply to jobs of interest with one click.
  3. If selected for an interview, you will interview with the supervisor.
    • The supervisor will notify you and offer the position if you have been chosen. Supervisors do not always notify you if you have not been chosen.  
  4. If hired, you will review and sign the student employment contract with your supervisor. Find out days and times you will be working.
  5. Submit the contract to payroll in the business office.
    • Complete the required new hire paperwork. This will require you to have original documents (not copies) proving your eligibility to work in the United States. See I-9 form with List of Acceptable Documents.
    • Review the Student Employment Handbook (downloads as a read-only Word document), and sign the acknowledgement form (provided with new hire paperwork). 
  6. Confirm start date with your supervisor.
  7. Start your new campus job!
    • Don't forget to enter your time worked every day on your timecard in Bulldog Connect. See Section 6.2: Daily Time Entry of the Student Employment Handbook for how to enter your time.

Did you know internships and field experiences can be completed at MC for credit toward your degree? 

Talk with your faculty advisor or career services to learn more. Following is some information to consider before applying. 

Career Connections course basics

For U.S. citizen students:

For International students: