Every school has a career center, but no other college in the country is creating a career exploration and development journey like The O’Brien Center for Career Development at Merrimack College! Of course we offer what any typical campus career center would: resume workshops, career advising, internship programs, recruitment fairs, and mock interviews. We also have a team that works to foster and maintain relationships with employers who hire our students. But we also empower students to enter the workforce by focusing on developing skills that employers are seeking. 

How do I interact with the career center? What is the advising process like?

  • You are assigned a career advisor as soon as you get your Merrimack email  and can even reach out the summer before you come to campus. We have a team of career advisors, at least one for each school, who has years of experience in career advising.
  • You will be introduced to advisor and O’Brien resources your first-year as part of your First-Year Experience (FYE) course in your fall semester.
  • Along with FYE, you have the option to enroll in a one-credit career course in your second semester which will allow you to explore a career path and create a career development plan. 
  • Throughout your time here at Merrimack, our focus is on building your skills and learning how to talk about them and building your network.

What technology tools do you use for my career exploration and development?

We use cutting edge technology tools to ensure that you are prepared for the jobs of the future. Access these technology resources with a simple click.  

  • AWATO: Take an assessment for personalized degree and career path recommendations based on your interests, academic programs at Merrimack, and available jobs.
  • What Can I Do With This Major?: Use this tool to explore career paths, jobs, potential employer types and strategies for success in each career.
  • Burning Glass: Scours hundreds of thousands of job postings every day, producing reports that show trends in hiring by field and location and outlines the core skills employers are seeking. 
  • Quinncia: Get your resume reviewed in a flash and conduct mock interviews with an artificially intelligence-designed tool that concludes with suggestions on filler words, rate of speech, and nonverbal communication. 
  • LinkedIn Learning: Customized skill-building courses to enhance and expand what you learn in the classroom and showcase the skills with digital badges. 
  • Handshake: Search and apply for internships, co-ops and jobs, update your Handshake profile for employers, schedule an appointment with your career advisor, or sign up for an O’Brien event today.

Career Related Events

Jobs and Internships

  • Handshake: Your online platform where you can apply for job, internship and co-op positions, search for upcoming career events, book appointments with your career advisor. 
  • Parker Dewey: Apply to short-term, professional, paid work experiences and demonstrate your skills, explore different career paths and develop professional networks.
  • Student Employment: Check out on-campus internships, jobs and work study positions. 
  • 86% of our 2018 graduates completed at least one experience before graduation – many get connected to those opportunities through working one-on-one with their career advisor. 
  • 96% of the class of 2018 were employed full/part time, participating in a program of service, or enrolled in a program of continuing education within 9 months of graduation