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Jan. 12, 2023

Career Pathing sessions aimed at setting up students, employees for success in workplace

Updated: Feb. 28, 2023

Northwest Missouri State University is again offering personal and professional development opportunities for students and employees this spring through its Career Pathing series.

Launched in 2003, Career Pathing sessions feature activities and workshops led by Northwest staff members and other experts who share their knowledge and experiences related to topics including wellness, violence prevention, career preparedness, handling conflict and workplace culture.

While Career Pathing provides professional development opportunities for Northwest faculty and staff, the program gives participating student employees opportunities to develop skills for the workforce and earn pay increases for their attendance.

“We are fortunate to have such great presenters this semester, providing insight on relevant personal and professional topics that will not only prepare our student employee for their future careers but will also be applicable in their current positions and the classroom,” Northwest Coordinator of Student Employment Paula McLain said.

More information about fall Career Pathing opportunities is provided below.

Students may register online at, unless an alternate registration link is provided below.

Northwest staff and faculty may register online at, unless an alternate registration link is provided below.

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Nikita Alimohammad, assistant director of wellness education and prevention with Northwest Wellness Services

For Northwest employees, these sessions are 3-5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30, and Tuesday, Jan. 31, in the Student Union Boardroom. Participants must attend both sessions.

For Northwest students, these sessions are 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, in the Student Union Ballroom; Tuesday, March 21, in The Station; and Sunday, April 2, in the Student Union Ballroom. Students may attend any one session but must attend the four-hour training in its entirety; attendance counts for three Career Pathing sessions.

Click here to register; attendance counts for three Career Pathing sessions.

“RESPOND” is designed to teach the campus community how to recognize and respond to mental health concerns. Content includes a brief overview of mental health problems on college campuses, discussion about stigma and culture, an overview of signs associated with mental health problems. The remainder of the course is focused on how to effectively respond with basic listening and empathy, risk assessment at the lay level, support, referral, and taking care of self, including appropriate boundaries based on role or personal preference.

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Propel your career to the next level with microcredentials

Rebecca Lobina, director of continuing professional education and regional director of the Northwest SBDC

These sessions are 60 minutes and begin at 9 a.m., noon or 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6, in the Student Union Boardroom.

Microcredentials are competency-based recognition of your skills and expertise within your industry. No matter your chosen career field, microcredentials offer evidence of your knowledge and place you a step ahead of others without those credentials. Northwest offers training that leads to those qualifications in almost every occupation.

Northwest students and employees will learn about the many types of microcredentials and how to best leverage them to obtain promotions, career advancement, skill recognition and job placement.

Cam Awesome

Intent vs. impact

Cam F. Awesome, Awesome Talks, LLC

These sessions are 60 minutes and begin at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Monday, March 20, in the Student Union Boardroom.

This presentation is a collective and engaging conversation that encouraged audiences to acknowledge and celebrate cultural differences presented in society and how to respectfully and effectively communicate with others.

Attendees will define and develop a common language to better understand “culture;” learn to identify the difference between intent and impact; engage in conversations with peers from different cultural backgrounds; develop the ability to identify and address “microaggressions;” non-offensively acknowledge, embrace and celebrate cultural differences; develop an awareness of how different cultures can impact daily interactions and build confidence through communication.

Mocktail party

Northwest Missouri State Career Services

For students only, this event is 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, in the Student Union Boardroom. Pre-registration is required; this event counts as two Career Pathing sessions.

Everyone loves a party, but do you know how to really work the room and expand your network while enjoying the party? In this interactive session, Career Services staff will walk students through the dos and don’ts of a professional mixer and how to make a great first impression, network and build relationships. 

Rhonda Travers

Communicate to connect in today's world

Rhonda Travers, Travers Training and Consulting

These sessions are 60 minutes and begin at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 14, in the Student Union Boardroom.

Do you feel misunderstood in meetings? Or do you send multiple requests for responses? And when you do receive responses, they don’t address your original question? In today’s environment, ineffective communication is costly and impacts your desired results.

Travers will help attendees recognize the impact of today’s chaotic environment on communication, understand four critical communication styles, discover methods to create collaborative conversations based on communication styles, and learn key framework for effective electronic and written communication to maximize engagement and achieve results.


Understanding your rights as a worker in Missouri and beyond

Northwest Missouri State Career Services

For students only, these sessions are 60 minutes and begin at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Thursday, April 6, in the Student Union Boardroom.

As students graduate from Northwest and enter the professional workforce, there are many things they might not be aware of, including what an employer can and cannot ask someone to do and employee rights. In this session, Career Services will outline worker rights in the state of Missouri and at the federal level.

Brett Hoogeveen

Stars vs. vacuums: The not-so-subtle secret to personal and professional success

Brett Hoogeveen, MindSet, LLC

These sessions are 60 minutes and begin at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, in the Student Union Ballroom.

At work and in life, invisible factors greatly impact a person’s odds of achieving success and happiness. Through research compiled during more than a decade of leadership development and consulting work with successful business executives, Hoogeveen and his firm have compiled a list of 20 characteristics that achievers use to elevate themselves and those around them. They also have identified attitudes and behaviors that negative influencers unwittingly display to undermine their own success and those around them.

This interactive workshop will challenge every attendee to discover how well they live up to 20 tenets of success and how they can achieve greater personal, professional, and team success.



Dr. Mark Hornickel
Administration Building
Room 215