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The mission of UMKC Career Services is to empower students and alumni to successfully develop, evaluate and initiate career planning and professional development within a constantly changing work environment. In addition, Career Services embraces diversity in all forms and strives to be an inclusive community that fosters an open, enlightened and productive environment.

Contact

Email: careerservices@umkc.edu
Phone: 816-235-1636
Fax: 816-235-5156

Office Hours

UMKC Career Services Main Office
Monday – Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Atterbury Student Success Center
5000 Holmes, 2nd Floor
Kansas City, MO 64110

Walk-In Hours 
Monday – Friday: 10 am – noon

Staff

Tess Surprenant, Interim Director of UMKC Career Services

surprenantt@umkc.edu

Tess Surprenant has served as the Director of Bloch Career Center at UMKC’s Bloch School of Management since 2015 and as Interim Director of UMKC Career Services since 2018. Tess began her career in marketing and business development in a variety of industries including high-tech, medical products, consumer products, and higher education. She has 10+ years’ experience in career development strategy and training, and leadership and professional development training.

 

Sarah Jones, Manager, Employer Development and Engagement

jonessarah@umkc.edu

Sarah Jones is a new addition to the Career Services team and the Kansas City area. Sarah received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Drury University. Sarah began her career in higher education at Missouri S&T. She has four years’ experience in higher education event management, as well as experience cultivating and building relationships between the community, university students and alumni.

 

Janet Dexter, Fiscal Officer

dexterj@umkc.edu

She is the Fiscal Officer for the department. Janet coordinates and plans special events for our office and also manages the Professional Wardrobe Program where you are able to make an appointment through your Handshake account to view the  professional attire available for career fairs, special business events, interviews, etc.

 

Daniel Folk, Career Counselor

folkd@umkc.edu

Daniel Folk has been with UMKC Career Services since Fall 2014 as a Career Counseling Intern and joined the office full time in May 2016. Daniel received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and recently completed the Mental Health Track of the UMKC Master of Arts in Counseling and Guidance Program. His broad interest is to assist students and alumni with their career exploration/development needs. This includes career counseling, assessment, resume development, interviewing and job search skills. Daniel also serves as the liaison for the  School of Biological Sciences, the College of Education, the Conservatory and University College.

 

Alison Murdock, Career Coach

murdockak@umkc.edu

Alison Murdock joined the University of Missouri – Kansas City in 2017 as a Scheduling Coordinator for the Student Unions and transitioned to UMKC Career Services in October 2019. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Florida Gulf Coast University and will receive her Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration from the University of Missouri – Kansas City in May 2020. Alison enjoys working with students and alumni to develop and refine professional development skills such as resume and cover letter writing, interview prepping, and job, internship, and graduate program searching. Outside of the office, Alison’s interests include playing volleyball weekly, consuming all the BBQ and pizza Kansas City has to offer, and binging the latest Netflix series!

Alison serves as the College of Arts and Sciences liaison for the office. To schedule a professional development session, please make an appointment with Alison on Handshake!

 

Karissa May, Peer Career Coach

Major:  Pre-Pharmacy track with a minor in Spanish

About myself:

I am from St. Louis, Missouri and currently a sophomore at UMKC. Alongside my job at Career Services, I am an OWL Mentor in the Honors College, a co-communications director in GlobeMed, and a clarinetist in the Wind Ensemble at the UMKC Conservatory of Music. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my friends, watching Netflix, and enjoying the outdoors (only when it is warm, though).

Goals after graduation:

I would love the opportunity to explore the different fields in which pharmacy has to offer- especially oncology.

Why visiting Career Services is important:

Visiting Career Services gives you an advantage above the rest of other applicants. Employers get hundreds of applications for every position they put out; the trick is to make yours stand out from the rest. Our staff is specially trained to get your resume to the top of the list so you can hopefully receive the job offer.

 

Ghada Safi, Peer Career Coach

Major:  Health Sciences

About myself:

I am a senior at UMKC. I enjoy spending time with my friends and family along with shopping and movies.

Goals after graduation:

After I graduate, I plan on finding a job in my field and learn how to use my skills in a professional setting.

Why visiting Career Services is important:

Career Services will help build professional character that will become beneficial in your future.

 

Anthony Ginn, Peer Career Coach

Major:  MBA (Business Administration)

About myself:

I graduated from Western Illinois University with a Master of Arts in Political Science in 2015. I am currently working towards my MBA at the Bloch School of Management. I enjoy traveling, reading, weight lifting, and spending time with friends and family.

Goals after graduation:

I would like to pursue a career in Supply Chain Management, and one day, operate my own retail chain. In addition, I want to continue to volunteer abroad and domestically.

Why visiting Career Services is important:

UMKC Career Services gives students the tools that are needed for success in the professional world. UMKC Career Services provides assistance with resumes, cover letters, and CVs. In addition, UMKC Career Services provides mock interviews that will prepare you for that big interview or presentation.

 

Clair Eaton, Peer Career Coach

Major:  Psychology and Criminal Justice & Criminology

About myself:

Some of the things that I enjoy doing outside of work include reading and watching movies.

Goals after graduation:

Attend a Master’s program in either Criminal Justice and Criminology or Counseling Psychology.

Why visiting Career Services is important:

Visiting Career Services is beneficial to your future because you’re getting career advice from trained professionals who are genuine and want to help you succeed. 

 

Rikken Patel, Peer Career Coach

Major:  Biology with a minor in Chemistry

About myself:

Outside of UMKC Career Services, my interests includes watching sports like cricket and I also love to travel. I usually choose one place every year that I want to travel to help refresh and relax my mind outside of my regular life and so I recently traveled to England, France and Switzerland for a span of two weeks which included going to the Cricket World Cup.

Goals after graduation:

Apply for medical school and finish with an MD degree and pursue my career in medicine.

Why visiting Career Services is important:

Visiting the UMKC Career Services is very beneficial to everyone’s future because simply put we help students complete all the steps necessary to reaching their career job. This includes getting resume/cover letter help to mock interviews to knowing when the next fair is all very critical in increasing your chances in getting the best job possible that suits you.

 

Michael Shamsutdinov, Peer Career Coach

Major:  Exploratory

About myself:

Sophomore in college interested in medicine and computer engineering. Originally from Uzbekistan, Tashkent and I speak Russian fluently. Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my family and outdoors. My hobbies include ice skating, reading, and working on house projects.

Goals after graduation:

After graduation, I hope to get a stable job and travel.

Why visiting Career Services is important:

The Department of Career Services is important because it gives students the ability to review their resumes and cover letter before applying for employment. Also, the platform Handshake gives the students the opportunity to look for jobs and internships.

 

Malak Dkhili, Peer Career Coach

Major:  Political Science and Sociology

About myself:

I am a Freshman and enjoy reading novels and the news. On the weekends you can find me somewhere sunny with tea, music and my friends. My hobbies include writing, painting and hiking.

Goals after graduation:

Join the Peace Corps for two years and then go to graduate school to pursue a career in Cultural Anthropology.

Why visiting Career Services is important:

Career Services is important because it provides necessary resources to help students and alumni attain career success.  Some of the resources we offer are preparation for job interviews, a Professional Wardrobe Program, resume reviews and carer path advising. By working here, I truly feel like I am making a difference and giving back to the university.