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.
Our office is currently working virtually due to COVID-19. The best way to reach our team is by sending a message to our general inbox or an individual staff member via email. We will be returning to the office on July 5, 2021.
UMKC Career Services
Monday – Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Atterbury Student Success Center
5000 Holmes, 2nd Floor
Kansas City, MO 64110
Career coaching is available outside of normal operations upon request.
One-on-one career coaching appointments are available via telephone, email, or Zoom and can be scheduled through Handshake (umkc.joinhandshake.com and login with SSO). Plexiglass has been placed at the front desk to serve as a protective barrier, six-feet social distancing and face masks will be required, hand sanitizer will be available and enhanced cleaning of commonly used items and spaces will be observed.
The majority of our events, workshops, and programs will be held virtually, and for those held on campus, six-feet social distancing and face masks will be required. Career fairs will be held virtually and student pre-registration will be required. A full schedule of programming and fairs, additional information and resources, and event registration is available on Handshake (umkc.joinshandshake.com).
StaffDaniel Folk, Manager of Employer Development and Engagement
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling and Guidance Program from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Professional Experience: I have been with UMKC Career Services since Fall 2014 as a Career Counseling Intern and joined the office full time in May 2016 as a Career Counselor. I transitioned into the Manager of Employer Development and Engagement role in January 2021 and now work to get top companies to recruit from UMKC.
About Daniel: I am passionate about making new connections with employers, programs, and departments all around the Kansas City metro to best promote the wealth of talent we have right here at UMKC. I am a new parent and am enjoying every step in seeing my daughter’s development. I have too many hobbies to count and like to be creative and busy. To name a few, I like to build furniture, fish, grill, crochet, and am an avid disc golfer.
First Job: I have been working since I was 14 and started out in construction pouring concrete walls.
What do you wish you had known about career development that you know now? To start early! I always thought of it as something I would do when I graduated, but there were so many things I could have been doing along the way that would have made the end of my education easier.
Advice for Students: Start networking now and with those around you. You never know, the person sitting next to you in class may be doing something really cool in the future and you could be a part of it.
Alison Murdock, Career Coach
Alison’s Role: Alison serves as the career liaison for the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, and School of Computing and Engineering. To schedule a professional development session, please make an appointment with Alison on Handshake!
Education: B.A. Psychology, Florida Gulf Coast University & M.A. Higher Education Administration, University of Missouri – Kansas City.
Professional Background: 4+ years of experience in higher education, including advising, coaching, and event/program coordination. Alison is the Co-Host and producer of the UMKC Career Services’ podcast, Roo Career Radio (RCR) and assists in producing the parallel series to RCR, Diversity in Professionalism.
About Alison: Outside of the office, I enjoy playing volleyball recreationally, trying out new restaurants and bars in the KC area, weekend expeditions with my pup, Willow, and creating digital illustrations!
First Job: Reservationist for all Indiana State Park Inns. An awesome, low-key first job where I learned valuable communication, problem-solving, and customer service skills.
What do you wish you had known about career development that you know now? I wish had gone to my career center during my undergrad. I never stepped foot in that office, and yet I was so lost throughout those years when it came to choosing a career path. I thought “I can figure it out,” but it took me until the last semester of my senior year to decide. If I would have visited my career center years earlier, I would have been much more prepared for post-graduation.
Advice for Students: Networking is essential across all industries, but it doesn’t have to be scary. You can build your professional network just by talking to your classmates or joining student organizations. College is full of easy opportunities to build your professional network.
Paige McLean, Career Coach
Paige’s Role: Paige serves as the career liaison for the UMKC Conservatory, School of Nursing and Health Sciences, School of Medicine, and the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences. To develop career action plans, receive career coaching, and explore other professional development topics, please make an appointment with Paige on Handshake!
Education: Master of Education (M Ed) in Educational, School and Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Positive Coaching from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2019, while working as a Graduate Assistant for Mizzou Academics in Athletics. Paige earned her undergraduate degree from Saint Francis University with a B.A. in both Psychology as well as Sociology while competing as a Division I swimmer.
Professional Experience: Paige joined Career Services in January 2021. Previously she was an Academic Advisor for Kansas City Roos Athletics. Paige is an active member of N4A, Women Leaders in College Sports, and a passionate mental health advocate who is also a member of Roos for Mental Health.
About Paige: I am a proud Canadian, born and raised in Bolton, Ontario (just north of Toronto). A hockey player turned swimmer, with a love for athletics brought me to the United States in 2013. I live in downtown KC with my boyfriend Clement and cat Moose (#Canada). When I am not spending time coaching students on professional development, I love to travel & spend time with loved ones, swim, binge Netflix series, and create new art and interior design projects.
First Job: My first jobs were as a Lifeguard and Swim Instructor!
What do you wish you had known about career development that you know now? I wish I had listened to my mom (who is an Employment and Training Director) more… on a more serious note – USE YOUR RESOURCES! I wish as a student-athlete I took more advantage of all the wonderful free resources campus had to offer.
Advice for Students: Learn how to properly market yourself, network and make genuine lasting connections, and build your resume by getting involved and stepping out of your comfort zone.