Current Students

If you're a currently enrolled student or recent graduate up to one year after graduation, the Career Planning and Development Center (CPDC) can assist you through individual career advising appointments, virtual and live events to develop career management skills and connect to employers, and a variety of resources on the CPDC's website, including Handshake, Webster's career management and job posting platform.

If you're considering changing your major or career plans or don't know whether you should pursue additional education, meet with your career advisor to discuss your options and receive resources for researching prospective majors and careers. You'll learn more about your interests, personality, skills, strengths and values through discussion and, if relevant to your decision-making process, may complete career assessments like CliftonStrengths for Students, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator or the Strong Interest Inventory.

Your career advisor will assist you in defining your target jobs, companies, and industries and will give you recommendations on how to execute a variety of search strategies. You'll work together to create a personalized plan to activate your internship or job search. Your career advisor can also help you practice networking introductions or review follow-up communication as you engage with prospective employers in your search.

Your career advisor can provide feedback on existing resumes, cover letters, reference pages, LinkedIn profiles, or graduate school personal statements or tips to get started on writing application materials for the first time. They will provide recommendations to improve your document and training on principles for creating effective application materials in the future.

In an interview overview appointment, learn about how to conduct yourself and respond to common questions in an interview. Or provide a job posting of interest to your career advisor so that they can create a customized practice interview and provide you with feedback and coaching to improve your interviewing performance.

Request a Career Advising Appointment

Handshake is Webster University's online career management and recruiting system used by students and alumni. Learn how to schedule an appointment through Handshake below.

Access your Handshake account online or download the mobile app to request a career advising appointment.

  1. Access Handshake by entering your Connections Username/Password credentials 
  2. Select "Career Center" and then "Appointments" to view a listing of available appointment days/times with a career advisor. 
  3. Fill in the required information and submit your appointment request. 

Learn more about accessing your Handshake account.

Call the Career Planning and Development Center 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (CDT) at 314-968-6982, or toll-free at 800-981-9805, Monday through Friday to coordinate schedules with a career advisor.

Request an advising appointment through email by sending a message to the Career Planning and Development Center, at, with the following information:

  1. In the subject line, write “Career Advising Appointment Request” 
  2. In the body of your message, include your first and last name, student ID number, if you would prefer to meet with a career advisor by phone, Zoom or in person, 2-3 options for meeting days/times (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (CDT), Monday-Friday), and what you would like to discuss with a career advisor (job search, review of application materials, interview coaching, etc.)