Career Readiness

Welcome to the Cothran Center for Career Readiness

Our Mission

The Cothran Center is your resource for help in getting ready for the day after graduation. Visit the Center early and often during your college career and get started on making plans to make the most of your Mars Hill degree! Here are just a few of the services we provide:

  • Career path research and help in choosing an appropriate major
  • Personal assessments to help you understand your strengths and interests
  • Career preparation, including resume development, networking skills, and interview prep
  • Internship exploration and strategies
  • Workshops to boost your professionalism and presentation skills
  • Career development strategies, including job search strategies

If you’re interested in making an appointment, drop by the Center on the 2nd floor of Day Hall, or arrange for an appointment through Handshake!


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Jimmy Knight, Director
Location: Day Hall, Room 207

Amanda Nicholson, Career Planning and Development Associate
Location: Day Hall, Room 208



Explore major and career options through Focus2! Go at your own pace, or do it all in one sitting.

  • Learn what motivates you
  • Work interest assessment
  • Personality assessment
  • Skills assessment
  • Map your career path
  • Research career possibilities through an exceptional library of actual job descriptions and salaries, and much more!

Click the link, and use the password: lions – That’s all you need to get started!

What you need to start your career…

The core competencies laid out by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) are at the heart of all our activities and planning. NACE interviewed hundreds of employers across numerous industries to compile a concise, “must-know” list for YOU.

Use this list as you create your “elevator pitch” for your first professional job! These are the crucial things employers want see in YOU:

  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Skills and Abilities
  • Oral and Written Communications Expertise
  • Teamwork and Collaboration
  • Digital Technology Adaptability
  • Demonstrable Leadership Skills
  • Professionalism and Strong Work Ethic
  • Personal Management of Your Career and Personal Brand
  • Global and Intercultural Fluency
  • Numeric Alacrity and Data Comprehension Skills