Career Development

Welcome to the new Cothran Center for Career Readiness

Our Mission

Help every student build the foundation for a meaningful life and career, ensuring they are prepared to successfully navigate the job market.

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

Connect with us!

Follow us on Facebook for updates on job and internship opportunities, upcoming events, career news and tips on preparing for your own success in the world of work!

Director: Jimmy Knight
Phone: (828) 689-1735
Address: Day Hall



For Students

Make yourself visible to recruiters across the globe by activating your account on Handshake!

 Your Potential is Waiting – Get active on Handshake TODAY!

It’s easy!

  • Access through the mobile app or any computer
  • Log in using your MHU credentials
  • Start building your profile
  • Own your personal brand and meet the future fully prepared!

For Employers

You need talent? We’ve got talent. Connect with us!

We invite local and national employers to join our network through Handshake, a modern recruitment platform geared specifically for helping students connect with you.

Things to watch for fall 2019:

  • Symposium on September 26, 2019, 7:00 p.m., covering professionalism and goal setting early in your college career
  • Learn about and polish your interview skills with mock interviews
  • First-year student? Watch for Career “Meet Ups” in all the first-year dorms.
  • Grad school fair coming in November
  • Internship proposal deadlines: September 2, 2019