Mary Michael Hawkins

Director, Undergraduate Career & Professional Development

Mary Michael Hawkins

For over 20 years, I have been a part of Career & Professional Development assisting students and alumni find the courage to discover their strengths, interests and directions in their career path. Each person has a unique story to tell and it is my goal to help guide them in discovering what that story is trying to tell them about themselves. Ultimately,  we are here to help them take their education to the next step or steps in their career path. I am compassionate and want students to know that I am listening to their story and their hopes. Excellence drives me and I focus on what I can do to make a difference in a person’s life. Career & Professional Development gives students the support and guidance to translate their education into a career. It is my privilege to help and support students in taking these sometimes difficult, but always exciting next steps.

“The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.”— John Bingham 

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5 Internship Facts You Won’t Believe

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Internships can change the trajectory of your intended career path.  They provide valuable insights into an industry, job or employer you’ve been considering.  Plus, employers expect students to have some experience by graduation.  Get inspired and start your search now!

By Mary Michael Hawkins
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Conversation Starters: How to Prepare for Networking Events

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Connecting DU, Mentor-For-A-Moment, Career Fairs, Employer Meet & Greets.  These events are happening all over campus throughout the year and for many they may create anxiety about how to show up and make the most of the connections with DU …

By Mary Michael Hawkins
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Top 5 Tips to Keep in Mind When You’re Ready to Interview for Your Dream Job

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You’ve been invited to interview for your dream job, what could go wrong?  After all, you are just talking about yourself, what could be so difficult?  Interviewing has plenty of pitfalls if you are not prepared.  Invest the time necessary …

By Mary Michael Hawkins
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Don’t Forget to Do These 5 Things Before your Summer Internship Ends

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The first day of classes is just weeks away and you’re looking forward to returning to campus and seeing all of your friends. But, before you clean out your desk and put your earbuds in for the commute home, do …

By Mary Michael Hawkins
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Your First 90 Days on the Job- From Interview to Success

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You just beat out the competition for your new job so now it’s time to deliver! Here are some tips to help you succeed.

1. Listen—Observe—Learn
Take the time to understand your team, the culture, goals and overall vibe of …

By Mary Michael Hawkins
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Ease Into Networking Through Informational Interviews

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We hear and read about it all the time…you must network for career success! But, many people are overwhelmed with the idea of networking and are not sure where to start. Informational interviewing allows a conversation to happen, usually 1-on-1, …

By Mary Michael Hawkins
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5 Modern Day Rules for the Workplace

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Whether you have been in the workforce since before email ruled your life or you are starting your professional career, the workplace is an ever-changing dynamic. It doesn’t matter if you are rule-follower or a rule-breaker, here are some rules …

By Mary Michael Hawkins
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Get Help With the Do’s and Don’ts of Pioneer Careers

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You’ve seen the announcements and the posts about our exciting new platform for Pioneer Careers.  Still need some help in learning how to use it? We’ve created 4 short videos to help you maximize the useful tools in Pioneer Careers:

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By Mary Michael Hawkins
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Don’t Let Your Career Blow Up in Smoke

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Don’t Let Your Career Blow Up in Smoke:
7 Things to know about employment and drug use in Colorado

In 2012, Colorado adopted an amendment to its Constitution (Amendment 64) which legalized the recreational possession and use of marijuana for …

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Networking?!? I Would Rather Give Up Chocolate Forever

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Many people would rather give up a favorite thing in their life than spend time networking. Reports vary, but it is commonly noted that around 80% of all jobs are acquired through networking. Once you are employed, the networking continues. Now is …

By Mary Michael Hawkins
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