Center for Career & Leadership Development

Please use the menu on the right to navigate to programs and services for Career Development or Student Leadership Programs.

Scheduling Career Advising Appointments
We are happy to announce that you can now schedule your career advising appointment via Handshake. Please read our re-opening plan to know more about visiting our office. We prefer students and alumni to schedule appointments.  Follow these easy steps to get started:

  1. Activate your Handshake account at with your MGA email. 
  2. Login and go to "Career Center" and select "Appointments."
  3. Next you will be prompted to select your category and then your primary reason for scheduling an appointment.
  4. We are offering most appointments virtually through Microsoft Teams. To request an in-person option, we recommend scheduling your appointment on Handshake and then emailing the career advisor with whom you scheduled your appointment.  

Focus 2 Career Assessment
We have a new comprehensive career assessment for MGA students assists with majors and career exploration.   To access Focus 2, follow this link, or use the "Career Assessment" option under the Office of Career Development menu tab on the right.

Programs and Career Fairs
Our fall career fairs will be held virtually via Handshake on October 1 (Aviation Career Fair) and October 20 (All Majors Career Fair).  While this is a different format, we're excited about the opportunity for students to schedule individual 10-minute appointments and group sessions with employers in a line and crowd-free environment.  Use our calendar for a list of all of our programs, but be sure to check Handshake and Presence this fall for updated information.

Connecting with the Coordinator for Student Leadership Programs:  If you are a student who needs information regarding any of our Student Leadership Programs (Knights LEAD, Emerging Leaders, and the President's Torch Society), please email Dr. Tamika Russell at .  She can answer questions about our application process for Knights LEAD, Emerging Leaders, and the President's Torch Society.  She can also schedule meetings with students either in-person or virtually.  To learn more about these programs, visit the Student Leadership Programs website and the President's Torch Society website.

Our Mission.  The CCLD provides innovative, student-centered career, leadership, and professional development programs and services that prepare and empower students to identify, build, and articulate career and leadership competencies needed to be successful in a competitive, global marketplace.  Using best practices from the student affairs profession, we address the holistic needs of students and collaborate with faculty, staff, employers, graduate programs, and community leaders to ensure post-graduation success.

Our Center consists of the Office of Career Development and Student Leadership Programs. 

The Office of Career Development serves students and alumni through individualized in-person and virtual appointments, student organization and classroom presentations, recruitment and networking opportunities, and campus-wide career and professional development programs.  Learn more about our career and professional development services.

Student Leadership Programs serve current students through specialized leadership development programs, campus-wide conferences, and individualized student consultations. Learn more about our Student Leadership Programs.

Student Leadership Programs

In Fall 2020, we will launch the Emerging Leaders program for sophomores and kick-off our second class of Knights LEAD, the freshman leadership program. Our goals are to retain, engage, and develop students into great student leaders who are able to obtain valuable professional experiences and are prepared to compete in a global economy and society.  To learn more, visit our Student Leadership Programs page.


Student and Employers:  Connect with Handshake

We now use Handshake to post all job and internship opportunities as well as career fair and career events to MGA students and alumni.  New students should activate their MGA Handshake account with their MGA email during their first semester.  Alumni are encouraged to create an account as well.  

Employers who already have an account should add MGA to their list of approved schools.  If your company is new to Handshake, go to and choose "employer" to set up your account.  After setting up your account, add Middle Georgia State University as one of your institutions so you can register for career fairs and post jobs and internships directly to our students.  Contact us if you have questions about setting up an account.