Murray State University Career Services provides a variety of opportunities and assistance in all aspects of career development and the job search. Whether you are a current student, alumni, parent, an employee of the university or employer we invite you to navigate our website as well as contact our office.
Meet the Staff
Matt Purdy received his Master of Business Administration in 2006 and did a Marketing degree in 2004. Matt is originally from Carbondale, Illinois and enjoys barbecuing, technology and family. He got into Career Services and planned to only stay for 6-12 months while he looked for a real job, which was 10 years ago! He is one of the lucky few that can honestly say that he loves his job! His favorite career hack is getting in touch with people through mutual contacts/friends. His favorite thing about Career Services in how dedicated the Career Services team is!
Beth joined the Career Services team in Jan 2018 in the role of Internship Coordinator. She has worked at Murray State since 2006 serving as the Head Women's Soccer Coach for eight seasons and as the Study Abroad Coordinator for three years. Beth is originally from Yateley, England but graduated with a BSc in Physical Education from Barton College, NC and a MSc in Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Safety (HPERS) from Middle Tennessee State University. Currently, Beth is studying in the Ed.D P-20 and Community Leadership program at Murray State. She is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi chapter.
Beth has led study abroad programs to both London/Dublin and Daegu, South Korea. She has worked at both the American School in London and The American School in Switzerland. She has taken collegiate teams to compete in both Brazil and Jamaica. Beth was the Vice-President of the International Services Association at Barton College.
Beth's favorite hobbies include coaching soccer, traveling, and watching "The Crown" on Netflix. Her favorite career hack is to "Prepare, Prepare, Prepare - use all resources available. Be willing to reach out for help and network as often as possible." One thing she really likes about the Career Services office is the professional environment with excellent teamwork..
Rebecca recieved her Bachelor of Arts in History in 2000 and her Master of Arts in Diplomacy and International Commerce in 2002. Rebecca has over 10 years experience in nonprofit organizational management. She worked in the DC area at the World Wildlife Fund and Conservation International before returning to Kentucky to help create Green Forests Work at the University of Kentucky. While at UK she realized that her passion was working with students. Now she is thrilled to offer tons of practical career advice to MSU students on a daily basis. She lives in Murray with her husband Brad and three adorable kids. Her hobbies include amassing more books that she can read in a lifetime, planting pollinator friendly gardens and chasing her 3 kids. Her favorite career hack is "that your resume is a living document. Keep a list of all your trumphs while at MSU and use it to feed your resume." Her favorite thing about the Career Services office is the wonderful staff!
Colleen Anderson received her Masters in Human Development in May 2017 and got a degree in Physical Education in 1986. Colleen is originally from Ridgway, Illinois and enjoys reading, playing games, watching movies and working outside. She is a widow with three children and three grandchildren. She was a Camp Director for 23 years before coming to Murray in 2009 and to Career Services in 2015. Every October, she becomes someone different when she portrays different characters at Talon Falls Scream Park! Her favorite career hack is to research the company and ask questions at the end. Her favorite thing about Career Services is the people!
Travis Plunkett is a Postsecondary Education in Student Affairs major who will graduate in December 2018. He is from Smithland, Kentucky and enjoys kayaking, disc golf and going on adventures. Travis is the Secretary for the Association of Postsecondary Education Administrative Leaders and is currently pursuing a career in students affairs within Career Services or Housing. He is also an avid Pokemon Go player! His favorite career hack is networking with individuals whom you don't know and learning about their company/institution. His favorite thing about Career Services is the family-like atmosphere.
Jordan Garner is a Business & Marketing Education major who will graduate in May 2020. He is from Murray, Kentucky and enjoys football, basketball and playing guitar. He is a sophomore at Murray State and is a huge sports fan. His favorite career hack is if it takes less than five minutes, do it now. It will lighten your workload and relieve stress. His favorite thing about Career Services is the family atmosphere.
Jacob is majoring in Occupational Safety and Health and will graduate in December 2019. He is from LaGrange, Kentucky and enjoys hiking, exercising at the gym and playing basketball and volleyball. He was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky and has played football for almost 12 years now. His favorite team is the Louisville Cards! He decided to go to Murray State because of the opportunities and programs that were available to him as well as the fact that his older brother and sister both attend school at Murray State. His favorite career hack is that active listening will show an employer or employee that you are interested and care about what they have to say, ask questions! His favorite thing about Career Services is that we get to help students develop into more professional adults.
Amara is majoring in Secondary English Education and will graduate in May 2022! She is from Greenville, Kentucky and enjoys playing the piano, playing with her dog, Max, and performing in theatrical productions. She is really excited about exploring new ideas during her time here at Murray State. Her favorite career hack is following up after giving assignments. She always tries to follow up and make sure everything is finished if she assigns a project to someone. Her favorite thing about the Career Services office is how student-oriented it is.
Sarah is majoring in History and English Education and will graduate in December 2019. She is from Union, Missouri and enjoys riding horses, playing piano, and reading. Here at Murray State, Sarah is involved in Alpha Sigma Alpha, Her Campus, and the National Council of Teachers of English. She also serves as an Honors College Ambassador and enjoys representing Murray State as Ms. Murray State University. Her favorite career hack is to prioritize and make to-do lists to get things done in a timely manner. Her favorite thing about the Career Services office is how hands-on and involved with assisting the students the office is.
Carly is a graduate student getting her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology and is on track to graduate in May 2020. She is from Peru, Illinois and loves to travel, hike and perform Yoga. Family and her pups are very important to her and she hopes to work in a hospital setting providing individuals with tools to communicate effectively, both verbally and nonverbally. Her favorite career hack is following up with employers and sending a thank you note either by email or handwritten. She says, "Stand out and make them consider you through a kind gesture!" She enjoys working at Career Services because of all the hard work and collaboration that partakes in the office. Shes loves the opportunity to to prepare students for their future.
Audrey is a graduate student getting her Master of Science in Agriculture with a focus on Ag Education and is on track to graduate in May 2020. She is from Springfield, Tennessee and loves to kayak, paint kindness rocks and go fishing. She received her bachelor's degree in Agriculture with a concentration in Agri-business in 2017. She was also an Environmental Education Apprentice at Land Between the Lakes, which encouraged her to come to Murray State for an Agriculture Education degree in hopes of becoming a 4-H Agent in the future. Her favorite career hack is to find volunteer opportunities with organizations you may be interested in having a career with in the future, so you can gain valuable experience that can be added to a resume. Her favorite thing about Career Services is being able to positively impact students and their future career decisions.
Ian is working towards a History/Social Studies Certification and is set to graduate in December 2022. He is from Mayfield, Kentucky and loves to perform Yoga, run and read. He is currently a sophomore at Murray State and is a history buff, a health nut, and a huge fan of classic rock and classic movies. His favorite career hack is networking with individuals on LinkedIn. His favorite thing about Career Services is how people-oriented the department is. He says, "They genuinely care about the futures of the students at Murray State and they go out of their way to help students get the best opportunities in college that will help them find employment after graduation."
Rachel is majoring in Elementary Education and is set to graduate in May 2020. She is from West Frankfort, Illinois and loves to read, golf and do scrapbooking. Before attending Murray State, she grew up in a small town in Southern Illinois. At Murray State, she is involved in Alpha Sigma Alpha, Baptist Campus Ministries, Summer Orientation, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Alpha Upsilon Alpha Honor Society and Math Tank. Her favorite career hack is finding a way to make yourself stand out during the interview process. Whether it's bringing in extra copies of your resume and references, sending a thank you note, etc. She says, "These simple strategies can really help you stand out amongst your competition." Her favorite thing about Career Services is that they actively reach out to students to provide assistance.