Career Services Mission Statement
Murray State University Career Services is a comprehensive career department dedicated to assisting Murray State students, alums, faculty, staff, and employers with all aspects of career development/recruitment in a positive, inclusive, and welcoming environment empowering them with the tools and skills necessary to succeed in their career path.
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!
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!
Hannah received her Bachelors degree in Organizational Communication and Leadership with a minor in Youth & Nonprofit Leadership in 2010. She also got her Masters in Human Development and Leadership in 2012. She is from Bardstown, Kentucky and enjoys camping at LBL, reading, Netflix, playing with her dogs and visiting friends. Hannah loves Murray State University and is married to a Murray native and Alumni. Hannah also loves to laugh, help others, and spend the day with family and friends. Her favorite career hack is following up! She says to "send that thank you card, send that email, take the time to visit the business if that is what you discussed. Always follow-up!" Her favorite thing about Career Services is the family atmosphere; she says "everyone is really excited to help students find a career in any way they can!"
Travis Plunkett is a Postsecondary Education in Student Affairs major who graduated in December 2018. He is from Smithland, Kentucky and enjoys kayaking, disc golf and going on adventures. Travis served as the Graduate Assistant for the Career Services office for almost two years until he moved into the position of Employer Relations Coordinator. 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.
Drew received his Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Arts in May 2014. He is originally from Abbeville, Louisiana and enjoys exercising at the gym, performing in theatrical productions, listening to music and watching movies. Originally from Louisiana, Drew has also lived in Florida, California and now here! He is recently engaged and is excited to start this new adventure! His favorite career hack is following up with a personalized thank you note or email, letting the employer know you enjoyed speaking with them and truly appreciate their time. Drew's favorite thing about Career Services is everyone works really hard to help students succeed!
Jordan Garner is a Business & Marketing Education major who will graduate in May 2021. He is from Murray, Kentucky and enjoys football and basketball. He is a senior 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.
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.
Violoa Torkornoo is a Mass Communications graduate student who will graduate in August 2021. Viola is from Ghana, West Africa and enjoys traveling to new places, watching movies, and baking. Viola's goal is to become a professor in some aspect of communications in the near future. Her favorite career hack is to always be prepared to do free work even in upaid internships, because there is a lot to learn! Her favorite thing about Career Services is that everyone is friendly and always ready to help!
Lamiah is a Exercise Science major who will graduate in May 2023. She is originally from Lexington, Kentucky and enjoys running, star gazing, and having deep debates with her family. Lamiah graduated from Lafayette High School and is currently a freshman at Murray State. Her favorite thing to do is run. She is also a member of the xc/track and field team at Murray State. Her favorite career hack would be, being organized, as it helps everything go smoothly throughout the day. Her favorite thing about Career Services is that the department helps students with employment opportunities.
Matthew Anderson is a senior who is majoring in Advertising and will graduate in May 2021.Matthew is from St. Louis, Missouri and enjoys reviewing movies, finding new music, and hanging out with his fraternity brothers. As a senior, Matthew is very excited to be part of the Career Services team and cannot wait to assist any Racers in their career-related needs. His favorite career hack is networking; every interaction you have is an interview, so put your best foot forward! His favorite thing about Career Services is the community; everyone has a welcoming face and attitude.