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Teresa Balestreri receives Excellence in Service Award

Judging by Career Services’ location in a nook on the second floor of the Millennium Student Center, it would be easy to assume not much happens there. But that couldn’t be more wrong.

What has been termed “a small but mighty staff” is tasked with guiding nearly 10,000 University of Missouri—St. Louis students toward achieving their career goals.

Director Teresa Balestreri stands at the department’s helm. Through her 22 years at UMSL, she’s focused on doing all she can to help students succeed. On Dec. 6, that dedication earned her an Excellence in Service to Students Award from The National Society of Leadership and Success.

Balestreri’s job encompasses a lot of roles – all designed to connect students with potential employers. Career Services offers job and internship search strategies, resume writing assistance and interview tips. Even before students reach the job-hunting stage, the department provides guidance on possible career paths within each major.

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