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!
Ray Karraker received his Master of Business Administration in 1977 and got a degree in Economics in 1974. Ray is originally from Paducah, Kentucky and enjoys target shooting and spending time with his grandkids. He moved to Murray in 1973 and spent the majority of his career in the banking and financial services industry. He has been at Murray State for 10 years now. His favorite thing about Career Services is working with students who have established specific goals.
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!
Alicia Stallings works in Office Administration. She is from Detroit, Michigan but grew up in Murray. She enjoys rock collecting, kayaking and day hiking adventures. She moved from the city to a farm at five years old and she grew up riding horses, motorcycles and tractors. She went to Murray State and then moved to Nashville where she met her husband and had three kids in which they moved back to Murray to raise them. She has worked in Education for 17 years now. Her favorite thing about Career Services is getting to help students directly and knowing the outcome of their tasks.
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.
Jamie Nuckolls is a Master of Business Administration major who will graduate in December 2018. She is from St. Louis, Missouri and enjoys boating on Kentucky Lake, photography and watching movies. This is her fifth year in Murray and she loves Murray State and the community. Career Services is a mix of her two favorite things: student services and business. Her favorite career hack is to always do something that makes you happy to help calm your nerves before a job interview or career fair. Her favorite thing about Career Services is all the services they offer to Murray State students and all the great people she works with.
Braden Cook is a Occupational Safety and Health major who will graduate in May 2018. He is from Elizabethtown, Kentucky and enjoys working out, golfing and reading. Braden finished his bachelor's degree in Occupational Safety and Health and also completed three internships as a result. His favorite thing about Career Services is the friendliness, visitors, and everyone always feels welcome.
Emma Cook is a Logistics & Supply Chain Management major who will graduate in December 2018. She is from Marble Hill, Missouri and enjoys cheering on Murray State sports (#shoesup), writing blog posts and making to-do lists. She is a positive person and loves working with people. She loves watching and playing all sports and loves to fill out her planner. You won't catch her without a coffee or a smile. Her favorite career hack is to incorporate the company's values/what they are looking for in questions and responses. Her favorite thing about Career Services is the people she works with!
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.
Caroline Wells is a Organizational Communication major with a minor in Spanish who will graduate in May 2018. She is from Marshall County, Kentucky but grew up in Murfreesboro, Tennessee and enjoys hiking, watching movies and traveling. Caroline is a member of Alpha Sigma Alpha and loves to stay active in her church on campus ministry. She studied abroad in Spain and is looking forward to seeing more of the world. Upon graduating, she plans to hike a section of the Appalachian Trail and adopt a cat. Her favorite career hack is always keeping an updated resume & LinkedIn. Her favorite thing about Career Services is helping the students through every stage of college and job search.
Madison Stallings is a Elementary Education major who will graduate in December 2018. She is from Owensboro, Kentucky and enjoys intramural softball, watching The Office, This is Us, and Grey's Anatomy and riding four-wheelers. She is hoping to do part of her student teaching in Belize. She loves being around family and friends, being outdoors and eating fast food. Madison's favorite career hack: smiling makes a huge difference in interviews. Her favorite thing about Career Services is that if they don't know an answer, they will find one for you!
Joey is a Finance/Finance Planning major who will graduate in May 2019. He is from Waterloo, Illinois and enjoys hiking in LBL, playing ice hockey, and giving tours of Murray State's campus as a Student Ambassador. Attending Murray State was a last minute decision for him and he is happy he chose here! He loves giving tours of campus as an Ambassador and strives to make the most out of Murray State's motto: Opportunities Afforded! His favorite career hack is researching the company's interesting facts such as awards or distinguishable traits that make them unique and then bringing them up in interviews which "light up employers". His favorite thing about the Career Services office is the Career Closet!