StartSmart: Salary Negotiation Workshops for Students

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According to research done by the American Association of University Women (AAUW), white women* working full time in the United States are typically paid just 82 percent of what men are paid.

women's earnings by race ethnicity

Though women now outpace men in higher education, women also hold nearly two-thirds of the outstanding student debt in the United States. Moreover, only about 7 percent of women attempt to negotiate for a higher salary in their first job, compared to 57 percent of men.

About Start Smart at MSU |  Empower yourself with skills to negotiate your way to success! Join our StartSmart Salary Negotiation Workshop and pave the way for a brighter financial future. Your career will thank you!

The StartSmart Salary Negotiation Workshop is an in-person workshop designed for students who are about to enter the job market. It teaches students how to negotiate for their first job and create a personal budget.

In this workshop you will have the opportunity to learn about: 
- the gender pay gap and how it affects you
- assessing your value as an employee 
- the target salary and benefits for the job you're applying to 
- proven strategies for negotiation 
and we will practice, practice, practice!

To ensure that all MSU students are able to negotiate a fair salary upon graduation, W*SS and Career Services Network will be holding Start Smart Workshops on a regular basis throughout the semester and upon request.

Learn about and RSVP for Upcoming Workshops here.


Contacts | We are happy to answer any questions you may have! Please contact us if you have any questions at

Ashley A. Bustamante (she/they) - Career Services Network 
Heather D. Shea, Ph.D. (she/her) - Women*s Student Services 

Request a workshop with SmartStart by filling out the form linked here. Someone will be in touch as soon as possible to discuss your request.