One of the biggest decisions you will make as a student is deciding on your major and what that means job-wise after graduation...but sometimes it can be an overwhelming decision. Career counseling can help you know who you are and understand how your uniqueness fits into your decision on your major or job after graduation. We want to help you not only make these important decisions now, but to empower you with knowledge and skills you will need to make future career and life decisions.
Whether you are applying for an on-campus or part-time job while a student, applying for an internship, or getting ready to apply to your first "real" job after graduation, it will be necessary for you to have the skills and knowledge to write a quality resume and cover letter. Our office can provide guidance on getting your documents ready so you highlight your skills, qualities, and experiences to get called in for an interview!
So you landed a job interview...GREAT! But feeling a little freaked out about what to expect? We can help! You can schedule a mock interview or consultation with members of our staff. We will do our very best to tailor it to your upcoming interview.
We meet with students and alumni to discuss how to begin the process of searching for a job or internship. It can be hard to know exactly who is hiring in your industry, what job titles and descriptions actually mean, or maybe what you want to do with your major following graduation.
Appointments for job/internship search assistance are scheduled for 60 minutes. The topic areas could vary, but generally speaking, these are just a few of the questions or concerns students have when making these type of appointments:
A staff member will need to ask you questions related to your experiences, skills, values, personality, and career goals in order to provide you guidance and assistance in accessing resources relevant to your search. You could have multiple appointments depending upon your needs, but the process will be focused, short-term and goal-oriented. Where career counseling appointments are more reflective (understanding you) a career coaching appointment is more educational (learn about/implement resources).
Our goal is to help you learn about the tools and build your skills for the job search process. We do not "place" students in internships or jobs or have influence on the hiring process.
For certain career paths, continuing your academics after completing your undergraduate degree might be a necessity or increase career options beyond what you can expect with a Bachelor's degree. Other students choose graduate school programs to increase a knowledge base or focus area beyond what they studied as an undergraduate. Whatever your interest might be in graduate school, we can help you sort out and make sense of:
Appointments for graduate/professional school preparation are scheduled for 60 minutes. Follow-up appointments may be recommended depending upon where a student is in the decision-making process on attending graduate/professional school.
Stop in without a pre-scheduled appointment during our walk in hours every Wednesday of regular semesters between 9am to 4pm. These brief meetings with a Career Services staff member (15 minute maximum per stop in) are great for:
*If you and your Career Services staff member determine your needs warrant a scheduled appointment, this follow up meeting can be scheduled for a later date.
To schedule an appointment, students may stop by or contact the Office of Career Services:
Academic Hall 057
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Monday-Friday)
*Spring Break/Summer Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Incorporate career planning into your classroom or organization by requesting a presentation on a variety of career topics. Requests are granted on a first-come, first-served basis and requests should be submitted at least one (1) week prior to the date requested. All presentations are designed to last 30-40 minutes. To learn more about presentations, click the titles below.
Comprehensive overview of the services, resources, and program opportunities available through Career Services.
Intended for sections of UI100, this presentation includes a comprehensive overview of the services, resources, and program opportunities available through Career Services as well as more detailed information on the FOCUS-II assessment.
Maximizing opportunities available through career fairs including employer research prior to the event, appropriate dress, creating a strong first impression, communicating relevant skills, and appropriate follow-up.
Insight into the graduate school application process, how to identify and research schools, personal statements, scholarship and funding sources.
An overview of resources and strategies used in searching for an internship or full-time employment. Topics covered include setting goals, targeting and researching employers, networking, and generating interviews.
Information on the different types of interviews, how to prepare, making an impression, common questions, appropriate dress, and effective follow-up.
Using networking tools as an effective job search and career development strategy.
Strategies for developing a resume and cover letter that markets relevant skills and experiences to employers.
Overview of the major/career exploration process including assessment tools and resources available to guide the career decision making process.
Career Services is happy to extend interview preparation assistance to faculty who may provide/require practice (mock) interviews as a part of their course(s). Our office is able to host the interviews, keeping record of student attendance if needed, or a CS staff member can come to a location designated by the faculty member.
To request assistance in this area, faculty will need to complete and submit the Faculty Request Form. Assistance will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis and, due to high demand, forms must be submitted prior to or within the first 3 weeks of the current semester. We will do our best to accommodate all submitted requests.
Due to CS staff availability, if a faculty member wishes to have their students complete a practice (mock) interview as a required assignment, it is strongly recommended that students are being encouraged to schedule their interview as soon as possible and are provided with a minimum of four (4) weeks to complete their interview.
Note: It is highly recommended that faculty have Career Services come in and present on Interviewing Skills prior to assigning their students to complete a practice (mock) interview. See the information above for scheduling a presentation.
Please contact Career Services with any questions.
The Career Launch Series (CL001-004) was developed to ensure that all students graduate with appropriate career planning knowledge, develop readiness to launch careers post-graduation, and provide insight into the tools, strategies, and resources available to them. They are designed to be taken during the first year (CL001 and CL002), sophomore year (CL003) and junior or senior year (CL004). Although the proficiencies are zero credit, failing any proficiency will result in an F on the student's transcript. All four proficiencies (CL001-004) are required for graduation, and students may not graduate on time if any proficiency is failed or unfulfilled.
Many majors have incorporated CL004 into specific courses. In these majors, students will enroll in a required major course and are prompted to enroll in a specific section of CL004. If your major does not have a co-req CL 004 section, you may sign up for a section administered by staff within the Office of Career Services. Should you have any questions or concerns regarding registering for the appropriate section, please contact your Academic Advisor. Faculty are encouraged to contact their department chair and/or the Office of Career Services with any questions.
Faculty who wish to incorporate the curriculum used for the university-wide sections of CL004 into their course should contact Jennifer Nelson, Interim Director of Career Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 573-651-6747 for more information.