Career planning tips for university students (Released: 8/16/96)
by Ken Ross, Office of University Communications.
STORRS, Conn. -- Here are career planning tips for university
students. They are taken from the University of Connecticut Career
Planning and Job Hunting Guide.
- Think about a major that's compatible with your interests,
values and abilities. Speak with faculty advisers, academic or
career consultants, and friends
- Experiment with different classes to get a flavor of academic
- Visit the college's career services department to become
familiar with resources such as videotapes featuring different
majors or workshops to help choose a major.
- Explore career possibilities in career services library.
- Seek help from the alumni association to contact alumni about
careers or to spend time on the job with alumni. This is a good way
to start building a network.
- Explore programs that provide on-the-job experience such as an
internship or a cooperative education program.
- Obtain a cooperative education assignment or an internship that
will help towards your degree.
- Take a course to expand your skills, for example, a computer
course to round out liberal arts courses.
- Improve leadership skills by becoming involved with clubs,
organizations or student government. Being a residence hall
representative or heading an intramural team will look good on your
- Take the Graduate Record Exam if you're planning to go
straight into graduate school.
- Seek help from your career services department to create a
- Participate in on-campus interviews with corporate recruiters
who come to the university to find candidates for jobs in their
- Complete a resume to use for interviews and to be sent to
employers who don't come to the campus for interviews.
- Attend workshops to help with resume writing, interviewing
techniques, job-search strategies or applying to graduate
- Start networking through the alumni association.
- Start a reference file.
- Consult lists of available jobs and attend your school's
annual career fair.
Cynthia Sedgwick, director of career services at UConn, says
these are highlights of the general activities students should do
during their college years.
"Career development is much more than just obtaining a
job," she says. "It is a lifelong process of constantly
evaluating who you are and taking steps to find the most fulfilling
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