Congratulations Graduating CLAS Seniors!

To all of the seniors graduating from CLAS, I’d like you to take a moment to pat yourself on the back and acknowledge all of the hard work and dedication that has brought you to this moment. It has taken a lot perseverance to earn your degree, whether it was all of the late night study sessions, seemingly endless team projects, or on-going research, you have proven yourself academically ready to move onto the distinction of UConn alumna/alumnus.

I have worked with many of you, through one-on-one appointments, class or club presentations, and email communications. I love working with CLAS students, because of your creativity, work ethic, and motivation to make the world a better place.

To the students that have already been utilizing our services, I want to remind you that many of the industries that CLAS students go into do not hire on an academic calendar. So please don’t freak out if you see your business and engineering peers with jobs already lined up with a June 1st start date. You are not alone, and you are employable. Utilize our services over the summer to identify your next career step and develop customized materials for your field. Job searching is hard work, but we are here to help guide you through the process and offer the encouragement and wisdom you need to succeed. I believe in you.

To the CLAS students who haven’t used our services, everything I just wrote applies to you too! It’s not too late to come in and get started. I see seniors and recent alumni all the time who for one reason or another are just coming to career services for the first time. Whether they were too afraid to start thinking about life after college, or too busy with part time jobs and other life commitments, I always want students and alumni to feel like it’s not too late to think about their career development. Career development is a lifelong process. This generation will not just pick a career path and stay on it for 35 years as previous generations did; your path with shift, change, make detours, and total 180’s, and that is perfectly normal. We want to prepare you to both be adaptable to the changes life throws at you, and be prepared and knowledgeable with the skills you need to carry out your intended next steps. It is this combination of preparation and adaptability which will allow you to employ the full potential of your liberal arts and science background. So believe in yourself and equip yourself with the resources and tools you need to be successful.

Summer appointments can be made by calling 860-486-3013. We are available to meet in person or over the phone to guide you in your career development.

By Emily Merritt
Emily Merritt Career Consultant, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Emily Merritt