Are you interested in charting your own innovative and entrepreneurial career path? You are in the right place! Through the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Career Community you will discover an array of resources for guidance and support as you pursue new endeavors.
Though the categories on every Career Community webpage are similar, the content on this Career Community webpage will be tailored to specific career information to support the development of the essential skills, acumen, and knowledge for future business owners and visionaries.
The Innovation & Entrepreneurship community will provide resources, information, and a virtual space for students and alumni interested in innovation and entrepreneurship. As a follower of this community, you will get timely alerts on relevant opportunities, articles, programs, and events.
Career and self-development are life-long processes that evolve as new experiences and information are obtained. Use this page to design your career and self-development strategically.
Review the list of student and professional organizations and decide which opportunities best align with your career goals. Connect with a Husky Mentor to engage in career conversations that will expand your network and give you real world perspective. Explore your options by reviewing Job Market Insights and the UConn Undergraduate outcomes.
This community features articles on current topics and trends within the field. A diversity of voices from career professionals, industry experts, alumni and current students contribute to the content on this page to provide insights and career advice on topics including business development, networking, grants and start-up resources, and inspirational success stories.
While entrepreneurs often seek success outside of a traditional workplace, there are benefits to gaining work experience before starting their own business. Many jobs and internships could provide the opportunity to receive mentorship and hone the skills they needed to run a future business. There are also employment opportunities where you can work a flexible schedule that leaves you time to pursue your entrepreneurial ideas. This category contains several samples of creative, innovative, business/start-up opportunities posted on Handshake.
All career programs/events sponsored by the Center for Career Development, as well as other career-oriented events in the community, are listed under this category. Most events listed will be related to this Career Community, but also there may be additional listings of career fairs and events that are relevant to all Career Communities.
Husky Mentor Network
As an emerging entrepreneur, it is important to build a professional network and to gain knowledge about pathways of interest to you. The Husky Mentor Network program is comprised of a large group of diverse UConn alumni who have volunteered to connect with you for informational interviews. Go to https://uconn.firsthand.co/ and click ‘Get Advice’. Either sign-in or register to open an account. Select alumni profiles based on majors or companies where alumni work.
Job Market Insights
This career tool will assist you in researching career industries and specific occupations nationwide and/or by state. You may obtain information in the following categories:
- Occupation Description
- Employment Trends
- Top Employers
- Education Levels
- Annual Earnings
- Technical Skills
- Soft Skills
- Job Titles
The collection of graduate outcomes data is an important initiative spearheaded by the Center for Career Development. We collect outcomes data based on nationally accepted standards dictated by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) and in conjunction with the Career Leadership Collective. In this section, you will have access to outcome data in the following categories:
- First Destination Info
- Top Employers of UConn graduates
- Starting Salaries
- Employment Locations
- Top Universities UConn graduates are attending for advanced degrees
This section provides a list of campus clubs/organizations related to the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Career Community. Additional campus clubs/organizations can be found by clicking the button provided. Student clubs and organizations provide opportunities to develop leadership skills and to network with peers. You will gain hands-on experience and knowledge to supplement your coursework outside of the classroom. Your campus involvement also demonstrates to employers your interest or passion towards a particular field. Employers appreciate knowing that applicants are involved in campus activities, especially related to their industries or career fields.
This section provides a list of professional organizations related to the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Career Community. Additional professional organizations can be found by clicking the button provided. Joining professional associations are opportunities that lead to many benefits for new graduates including access to career journals, professional development workshops/conferences, continuing education credits, leadership training, and networking, mentoring & job opportunities.
Students may want to discuss professional associations with their professors, as well as begin researching them online. Many professional organizations offer membership discounts to college students. Also, professional association memberships can be listed on résumés, which can make a positive impression on employers.
Discover helpful career platforms and tools related to the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Career Community, such as the Werth Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, listed here. Additional resources can be found by clicking the button provided. These career platforms and tools may include job and internship search engines, grant resources, career guidebooks, and videos.
We hope that you find this Career Community to be a helpful hub of information for your career journey. For one-on-one support and consultations, consider scheduling an appointment with the Center for Career Development.