Career coaching consists of one-on-one sessions with a highly trained career professional during which students discuss career related topics including choosing a major, searching for a job, and everything in between. In a career coaching session, students will be able to express their questions and concerns, and at the same time, make plans and decisions regarding their future.
Undergraduate and Master’s students interested in meeting one-on-one with a career consultant can begin with a 20 minute same-day session or if preferred, can wait and schedule a 30-minute appointment on a future date. Based on the outcome of this first meeting, students can schedule follow-up appointments.
Doctoral Students and Postdoctoral Scholars, learn about appointment options specifically for you.
What to expect in your career coaching appointment:
- A conversation and questions about what brought you to the CCD, as well as what you are looking to accomplish in the appointment
- Based on what is discussed, some topics may be resolved in one session, while others are better suited for a follow-up conversation
- You may return as often as needed, either for the same topic or for something different
- CCD staff members will respect your values, ideals and perspectives while offering insight and information on your career related thoughts or concerns
What will occur when you arrive for your career coaching appointment:
- Upon arriving at the CCD for an in-person appointment, you will be greeted by the friendly reception staff and asked to check-in for your appointment at a computer station
- The CCD staff will call individuals for telephone appointments from a number provided when scheduling the time
- After meeting the CCD staff member who will be working you, you will be given the opportunity to discuss your topics in a private, safe, and supported environment
How to maximize your time in your career coaching session:
- Bring any paperwork, questions, or information with you that may facilitate the conversation, especially if you have a specific topic
- Visit the vast array of resources online through career.uconn.edu, as many preliminary topics are addressed such as interviewing preparation, résumé samples, etc.
- Arrive about five minutes before your session time to check in and get settled
Career coaching topics by appointment type:
20-minute Same Day Career Coaching Session Topics:
If you have not visited the CCD before, are unsure where/how to get started, or are hoping to talk to someone today, start with a 20-minute session
- An introduction to choosing a major or pursuing a career path
- Q&A regarding the interviewing process
- Starting the internship, co-op, or full-time job search
- Conversations about applications/graduate school/personal statements
- A Cover letter critique
- A LinkedIn consultation
30-minute Career Coaching Appointment Topics:
You may also call or stop by the CCD to set up a 30-minute appointment; availability can be from a few days to two weeks from when the appointment is scheduled
- A more in-depth major or career decision making conversation
- Internship, co-op or full-time job search strategies
- Conversations about applications and graduate school
- A personal statement review
- Graduate student résumé and cv critiques
- Alumni résumé critiques
- Résumé Critiques (for Master’s Students and Recent Alumni only)
Alumni Career Coaching
Alumni should call the Center for Career Development at 860-486-3013 to understand what services are available and how those services can be accessed. The Center for Career Development can provide full services to Alumni who graduated within the previous three years. If you graduated more than three years ago, call the office at 860-486-3013 between 8:00AM and 5:00PM weekdays to learn what services are available.
All alumni may participate in Career Fairs and the online job posting system called HuskyCareerLink. Email the Center for Career Development at firstname.lastname@example.org with following information: Full name, PeopleSoft number, graduation date, and current non-UConn email address, to request access to the system.