Career Coaching

Career Coaching consists of one-on-one sessions with a career consultant during which students receive advice on a variety of topics including choosing a major, searching for a job, and everything in between. Undergraduate and Master’s students interested in meeting one-on-one with a career consultant begin by stopping by the office for a 20 minute same-day session. Based on the outcome of this first meeting, arrangements for more in-depth follow-up meetings can be made. 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
  • CCD staff members will respect your values, ideals and perspectives while offering insight and information on your career related thoughts or concerns
  • 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

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 allow you 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:

  • 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 recruiting@uconn.edu with following information: Full name, PeopleSoft number, graduation date, and current non-UConn email address, to request access to the system.