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Career Prep Checklist

Ongoing Graduate Student Career Preparation Action Items

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Understand & Utilize Campus Resources

Become familiar with the services and resources that the Center for Career Development offers graduate students.
Gain knowledge about any career preparation that occurs within your field of study at UConn or through your professional associations.
Learn about the programs and services offered by the Writing Center.
Connect with programs at the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning to stay current with best practices in the classroom.
Read career-related announcements sent to you through the Graduate Student Listserv and other communication channels.
View The Graduate School’s centralized calendar of events.
Consider enrolling in a UConn Certificate Program to build a specific skill set and knowledge base.

Create and Keep Professional Documents Up-to-date

Update or create your CV and/or résumé and review it each semester.
Keep an electronic portfolio of anything that you feel shows evidence of your accomplishments.
If you teach, compile student evaluation data of your courses.
Familiarize yourself with the content that is typically included in a Statement of Teaching Philosophy and/or Research Statement.
If embarking on an academic job search, periodically write down ideas of content to include in your Statement of Teaching Philosophy or Research Statement.
Create drafts of outreach content that you can adapt when desiring to connect with others for networking, informational interviewing, and/or future job search.
Ask people for recommendations while they still remember you.

Consistently Explore Career Fields & Career Paths

Become acquainted with industry specific job search websites. Identify employers of interest and also view actual jobs, familiarizing yourself with the experiences, skills, and training needed to be a competitive applicant.
Seek opportunities to develop career-related skills through campus and community involvement and workshop attendance.
Attend, network, and present at professional conferences.
Conduct informational interviews with people working in career areas of possible interest.
Consistently use LinkedIn to learn about peoples’ work.
Test various career paths through short-term career exploration activities, internships, or summer fellowships.
Identify funding sources for continued research if that is a career path option.

Create & Cultivate Your Digital Footprint

Conduct an Internet search on your name and see what comes up.
Create a strong LinkedIn and/or other electronic professional profile.
Contribute to conversations within professional groups and forums.
Consider creating a blog or consistently contributing to one in your primary and secondary fields of study.
Consider creating your own website with professional content.
Make choices about your digital involvements and create a rhythm to your participation.
Add videos of your best presentations or job talks to your electronic profile.
Explore using an electronic dossier service to organize and gather your professional materials.