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Build your Network: According to estimates by the Bureau of Labor, over 70% of jobs are secured through networking. This means that applying to job postings on job boards is not the most effective use of your time. It is very important to strategize and try to build a network that will facilitate your job search.  Having a contact in a company where you seek to apply to a position can give your application a huge boost.

Consider these strategies for building your network:

Think about who you already know: friends, family, co-workers, supervisors, classmates, etc.

Request the people you already know to introduce you to their contacts in specific fields or organizations.

LinkedIn Profile Consultation Make sure your LinkedIn profile reflects your knowledge and expertise. If you are not sure about how strong your profile is you can arrange a LinkedIn Profile Consultation at the Center for Career Development. Click on the following link to find out more about scheduling an appointment with a Career Consultant: Scheduling Appointments

 

Consider using these resources to uncover opportunities to gain experience:

  • Learn about internships here.
  • Make use of online job search portals that are popular in your field to prospect for opportunities.
  • Email contacts in companies or organizations of interest to see if they know about any possible openings for internships.
  • Look for ways to diversify your profile, both within and outside of UConn. Consider applying to different GA/TA positions in potential fields of interest. Here is the link to open GA positions at UConn.
  • Connect with Employers at Career and Internships Fairs at UConn and beyond.
  • Look for opportunities in HuskyCareerLink. (Login with NetId)
    HuskyCareerLink is where employers seeking UConn talent, for jobs and internships, post their openings and identify if they are coming to campus to recruit students.
  • Participate in conferences in your area of interest and network with others to learn of existing or potential opportunities to gain experience.

Apply to scholarships and fellowships that will provide you with meaningful experiences and/or distinguish you as a future job candidate.

Links to awards and fellowship opportunities identified by a range of departments throughout UConn:

Graduate Student Intern of the Year  This competitive award is granted to a current graduate student recognized by both his or her internship organization and the University of Connecticut for displaying exceptional qualities and making significant contributions during his or her internship.
Student Life Awards for Graduate Students
    • Edward Victor Gant Scholarship (Graduate Students)
    • Somos Huskies Award
    • Willis N. Hawley Service and Leadership Award
    • International Student Leadership Award
    • Outstanding Graduate/Teaching Assistant Award
Teaching Award at UConn  The Outstanding Graduate Teaching Awards were established in 1999 to recognize (pre-doctoral teaching assistants who demonstrate excellence in the classroom or laboratory.
Internal funding opportunities with the Graduate School  Overview of internal funding opportunities identified by The Graduate School.
UConn Health Students  Overview of internal and external funding opportunities identified by UConn Health.
Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships  Search national scholarships and fellowships by field or interest and academic field of study.
Humanities Institute  An overview of fellowship opportunities outside of UConn.
The Graduate School Resources to explore external funding opportunities.

 

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