Meet with a Career Coach

All appointments are scheduled through Handshake. Directions for utilizing Handshake to schedule your appointment are below.

Bridge the gap between “where you are” and “where you want to be” through the goal-oriented & action-oriented process of career coaching. Meet with a dedicated professional to discuss your academic & career-related plans, and get empowered to make decisions & move forward.Undergraduate, Master’s, Doctoral Students, Postdoctoral Scholars, and Alumni can meet for Career Coaching, Résumé Critiques, and Practice Interviews. Appointment times vary in length (30-60 minutes) and based on the outcome of each appointment, future ones may be scheduled. Availability can be from the same day to a few days to two weeks from when the appointment is scheduled.

New to the Center for Career Development? Unsure where/how to start? Hoping to talk to someone today? Begin with a 30-minute Career Coaching Appointment.

  • What Happens in Career Coaching?
    • A conversation and questions about what brought you to the Center for Career Development, as well as what you are looking to accomplish in the appointment
    • Based on what is discussed, some topics may be resolved in one appointment, 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
    • Center for Career Development staff members will respect your values, ideals, and perspectives while offering insight and information on your career-related thoughts or concerns
  • Career Coaching Topics
    • Major exploration
    • Career exploration
    • Interviewing
    • Internship, co-op, or full-time job search
    • Graduate school
    • LinkedIn consultation
    • Written documents review (résumé, CV, cover letters, personal statements, teaching philosophy, etc.)
  • Prepare for Career Coaching
    • Visit our vast array of career resources online, as many preliminary topics are introduced on the website and can provide the foundation for the appointment
    • Bring any paperwork, questions, or information with you that may facilitate the conversation, especially if you have a specific topic
    • Arrive about five minutes before your appointment time to check in and get settled
  • Checking in for Career Coaching
    • Upon arriving at the Center for Career Development 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 Center for Career Development staff will call individuals for telephone/virtual appointments from a number provided when scheduling the appointment
    • After meeting the Center for Career Development staff member you will be working with, you will be given the opportunity to discuss your topics in a private, safe, and supported environment
  • Career Coaching for Alumni

    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 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 Handshake. Using your school email address (or personal email address if you no longer use your UConn email), follow the directions to sign up for a new account. Within 2 business days from submission of the form you will receive access to your account. Should you run into any difficulty, please email careertechnology@uconn.edu with your full name, PeopleSoft number, personal email address, phone number and date of birth.

 

Schedule Your Appointment via Handshake

 

  • Directions for creating a Handshake account
    Using your school email address (or personal email address if you no longer use your UConn email), click here and follow the directions to sign up for a new account. Within two business days from submission of the form, you will receive access to your account. Should you run into any difficulty, please email careertechnology@uconn.edu with your full name, PeopleSoft number, personal email address, phone number and date of birth. Please Note: Appointment availability in Handshake is based on your Education Profile. If you are creating a new account, please make sure to fill out your profile information completely before attempting to book an appointment.
  • Directions for Setting up an appointment using Handshake
    Log into your Handshake account using your NetID and Password (or email/password)
    • Once logged in, click on Career Center, top right in the blue bar
    • Choose Appointments from the drop down menu
    • In the Appointments screen, select Schedule New Appointment
    • Choose a Category: Pick the appropriate campus
    • Choose an Appointment Type
    • Scroll through the available appointment times
  • Cancellation and missed appointment policy
    • If you need to cancel, please do so through Handshake at least two hours in advance to allow other students the opportunity to take that time slot.
    • If you do not show up for your appointment per the policy guidelines, it will be considered a Missed Appointment and you will receive an automated e-mail notification from Handshake.
    • Multiple ‘missed appointments’ in the same semester will necessitate a conversation with the Associate Director, in order to continue accessing career coaching services.
    • Questions on how to schedule or cancel an appointment can be directed to the CCD at career@uconn.edu or 860-486-3013