Encouraging your student to utilize the Center for Career Development services, explore career interests/options, gain experience through employment or internship opportunities, develop a network, or begin the job search will help them build the foundation to their professional future. Be sure to explore career.uconn.edu to learn about services, programs and resources available to students and alumni, including career planning, career management system, graduate/professional school, interviewing, job/internship search, networking, recruiting program, resume and cover letters.
Career Assistance for Your Student:
The Center for Career Development offers a variety of services, programs, and resources to students and alumni from first-year student through graduation, and beyond.
Career Exploration and Choice of Major
The Center for Career Development provides advising and resources to students who have not declared a major, who are considering changing their major, and those who need more information about career options related to their major. Services include individual appointments, career planning, career-related programs, and career and networking resources. We help students identify and cultivate networking connections using Husky Mentor Network, and LinkedIn Group and Professional Connections.
Career Related Experience During College and Post-Graduation Employment
Students are encouraged to gain experience related to their career goals and interests. We provide assistance to students seeking part-time and full-time positions, summer jobs, paid and unpaid internships, and volunteer opportunities. Handshake, our online system provides access to job and internship listings for students and alumni both locally and nationally. In addition to Handshake, we also provide students with other services to assist in obtaining experience and employment. Students can meet with our staff during coaching appointments to develop their resume and job search correspondence. Through our recruiting program, students and alumni can connect with employers through information tables/sessions and on-campus interviews. The Center for Career Development also utilizes social media to help connect students and alumni with networking opportunities and career-related information. Our Practice Interview Program allows students and alumni to practice interviewing skills with staff members and employers.
The Career Center provides graduate/professional school advising, including exploring programs, developing application materials, and exploring career outcomes.
Career Fairs & Events
Students and Alumni may participate in Career Fairs when seeking out a new opportunity. To find out about career fairs and events, there here are several ways this can happen. You can click on the Events tab at the top of the career center’s homepage, visit the Career Fairs & Events section of the website, or sign into Handshake to view and sign up for events. 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 two (2) business days from submission of the form you will receive access to your account. Should you run into any difficulty, please email email@example.com with your full name, PeopleSoft number, personal email address, phone number and date of birth.
How Parents & Families Can Help:
Support your student as they explore their options; take an active role and connect them to our resources and services.
Advise your student to visit our website, stop into the office in Wilbur Cross, and login to Handshake, our career management system to access job/internship opportunities, stay up-to-date on programming, events and recruiting, plus other valuable resources.
Direct your student to the Center for Career Development for guidance on selecting and changing their major, to help them create the most effective resume and cover letters, to discover opportunities available in specific industries or fields, or to conduct and internship, job or graduate/professional school search.
Recommend participation in experiential opportunities, including internships and part-time employment to help your student build skills for the future.
If you are an alum, become a mentor on Husky Mentor Network to assist UConn students and alumni in their career exploration and job/internship search.
Encourage your employer to make job and internship opportunities available to our students and alumni.
Promote responsible networking in person and online through LinkedIn and Husky Mentor Network to help your student connect with other professionals in career fields and/or geographic locations that are of interest to them.