Resources for You and Your Students
The resources below can help you provide your students with some direction getting them started on their career development. Career Coaching helps students bridge the gap between “where they are” and “where they want to be” through a goal-oriented & action-oriented process. Students can meet with staff in person and/or explore online resources. The “resources to help your students get started” link serves as a means to assist you in helping your students by narrowing down the resources on the Career Center website to 2 or 3 that you can direct your students to depending on the information they are seeking. The “online resources” section contains a list and descriptions of many of our technologies available online for career development. The resources for you tab, contains information that may be beneficial to you as you continue to work with students around career. In addition, the Center for Career Development uses “Career Competencies” to develop a common framework to use when discussing career readiness. Explore these items by clicking on the titles below.
What Is Career Coaching?
Career coaching bridges the gap between where your students are and where your students want to be, through a goal and action-oriented process. Students meet with a dedicated professional to discuss their academic and career related plans and are empowered to make decisions to help them move forward.
Students Should Expect:
- To meet with a dedicated professional
- To be empowered to make decisions to help them move forward
- A discussion of topics in a private and supportive environment
- Action steps or resources upon the conclusion of the appointment
- Some topics to be resolved in one appointment, while others are better suited for follow-up conversation
Students can schedule a career coaching appointment by visiting career.uconn.edu/schedule-an-appointment.
Career Coaching Topics
- Introduction to the Center for Career Development
- Exploring Major Options
- Career Exploration
- Searching for an Internship or Co-op
- Job Search
- Considering Graduate School
- Personal Statements
- Résumé and CV Critiques
- Cover Letter Critiques
- LinkedIn Consultations
- Professional Networking
- Teaching, Research, and Diversity Statement Reviews
- Job Offer Negotiation
Resources to Help Your Students Get StartedThe career center often hears from faculty and staff that “you have an amazing and comprehensive website; but I don’t know where to tell students to start when they talk about a specific topic”. We’ve heard you and have created the following “first stop” resource for many common career-related questions.
Handshake – The CCD’s recruiting system for students to find job opportunities, internships, on-campus internships, and events hosted by employers looking for UConn students
- Request account access to Handshake by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. Included in the email should be the purpose of use for the system so the Center for Career Development can determine what type of account access is required.
- Didn’t receive an email? Check your spam folder. Still not there? Email email@example.com.
Big Interview – A virtual practice interviewing platform that allows students to learn and practice interview skills for a job, internship, co-op, graduate school, or other opportunity
- Visit https://uconn.biginterview.com/
- Click “Register” in the top right corner
- Create an account with your @uconn.edu email address
MyIDP – A career exploration and planning tool for graduate students in the sciences (https://career.uconn.edu/resources/myidp-science-careers/)
ImaginePhD – A career exploration and planning tool for graduate students in the humanities and social sciences (https://career.uconn.edu/resources/imagine-phd/)
Focus2 – Reliable, intuitive decision-making with Focus 2 helps students choose a major, explore occupations, and make informed career decisions
- Visit https://career.uconn.edu/resources/focus2career/
- Click “create your Focus 2 account” in the middle of the page
- Create an account with your @uconn.edu email address and the access code “husky”
- Choose any year of graduation, primary reason for using Focus 2, and source of learning about Focus 2
GoinGlobal – Expert advice for finding jobs at home and abroad
- Visit https://career.uconn.edu/resources/find-jobs-and-internships-abroad/
- Click “View Resource”
- Access anywhere within UConn’s campus without logging in (access based on IP address)
Husky Mentor Network – Connect with UConn alumni and professionals for one-on-one career conversations, résumé critiques, practice interviews, and more
- Visit https://career.uconn.edu/resources/husky-mentor-network/
- Click “Register to Get Advice” under the “Students” heading in the middle of the page
- Click “Get Advice”
- Click “Register Now”
- Choose “I’ll type it myself”
- Create an account with your @uconn.edu email address
Career on Demand – collection of online career content in video form relating to all aspects of career development accessible to students 24/7
- Visit https://careerondemand.uconn.edu/ (no login needed)
These competencies help to provide a common vocabulary and framework to use when discussing career readiness metrics on campus, establishing defined competencies as guidelines when educating and advising students, and establishing defined competencies to identify and assess when hiring the college-educated.
Employers consider the following eight skills essential when considering new employees for their workplace, regardless of field of study or degree earned. Becoming career ready means students identifying what skills they have as well as which ones they are developing, in order to successfully transition to their professional realm and beyond.
Job Market Insights
Job Market Insights provides real life employment data from across the country to help inform career decision making.