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Career Counseling

  • Help with personal reflection and identifying areas of interest
  • Support for students in their majors and career options exploration
  • Resources on how to build experience through clubs/orgs, volunteer work, shadowing, and internships
  • Online resources and information regarding careers, majors, and job/internship searching
  • Assistance to students on identifying their skills and strengths and teach students how to express them on a resume/cover letter and during an interview
  • Help developing networking skills and work with the student to build both in-person and online networks
  • Tools to help secure non-academic internships and full-time, part-time, and work study jobs
  • Advice on the first steps down the graduate degree path

Our goal is to make sure your one-on-one appointments with Career Counselors are helpful and productive.  Below is a list of the different appointments we offer, and some easy steps you can take to feel confident and prepared for your career appointment.

PLAYING AN ACTIVE ROLE DURING ALL APPOINTMENTS:

  • Be on time
  • Ask questions
  • Take notes

FIRST TIME CAREER APPOINTMENT:

  • Review the Career Center Website to learn about resources available to you
  • Generate questions to ask during your appointment

INTEREST ASSESSMENTS:

  • Take the Jackson Career Explorer

CAREERS FOR YOUR MAJOR:

  • View Potential Careers to help build a foundation for what typically can be done

CAREER AND JOB SEARCH SKILLS:

  • Make a list: What have you tried on your own? The appointment will be about strategies you haven’t tried
  • Bring a copy of your resume to the appointment

INTERNSHIPS:

  • Attend the internship informational workshop 
  • Prepare specific questions
  • Bring a copy of your resume to the appointment

NETWORKING/LINKEDIN:

  • Go to walk-in hours: the peers will  help you create your LinkedIn

RESUME/COVER LETTER:

  • Go to Career Express  Walk-in Hours to seek help building and critiquing your resume/cover letter 
  • Bring your updated resume/cover letter to your appointment

INTERVIEW SKILLS:

  • Read the interview tips: be prepared to talk about how you will apply those tips to your interview style
  • Bring your resume: your resume guides the topics you will reflect on during your interview
  • Brain storm and bring a list of your best attributes

MOCK INTERVIEW:

  • First practice using Interview Stream so you can reflect on it during the appointment
  • Once you schedule an appointment, email the career advisor you are meeting with a copy of your resume, cover letter, and job description
  • Come dressed in business professional clothing for the appointment

FIRST STEPS TOWARDS GRADUATE SCHOOL :

  • Review the resources on the Graduate School Advising webpage 

Be Successful At UNH By Following The Wildcat Way

EXPLORE your passions, interests, and strengths

Become more ENGAGED on and off campus 

  • Make quality connections with faculty and staff to help build your UNH network
  •  Solidify your academic path – visit your academic advisor and career counselor
  •  Diversify your experiences, try new things!
  •  Think about Study Abroad – Consider an internship or research abroad
  •  Conduct research on campus
  •  Consider National Student Exchange, the Washington CenterSemester in the City, and many more
  •  Plan significant summer experiences such as work, internships, community service, or travel
  •  Attain transferable and marketable skills
  •  Search for leadership opportunities
  •  Revise and update your resume
  •  Create an awesome LinkedIn account
  •  Work on your interview skills and your elevator pitch
  •  Attend the Big 3: Resume Review DayThe Career & Internship Fair, and Interview Day, all 4 years, to connect with companies in your field
  •  First time at the career Fair? Attend the FIRST TIMERS TOUR so you feel confident when interacting with the company representatives

FOCUS your efforts to achieve post-graduate goals

  • Practice interviewing for your specific industry/field by using Interview Stream
  • Develop a competitive resume and cover letter for your field
  • Intern in the field you wish to pursue
  • Investigate careers and pathways to your goals with a career advisor
  • Build professional contacts to expand your network 
  • Check out Catapult Seacoast to start building an amazing local network 
  • Identify potential alumni mentors and establish a relationship – try our Pathways Program
  • Join student and professional organizations in your field
  • Invest in professional clothes to wear to an interview or visit the Career Closet: if it fits, it’s yours

COMMIT to your post-graduate goal attainment

  • Utilize your network to find additional “hidden” jobs
  • Going to graduate school? Use Peterson’s Graduate School Planning Timetable to stay on track
  • Secure 3-5 references through faculty, staff, and employers
  • Visit with Career and Professional Success staff to prepare for goal attainment
  • Connect with professionals at the Career and Internship Fairs, and Gap Year Program info sessions 
  • Continue to build your network and improve your LinkedIn profile by adding the UNH Alumni group
  • Identify your personal brand and add consistency to how you market your abilities
  • Tailor your career documents and skills using real job descriptions
  • Complete a mock interview with a career advisor