Career Counseling

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM A CAREER APPOINTMENT

What we offer:

  • 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

What we don’t offer:

  • We are not Academic Advisors: we can’t help with course requirements, picking classes, or department procedures
  • We are not job or graduate schools placement.  We provide resources to help you search efficiently and market your accomplishments 

A few easy steps to prepare for a career appointment

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 YEAR STUDENTS 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