CaPS Information and Partnership Opportunities

CaPS MISSION

Imbue career preparedness across the entire UNH community to equip our students with the experiences, knowledge, and skills to thrive in an ever-changing future.

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES

1. Partner with faculty and staff to integrate career and professional success into the UNH experience.

2. Consider the broad spectrum of students to effectively deliver the highest level of impact.

3. Actively engage a variety of employers to increase access to high-quality jobs and internships.

4. Prepare students to proactively engage in their post-graduate success.

The Career and Professional Success team is made up of career staff housed within each of the colleges, in addition to, a central team. Our goal is to provide guidance to students in all areas of their career and professional development. We work with students by offering a broad range of growth opportunities, from aiding in experiential learning opportunities, connecting students to employers, and holding industry specific panels and events. Our staff in the colleges meets individually with students to address their unique career development needs through one-one appointments and career express walk-in hours.

Career and Professional Success in Your College

Each college has its own career director and career advisors to deliver specialized guidance to students within the college. We enjoy working closely with faculty to create targeted programming and provide industry insights. View your college’s career page for more information.

WAYS TO COLLABORATE

KNOWLEDGE

We work collaboratively with faculty to create and deliver specialized career presentations to your students. We tailor our presentations to the students in your course(s) based on specific majors and desired industry. Whether you invite us to your class for a 5-minute shout out or for a 50-minute presentation, we are happy to share our expertise with your students.

Don't Cancel That Class!

Teaching a course and thinking of canceling class? Let us help! We will come into your course and deliver a career presentation on a topic of your choice.

This introductory presentation delineates the resources our office providesWe cover how CaPS can support students in each step of their career development from career exploration, creating career documents, finding meaningful experiential learning opportunities and jobs, to preparing for an interview. This presentation is ideal for freshman seminar classes.

This presentation helps guide students in drafting effective resumes that detail relevant skills and experiences for careers in students' desired field. Students will also learn the purpose of a cover letter and how to create a document that is both concise and convincing. This presentation will be tailored to meet the student needs (targeted major or industry).

Students learn the importance of clearly articulating their strengths, passions, and value during networking interactions, through written documents, and during an interview.  This interactive presentation focuses on communication skills and how students can effectively demonstrate their skills in a memorable way.

Experiential learning opportunities are invaluable experiences for students to aid them in determining a career path, applying knowledge learned in the classroom, and gaining real-world experiences. This presentation not only discusses the value of these experiences, but guides students in search strategies and available resources.

Preparing for an interview can be daunting. This presentation provides students with tips to prepare for a successful interview. Topics covered include how to prepare prior to the interview, what to expect and tips during the interview, and how to appropriately follow up post-interview. During this presentation students are given the chance to practice answering interview questions and are provided with feedback.

Students will learn how to be proactive rather than reactive as they search for jobs. Preparing quality written documents, using networking skills, and maintaining an organizational system will be covered. This presentation will be tailored to provide students in a specific field with job search tips and resources.

Students who are administered the Jackson Career Explorer interest assessment are provided with details on how to understand their assessment reports. Students gain suggested next steps and resources including further career exploration tools and tips on conducting informational interviews with industry experts.

Students are guided through an interactive activity to determine their own Holland code. Discussion centers around understanding one’s own personality type and how this can aid one in locating a meaningful and fulfilling career. This presentation can be tailored to include sample jobs within a designated career field for a variety of personality types.

This hands-on presentation walks students through creating a comprehensive LinkedIn profile. Students will understand the purpose and value of this networking platform. Students will be encouraged to expand their network by connecting with peers, joining relevant groups, use the alumni search feature, and learn how to appropriately reach out to individuals.

Students who make the most of Career and Internship Fair do so by preparing in advance. This presentation guides students through how to identify and research relevant companies prior to the fair. Students will learn how to introduce themselves to employers and learn tips on successful follow-up. Students will leave this workshop with a clear idea of what to expect at the fair and a plan to develop their individual action strategy.

Students will understand the importance of negotiating their salary upon receiving a job offer. This presentation provides students with resources to research a target salary range. Additionally, students will leave his presentation knowing how to clearly articulate their value to an employer during a salary negotiation. 

Students learn proper procedures and protocols for conducting themselves in various business and professional environments. Effective communication through multiple mediums including in-person, phone, and email conversations are discussed. Strategies for dressing for success in the workplace are also presented.

ENGAGEMENT

We can connect you with relevant employers and alumni to:

  • Invite a guest lecturer or panel to your course

Topic Ideas: Exploring Career Paths, Company and Industry Insights, Transitioning from Student to Professional

  • Employer/Faculty roundtable conversations to discuss industry needs and curriculum alignment

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COMMUNICATION

We aim to maintain open lines of communication to provide you with ways to support your students and advisees in their career development. Additionally, we value your insights and opportunities. Together we can expand our outreach and knowledge of:

  • Job and internship postings
  • Research opportunities
  • Events
  • Post-graduate successes
  • Student Resources 

SAMPLE COLLABORATIONS:

  • Partnered with the Nutrition department to host Nutrition and Wellness Alumni Panel (Fall 2016, Fall 2017, Fall 2018).
  • Partnered with NREN to host Natural Resources and the Environment Industry Panel and Mini Career Fair (Spring 2018, Spring 2019).
  • Presented at EREC and CEP Career Night (Fall 2017).
  • Developed a 4-part career series for students in an NREN sophomore seminar course (Fall 2017).
  • Engage all COLSA freshmen in 360 storytelling activity and presentation annually during seminar courses.
  • Partnered with the computer science department to arrange a company site visit to Liberty Mutual for the incoming first-year students
  • Presented an overview of CEPS team and services to all 400-level major classes
  • Partnered with the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department to support and promote their biennial alumni conference
  • Support Events led by faculty/departments:  Support is in finding alumni, helping to promote events, finding employers to attend.
    • Finance Symposium
    • Marketing Symposium
    • Women in Business Conference
    • Marketing and Advertising Club Spring event
    • Sales Case Competition/Networking event put on by marketing professor James Mcllroy
  • Work with the Hospitality Professional Development courses in teaching various career development curriculum.
  • Work with MBA program on required internships for students with less than 5 years experience.
  • Collaborate on Canvas pages with faculty serving as partners within the pages.
  • Collaborate on creating "Careers by Major" information sheets with each individual department chair and faculty.
  • Collected Fall 2017 internship data across all departments, surveyed participating students and internship supervisors (i.e., employers) on the students’ development of career readiness competencies throughout the internship experience, and presented findings at the CHHS Research Conference and the New England Educational Research Organization (NEERO) Conference.
  • Partner with the Health Management and Policy (HMP) department for annual “Boston Day” alumni panel and networking event at Boston Children’s Hospital (includes alumni from several different Boston-area hospitals) 
  • Partner with both the Social Work department and the Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) department to conduct mock interviews with senior-level students.
  • Partner with CHHS Academic Counselors and CHHS faculty across all departments in teaching the Academic and Career Engagement (ACE) seminar – a credit-bearing, required course for all undeclared CHHS students (launch: Fall 2018)
  • Collaborate with faculty and staff across CHHS in developing a Women’s Leadership program in the college.
  • Partnered with faculty in the Theatre and Dance Department to develop Career Storytelling, a theatre-based workshop series in which students develop their elevator pitch, identify strengths/weaknesses, hone communication skills, and learn how to translate the value of their liberal arts experience to employers. 
  • Deepened faculty relationships to integrate career topics in the classroom:
    • Undeclared Student Seminar, COLA 401:  Presented to all Undeclared COLA students in their freshmen year
    • History Department, HIST 500:  Integrated into the syllabus of foundational course for all majors and minors
    • Languages, Literatures and Cultures Department, LLC 503:  Presented to all intermediate language classes
  • Partnered with the Justice Studies department to take on full operational responsibilities of the Justice Studies Career Fair.
  • Collaborated with the COLA Dean’s Office on the redesign of Admitted Student Visit Days.  The program now includes alumni panel on the positive impact of liberal arts experience on career preparation and opportunities
  • Partnered with Communication, Geography, Philosophy, and Political Science Departments to bring accomplished alumni back to the classroom to share their career journeys
  • Supported Art and Art History Department’s Alumni Career Programming

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Employment, Events, and Mentoring for Students

Employment

Career professionals in each college work with students individually through the job and internship process. The University of New Hampshire has joined Handshake to host job and internship postings, on-campus recruitment scheduling, career events registration, and much more. Handshake is an incredibly user-friendly platform for students, employers, faculty, staff, and the entire UNH community to connect employers with the talented individuals in the UNH student and recent alumni community.

Are you interested in posting an on-campus job for students?  Learn more here.

Interested in seeing what the students see? Request a Faculty/Staff Account. Learn more at our On-Campus Employment Process for Part-Time and Work Study Postings page.

 

Events

CaPS host a variety of events including large campus wide events including the Career and Internship Fair, Resume Review Day, and Part-Time & Work Study Job Fair. Additionally, individual college career teams organize department and industry targeted events such as fairs, info sessions, and panels. Contact your college's team for more information.

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An exclusive online community for UNH, Wildcat Connections is the home for students and alumni to come together to ask questions, seek guidance, coach, inspire, and share professional success stories. Connections lead to opportunities, and this community is designed to facilitate this growth for the UNH network. 

This is a free resource for all UNH students and alumni, sponsored by the UNH Career and Professional Success team, in partnership with UNH Alumni Relations.