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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:

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
  • Brainstorm 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 

The Wildcat Way to Professional Success

At the University of New Hampshire, students develop personal and professional skills by following the Wildcat Way to Professional Success. This model is designed to provide guidance and recommended action steps throughout the UNH experience, equipping students with the knowledge and tools to thrive in an ever-changing future.

Wildcat Way to Professional Success: Build Awareness, Build a Professional Image, Build Experience, and Build Relationships
  • Identify your interests, skills, and values
    • Career and Professional Success staff can provide assessment tools to help with the exploration process
  • Learn about your field of interest: industry areas, job types/titles, growth projections
    • Review O*Net, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Potential Careers for your Major pages, Vault, and Pathsource
  • Map your skills to industry needs
    • Search job descriptions; indeed.com, LinkedIn, and company-specific pages to learn what skills are in demand
  • Understand the career paths of fellow students and alumni
    • Join Wildcat Connections, review alumni LinkedIn profiles, UNH Today, and college websites for alumni stories
  • Understand salary ranges for your industry
    • Search Salary.com, Glassdoor, O*Net, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics to find ranges for roles in your industry
  • Create and update career documents
    • Including resumes, cover letters, and other professional correspondence
  • Develop your LinkedIn profile
    • Attend Career Express or a CaPS workshop to receive feedback and tips on optimizing your profile
  • Create and practice your professional pitch
    • Take part in Career Storytelling programming and networking events on and off campus
  • Practice interviewing for your specific industry/field and professional goals
    • Use InterviewStream website to record a practice interview, conduct a mock interview with a mentor/employer
  • Cultivate your professional image
    • Dress for success, learn industry-specific etiquette, and review your digital presence (social media and web search results)

Academic

  • Engage in research and field experience
    • Connect with your faculty members, Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research, or the UNH Research Office.
  • Publish your research and papers
    • Submit your research to industry specific journals
  • Present at professional conferences and competitions
    • Take part in the Undergraduate or Graduate Research Conference
  • Secure a teaching assistantship, lab assistantship, or tutoring position
    • Take on a leadership or service position within your department to support your peers
  • Study away to build your national and global citizenship
    • Find the right program for you with National Student Exchange, Semester in the City, Education Abroad, etc.

Co-Curricular

  • Learn about all of the resources available on campus
    • Explore the A-Z Resource Guide on unh.edu to see all UNH has to offer
  • Volunteer to support your local or global community
    • Visit the UNH Civic and Community Engagement website to identify opportunities
  • Join and participate in clubs and/or student organizations
    • Find through the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership, academic organizations, and Campus Recreation
  • Pursue student leadership positions
    • Apply to be a Resident Assistant, take a leadership position in an organization, run for student government

Professional

  • Shadow professionals and companies of interest
    • Use Wildcat Connections or campus connections to build relationships and request job shadowing experiences
  • Secure at least one internship
    • Search through Wildcat Careers, established department internship opportunities, or campus recruiting events to find options
  • Get a part-time job to build other transferable skills
    • Attend the Part-Time and Work Study Job Fair, inquire with campus departments, or local businesses
  • Build professional and personal networks
    • Connect with alumni, faculty, staff, employers, supervisors, parents, friends, friend's parents, etc. Create a profile on Wildcat Connections, join national associations, and expand your LinkedIn connections
  • Maintain your network by following up with your new and established connections
    • Send thank you notes after initial conversations and connect on LinkedIn when appropriate
  • Attend employer events on campus and in the community
    • Resume Review Days, Career and Internship Fairs, employer tabling, information sessions, employer and alumni panels
  • Conduct informational interviews
    • Meet with a variety of professionals from desired industry/organizations to hear their career stories and advice
  • Secure 3-5 professional references
    • Connect with a combination of appropriate employers, faculty, staff, and/or supervisors