How You Can Help Your Student
One of the most important things students can do is to make an appointment with a career advisor specific to their college. To make the most of the UNH experience, students should begin using career resources early in their freshman year. Meeting with a career advisor will benefit your student as they learn important career-related information that will help them transition successfully from a college student to working professional. UNH’s career staff are college-specific and assist students learn about resumes and cover letters, job shadowing and internships, networking, interview skills and mock interviews, career exploration and decision making all specific to their major. To make an appointment, students simply need to login to their UNH Handshake account (formerly Wildcat Careers) or stop by Career Express walk in hours located in each of the five colleges on campus.
UNH students are strongly encouraged to pursue experiential learning opportunities. The types of experience students acquire will vary by career field and major but may include: volunteer work, part-time jobs, summer jobs, unpaid internships, paid internships, and undergraduate research and projects. These experiences allow a student to apply their classroom knowledge in real world settings and develop valuable skills sought by employers. Experiential learning opportunities are both intentional and reflective, and designed to guide students in developing new knowledge and enhancing transferable and related skills. Many employers view a full-time summer internship as an opportunity to develop their talent pool and use internships as a primary method for identifying new employees post-graduation. Participating in experiential learning is critical to your student’s success after UNH.
We live in the age of technology and offer many online resources for students designed to explore careers, learn about the career development process and prepare them for internships and jobs.
- To search for jobs and internships, register for career fairs, events and on campus interviews along with scheduling appointments with career advisors, students may log on to their Handshake profile (formerly Wildcat Careers).
- Our online Career Resources provides a plethora of information. We also provide links to diverse career-related sites.
- For students interested in working abroad, Going Global provides international career information on topics such as job search sources, work permit/visa regulations, resume writing guidelines, employment trends, salary ranges, and more.
- For interview preparation, Interview Stream allows your student to perform a mock interview through their computer. The program records questions and responses to help a student fine tune their interview skills.
Students enter college at a variety of stages in their major and career development. Some know exactly what they want to be and how to get there, but many students have unanswered questions and are not sure which major fits them best. All academic majors allow students to develop transferable skills that are sought after by employers. However, it is important for students to choose a major that is a good fit with their interests and skills because ‘hot’ majors may not lead to success if they are not a good match. The most important element in determining a choice of major should be the student's interest in and ability to do well in the field. The Career and Professional Success team helps students engage in making well-informed decisions and gain perspective about the career development process. In addition to meeting with one of our career advisors, students may also research majors and career options by visiting: Exploring UNH Majors, Potential Careers and Buzzfile pages.
Each semester, CaPS sponsors a variety of career events ranging from information sessions, career panels, Resume Review Day and Mock Interview Day, and semi-annual career fairs (with over 225 employers attending each semester). These events provide students an opportunity to learn more about companies through one-on-one encounters with employers. Many of our students make valuable first contacts with staff and recruiters at our events. For a full listing of the career events we offer, please refer to our Career Events page.