Plan for Career Success

FRESHMAN YEAR

  • Demonstrate excellent academic performance; make the best grades you can every semester.
  • Strengthen your written communication skills in English classes and writing labs.
  • Discover UT resources including Career Services, Counseling Center, college advising offices, the Student Success Center, and tutorial services.
  • Explore majors and careers at Career Services:
    • Browse the Career Exploration Center
    • Explore resources on career.utk.edu
    • Take the Strong Interest Inventory and TypeFocus assessments
    • Meet with a career counselor
    • Enroll in Exploring Majors and Careers (Counselor Education 205)
  • Participate in campus co-curricular activitiesstudent organizations, and leadership and service programs.
  • Register with Hire-A-VOL to look for part-time jobs and familiarize yourself with the system.

SOPHOMORE YEAR

  • Talk to professionals in career fields you are considering. Use Career Services Guide to the Informational Interview.
  • Get to know faculty in a major of interest. They can discuss career options and provide a letter of reference when you apply for a job or to graduate school.
  • Meet with a career counselor if still undecided or a college consultant if firmly in a major.
  • Meet with your academic advisor and programs abroad (Study Abroad Programs) coordinator to plan a study abroad experience.
  • Start identifying part-time and summer employment, volunteer positions or internships in your areas of interest.
  • Develop a professional quality resume and use Hire-A-VOL to access summer job and internship opportunities. Attend the Fall and Spring Job Fairs to look for opportunities.
  • Search Career Services’ calendar and attend workshops or other events posted.
  • Enhance your computer skills. Take course offered by the Office of Information Technology.
  • Look for research experiences through the Office of Undergraduate Research.

JUNIOR YEAR

  • Obtain related experience in your field through part-time employment, internships, practicum, field work, or volunteering.
  • Update your profile and resume in Hire-A-VOL to search for opportunities.
  • Enroll in one of Career Services’ job seeking skills courses, attend workshops, and schedule a mock interview to prepare for your search.
  • Attend job fairs sponsored by Career Services throughout the year.
  • Utilize Career Services’ graduate school resources and workshops to research schools and programs; set deadlines for required steps.
  • Choose electives to enhance your qualifications, especially your oral and written communication skills.
  • Seek leadership positions in co-curricular activities (committee chairs and elected positions). Join career-related student professional associations.

SENIOR YEAR

  • Schedule an appointment with your college consultant to develop a job search strategy.
  • Research companies and start looking for opportunities at the beginning of fall semester.
  • Submit resumes to on-campus interviewing job postings through Hire-A-VOL. Follow up with other job postings in the system.
  • Participate in Career Services’ job fairs throughout the year.
  • Meet required deadlines for graduate school and create a back-up plan.
  • Remember that you can use Career Services as an alumnus.
  • Meet with your academic advisor to conduct a graduation check.