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Mission, Vision & Values


Empower scholars to create and achieve career goals by providing comprehensive career education. Through collaboration and innovative practices, the center encourages scholars to:

  • Engage in self-discovery
  • Participate in experiential learning
  • Build professional connections
  • Demonstrate career readiness


To foster a career-centered campus culture that prepares all scholars to pursue their unique professional and academic aspirations.


Inclusion  To create a welcoming environment respectful of individuals’ unique backgrounds, beliefs, and goals.

Equity – To uphold policies, practices, and processes that ensure all students have access to career education and opportunities.

Service – To exceed the expectations of our internal and external constituents through open communication and responsiveness.

Student Learning – To promote student responsibility for lifelong career development through exploration, education, and experience.

Employer Connections – To develop and strengthen relationships with employers to create opportunities for students.

Collaboration – To partner with stakeholders across the University to enhance and support student achievement.

Data Driven – To engage in recommended assessment practices and make data-informed decisions.

Transparency – To collect and report career outcomes in addition to student and employer engagement data to the university community.

Innovation – To continually improve programs and service delivery through advances in technology, resources, and staff development.

Student Learning Outcomes

As a result of participating in the services or utilizing resources offered by the Center for Career Development & Academic Exploration, students will be able to:

Formulate career goals, including choice of major, based on self-knowledge of interests, values, personality, and skills

Identify resources and contacts to explore majors and careers of interest

Understand the importance of experiential learning and construct a plan of action to pursue experiential learning opportunities

Describe career readiness competencies and articulate them on resumes and in interviews

Develop professionalism including resumes, cover letters, personal statements, dress; effectively communicate skills and experiences to employers

Practice networking skills with alumni, employers, and other professionals

Connect with employing organizations online and in-person to explore part-time jobs, internships, and full-time opportunities

Strategic Priorities for 2019-2024

1 Enhance students’ career readiness through coaching, counseling, instruction, and innovative programming that aligns with industry trends.
1.1 Utilize data and collaborations to create an intentional programming plan
1.2 Provide programming, services, and resources for under-represented minorities, first generation students, students with disabilities, and student veterans
1.3 Offer professional development opportunities for student employees and student leaders

2 Create and nurture collaborations between the Center for Career Development & Academic Exploration and the campus community to support students and employers.
2.1 Create opportunities to engage faculty and staff in career development
2.2 Promote the “one voice” model of employer development through communication and partnership across campus

3 Focus on employer engagement to increase opportunities for students.
3.1 Utilize a data driven strategy for employer development
3.2 Leverage the UT alumni network
3.3 Promote Handshake as the primary source of jobs (full- and part-time) and internships

4 Expand experiential learning opportunities for students.
4.1 Create a shadowing program
4.2 Grow VolTrek program
4.3 Increase funding streams for experience learning

5 Invest in technology to enhance services to constituents.
5.1 Add virtual and online career resources
5.2 Create opportunities for students and employers to engage virtually
5.3 Innovate What Can I Do With This Major? product

6 Effectively tell our story to campus and broader communities.
6.1 Utilize data to understand the impact of center use on student career outcomes
6.2 Promote the career center brand on campus
6.3 Contribute to academic and career development professional communities