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Explore Careers

Make a career services appointment with the UConn Waterbury Career Counselor for in-depth assistance with researching and exploring careers.

Are you in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and unsure of your career direction? See a 5-minute video and take a short “action-plan questionnaire”: CLAS Career Exploration Plan

Career Research:

  • Visit UCONN Waterbury Library’s Institute for Career Research collection which is located on the first floor on a table marked “Career Resources.” There you will find information on 450+ occupations and careers. You can read about “a day in the life of” that career, professional organizations, web sites, salaries, and job outlooks.O*Net  [A great occupational research site! Salaries, skills, job outlook, green careers. See VIDEOS of careers.]http://www.bls.gov/ooh/ [Occupational Outlook Handbook, U.S. Department of Labor. Gives job outlook and much more.]rileyguide.com  [Industry and job resources.]careerbliss.com  [Career Bliss is a career community dedicated to help you find happiness in the workplace and therefore in life.]
  • Match  Majors and Careers
  • Use Career Search:
    U.S. Company Search  to research careers and industries. Students can use UConn Waterbury’s Occupational Research Form to organize research.
  • Access Waterbury Career Newsletter to view jobs, internships,volunteer and community service opportunities in order to explore what careers are out there.
  • Obtain recent UConn Internship/Job Fair booklets of organizations who have participated in the past, located in the rack outside of the UConn Waterbury Career Office, Room 228E.  You can find organizations, and contact people about what majors they are seeking.

 

Interview people in the field:

  • Find a career mentor through the Husky Alumni Network. Career shadow, find an internship, or interview alumni in a particular field. If you’re a senior, you can find jobs though these alumni connections.
  • Use the Informational Inteview Questionnaire to ask questions of people who are working in a job you might like. In this case, you control the interview.  To get names of people in different fields, ask faculty, staff, parents, their friends, neighbors, a summer employer, customers at a restaurant, or community members met while volunteering for contacts.

Experience:  find hands-on career related opportunities

  • Job Shadow: Identify careers that interest you. Meet with someone you interviewed or a contact you have in the field for either a few hours or a full day.  Use Alumni Connections.
  • Intern or Volunteer, to find out what you like or don’t like or to confirm or re-think your career plans.  This experience can lead to permanent employment upon graduation.
  • Access the Waterbury Career Newsletter to learn about part-time/summer jobs, internships, volunteer, and community service opportunities, as well as study abroad information.
  • Work-Study:  Acquire and hone skills with on or off-campus community-related work-study opportunities:  Students must first have been granted a financial aid award for the year.  E-mail Kit.casey@uconn.edu in the financial aid office with on-campus job inquiries, or Dr. Ruth Glasser for off-campus jobs:  ruth.glasser@uconn.edu