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First-Year Career Checklist: Self Assessment

UConn Waterbury Career Development Office: Rm. 228E

Make a Career or Study Abroad Appointment:  AdvApp

Hours: M 1-5, T,W, Th 8:30-5:00   203-236-9913



Read Catalog: Check upper-level course descriptions:

Meet with and get to know your academic advisor  

Take a variety of courses; explore your interests.

 Research majors and minors in course catalog, URL above

 Meet with faculty to learn more about your major or majors/minors

 Find a mentor in a major you’re considering

 Investigate Education Abroad opportunities:

Visit the Math and Writing Center (in library) to improve academic success skills 



 Join clubs/organizations: ASG; Psychology Club, L.A.S.S.O, Waterbury Business Society. Be an Advising Assistant: Contact  Kelly Bartlett in the Student Affairs Suite, Second Floor,  if you have finished your first year and want to assist in the summer. Be an Orientation Leader:  Contact Jim Long in Student Activities.

Peruse a list of Greater Waterbury Community Organizations and think about community activities, both volunteering and interning and possibly working part-time, that will help you build your resume and give you hands-on experience:




Make an appointment with the Career Development Office to help you identify who you want to be in the world and be able to better choose a major/career: AdvApp  Susan Hyde-Wick’s name will appear at the bottom.

Identify your values, interests, skills and personality preferences (MBTI): Career Counseling and Assessment Material Available in the Office of Career Development.

Complete an On-line Skills Assessment to help you examine your existing skills, and Interest Profiler to help you with what career areas you may want pursue.   Explore Values

What can you do with your major? Majors and Careers

Go to HuskyCareerLink – if you would like to research careers, and O*Net Online for jobs.

 Use the Husky Alumni Network to interview alumni using the Informational Interviewing Questionnaire, or career shadow: spend a day at a job that interests you.

Browse UConn Storrs’ internship site for a for credit or non-credit opportunity:

Create a rough draft of your resume and bring in to the Office of Career Development for a critique. Use our Waterbury Resume Packet or use Download a Cover Letter and Resume Guidebook for a step-by-step tutorial

 Build career-related experience: Non-paid internships, Work-study, p/t and summer jobs, community service volunteering, and employment during winter breaks