Career Checklist - Steps to Success

1. Assess Yourself

Identify and clarify your personality, interests, values, & skills.

 Personality Preferences—MBTI* ($10)  Interests—Strong Interest Inventory* ($10)  Job Categories:  Values:  Motivated Skills:

2. Explore Major and Career Options

Based on your assessment results, identify occupations of interest.

 Research occupations and industries using these online resources:  Occupational Outlook Handbook:  O*Net Online:  My Next Move:  Career One Stop:  “What Can I Do with This Major?” - in the Featured Links section of the UCS website  UH Library’s Research Guide: - Search keywords: “Career Resources”  LinkedIn:  Review online job postings to find out what the requirements are. (e.g.  Check career sections of professional associations’ and organizations’ websites.  Examine the list of UH majors and minors:  Talk with advisors, currently enrolled students, and faculty members  Conduct informational interviews to learn from those currently working in the field.  Research graduate school/professional programs:    Take the appropriate admissions exams (GRE, MCAT, PCAT, LSAT, GMAT, etc.) Have your personal statement reviewed by a UCS career counselor Apply to graduate/professional schools and apply for scholarships, fellowships, and research/ teaching assistantships

 Narrow the list of choices by identifying those that are the best fit for you. Examine

the costs and benefits of each option. 3. Build Relationships and a Positive Reputation

Networking is critical to an effective job search!

 Faculty and staff members make excellent referral sources and can write letters of

recommendation!  Continue to build a respectable GPA—employers do care, as do graduate schools!  Supervisors and managers at work can serve as references for you!  Create a LinkedIn profile and build your professional network: | 713.743.5100 |

4. Gain Professional Experience  Attend a UCS Internship Workshop  Read the “Guide to Finding Internships” handout  Intern or work in co-ops (Cooperative Education Programs)  Volunteer with organizations  Obtain part-time, temporary, or summer employment  Actively participate in student organizations and professional associations—take on a leadership role! 5. Create an Effective, Polished Resume  Attend a UCS Resume Workshop  Read the “Developing a Resume” handout  Have your resume critiqued by a UCS career counselor 6. Prepare for the Interview Process  Attend a UCS Interview Workshop  Read the “Preparing for the Employment Interview” handout  Schedule a mock interview with a UCS career counselor  Build a professional wardrobe 7. Conduct your Job Search  Attend a UCS Job Search Workshop  Read “The Successful Job Search” handout  Access JOBank and JobScan on  Network and conduct information interviews  Attend career fairs and expos  Participate in Campus Recruitment (On-Campus Interviews)
     Attend a Campus Recruitment Workshop at least one year prior to graduation Register with ResumeBank Attend company information sessions and receptions Interview with employers recruiting on campus Follow-up and send thank you notes

Consult a UCS career counselor for help with these steps. | 713.743.5100 |

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