We offer full career development services to help our undergraduate and graduate students, as well as our alumni of all programs, learn how to effectively manage and develop their careers.
The Career Development Center provides the full circle of services including the assessment of career skills and interests, the exploration of career and major options, preparation and assistance in locating internships and experience-based opportunities, and all related career management needs such as resumes, cover letters, interview training and practice, job search assistance, and guidance on graduate school options.
The friendly, professional, and student-focused staff in the Career Development Center will help guide and coach you to career success.
The first step in the career development process is self-assessment. In order to determine what major and career is right for you, a firm understanding of your skills, traits, values, and interests is required.
The FOCUS Career Assessment system can help!
FOCUS is based on Holland Occupational Theory, which states that since jobs have skills and traits that define them, people with matching skills and traits will likely enjoy and thrive in that career.
You will be asked questions related to your skills (things you do well), your work and leisure interests (things you like to do), your personality type, and your work values (things you want from your career) and then FOCUS provides you majors and occupations that match your input.
What can you do with your major? This question poses a challenge to many college students. With careful planning and preparation, your experiences and career-related skills can prepare you to optimize your degree options in ways you may have never considered.
Based on our degree programs, the Career Development Center has profiled majors from the five colleges and has provided career options correlating to the majors. This information provides an expansive view of potential opportunities available to you.
The goal of a resume is to get the interview. A resume does not get you the job! The resume is your first impression to a prospective employer, and therefore it needs to be well-written, factual, and relevant to the job in which you are applying.
A resume is a marketing tool, designed to sell you to a prospective employer. A resume is not for your past; it is to market yourself for the next job! Click here for more information on writing a great resume!
A cover letter is the companion document to the resume; it is an introductory letter that guides an employer through your resume. A well-written, well-set up cover letter will encourage an employer to read your resume the way you want it read. The letter will highlight your specific skills and traits for the job, point out your related experiences, and explain how you will perform on the job.
Cover letters absolutely are necessary. You should begin to think of Resume and Cover Letter as one word: Resumecoverletter. When someone asks for your resume, you also provide the cover letter. Click here for more information on writing the perfect cover letter!
The most important aspect to your career development at the University of New Haven is to apply your classroom knowledge and career interests in hands-on experiential settings. Our Experiential Education program consists of four main pillars: Study Abroad, Internships, Academic Service-Learning, and Faculty Mentored Undergraduate Research. Additional experiential learning opportunities exist in student leadership, clubs and organizations, community service, part time employment, fellowships, and more.
The Career Development Center is here to help you every step of the way in order to help you find the right opportunity to begin building your career.
Check out the Bergami Internship Program!