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U Career Success + Your Student

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Your student's college experience is about more than academics – it’s about providing them with all the tools for a successful future. At U Career Success, we're here to ensure every step gets them closer to their dreams.

Career Exploration Made Easy
Career Exploration Made Easy
Whether your student has their sights set on a specific career or if they’re still exploring their options, we're here to guide them. We encourage all students to visit us from year one and to return often.
Personalized Career Coaching
Personalized Career Coaching
Each student is paired with a dedicated career coach, a seasoned expert in their field. From architecture to zoology, our coaches provide tailored advice to suit every individual's aspirations. With this support, your student will navigate the path to success with confidence.
Beyond Advice: Practical Resources
Beyond Advice: Practical Resources
We offer more than guidance. Our additional resources include free professional headshots, borrowing options for professional attire, and fully-equipped video studios for online interviews. Because we believe in setting your student up for success in every aspect.

How Can You Help Launch Their Career Journey?

Learn about our resources here and reinforce their decision to engage with us frequently. Together, we’ll turn their dreams into reality!

  • U Career Success is dedicated to empowering students for their futures. Our services encompass every aspect of career development, to maximize individual potential at graduation. We center around personalized coaching, tailored to each student’s unique needs, strengths, and goals. Every student is paired with a dedicated career coach who provides guidance every step of the way, from career exploration, personal branding and internship applications to mock interviews and job offer negotiation. In addition to coaching, we offer practical resources at no cost. Students schedule sessions for professional headshots, perfect for their LinkedIn pages or other professional profiles. We also provide fully-equipped video studios for online interviews. And for any occasion, our Career Closet is stocked with a variety of professional attire available for borrowing.

    Our aim is to equip students with the skills, experiences, and connections they need to thrive in their careers.

  • We host a diverse range of workshops, events, and networking opportunities tailored to support students’ professional development. Throughout the semester, students can connect with potential employers and enhance their career readiness by attending a variety of events including large-scale career fairs, college-specific networking expos, workshop series, informational sessions, employer panels, and much more.

    To stay updated on upcoming events, students can check out our events calendar, where we list all upcoming career fairs and expos. Additionally, they can explore even more opportunities by browsing events on Handshake, the comprehensive online platform for career resources and networking.

  • Our career coaches are industry experts who keep their finger on the pulse of their respective fields. They continuously monitor emerging trends, changes, and developments to ensure that they provide students with the most up-to-date and relevant guidance.

    Additionally, our strong partnerships with employers play a crucial role in keeping us informed about what recruiters look for in prospective candidates. Through these partnerships, we gain valuable insights into the skills, qualifications, and attributes that are in high demand in the job market.

    By staying connected to industry trends and employer needs, we’re able to tailor our services and support to ensure that students are well-prepared to meet the demands of today’s ever-evolving job market.

Appointments and Access
  • To schedule appointments with a career coach, students visit www.careers.utah.edu/career-coaches. There, they can search for the coach best suited for them by entering their college or major. If they haven’t declared a major yet, “undeclared” will connect them with a generalist coach.

    Please note that career coach appointments are exclusive to currently enrolled University of Utah students. Incoming students will be able to schedule appointments once the school semester begins. However, incoming students may access peer coaches, who are available for career exploration, resume writing, and cover letter assistance. Peer coach appointments are scheduled here.

  • We are committed to equity and ensuring that all students, including those with disabilities or special needs, have access to our services. We understand the importance of making accommodations to create environments where every student can fully utilize and benefit from our resources. Whether it’s providing assistive technology, scheduling appointments in accessible locations, or making other necessary adjustments, we’re here to support students in any way we can.

    In addition to our own services, we’re well informed about the range of support available across campus for students with disabilities or special needs. If students require specialized assistance beyond what we offer, we’re more than happy to direct them to the appropriate office or resource on campus.

    Our goal is to ensure that every student feels supported and empowered to achieve their academic and career goals, regardless of their individual needs or circumstances.

  • Our team of expert career coaches understands the unique challenges faced by international students and provides tailored support to help them succeed. We’re well versed in the resources available and can guide students through the process. We have tested recommendations for international students discussed in a blog post here, but as always, the best course of action is to meet one-on-one with a career coach for personalized guidance.

  • Students can easily access online job board and job search resources through Handshake, a platform specifically designed for college students. Every U student already has an account with Handshake, which just needs to be activated to provide full access. Handshake stands out as the premier online job board for college students, as the employers who list positions on Handshake are vetted through our office. This ensures that the jobs posted are targeted specifically to college students.

    To activate their Handshake account, students simply visit https://utah.joinhandshake.com/login, select University of Utah as their school, and login using their UID.

  • At U Career Success, all our services are provided completely free of charge to current students and alumni for up to two years after graduation. With the average cost of career coaching off-campus at $200+ per hour, taking advantage of these services one of the smartest ways students can maximize the value of their degree.

Services and Resources
  • Of course! While we do offer a basic guide to get started, meeting with a career coach provides personalized advice and guidance tailored specifically to the student’s needs and goals. It’s the most effective way to navigate the exciting journey of career exploration.

    During these sessions, our coaches engage in in-depth discussions about your student’s interests, strengths, and aspirations, serving as excellent guides throughout the exploration process.

  • Yes! Finding a part-time job to balance with school is often necessary for financial stability and becomes a key component of professional development. At U Career Success, we’re dedicated to supporting students in navigating this journey. We understand the importance of finding work that fits a student’s unique circumstances. During the first days of each Fall and Spring semester, we host a Part-Time & On-Campus Career Fair to connect students to options that work around collegiate schedules.

  • Absolutely! Gaining practical experience during college not only enhances a student’s skills, but also makes them more competitive in the job market. We are experts at assisting students in finding valuable opportunities for experiential learning, including internships, employer research, special projects and more.

  • We offer personalized guidance on interview do’s and don’ts, helping students master the best practices to make a positive impression. Our coaches conduct mock interviews, both in-person and virtually, allowing students to practice their skills in a supportive environment. After each practice session, we provide constructive feedback to help students improve their interview techniques until they feel confident and comfortable.

  • Absolutely! We provide comprehensive assistance with resume and cover letter writing. Our career coaches offer personalized one-on-one sessions with students to craft resumes that effectively showcase their skills, experiences, and accomplishments.

    We understand that scheduling appointments may be challenging at times, so we’ve set up a process for those needing quick feedback on their resumes. By emailing resumes to resumereviews@careers.utah.edu, students receive timely and valuable feedback from Peer Coaches.

    Whether it’s through personalized coaching sessions or email consultations, we’re here to ensure that every student’s resume and cover letter are polished and professional, setting them up for success in their job search endeavors.

  • Once a student decides to pursue graduate school, our coaches can guide them in identifying and connecting with experts within their chosen programs who can provide valuable assistance throughout the application process.

    We highly recommend that graduate school applicants connect with professors and advisors within their desired programs as early as possible. These connections can provide invaluable insights and guidance tailored to the specific program and field of study.

  • We’re proud to support students interested in entrepreneurship or starting their own businesses. The University of Utah has received recognition as a top institution for entrepreneurship in the West, ranked in the Top 5 by Princeton Review.

    Our career coaches are here to connect students with the incredible entrepreneurship resources available at the U, such as the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute. Whether it’s mentorship programs, funding opportunities, or startup support, these resources provide aspiring entrepreneurs with the tools and guidance they need to turn their ideas into reality.

Connections and Networking
  • Networking is a cornerstone of success, and we prioritize providing ample opportunities for students to connect with employers and industry professionals. Throughout the year, we host numerous career fairs and networking events designed to facilitate meaningful connections between students and potential employers. These events offer students valuable opportunities to expand their professional network and explore career fields.

    What truly sets us apart is an expansive network, comprising over 1,500 local, national, and global employers. Through our strong connections, students gain direct access to a wealth of job opportunities. Our career coaches work closely with our Corporate and Community Engagement team to connect students to perfect-fit job opportunities discovered within our network.

  • At U Career Success, we have a diverse network of employers and companies that actively recruit students from the U. Managed by our Corporate & Community Engagement team, our network boasts over 1,500 organizations spanning local, national, and global sectors. This includes partnerships with a wide array of companies, government agencies, non-profits, and more. Among our notable partners are industry leaders such as Google, Goldman Sachs, EY, Deloitte, Fidelity, and the Walt Disney Company, among many others.

    These partnerships provide our students with exceptional opportunities to connect with leading employers in various fields and industries, opening doors to internships, job placements, and extraordinary professional experiences.

  • We work closely with the U Alumni office to facilitate meaningful connections between students and alumni. The University of Utah has a thriving alumni community known as the Forever Utah Network, offering students opportunities to engage with alumni professionals across various industries. By joining the Forever Utah Network, students can start building valuable connections even before they graduate. These connections can provide insights, mentorships, and networking opportunities that open a wealth of possibilities.

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