5 Steps CLAS Majors Can Take This Semester to Prepare for the Job Market

Whether your graduation is several years away or right around the corner, the start of a new semester is the perfect time to start thinking about life after college. Sounds daunting, doesn’t it? But fear not: We’ve put together five steps that all CLAS majors can take this spring to prepare themselves for the job market and graduate/professional school.
 
Students and alumni network at CLAS Career Night: Government, Law, and Politics at the UConn Alumni House on November 13, 2018. (Josh Bibbey/UConn Photo)
 

1. Check out a career event.

Attending just one career event this semester can be a fun and social way to explore potential job opportunities and career tracks. Not sure what you want to do with your major? Head to a career exploration event, like CLAS Career Night: Research-Based Careers. Have an industry in mind, but not sure how to get your foot in the door? Check out an industry event or webinar. Want to network with employers? Mark your calendar for the spring UConn Career Fair on March 28.

For a full list of events for CLAS majors this semester, see the bottom of this article.
 
close up shot of a resume and report presentation
 

2. Learn to communicate your value.

One of the best ways to set yourself apart from the competition is to learn how to clearly articulate what skills you bring to the table. During the application processes, you’ll be asked to do this in writing (think résumés and cover letters) and in interpersonal scenarios, like the all-important interview. Fortunately, the Center for Career Development offers one-on-one résumé critiques, practice interviews, and even career coaching sessions that can help you develop your personal brand. Schedule your appointment today.
 
Students waiting for class while sitting on a bench in Laurel Hall on March 1, 2018. (Sean Flynn/UConn Photo)
 

3. Fine-tune your online presence.

An important part of the modern-day job search is learning how to represent yourself as a professional online. One of the first steps you can take to manage your online presence is to set up your very own LinkedIn profile.  (You can also build your professional network by following the UConn CLAS LinkedIn page!) Want to delve deeper into social media etiquette and how to polish your online presence? Save the Date for UConn Social Media Day on March 13.
 
Victoria Hanulik '17 (CLAS) at CLAS Career Night on November 6, 2017. (Bri Diaz/UConn Photo)
 

4. Connect with alumni.

UConn grads have been in your shoes, and they’re eager to share their knowledge with current students. You can explore this vast resource by signing up for the Husky Mentor Network. This free online mentoring platform can help you connect with alumni who graduated from your field or who work in an industry you’d like to explore. Sign up for the Husky Mentor Network.
 
Francis Gilbert interns at Alcone Marketing Group in Darien on Aug. 11, 2016. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)
 

5. Start planning for the summer.

The break between semesters is the perfect time to gain experience in an industry you’re curious about. Not sure where to start your internship search? Check out these resources to explore the many internship and co-op programs at UConn. Want to talk to someone in person? Check out the Internship & Co-op Fair on February 6.

 


 

Spring 2019 Career Events

Friday, February 1
CLAS Cookies & Career Coaching
Storrs Campus
 
Monday, February 4
Prepare for the Fair: Internship Showcase & Employer Panel
Storrs Campus
 
Wednesday, February 6
UConn Internship & Co-op Fair
Storrs Campus
 
Wednesday, February 20
Careers for the Common Good: Non-Profit and Public Service Career Fair
Storrs Campus
 
Tuesday, March 5
CLAS Career Night: Research-based Careers
Storrs Campus
 
Thursday, March 7
UConn Stamford Spring 2019 Career Fair
Stamford Campus
 
Monday, March 11
Navigating the Career Fair as a CLAS Major
Storrs Campus
 
Wednesday, March 13
UConn Social Day
Storrs Campus
 
Thursday, March 28
Spring Career Fair (All-University)
Storrs Campus
 
Wednesday, April 10
Beyond UConn
Storrs Campus

 

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