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College can prove to be an overwhelming time for students, however we here at UB’s Center for Career Development have worked hard to make at least one aspect of this transition a bit easier, and that’s career planning.

Career planning is something that should be started freshman year, beginning with career/major exploration.  The Center has developed a structured “Four Year Plan,” which outlines specific activities and resources students should take advantage of in order to ensure they have a competitive edge upon graduation.

The UB Family Guide to Career Planning

When should my student visit the Career Center?

Anytime! We are here to assist students throughout their 4 years in college. Doing prep work throughout college makes the transition to life after graduation a much smoother experience. We want to be an integral part of their life while they are here at UB!

What does the Center for Career Development offer?

  • Assistance choosing a major and exploring careers
  • Identifying goals and developing a plan
  • Resume and cover letter building
  • Internship and job search
  • Interview preparation
  • Leadership development
  • Graduate school research/applications
  • Skills workshops and presentations
  • On-campus employer recruitment
  • Career information sessions

What can I do to help?

  • Encourage your student to visit the Center for Career Development early to take advantage of all we have to offer.
  • Know of opportunities within your organization? Let us know!
  • Follow our social media sites and check our website to stay on top of our upcoming events.

I'd like to learn more about career planning. Any ideas?

Yes! The following books may be of interest to you:

The Parent’s Crash Course in Career Planning: Helping Your College Student Succeed
by Marcia B. Harris & Sharon L. Jones

Hand-Me-Down Dreams: How Families Influence Our Career Paths and How We Can Reclaim Them
by Mary H. Jacobsen

The UB Family Career Development Checklist

What can I do?

  • Support your student’s exploration of new areas of study and interests.
  • Support your student’s responsible involvement in campus activities but urge balance with responsibilities.
  • Talk with your student about their activities and classes. Your willingness to listen will and be a sounding board will keep you in the loop.
  • Don’t panic if your student wants to major in English or Art. These can be great choices especially if they match your student’s skills and interests.
  • Affirm what you know to be areas of skill and ability your student has consistently demonstrated. Sometimes students over look these areas and need reminding.
  • Urge your student to visit the Center for Career Development. There are counselors who want to help your student succeed!

What can my student do?

  • Take career tests to determine personality preferences, interests, values, and work style.
  • Do research to determine whether their career path is compatible with their personality and life goals.
  • Explore extracurricular activities is important. Joining campus clubs and organizations can help students create friendships, have fun, and develop career skills.
  • Get to know professors, faculty, counselors, staff, and administrators. This is when students begin to build their network!
  • Attend job and internship fairs to aid summer jobs or internships searches.
  • Make an appointment with the Center for Career Development (located on the Garden Level of Wahlstrom Library) and become familiar with the career resources available.

CONTACT INFORMATION

  • The Center for Career Development

  • Garden Level 119, Wahlstrom Library
    (Next to the Registrar’s Office)
    126 Park Avenue
    Bridgeport, CT 06604

  • (203) 576-4466

  • careercenter@bridgeport.edu

  • Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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