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Freshman: Fall


Visit the Career Center and meet with a counselor.

  • Explore the various resources that the Career Center has to offer. Visit with a career counselor during drop-in hours from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 10 a.m.-noon on Fridays. Ask for an overview of services.
  • Make an appointment with a counselor to discuss selecting a major or to strategize your career plan. The Career Center is located next to the Student Health Services and Counseling Center in the Veitch Student Center, between the Pentland and Aberdeen residence halls.
  • Pick up the quarterly career calendar which lists workshops, career fairs and employer information sessions. 

Attend the Freshman Game Plan Workshop.

Explore SCOTLink.

  • Log in to SCOTLink to find job listings, print your work study placement form (if applicable), build your resume, research options and more.

Learn about on-campus resources.

Learn about student organizations.

  • Check out Highlander Link to explore student organizations that you can join.

Freshman: Winter


Draft resume.

Get involved!

Research summer opportunities.

  • Summer school, part-time jobs, and/or volunteering are all options. Check out SCOTJobs and CareerShift via SCOTLink.

Freshman: Spring


Resume and cover letter critique.

  • Get your resume and cover letter reviewed during drop-in hours at the Career Center.

Attend our "Choosing a Major" Workshop, if needed.

Take a career assessment.

  • Log in to SCOTLink to access Focus 2. This is a free assessment tool that provides information about careers and environments that fit your personality type, interests and work values. Schedule an appointment with a Career Counselor to review your results.

Finalize summer plans.

  • Summer school, part-time jobs, and/or volunteering are all options. Check out SCOTJobs and CareerShift via SCOTLink.

Freshman: Summer


Gain experience.

  • Take on a part-time summer job or volunteer experience.
  • Add your experiences and skills to your resume.

Conduct informational interviews.

  • Meet with professionals in your field of interest and ask questions about their jobs.

 

Sophomore: Fall


Attend the Sophomore Game Plan Workshop and stay connected throughout the year with a career counselor.

Update resume.

  • College experiences should start to take the place of high school experiences on your resume.
  • Include experiences such as: volunteer work, clubs and organizations, part-time work, class projects, internships, etc.

Explore majors/careers.

Take on a leadership role in a student organization.

  • Turn your member title into a specific role to gain more responsibility.

Research internships. (Start early!)

  • Internships are a great way to try out a company or career. Attend our Finding An Internship Workshop.
  • Many structured, summer internship programs have application deadlines in winter quarter. Take note of deadlines.

Optional: Apply for the Education Abroad Program.

  • Ever thought about living and studying in a foreign country? The Education Abroad Program (EAOP) provides access to vast sources of knowledge and exciting field study options in a wide variety of cultural, social and political environments. Studying abroad will give you the skills and awareness necessary for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world. 

Sophomore: Winter


Continue to apply to internships.

  • Check out SCOTJobs and CareerShift via SCOTLink for internship opportunities.

Stay involved on campus as a leader.

  • Volunteer to coordinate a project or committee.

Practice interviewing.

Sophomore: Spring


Declare a major (if undeclared).

Apply for internships.

  • Internship positions are still available for summer! Check out SCOTJobs and CareerShift via SCOTLink for internship opportunities.

Practice networking.

  • Attend a Networking Your Way to A Job workshop.
  • Attend our LinkedIn: Building Your Profile & LinkedIn: Your Job & Internship Search workshops to start learning how to leverage a LinkedIn account.
  • Learn more about our workshops.

Search for research opportunities.

Take a career assessment.

  • Schedule an appointment with a career counselor to discuss assessment tools that can help you find majors and careers that fit your personality type, interests and work values.

Sophomore: Summer


Gain experience.

  • Capitalize on opportunities, paid or unpaid, that help you explore fields of interest (summer internships, research opportunities, volunteer work, part-time job, etc.).

Conduct informational interviews.

  • Meet with professionals in your field of interest and ask questions about their jobs.

Create a LinkedIn profile.

Set goals.

  • What career do you want to pursue? What combination of education, skills and experience will it take to get there? Do you need to go to graduate school? Set goals with the answers to these questions in mind.


Research graduate/professional schools. (Graduate School Track)

 

Junior: Fall


Attend the Junior Game Plan Workshop and stay connected throughout the year with a career counselor.

Continue to participate in the Job Discovery Series and Social Networking Week each quarter.

Update your resume.

  • Highlight related experience. No more high school information!

Research and apply for internships.

  • Use all of your resources (i.e., SCOTLink, career counselors, friends, family, professional associations, etc.) to target relevant internships.
  • To receive academic credit for your internship, make sure to register for the 198-I course in your major.
  • Sign up for our On-Campus Interviewing program at the Career Center.

Discuss career options.

  • Make an appointment with a career counselor to discuss/identify your options. For appointments, call (951) 827-3631.

Practice interview skills.

Practice introducing and marketing yourself to employers.

Review graduate/professional school application requirements to determine deadlines. (Graduate School Track)

  • Attend the Graduate & Professional School Information Day and the Law School Information Day. For more information, click here.

Junior: Winter


Participate in the On-Campus Interview (OCI) Program.

  • Employers interview UCR students at the Career Center for internship and full-time positions.
  • Attend an OCI workshop for application instructions.
  • Learn more about OCI.

Contact references to ask for letters of recommendation for graduate or professional school. (Graduate School Track)

Prepare for the GRE or LSAT exam. (Graduate School Track)

Junior: Spring


Apply for internships and/or research opportunities.

  • Didn’t find anything on SCOTJobs? Try contacting companies directly. Check out CareerShift and Career Insider via SCOTLink.

Attend Career Night: The Spring Job Fair & the Last Chance Job Fair.

Take the GRE or LSAT Exam (Graduate School Track).

  • Schedule a time to take the GRE or LSAT exam. (Graduate School Track)

Junior: Summer


Gain experience (internships, research, part-time work, volunteering, etc.).

  • Be curious about the job opportunities in your environment. What are the different positions available? What are the qualifications for those jobs?

Review and set goals.

  • Reflect on what you’ve experienced so far and identify next steps.

Draft your personal essay. (Graduate School Track)

  • Draft your personal statement for graduate/professional school and have it critiqued by a faculty member or trusted person for content and grammatical errors.

Take the GRE or LSAT. (Graduate School Track)

 

Senior: Fall


Attend the Senior Game Plan Workshop and stay connected throughout the year with a career counselor.

Continue to participate in the Job Discovery Series and Social Networking Week each quarter.

Develop a targeted resume.

  • Tailor your resume to the company or industry you want to work for. Attend a Resume Writing Workshop and/or meet with a Career Counselor Call (951) 827-3631 for appointments.
  • Remember to include experience gained through big class projects, student organizations, research, volunteering, internships and part-time work.

Participate in our On-Campus Interviewing (OCI) Program. 

  • By interviewing with employers through OCI you are drastically reducing the competition for jobs.  (SCOTJobs -> ShowMe:  Employers interviewing at the Career Center)

Attend career fairs on campus.

Practice interview skills.

  • Mock Interview tool in SCOTLink is available to help!
  • Be sure to send a thank you via email or mail 24 hours after the interview.

Complete graduate/professional school applications & Apply. (Graduate School Track)

  • Collect completed letters of recommendation, transcripts, final personal essay, etc. to prepare for submission.
  • Fall is also the time to re-take the GRE or LSAT if you are looking for a final chance to improve your score!

Senior: Winter


NETWORK!

  • Keep your contacts updated on your job search. Ask for advice and guidance regarding openings…NOT A JOB!
  • Stay proactive using your LinkedIn profile in your job search.

Apply/interview for positions.

  • Remember to follow up with employers two weeks after applying to make sure they received your resume and/or application.

Senior: Spring


Continue to participate in our On-Campus Interview (OCI) Program.

  • Many employers interview students at the Career Center for full-time positions. (Go to SCOTJobs->Show Me:  Positions for which I qualify)

Attend the Last Chance Job Fair and the Spring Job Fair.

  • This is your time to shine! Practice your introduction to employers, take plenty of copies of your resume and definitely research the participating employers BEFORE the event.
  • Visit our list of annual career fairs and select a specific fair to find the participating employers (Click on "See who's coming).

Submit your job acceptance and/or graduate school commitment letter.*

*(Graduate School Track)

Tell us your plans!

  • Complete your placement information in SCOTLink so that we can tell administrators, the employer community and future UCR students about your accomplishments!(Profile->Placements tab)

Senior: Summer


Begin your exciting career!

 



More Information

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Career Center
Veitch Student Center

Tel: (951) 827-3631
Fax: (951) 827-2447
Student Questions: careercounseling@ucr.edu
Employer Questions: careerrecruiting@ucr.edu

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