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Freshman: Fall


Visit the Career Center and meet with a counselor.

  • Pick up the quarterly Career Calendar which lists workshops, career fairs, and employer information sessions. Pdf version available at careers.ucr.edu.

Attend the Freshman Game Plan Workshop and the Accessing SCOTLink Workshop.

Learn about on-campus resources.

Freshman: Winter


Draft your resume and cover letter.

Attend a Choosing a Major Workshop.

Get involved!

Research summer opportunities.

Timeline for Application/Admission to Medical Schools:

 

Freshman: Spring


Resume and cover letter critique.

  • Get your resume and cover letter reviewed during drop-in hours (Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., and Friday, 10 a.m.-noon).

Faculty/professional informational interviews.

  • Develop networking skills and learn about careers by interviewing faculty and professionals in your field of interest. Download a copy of Informational Interviews handout.


Visit  the Health Professions Advising Center. (Pre-Med and Health Professions Track)

Research summer opportunities.

Undergraduate research experience.

Freshman: Summer


Summer experience.

  • Take on a part-time summer job or volunteer experience.
  • Write down your experiences and skills you learned to help you write them into your resume.

Informational interviews.

  • Meet with professionals in your field of interest and ask questions about their jobs. Click here for more information.
  • Create a LinkedIn account to begin establishing your online professional image and building your network. Attend a LinkedIn 1.0 (basic) workshop

Set goals.

Sophomore: Fall

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

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, interest and work values. Schedule an appointment with a career counselor to review your results.

Update your resume.

  • College experiences should start to take the place of high school experiences on your resume.
  • Include experiences such as: volunteering, clubs and organizations, part-time work and internships (check out biology and other resume template examples).

Explore majors/careers.

Attend the Graduate & Professional School Info Day.

  • Representatives from graduate and professional school programs from across the nation will be present to give application and admission information.

Research and apply for internships. (Start early!)

Visit  the Health Professions Advising Center. (Pre-Med and Health Professions Track)

Optional: Apply for the Education Abroad Program.

  • Ever thought about living and studying in a foreign country? The Education Abroad Program (EAP) 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


Attend workshops to help prepare you for your job search.

Continue to apply to internships.

Stay involved on campus as a leader.

  • Volunteer to coordinate a project or committee.

Practice interviewing.

Undergraduate research experience.

Look out for medical-school-related workshops. (Pre-Med Track)

Sophomore: Spring


Apply for internships.

  • Internship positions are still available. SCOTJobs for listings.

Practice networking.

  • Attend a Connecting Your Way to a Job or Social Media in Your Job Search Workshop.
  • Attend our LinkedIn Building Your Profile & LinkedIn: Your Job & Internship Search Workshops to learn how to leverage your LinkedIn account.
  • Stay active with your LinkedIn account and join groups and organizations related to your field of interest.

Attend the Health Professions School Information Day.

  • Recruiters, admissions officers and staff from health professional schools and programs participate.

Attend the Last Chance Career Fair.

  • Employers will be on campus to discuss full-time, part-time and internship openings. Learn more about the Last Chance Career Fair.

Attend NASC 094.

Sophomore: Summer


Gain experience.

  • Capitalize on opportunities, paid or unpaid, that help you explore your field of interest (summer internships, volunteering, part-time work, etc.
  • Work or volunteer in the medical field. (Pre-Med Track)

Research graduate/professional schools. (Graduate School Track)

Informational interviews.

Continue to network and create a LinkedIn profile.

  • Reflect and identify next steps (Graduate school bound or preparing for full time work)

Review and re-set goals.

  • Reflect and identify next steps.

Junior: Fall


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

Continue to work with HPAC. (Pre-Med and Health Professions Track)

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

Update resume.

  • Highlight new experiences. No more high school information!

Research and apply for internships.

  • Use all of your resources (i.e., SCOTLink, career counselors, friends, family and professional associations) to target relevant internships.
  • Attend our Finding an Internship Workshop to learn strategies on how to search for opportunities.
  • Browse through listings in SCOTJobs and CareerShift through SCOTLink, Social MEdia (i.e. LinkedIn).
  • To receive academic credit for an internship, check with your academic department for a 198-I or 298-I course. Click here to learn more.

Attend the Graduate and Professional School Info Day.

  • Representatives from graduate and professional school programs from across the nation will be present to give application and admission information.

Discuss career options.

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

Practice your interview skills.

Investigate. (Pre-Med Track)

  • Medical schools in the U.S. and Canada.
  • Minorities in Medicine to get information on groups that are underrepresented in medicine.
  • When considering a gap/bridge year, research a meaningful paid or volunteer medically-related experience to complete during that time.

Review graduate school application requirements and determine deadlines. (Graduate School Track)

Practice introducing and marketing yourself to employers.

  • Network with industry professionals by attending the STEM Career Fair and the Career Expo Diversity Job Fair.  RSVP the events here.

Junior: Winter


Apply for internships.

  • Browse through listings on SCOTJobs and CareerShift through SCOTLink.

Network

  • The top skill employers search for is communication. Practice public speaking and basic conversational skills.  Learn more about networking.
  • Attend the Engineering and Technology Fair and the Internship & Nonprofit Job Fair. Check out events in SCOTLink for details.

Target career options.

Contact references for letters of recommendation for graduate school (Graduate School Track) and medical/health professional schools

Study for the GRE exam  (Graduate School Track) and MCAT exam.

Discover our 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.

Junior: Spring

Apply for internships and/or research opportunities.

Participate in our 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.

Attend the Last Chance Job Fair.

MCAT Exam. (Pre-Med Track)

GRE Exam. (Graduate School Track)

Personal Essay (Graduate School Track)

  • Draft personal statement or statement of purpose for graduate school and have it critiqued by faculty or a trusted person for content and grammatical errors.

Junior: Summer


Summer experience (intern, research, work part-time, volunteer).

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

Complete the AMCAS application (Pre-Med Track)

Take/retake the GRE or MCAT exams 

Review & Set Goals.

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

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.

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

  • By interviewing with employers through OCI, you are drastically reducing the competition for jobs. Learn more about OCI.

Attend career fairs on campus.

  • Engineering and Technology Fair and the STEM Fair (RSVP here).

Practice your 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 an interview.

Complete Graduate/Professional School applications. (Graduate School Track)

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

Complete supplementary application materials, prepare for interviews and campus visits, and sign up to take/retake MCAT in the spring (Click here). (Pre-Med Track)

 

Senior: Winter


NETWORK!

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

Apply/interview for positions.

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

Senior: Spring


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

  • Many employers interview students at the Career Center for full-time positions. Learn more about OCI.

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

  • This is your time to shine. Practice your intro to employers, take plenty of copies of your resume and definitely research the participating employers BEFORE the event.  RSVP here and see the participant list.

Tell us your plans!

Complete your placement information in SCOTLink (Placement tab) so that we can tell administrators, the employer community and future UCR students about your accomplishments. 

Take/Retake MCAT Exam. (Pre-Med Track)

Accept a job and/or commit to graduate school.*
*(Graduate School Track)

 

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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