Find The Career You Were Destined For
Everyone wants a career that they love, but not everyone knows how to plan for it. We can help. Follow these steps to discover the career you'd like to pursue and plan your path. Download a copy of the UCR Career Center's Career Decision Making Process for a step-by-step approach!
Plan Your Path
1. Take an assessment.
We offer several assessments that can help you get to know yourself and the careers that will inspire you. Make an appointment to take an assessment or visit the Career Center during drop-in hours if you’re not sure which one you should take.
- Strong Interest Inventory (SII)
The SII evaluates your interests and uses them to suggest majors, internships and careers. The goal is to help you find career options that are satisfying and well suited to what you love. You must schedule an appointment for an evaluation.
- Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
The MBTI looks at your personality type and how it will tie into career options and work relationships. The goal is to help you find a career that is suited to your personality. You must schedule an appointment for an evaluation. The MBTI is often taken with the SII.
CareerLeader measures patterns of business-related interests, values and abilities. It is appropriate for students interested in any type of business career, regardless of major. It is recommended that you schedule an appointment to review your result with a career counselor. ($20)
- Focus 2
Focus 2 is our free assessment tool. It combines career, UCR major exploration, decision making and action planning. You can log into Handshake and take it right now!
- Strong Interest Inventory (SII)
2. Explore careers.
College is the perfect time to explore careers and job options.
- Use the Career Center’s library of career exploration resources. Browse major-related books and handouts, publications about the structure of work, and detailed information about employers. Our career counselors can also help prepare you for job shadowing.
- Attend on-campus info sessions and panels featuring employers and alumni. See our calendar for upcoming sessions.
- Take into account your assessment results and peruse professions you may not have previously considered. You may surprise yourself!
3. Get experience and build skills.
Gaining actual work experience is one of the most important elements in career planning.
- Participate in internships, part-time jobs, seasonal employment, undergraduate research, work-study or any combination of these. Search Handshake job listings for open opportunities.
- Routinely assess your skills, knowledge, and abilities. Update your resume, attend our skill-building workshops and focus on project-driven classes that offer real-world experience.
- Come to the Career Center to discover additional internships and explore our resources. Our counselors can provide you with expert advising and help you gain the experience and skills you desire.
4. Prepare for your job search.
Don’t wait to prepare – you should begin during your first year at UCR! We’re here to help. Every quarter, the Career Center offers workshops in six basic areas:
- Resume and Cover Letter Writing
- Job Search
- Negotiating Offers
- Job Etiquette
Career counselors also create new workshops in specific areas of student interest each quarter.
We also offer On-Campus Interview programs, exciting career fairs and recruitment events featuring top-tier employers.
Check our calendar for upcoming workshops and events.
5. Stay on track.
- Our First Year-Senior Career Plan and College-Specific Milestones are like maps that lead you to your career. They show you which steps to take, when to take them and how to get the most out of the Career Center throughout the process.
- The First Year-Senior Career Plan shows general milestones that apply to all majors.
- The College-Specific Milestones are specific to your college.
- Use them in tandem to plan ahead and check your progress regularly.
6. Talk to us.
Our professional Career Center staff members can answer questions and offer individual career counseling. Contact us when you need help.
Get Individual Career Counseling
Sometimes you just need to talk to an expert! Whether your concern is about choosing a major, finding a job or internship, creating a resume or learning interview etiquette – we can help you.
Sign-up for drop-in hours at careers.ucr.edu if you have a quick question that can be answered in ten minutes or less.
Monday - Thursday: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. & 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Friday: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Make an Appointment
For one-on-one help tailored to your situation, schedule an individual career counseling appointment via Handshake.
Your Career Specialist will email you a link to join your appointment virtually prior to your appointment at your UCR email address.