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Gain an understanding of your uniqueness by learning about your values, interests, personality, and skills. Explore potential major and career options. Gather specific information about occupations and industries.

Your Goals

  • Explore your values, interests, personality, and skills
  • Explore career options for your major
  • Research opccupation/industry knowledge needed for success
  • Explore education/training requirements

Your Action Steps

Take a self-assessment inventory

Strong Interest Inventory

Strong Interest Inventory

The Strong Interest Inventory® is an online assessment that can help you discover interests, preferences, and personal styles—useful information as you make decisions about a major or career. With this popular self-assessment tool, you can find out how your interests relate to different work environments and activities, and how your interests compare with individuals in a wide variety of career fields, college majors, and specific occupations.

The Strong also includes scales that measure leadership style, risk taking, team orientation, learning environment, and work style.

Take the Strong

Meyers Briggs Type Indicator

Myers Briggs Type Indicator

The MBTI can assist students with career decisions by identifying occupations and working environments that may fit their personalities. The MBTI identifies individual preferences and relates these preferences to those of others in various career fields. The instrument is also helpful in identifying possible strengths and areas of needed improvement, which may be helpful as you begin the interview process for graduate school or employment. The instrument takes about thirty minutes to complete. A Career Advisor will discuss the results with you.

Take the MBTI

Receive Your Results

Once you have taken an assessment, schedule an appointment in Hire-A-Niner with your Career Advisor to receive your results!

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Attend career panels

A career panel is a unique opportunity to hear from multiple professionals and experts on various career topics or industries. Panelists typically speak about their experiences and offer valuable advice to those considering careers in their areas of expertise.

Login to Hire-A-Niner and RSVP under “Career Events.”

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Attend informational interviews

Investigate all of the different settings where people work in the careers that interest you. For example, if you are considering nursing, examine positions in hospitals, doctor’s offices and clinics, community health centers, rehabilitation centers, schools and colleges, and research facilities. Or if you are studying physical education, also look into community recreation or corporate wellness.

It is also desirable to obtain more than one perspective on the careers of interest to you. Interview individuals who hold these positions and their supervisors or department heads. (Keep in mind that it is often easier to start with the boss and then be “sent down” to the level where you might start.) Talk to people in more than one organization because jobs can differ greatly depending on the work environment of individual employers.

People employed in the jobs that you are interested in can provide great information on:

  • A realistic idea of their work day
  • Information on the types of organizations that hire in the field
  • Current ranges on starting salaries and future earnings
  • Information on advancement opportunities
  • The skills and credentials necessary to secure employment
  • The employment demand for people in their field
  • Advice on where to look for jobs in the field

Supervisors or department heads can provide additional information on:

  • An overview of the structure of the organization
  • Advice about other related jobs
  • Advice on getting started in the field and what they seek when hiring
  • Advice about career progressions
  • Referrals to other people in the field

Try to conduct your first interviews with people whom you know so that you can become polished at the process before you venture out into the unknown. At the end of an informational interview, always ask the interviewee for a referral to another person or two in the field from which you may obtain further information. In this way you will develop you own network of contacts.

Do job shadowing with careers of interest

Job shadowing is an excellent way for students to follow, or “shadow,” a professional for a day or longer to get a close, first-hand look at what a day in the life of a particular position or career entails. This will help you determine whether or not a position or career path is a good fit for you.

What to do

  • Before you arrive for your job shadow, research the organization and industry to prepare yourself for the day.
  • Observe a professional in action to learn about their day-to-day responsibilities.
  • Ask questions about their role, the organization, and the industry.
  • Tour the facilities and meet a variety of professionals within the organization.
  • Be sure to follow up the shadowing experience with a personal thank you email or note.

Login to Hire-A-Niner and schedule an appointment with your career advisor to learn more and get started.

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Explore graduate programs

Students who do thorough research and carefully match what they want from their graduate education with what a particular program has to offer are generally more satisfied with their choice. As you conduct research on graduate programs, consider the following aspects of the programs.

Curriculum & Course Sequencing - Review each program's required coursework and course sequencing to gauge your interest and skills in those areas. Many programs allow students to take electives or choose areas of focus within the program.

Faculty - At the graduate level, it’s especially important for students who want to specialize in a particular area to attend a program with a professor(s) with the same field of interest. Working closely with a faculty member who is highly regarded in the field is often more important than attending a prestigious university. Since many graduate students hold Research Assistant positions or conduct research for a thesis or dissertation, having access to program faculty with similar research interests in important.

Admission Standards - Graduate programs often consider a range of factors when looking into prospective students, and some programs can be very competitive. Does your profile match that of the typical admitted student? Does the program require or recommend full-time work experience before enrollment? What is the deadline to apply? Do applicants that apply early have in edge? (Also keep in mind financial aid deadlines may be earlier!)

Program Length & Progress Requirements - Consider how long it will take to complete the programs (a master's degree typically takes 2 years and a doctoral degree takes four to either years) and whether there are options to take courses part-time (if that's an interest of yours). If you plan to work while pursuing a graduate degree, taking into consideration the timing of classes and minimum course loads. It may be wise to talk to program staff to find out about the average time-to-degree for students in the program (which may be different than how long the program is "supposed" to take).

Student Profile - Many graduate students say that their interactions with other students in the program contributed greatly to their learning and overall experience. What is the ratio of students entering the program directly from college to those with several years work experience following their undergraduate degree? What is the ratio of full-time to part-time students? Are there relevant student organizations?

Funding Availability - Assistantships and fellowships can be valuable sources of financial support and professional experience, so discuss opportunities with program staff.

Accreditation and Program Reputation - In some fields, attending an accredited program is very important and may impact licensure and employment options. Program and faculty reputation is also important. Talk with professionals in your field about programs they feel are considered strong.

Academic Program Search

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Get internships

University Professional Internship Program (UPIP) - UPIP is an on-campus program that provides internships in professional roles to sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are seeking their first bachelor’s degree and are in good standing with the university. This program is a great way to learn more about potential career paths while adding value to various departments across campus.

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Off-Campus Internships -  off-campus internships provide students an opportunity gain experience in various fields and industries of interest. There are many opportunities posted in Hire-A-Niner that are both paid and non-paid, as well as some that allow for academic credit.  Internships tend to be 10-12 weeks in length. Login to Hire-A-Niner to search for internship opportunities.

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Join student organizations

UNC Charlotte has more than 350 student organizations to choose from, offering something for everyone. There are many benefits to joining a student organization: making new friends, developing new skills and abilities, working as part of a team, learning to set and achieve goals, sharing your time and talents, as well as having fun.

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Meet with your career advisor to explore options

The University Career Center provides individual appointments to students at UNC Charlotte who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral program. Our office provides individual appointments to alumni up to 5 years past graduation. Login to Hire-A-Niner and click “Meet With Your Career Advisor” to make an appointment.

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What to expect:

  • Sessions are about you and what is important for you. The Career Team is available to help you with areas ranging from career exploration and decision making to action planning for internships, job searching, and graduate school.
  • Progress is made through active participation on your part. Come to the University Career Center ready to work and with your thoughts and ideas on your career goals!
  • You are the expert on YOU. The Career Team is the expert on the career planning process. Our center is built around a number of resources to help you shape your career while at UNC Charlotte. Our job is to help you plan effectively and to find the information necessary to make informed decisions about your career.
  • Our Career Team is trained to provide you with new tactics, strategies, and ideas to help you build your career.

What NOT to expect:

  • We are not able to provide you with an exact list of employers, graduate programs, or jobs that are a "fit" for you. Instead, we can provide you with the resources to help you develop your own strong list.
  • We do not have a "test" that will tell you what to do with your career or can we tell you what path to take. We have strategies and resources for exploring the many options you have and the paths to take to reach your career goals.
  • Your academic advisor is a trained professional that can assist you with your course selection and other parameters about changing majors.
  • We do not write your resume for you. Instead, we provide you with a number of resources to build your marketing brand and Career Team members on staff to provide review and formatting suggestions.

Register for a company trek

Company Treks University Career Center

Company Treks are one-day opportunities exclusively for UNC Charlotte students to experience the culture at different companies and organizations in the Charlotte area and beyond. Company Treks typically consist of a tour, an overview of the company/organization, and an opportunity to network.

Who can participate in a Company Trek? Juniors, seniors, and graduate students in good standing at UNC Charlotte are permitted to participate in Company Treks, though this is flexible depending on the company’s requests.

What will I be doing on a Company Trek? The Company Treks program is an opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes perspective of an organization. Itineraries for company treks will vary, but you will likely:

  • Receive a tour of the facilities
  • Partake in a Q&A session with current employees
  • Network with professionals

How long does a Company Trek last? The length of Company Treks vary by company, but most will last between 2-4 hours.

What should I wear? Business professional attire is required unless otherwise mentioned in the Company Trek description. Check out our handout on what to wear.

Is transportation provided? Students must provide their own transportation to Career Trek locations. Visit UNC Charlotte’s Parking and Transportation Services website for information about alternative transportation options.

What are the requirements to participate? Interested students should send their professional resume to Jessie Simonik, Assistant Director and Business Career Advisor (jessica.simonik@uncc.edu).

Is there a fee to participate in a Company Trek? Student participation in Company Treks is completely free.

What should I do after the Trek? It’s important to follow-up with an employer after any networking event, Company Treks included. Be proactive at the Company Trek you participate in and be sure to ask for a business card of any professional with whom you speak. Send a timely email to this person within 24 hours of the Company Trek to thank them for their time and ask any follow-up questions you may have.

What is the cancellation policy? Students who can no longer participate in a Company Trek for which they registered must contact Jessie Simonik (jessica.simonik@uncc.edu) no later than 48 hours of the event. Participation for Company Treks is in high demand, and your timely notice will enable another qualified student to participate in this opportunity.

Research careers online

There are a number of resources that have been created to allow students and alumni to explore the variety of career paths available. These resources allow you to learn about the occupation, training and education needed, the work environment, and some salary information. Online resources include: The Occupational Outlook Handbook, O*Net Online, Career One Stop, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Projections. In addition, check out College Foundation of North Carolina as a way to match your assessment results to potential career targets.

Check out our resources on “What Can I Do With A Major In…? (WCIDWAMI)” and “How to Get a Job In…” for a wealth of information career options as they relate to your major.

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Watch informational video interviews featuring industry professionals from hundreds of industries, careers, and majors through Candid Career online.

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Research international careers online in GoinGlobal

GoinGlobal LogoGoinGlobal career and employment resources provide worldwide job and internship postings including 80,000+ pages of career guides. The University Career Center is proud to offer the GoinGlobal resource to our community in partnership with the Office of International Programs.

Terms of Use

The University Career Center contracts with GoinGlobal to make its career and employment services available to UNC Charlotte students. However, we cannot accept responsibility for the accuracy or reliability of any programs, information, or advice found on the GoinGlobal website. Further, any employment or internship arrangements made by the student using GoinGlobal resources are entirely the responsibility of the student, the employer/organization, and GoinGlobal.

Any UNC Charlotte students doing an international internship need to work with the Office of Education Abroad (OEA) to procure the appropriate insurance and pre-departure documentation. Please contact OEA at 704-687-7747 or edabroad@uncc.edu for more information.

By using the links below to access the UNC Charlotte GoinGlobal portal, you indicate your agreement to these terms of use.

GoinGlobal Country Guides

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Stop by WCIDWAMI (What Can I Do With A Major In) Day

What can I do with a major in ... Day Explore majors, minors, and careers

WCIDWAMI Day is an excellent way to speak with representatives from academic departments across campus to learn more about various majors, minors, and career paths. This event takes place each fall semester in conjunction with the Part-time Job Fair. Check back early each fall for additional event details.

Visit employer information sessions

Employer information sessions are a great way for students and alumni to learn more about an organization in an interactive setting. Information sessions typically consist of a company presentation detailing the values and mission of the company, recent projects, company culture and their hiring process followed by a Q&A and an opportunity for students and alumni to network with recruiters. Both “on-campus” and “virtual” information sessions are available.

Login to Hire-A-Niner and RSVP under “Recruiting Events.”

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Volunteer somewhere of interest

Realize your potential to impact the environment and community through the power of social action, responsible citizenship and volunteerism.

Government, education, and nonprofit organizations interact with UNC Charlotte to provide students with opportunities to give back to their community in a variety of ways. Use this experience to learn about industries, topics of interest, and career directions. These opportunities also provide new skills, experiences, and knowledge that could be leveraged towards full-time work and graduate programs.

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