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Develop a strong action plan and implement strategies to secure opportunities for employment or continued education.

Your Goals

  • Utilize your network
  • Search for jobs
  • Interview with companies of interest

Your Action Steps

Apply for international jobs and internships 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 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

USA Guides

Apply for positions in Hire-A-Niner and other sites


Hire-A-Niner Features:

  • Easy access to jobs, internships, and co-ops
  • Schedule a career advising appointment
  • Employer directory
  • Organize your employment history (internships, co-ops, full-time, and part-time employment)
  • Career resource library
  • Resume builder
  • Streamlined process for enrolling in Co-op and CPT via the UCC

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Apply to graduate school

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

UNC Charlotte Graduate Programs

Graduate School Admissions Exams

Graduate School Admissions Exam Guide

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

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Attend career fairs

Based on more than 1,000 employer surveys that the University Career Center has collected at fairs over the last couple of years, we have identified key employer expectations for candidates at fairs.

Professional Attire

Employers expect candidates to have a polished, professional appearance at career fairs. For candidates seeking full-time, post-grad jobs or internships and co-ops, a suit is expected. Career fairs that have a focus on part-time or temporary employment (such as the Part-Time Job Fair) can be a little more casual, but it is still strongly recommend that students avoid jeans, shorts, t-shirts, or flip-flops.

What to Wear Guide


While some candidates see a career fair as a good opportunity to learn about companies they are unfamiliar with, most employers expect candidates to have at least some knowledge about their organization. Researching organizations before the event allows candidates to make a strong impression through their conversations with recruiters and avoid having to ask very basic questions, such as "What does your company do?" and "What are you hiring for?" (both of which are considered taboo). The University Career Center provides the list of registered organizations for each fair months in advance, giving candidates plenty of time to conduct research.


Employer feedback reveals that not all candidates bring resumes to our career fairs and that student and alumni resumes could be stronger. All career fair attendees, even those that aren't looking for an immediate position, should bring multiple copies of a professional resume to the event. Students and alumni can reference our Career Guide for resume writing resources, and we strongly urge candidates to have a career advisor provide resume feedback (through an appointment or drop-ins).

Career Guide

Communication Skills

Employers react favorably to candidates who speak confidently and clearly, who are able to showcase their strengths, and who have a good sense of their career direction. One of the best ways to prepare to talk with career fair recruiters is to develop a 30-second commercial (also known as an elevator speech) - a short introduction of yourself. For assistance in identifying a career direction and being able to articulate that to employers, students and alumni can work with their career advisor or take a self-assessment.

Develop Your Pitch Working A Career Fair

Interview with companies of interest

What is an interview’s purpose?

When going into an interview KNOW what you want and what you have to offer.  This is the first opportunity the employer has to meet and speak with you so your FIRST IMPRESSION is critical.  Your goal is to show the employer that you can not only do the job but you will also be a valuable member to their team.  You’re not just choosing a career-you’re making a choice about your life.  Interviewing is a step to getting that perfect job or finding out where and how you will fit in with that organization.

Interview Guide

Conducting Employer Research

  • Find out about: services or products - competitors within the industry - growth pattern - reputation - divisions and subsidiaries - location - size, including the number of employees - sales, assets, earnings - new products and projects - the number of locations - any foreign operations.
  • Are they participating on campus, whether through the UCC or another office?  If so, make sure to attend to meet representatives and learn more about their company.
  • Learn as much as you can about the job position and what it requires.  The more information you can find, the easier it will be to match yourself to the position.
  • Browse the internet for recent news stories or other information of note.  Explore what the news outlets have said, blogs, or general company information sites such as The Riley Guide, Jobweb’s Employer Profiles, Hoover’s On-Line, or the Atkins Library Databases for Company Research.
  • Check out or for more information on companies and typical interview questions.
  • Contact Alumni found through and Facebook.

Key questions that an employer is trying to find the answers to

  • What does the candidate want to do with their career and this job?
  • Can the person do the job?
  • Will the person do the job?
  • Will the person be compatible with the existing team/organization?

Stages of an interview

  • Introduction Phase
  • Exchange of Information or Questioning Phase
  • Closing Phase
  • Post – Interview
  • Follow Up

Key things to be ready for

  • Knowing the company
  • Knowing the position
  • Knowing yourself

Participate in employer info 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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Utilize your network to advertise your brand

When we hear the word "networking," many people think of "doing lunch," selling ourselves, and handing out business cards. If we changed the word to “connecting,” we might feel better about it. Your job search begins with the people you know! Never underestimate their knowledge and influence. Most people really enjoy helping one another when they can. Therefore, if you ask someone for help or information, most people will gladly provide it.

You might not realize it, but you connect with people every day. You can easily use these encounters to your advantage. For example, you have opportunities to network when you:

  • Attend professional conferences, conventions, and presentations.
  • Visit people at a social club, community agency, or religious gathering.
  • Greet those who are sitting near you at a sporting event.
  • Talk with your neighbors.
  • Strike up a conversation while waiting in the check-out line at the grocery store.
  • Reconnect with old friends and colleagues online.

These are just a few of the many opportunities that you might have for networking. You can use these conversations and connections as ways to learn about business leads, find common areas of interests, and establish a working relationship with a potential mentor or colleague. If you establish a positive, long-term relationship with people, they might be able to refer you to particular job vacancies. Almost 80% of job vacancies today are never advertised! Therefore, most people land jobs based on who they know…not what they know. Networking is a powerful way to get your foot in the door! Don't forget -- you're not asking for a job! You are seeking information, a lead, a contact, or a referral. Think of it as a research project…without a grade.

Networking tips

  • Be a “joiner”: Join a professional organization and attend conferences and meetings with the goal of meeting at least one new person at each function that you attend. To find a professional association which matches your interests, perform a general internet search or ask a Career Team member. Take a moment to check out our information on social media and networking!

  • Utilize Contacts: Tell everyone you know that you are conducting a job search and what type of job you are looking for. Once again, include relatives, friends, professors, previous employers, etc.

  • Be Assertive: When at a function, whether social or professional, take the initiative and introduce yourself to people; don't wait for people to talk to you. Ask them about themselves and what they do.  (If you are shy, take it one step at a time. You don't have to overwhelm yourself.)

  • Write Thank You Notes: When you have the opportunity to talk with people either over the phone or in person, write a thank-you note.  Let them know that you appreciate the time they gave you and the information they shared. Also, ask them if they know of anyone else who would be able to provide you with more information.

  • Be Organized: Keep track of who you meet, where they work, and what they do. If you have a meeting with someone, be sure to write down the date, time and directions. Some find it useful to keep this information in the form of alphabetized note cards in a rolodex.

  • Update Contacts: Stay in touch with contacts. Send them interesting articles or invite them for coffee.  Make sure they know that you are available to assist them too. Networking is a 2-way street. Also, make sure you update your notes with any important information that passes in conversation. People will appreciate your effort to inquire about how the big project they were working on went when you last spoke.

Networking Guide