Career consultation support services
There are many ways to support students’ career development. In support of the 3 C’s (Cross-Disciplinary Practices, Connected Learning and Scholarship, and Community Engagement) we’ve identified a number of strategies that we can consult and work with you on to customize to your coursework and “enhance student services to support academic success and enrich student life.” These include:
Customized class presentations
- Resumes, Cover Letters, References
- Assessments and Interpretation
- Networking/Informational Interviewing/Elevator Speeches/LinkedIn
- Job/Internship Search Strategies/Conducting Occupational Research
- Successful Interviewing
- Developing Professional Portfolios
- Workplace Etiquette
- Graduate School Preparation
Integrate Career Services into the curriculum
Introductory courses and capstone courses are two examples of how some schools and programs have integrated Career Services into their coursework to support students’ career success.
Ideas for department/course website and/or syllabus
Career topic assignments
- Include a reflection piece at the end of one or more assignments, with prompts such as:
- What skills did you use while completing this assignment?
- What is one way the content of this assignment might be helpful in a work context?
- Instead of or in addition to, the more traditional forms of communicating learning, have students:
- Submit their work in the form of a memo, executive summary, press release, abstract, policy brief, professional letter or grant application.
- Prepare an elevator pitch to practice at a career fair or attend a career fair and write a cover letter for a position they find interesting.
- Assign LinkedIn Learning videos or courses for your students to watch. LinkedIn Learning is available for free for all UW students, faculty, and staff. With over 16,000 videos and new ones being added weekly, there is a lot of quality content available.
- Have students conduct an “informational interview” in their field of interest or with another professor and present/report on the experience.
- Assign students to conduct occupational research.
- More information on Career Topic Assignments.
Ideas for in-class activities
- Invite a Career Services staff member to come and speak.
- 5-15 minutes – to introduce Career Services and announce specific events
- 30-90 minutes – to facilitate an entire workshop on a topic of your choice, tailored to your discipline
- Invite alum from your department to speak about their career and to give career-related tips to students, or invite several alumni and have a panel discussion.
- Have students practice their “elevator speech” outlining the skills learned and acquired in their coursework.
Internships & experiential learning
We partner with the academic programs to enhance the educational experience of UWB students-identifying internship resources, providing career advising and resume development assistance.
Advertise a job or internship
On-campus jobs and internships should be posted on HuskyHires following the instructions provided by OE/HR.
Off-campus jobs should be posted on Handshake.
Career conversations with students toolkit
As staff, advisers and faculty, students often turn to us for career and professional development advice. Many of these conversations focus on how to make informed decisions for the future. While we encourage colleagues to refer students to Career Services to customize support resources based on the student’s needs, this career conversations toolkit provides resources to share and weave into career conversations.