The University of Virginia Career Center provides a wide array of programs and services to empower students to take ownership of their continous career development process. Career programs are a great way to actively explore relevant career topics and develop skills to effectively and efficiently achieve your invidual career goals.
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Handshake is the ultimate recruiting platform for students! Handshake is UVA’s job and internship portal and features work study, part-time, summer, and full-time positions exclusively for UVA students. Discover industry-specific resources, professional development opportunities, schedule appointments, and more!
UVA Students who come to us get trustworthy guidance for each stage of their journey - whether it's figuring out what you really want to do, choosing your major, gaining work experience or prepping for that first interview. Career counseling can help guide you with every aspect of career exploration and development. Meet with an experienced career counselor in a one-on-one session. Schedule an appointment to clarify career goals, develop an action plan, or enhance search strategies for internships or jobs.
UVA Career Center offers several assessment tools such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and the Strong Interest Inventory. These instruments provide a concrete starting point for identifying careers (or majors) to explore or a launching point for a job or internship search. Both of these instruments provide examples of academic areas and student activities that relate to the students’ attributes.
Wondering what major to choose, how choice of major relates to future career opportunities, or what employers are looking for in potential candidates? Interested in learning how skills and values can influence career decision making? If so, consider participating in a small-group Career Exploration Workshop at UVA Career Center!
Career Exploration Workshops (or CEWS) are small 10 - 12 person workshops that meet once a week for four weeks. The workshops are an hour long, and in them you'll get to work with a Career Counselor who will give you the time and space to explore and tackle these questions about major and career. The benefit is that you are able to work with a group of peers who all have the same questions. You can bounce ideas off of one another, connect outside of the workshop, and provide help and support to other people who are in the same boat. You may not have every single answer to every single question you have, but you will have a safe place where you can get guidance, advice, and ideas about your career. We also provide snacks, so at the very least you get fed.
If you're interested in participating, log in to Handshake to request to register for an upcoming workshop and a member of the Career Center team will get in touch with you about the next steps.
Career Communities are organized by industry, not major, and provide an opportunity to connect to specific, tailored industry resources and programs. Joining a community gives you access to:
- Weekly office hours with an advisor who specializes in your area of interest
- Emails with handpicked jobs & internships, professional development opportunities, and industry advice
- Programs that help you learn the skills you need to be competitive
- Alumni and employer connections
Connect with a community today by updating your Handshake career interests!
The Internship Center was made possible by a generous donation from the UVA Parents Fund Committee. The resources of the Internship Center are integrated throughout the website to best serve students' needs.
The UVA Career Center and affiliate career services offices host a variety of career fairs throughout the academic year bringing hundreds of organizations on Grounds seeking to recruit UVA students. Our fairs provide students with the opportunity to meet and talk with organizations of interest about full-time, part-time, internship opportunities, and graduate school programs.
All of the events are open to all UVA students and provide a great opportunity to explore potential opportunities while also building connections. Check out the career fairs on Handshake.
Virginia Alumni Mentoring is a program that connects motivated and career-focused students with alumni who have volunteered to provide insights about the process of choosing and starting a career in their specific field. Learn more at alumnimentoring.virginia.edu.
Career Programs can be scheduled for organizations, classes, or events. Program request forms must be received at least two weeks prior to the proposed program date. Programs typically last between 45 minutes to 1 hour and are often fulfilled by our highly trained Career Peer Educators. Explore the titles and summaries of the career programs offered below.
Shaping Your Professional Brand
- Resumes, References, & Cover Letters
- Health Professions Resume Writing: Paging Dr. Resume
- Are You LinkedIn?
- Acing the Interview
- Search Smart: Utilizing Internship/Job Resources
- How to Stand Out at a Career Fair
Unsure of the services and resources provided by the Career Center? This program highlights the resources available such as major advising, career/graduate school exploration, and internship/job search support. In this workshop you will develop a plan for how to utilize the Career Center throughout your time at UVA.
Pro tip: The earlier you visit the Career Center the easier it is to get that internship or job you want down the road!
Did you know that 67% of 2013 UVA graduates work in fields that are hardly related to their majors? If you don’t know what to major in you’re statistically in line with your peers. This workshop will cover resources which will assist students to make connections from their academic major to a wide variety of careers. Presenters will also introduce resources to help students explore these careers.
Did you know that employers spend an average of 15 - 30 seconds reviewing a resume? Make yours stand out! Cover letters and references are important aspects of your internship or job application and hard to get right. Learn what recruiters are looking for in professional documents and how you can improve yours through content and formatting to catch their interest. Additionally, Thank You notes and other professional correspondence etiquette will be covered in detail.
Health Professions Students: Are you wondering how to highlight your volunteer, shadowing, research and healthcare experience on your resume? This workshop will review the basics on how to tailor your resume for opportunities in the health professions.
Are potential employers paying attention to your online presence? Yes! Developing a LinkedIn Profile is one way you can begin creating your professional brand online. In this workshop you will learn how to make your LinkedIn profile a selling point rather than a stumbling block. Presenters will share information on how to establish and improve your profile, utilize search features to find and connect with alums and potential employers and draft professional messages to future contacts.
The greatest asset for interviewing is knowing how to prepare. This workshop will help you begin thinking about common interview questions and responses, what to take with you to the interview and who to send a Thank You note to afterwards. From a firm handshake to a strong closing statement, you’ll be well on your way to interview success.
So where can you find an internship or job? This workshop will actively show you how to use a variety of search tools including helpful resources in Handshake to maximize your internship or job search efforts. Bring your laptop to engage and explore the possibilities while learning how to make the process more focused and efficient.
Planning to attend an upcoming career fair? What do you say? Who do you talk to? What do you wear? This session will provide strategies for marketing yourself to recruiters and the opportunity to develop and practice your “elevator pitch.” With these tips you’ll be ready to walk into any career fair with confidence.