Welcome to the UGA Career Center
The Career Center provides a wide variety of services to UGA students and alumni, including Major & Career Exploration, Resume & Cover Letter Critiques, Job & Internship Searching, and much more. Follow the links below to explore our services and resources.
4 Year Career Development Plan
This plan provides suggestions for your time at UGA. The timing and priority of each task can be dependent on your career goals. If you need help deciding where to start or what to do next, attend Career Center Drop-In Hours every weekday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. to meet with a Career Center team member.
Exploring Majors at UGA
We believe that in order to figure out what you want to do in life, you need to know who you are first. That’s why the Career Center takes a comprehensive approach in helping you choose a major. We think that it’s important for you to be aware of your personality, interests, values, and skills in order to find the major that best fits you.
The Career Center has a number of assessments that can aid you in choosing your major, planning your course of study, and determining your career path. They can help you assess your interests, personality, values, and skills while also demonstrating links between majors and careers.
"What Can I Do with a Major In...?"
The UGA Career Center's "What Can I Do with a Major In ... ?" pages address questions such as "What does my major prepare me for?" and "Where have UGA graduates with a particular major found employment?"
UGA Mentor Program
The UGA Mentor Program provides students with the opportunity to connect with experienced UGA alumni. You can explore various majors, roles, and industries via connecting with alumni via a 30-minute informational interview and/or 16-week mentoring relationship. There's a better way to network. Join mentor.uga.edu.
UGA Career Outcomes
The UGA Career Outcomes Initiative provides insight into the employment and continuing education status of UGA graduates within an average of 6 months of their graduation date. Learn more about where our graduates go, and what they do, after graduation!
Career Readiness Skills
Employers and graduate programs want students and recent graduates who know how to articulate and use their talents, strengths, and skills. Career Readiness is the attainment and demonstration of requisite competencies that broadly prepare college graduates for a successful transition into the workplace.
Apply these practical guidelines for creating a resume in a simple format for tailoring your experiences toward specific opportunities.
Marketing Your Other Experience
Use these suggestions to describe some of your experiences from beyond the workplace, including student-related activities, on-campus jobs, and opportunities offered by the UGA Career Center.
Strong Action Verbs
On your resume, choose words that represent the skills and qualities that employers and graduate schools often say they want candidates to demonstrate. Remember to add in numbers, dollars, and percentages when possible.
Explore fully-articulated examples that showcase different majors, class years, accomplishments, or industries. The basic resume sample provides general recommendations for resume content and formatting.
Steps to Cover Letter Success
A cover letter is a great way to show how your experiences, characteristics, and skills align with a job or internship opportunity. We can help you learn the foundational elements for a successful cover letter and share frequently asked questions answered by one of UGA's top employers.
Cover Letter & Reference Examples
A cover letter and reference page are typical application materials for the job and graduate school search. Get started on your cover letter and reference page materials using these examples to apply tips on formatting, structure, and content.
Tailored Job Search Materials
Tailored (or targeted) application materials are those that help differentiate your candidacy by highlighting specific skill sets that support those identified in the job description.
Email Correspondence Examples
Use these examples to help with job search and graduate school-related emails. Examples include networking inquiries, application and career fair follow-ups, thank you notes, and accepting/declining an offer.
5 Ways to Get Experience
When searching for resume-building experiences, consider options outside of full- and part-time jobs and internships. There are many other ways to gain experience that will build your resume and gain the interest of employers and graduate schools.
Navigating Your Job and Internship Search
Find UGA Career Center or other relevant online resources to search for jobs and internships. Identify networking methods that benefit the search for employment opportunities.
Part-Time Employment at UGA
Having a job while attending UGA is a great way to build the important skills employers want to see on your resume. Learn more about how you can translate these skills onto your resume.
Top 5 Job Search Resources
Expand your search by using our most recommended methods for finding employment opportunities. This brief list includes both general and specialized resources.
Handshake Student User Guide
Handshake, UGA’s job and internship platform, connects students to thousands of jobs, internships, employers, and events using simple and powerful search tools and alerts.
Social Media Tips & Online Resources
According to the 2018 Career Builder survey, 70% of employers use social media to screen candidates during the hiring process. Check out the Career Center's tips to help you ensure your social media is appropriate and professional.
Researching a company, organization, or graduate school is integral in any search. By gaining more information about the structure and culture, you can better assess if the environment suits you and your career aspirations.
How to Get Career Fair Ready
Career fairs are an easy way for students and alumni to meet recruiters, find internships and jobs, and gather company information. Let us help you to prepare and leave a great first impression.
Introducing Yourself to an Employer
An elevator pitch can be used to introduce yourself at a career fair or networking event with employers. Let us help you develop and practice your pitch.
Avoiding Job Scams
You should always be prudent and use common sense and caution when applying for or accepting any position. Let us assist you in finding resources and techniiques that can help you avoid job scams.
Intern for a Day Program
The UGA Career Center’s Intern For A Day Program is a volunteer "job shadowing" opportunity for students to spend 1 day observing and often working with professionals, investigating a career field and experiencing a typical day or week on the job.
Build Your Network
According to a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and Yale University report, 70% of today’s jobs are obtained through networking. Networking does not require that you know lots of people—only that you want to know more people than you do now. Though it may seem intimidating, all you need is preparation, time, and effort.
How to Leverage LinkedIn
Learn the basics of personal branding on LinkedIn, strategies for networking and career research, and tips for proactive networking and optimization of your LinkedIn profile.
Find a UGA Mentor
Networking with experienced UGA alumni can help you get ahead in life and career, but where do you even start? The UGA Mentor Program narrows down the world of possibilities to meaningful connections.
Informational Interviews 101
An informational interview is an opportunity to spend time with a professional in a career field of interest. These interviews may also be useful in a graduate school search as you explore and narrow down your options.
How to Dress for Success
Learn the difference between Business Professional and Business Casual attire. Use the provided tips and visuals to help determine how to dress appropriately for professional activities.
Ultimate Guide to Interviews
An interview gives the opportunity for both the employer and candidate to evaluate each other. The employer has an opportunity to make a more in-depth assessment of the candidate; the candidate has a chance to interact with organization representatives.
Acing the Interview
Learn the STAR technique to ace your next behavioral-based interview. Example questions and answers show the effectiveness of using STAR to showcase your skills and experiences.
Tips for Phone and Video Interviews
Employers often use telephone and video interviews to screen and narrow a pool of applicants just like they would with an in-person interview; therefore, you should adequately prepare for a phone or video interview, even though it may seem like a casual conversation.
When preparing for a job or graduate school interview, it's not enough to only read advice - you need to put that advice into practice! Use Big Interview to get hands-on practice with mock interviews tailored to your specific industry, job and experience level.
Graduate School Preparation
Steps to Graduate & Professional School
Applying to graduate school is no easy task. It requires careful planning and consideration to make a sound financial and academic decision.
Applying to Graduate & Professional School
Get started on the graduate and professional school application process using our nine steps. From researching schools to requesting letters of recommendation, explore instructions and resources to help keep you on track.
Personal Statement Examples
Use these examples as you begin writing your personal statement. Check out writing samples on how to make your introductions more interesting, best describe your experiences, and conclude your ideas.