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CATS - Four Year Guide to Career Development

FIRST YEAR STUDENTS
  • Assume responsibility for making decisions about your major and career choices.
  • Think about what you love to learn and things you like to do in your spare time. Link these interests to potential majors and careers.
  • Take UK 101: a course that will help you to develop good study skills, organizational skills and the ability to manage your time. This course will also identify campus resources and help you to get to know the UK community.
  • Strive to reach your GPA potential.
  • Evaluate various majors, degree requirements and pre-requisite courses.
  • Talk to your academic advisor at CATS, departmental academic advisors, career counselors at the Career Center, the Coordinator of Career and Personal Development at CATS, professors and peers about major and career options.
  • Determine your career interests, personality style, strengths, skills and values by utilizing SIGI-PLUS, a career planning program in the CATS Career and Life Skills Resource Center and the Career Center.
  • Research various career fields by utilizing the print, electronic and audio-visual materials on career planning and career decision making strategies available in the CATS Career and Life Skills Resource Center and the Career Center Library.
  • Become familiar with the services provided by CATS, the Career Center, the Office of Experiential Education and the college of your choice.
  • Identify student and community organizations or volunteer activities that will enable you to explore your career interests and develop your skills. Cats that Care is an excellent community outreach program coordinated by CATS – check it out!
  • If you are unsure about a career path make an appointment to talk to the Career & Personal Development Coordinator in CATS or your career counselor at the Career Center.
  • Tentatively select a major.

SOPHOMORES

  • Begin to make tentative career choices.
  • Research necessary academic requirements for graduation.
  • Meet with a career counselor at the Career Center, the Career and Personal Development Coordinator at CATS and your academic advisor in order to discuss your career ideas.
  • Attend presentations and lectures about careers of interest to you. Learn the training and experience needed, job availability and expected starting salary for your desired career.
  • Conduct informational interviews with people that have knowledge about the careers that interest you. Find out what the career path looks like for this field, what a typical day is like, what type of responsibilities does the individual have and learn about the positive and negative aspects of the career. Learn more about informational interviewing at the CATS Career and Life Skills Resource Center and the Career Center.
  • Attend job search workshops offered by CATS and the Career Center to learn about resume and cover letter writing, interviewing, researching employers and internships.
  • Attend Career Fairs in order to become familiar with companies recruiting on campus and their expectations. Ask employers about summer job and internship opportunities.
  • Find a summer job or internship that will enable you to develop career-related skills and explore career interests. Research options at the Career and Life Skills Resource Center at CATS, the Career Center Library and through your academic department.
  • Visit the CATS Career and Life Skills Resource Center and the Office for Experiential Education to learn about internships for academic credit, volunteer opportunities and the shadowing program.
  • Keep a portfolio of your writing samples, class projects and work assignments.

JUNIORS

  • Meet with the Career and Personal Development Coordinator at CATS, a career counselor at the Career Center and your academic advisor to discuss your career goals and job search strategies.
  • Continue researching careers of interest to determine whether they are a good choice for you.
  • Contact faculty and professionals in your career area of interest in order to develop a network and potential references.
  • Take courses to fulfill you major upper division requirements and select electives that will enhance our employability. Reach your GPA potential.
  • Register for CyberCAT. Access to CyberCAT will allow you to view interview opportunities, deadline dates and job requirements, as well as to submit resumes and schedule interviews over the internet. Registration is possible by accessing the Career Center web site at www.uky.edu/CareerCenter.
  • Attend a Career Center orientation to participate in campus interviews for employers seeking students for summer employment. Sign-up to be in the Center’s database for resume referral to employers.
  • Attend CATS and Career Center workshops to learn job search techniques for writing resumes, researching employers and interviewing.
  • Meet employers at Career Fairs. Ask about career-related summer jobs and internships.
  • Be an active member in campus or community organizations related to your major. Hold leadership positions and serve on committees. The Student Athletic Advisory Committee is an excellent opportunity to gain leadership experience.
  • If you plan to attend graduate or professional school, talk to faculty advisors, research programs and determine admission requirements. Prepare to take entrance exams (GRE, LSAT, GMAT, MCAT).
  • Increase your skills in areas of importance to employers, including oral and written communication, analytical thinking, teamwork, leadership and computer skills.
  • Complete a resume before Spring Semester.
  • Secure a career-related summer job, internship, co-op or part-time position to develop your skills and gain practical experience. Utilize the resources provided by the CATS Career and Life Skills Resource Center, the Career Center, the Office of Experiential Education and your academic department.

SENIORS

  • Submit your resume to the Career and Personal Development Coordinator at CATS in order for it to be posted on the UK Athletics Resume Website. This booklet is comprised solely of graduating student-athletes and is sent to over 3,500 employers.
  • Meet with the Career and Personal Development Coordinator at CATS or a counselor at the Career Center in order to assess your job search strategies and have your resume and reference list critiqued.
  • Register for a mock interview at the Career Center.
  • If you have not done so, register for CyberCAT.
  • Attend workshops related to the job search sponsored by CATS and the Career Center.
  • Interview on campus for career positions and place your resume in the Career Center database for referral to employers.
  • Contact employers through: job listings, on-campus interviews, career fairs, networking, the Internet, and direct contact. Network with faculty, professionals and alumni in your field to discover career opportunities.
  • Invest time each day in your job search.
  • Complete major requirements, graduate with a strong academic record and apply for graduation.
  • Meet application deadlines if applying for graduate or professional schools.
  • Identify and practice talking about the skills you have to employers. Use the Internet and library resources to research companies so that you appear knowledgeable during interviews.
  • Be actively involved in student, campus or community organizations. Hold a leadership position or serve on a committee.
  • Compile your portfolio of class projects as well as professional projects completed during internships and summer jobs.
  • Accept a job that is right for you!