Career Appointments & Counseling Philosophy

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CAREER APPOINTMENTS & COUNSELING PHILOSOPHY


“Life is a journey, not a destination.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Explore interests, passions, careers, industries and networks through self-assessment, networking with alumni and hands-on experiences. Our goal is to help students take action and be prepared to make the most of both planned and unplanned experiences to ensure true success. Regardless of where you are in your professional journey, we provide support to students and recent alumni. Our approach is based on a blend of career development theories (Planned Happenstance Theory and Holland's Theory of Career Choice), as well as Designing Your Life techniques. We provide career counseling and coaching in-person and virtually in our work to empower students to find purpose and meaning in their lives and careers.

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ONE STOP SHOP FOR ALL JOBS AND OTHER CAREER RESOURCES.   
 

■ Search for Jobs & Internships

■ Make a Career Appointment

■ Sign Up for Career Communities

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BENEFITS OF WORKING WITH A COUNSELOR:

 

  • Increase awareness (inward and outward). Determine potential career paths by taking skill and personality assessments, exploring career communities and finding connections for informational interviews and networking.
  • Find career fit. Identify your passions and values to highlight possible careers, industries or organizations of interest.
  • Set realistic goals. Learn what it takes to create your own future and manage your professional expectations.
  • Take action. Plan experiences such as shadowing, volunteering and internships.
  • Get unstuck. Develop soft and hard skills needed for post-university success and learn how to problem solve when boundaries to success appear.
  • Create multiple possibilities for the future. Discover what it means to develop a career path, not just to find a job.
Counseling Philosophy

CAREER APPOINTMENTS

 

As with life, career development is a journey. We encourage students to look at career counseling and coaching as a multi-meeting endeavor.

Career and Personality Assessment

  Appointment Focus

Meeting 1

Discuss interests, personality, strengths and experience. Explore possible assessment tools, such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator or the Strong Interest Inventory.

Meeting 2

Discuss assessment results and review resources for learning more about options (careers, job titles, areas, companies, etc.).

Meeting 3

Discuss opportunities to learn more about your career field of interest (Registered Student Organization involvement, informational interviews, internships, volunteer opportunities, etc.).

Networking and Job Fair Preparation

  Appointment Focus

Meeting 1

Discuss goal of networking and review resume and/or LinkedIn profile.

Meeting 2

Map goals and draft elevator speech. Identify ways to reach out regarding job and internship openings, informational interviews, shadowing, mentoring and more.

Job and Internship Search

  Appointment Focus

Meeting 1

Review resume and cover letter, as well as discuss job and/or internship goals.

Meeting 2

Review resources for job and internship searching and create search strategy with a list of employers to target and research opportunities.

Meeting 3

Discuss networking (in person and online), informational interviews or interviewing.

Graduate School Preparation

  Appointment Focus

Meeting 1

Discuss interests and goals, and review online resources for searching for programs and program requirements.

Meeting 2

Review required documents including resume, cover letter and personal statement.

Meeting 3

Conduct mock interview.

Interview Preparation

  Appointment Focus

Meeting 1:

Discuss specifics of the opportunity, common interview questions, interview resources and appropriate interview attire.

Meeting 2:

Initial mock interview to review strengths and identify areas for improvement.

Meeting 3:

Mock interview follow-up, address remaining questions and obtain additional online resources.

Negotiating Job Offers (Deciding and Accepting)

  Appointment Focus

Meeting 1:

Discuss professional goals and interests and find current opportunities.

Meeting 2:

Discuss resources for negotiating, declining and accepting offers.

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E-mail: udcareers@udel.edu
Phone: (302) 831-2392
401 Academy Street • Newark, DE 19716

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