USC Career Center Resources for First-Year Students

 

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DECIDE IT!


EXPERIENCE IT!


LIVE IT!



Get additional resources on resume writing and creating your digital brand.


DECIDE IT!

Learn about career options - Identify career-related skills, interests, and values - Explore majors

USC Career Center Resources

  • Visit the Career Center during On-call hours, Monday-Friday from 1pm - 4pm, for a brief consultation. No appointment necessary!!!!
  • Schedule an appointment with a Career Center staff member for more in-depth, one-on-one assistance.
  • Use the Four Year Student Plan to develop an action plan to help you achieve academic and career success.
  • Discovery tools are designed to help you decide on a major/career and explore career fields.
  • Use tip sheets to get information on topics such as career decision making, internships & co-ops, resumes and more.
  • Job Shadowing/Externships are career exploration programs that allow you to "shadow" and learn more about professionals working in your field of interest.
  •  This Questions to Ask tip sheet gives you samples of  questions to ask during an informational interview with professionals in your career fields of interest.
  • The career library contains information to assist you with learning about career options, career trends, salaries and more!
  • Career exploration web resources allow you to access additional career decision-making tools, see how academic majors connect you to careers, and research career options.
Check out the Career Center's top resources!!!
1. Occupational Outlook Handbook
2. O*Net Online
3. What Can I Do With a Major In...?
4. Ferguson's Career Guidance Center
**Login information below is only needed to access Ferguson's Career Guidance Center**

Username: scuniv
Password: facts
Click on "Job Profiles" for occupational information.

Campus Partner Resources

  • List of Majors at USC: Click on your major(s) of interest to learn more about specific academic programs.
  • Changing Your Major: The Academic Centers for Excellence (ACE) website identifies five steps you should take to better understand the logistics and resources needed to change your major.
  • Cross Campus Advising: Once you've narrowed down your list to 2 or 3 potential majors, make an appointment with Cross Campus Advising to help you find the major that best suits your academic and future interests.
  • Undergraduate Bulletin: The Undergraduate Studies Bulletin gives you detailed information about academic programs, policies, and regulations.
  • Office of Pre-Professional Advising (OPPA): Pre-law, pre-med, and pre-health professional students can enhance chances of acceptance to professional schools.
     

EXPERIENCE IT!

Find work experiences related to your career and/or academic interests



USC Career Center Resources

  • Experiential learning opportunities including internships and cooperative education (co-op) positions, as well as part-time jobs.
  • The What's Right for You? tip sheet will help you determine which types of experiences may be right for you.
  • The Community Internship Program (CIP) provides the structure and support needed to ensure that both the student and employer have a valuable internship experience.
  • JobMate is an online database that allows students to search job postings, view and apply for on-campus interviewing opportunities, and access both employer and Career Center events. Access the JobMate User Guide to help you create your account.
*Click the icon to search for your next
 internship, co-op, or part-time job!*

Campus Partner Resources

     

LIVE IT!

Prepare for and execute a job search - Learn about opportunities to interact with employers - Plan for graduate school


USC Career Center Resources

  • Mock interviews prepare you for employment or graduate/professional school interview. These include an online interview (InterviewStream), as well as face-to-face mock interviews.

  • Review the graduate school tip sheet and talk with a Career Center staff member to explore your options for graduate and professional schools.
  • Job Fairs are held annually to give you an opportunity to interact with employers seeking to recruit students for potential employment opportunities. The attire for job fairs is business professional (suits, button down shirts/tie, etc.).
  • Prepare for upcoming job fairs by attending events during the September Success and January Jumpstart series.
  • On-Campus Recruiting gives you an opportunity to interact with employers recruiting USC students.
  • JobMate is an online database that allows students to search job postings, view and apply for on-campus interviewing opportunities, and access both employer and Career Center events. Access the JobMate User Guide to help you create your account.
*Click the icon to search for your next full-time job!*

Campus Partner Resources

     

RESUME WRITING TOOLS

Successfully market and highlight your accomplishments!



USC Career Center Resources

  • Use the Resume Writing tip sheet to help you create a resume that highlights your accomplishments.
  • OptimalResume is a web-based program that will help you develop a high impact resume.

  • Review sample resumes of students in different majors.

Enhance Your Resume!

  • Internships
  • Co-ops
  • part-time jobs
  • Peer leadership
  • Involvement in student organizations
  • Research
  • Volunteerism
  • Study abroad
     

ESTABLISH A PROFESSIONAL ONLINE PRESENCE

Carefully manage your digital brand!



  • Use LinkedIn as a professional networking tool to explore majors and careers. Explore the career paths of professionals working within your areas of interest.
  • Use the information and videos from the LinkedIn Resource Center to learn more about finding your career passion and successfully networking with professionals in your fields of interest.
  • Be mindul of your actions, posts, and pictures on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. Remember, prospective employers are watching!
  • Connect with the USC Career Center!!!         

 
 



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