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How to Get Started

Students Start Here!

Welcome to the Career Development website. Getting started on your career odyssey can be overwhelming. But we are here to help you get started. 

What do to when you're just getting started (Freshmen start here!)

Developing experience for your resume

Finding and applying for internship or job opportunities

Preparing for your career and graduate school

Our favorite resources

Questions? Email career@udallas.edu.

 


Exploration: What to do when you're just getting started.

Finding your major. 

Every journey starts somewhere and one of the best places to start is to figure out what you want to major in. A list of UD majors can be found here. If everything (or even nothing) sounds interesting, reach out to us, other professors and upperclassmen. Talking to other students and professors is one of the best ways to narrow down what to study. If you're still stumped, you can make an appointment with you career advisor. 

Focus2.

Another way to discover what your skills and interests are is Focus2. This resource asks you questions to help determine what types of careers you're suited for. Once you have a list of them, explore their ins and outs on the Department of Labor's website. They have tons of information on required education, experience, salary and job stability. 

What Can I Do With This Major?

Lastly, if you're still drawing a blank look at What Can I do with This Major. This massive website gives you potential careers for every major. It's extensive database is a fantastic way to see a ton of options and figure out what sounds interesting to you.

Find more information here!


Development: How to Gain Experience

On Campus Clubs & Orgs

By joining an on campus club or organization you're gaining meaningful experience which you can leverage on your resume! Find a list of clubs and organizations here

On Campus Jobs

If you qualify for Federal Work Study (determined by your FAFSA), utilize HR's Blueboard to find an on-campus job. These jobs work with your class schedule, allow you to gain measurable experience and even get paid. These are great ways to demonstrate to future jobs and internships you are qualified for their positions. 

Volunteering

Another fantastic way of gaining experience is volunteering. Not only are you giving back to your community but you're learning skills that can demonstrate knowledge relevant to the workforce. You can even get class credit for it! Learn more through Campus Ministry's website.

Shadowing

Some careers don't offer internships. If you're interested in the medical field, shadowing is a great way to learn about the field first hand. The best ways to find shadowing opportunities is by reaching out to your network, contacting professors or reaching out to OPCD to connect you with alumni.

Handshake

One of the best things you can do is activate your Handshake account. There are tons of resources including employer events, OPCD events, and spotlighted employers. 

Informational Interview

If you're overwhelmed by options or are trying to decide between a few different options, interviewing your network and alumni about their career choices. We have a detailed outline on how to reach out to alumni and learn from them on our Networking page.

Find more information here!


Finding and Applying: Internship and Job Applications

Searching for opportunities

Handshake is a great place to find entry level jobs and internships. LinkedIn and Indeed are also great options. When searching for opportunities on LinkedIn and Handshake make sure you're looking for red flags or potential job scams. If you're having issues with your searching, contact your career advisor! Look at our job search resources to find specific sites for different fields, too. 

Applying for opportunities

Check our different resources for resumes and networking you're applying for different jobs. You can also make an appointment with you career advisor to help format resumes and check application materials. 

Interviewing for opportunities

After submitting job application and receive interview offers, refer to our interview guide and make a mock interview appointment with your advisor.

Find more job searching resources here!

Resumes

Interviewing

Internship Credit


Career vs. Grad School vs. Both

Career

After graduation many student seek to go straight into the workforce. Ask yourself the following questions to determine if these are the best plans for you. If they are, make an appointment with your advisor to begin job searching and apply for jobs!

  1. What kind of job do I want (and do I need grad school for it?)
  2. What experience do I have under my belt? 
  3. Do I want to continue schooling? 

These questions will help guide if you should go to graduate school or straight into the workforce. As always, reach out to your faculty advisor and career advisor for assistance!

Graduate School

Graduate school is a huge decision that should be approached thoughtfully, if the answers to these questions are yes, contact your faculty advisor and review our graduate school resource page to begin your application progress.

  1. Will graduate school assist me in meeting my career goals? 
  2. What will I specialize in, and will my interest in that topic remain strong? 
  3. Am I ready to continue school? 

Both

Some careers need a graduate degree, for instance if you seek to become a mental health therapist, you're required to get a masters degree in order to meet the qualifications of state licensure. In this case we suggest referring to our graduate school resources and checking UD's 4+1 programs to determine your best fit. 

Your faculty advisor is going to be the best resource when it comes to deciding how to attend graduate school for a career.

Check out our graduate school guide!

Learn more about law school

Learn more about medical school 

Want to meet your advisors?

Meet our staff here!