Appointments & Career Planning

Beginning in your first year on campus through graduation, our professional career counselors will assist you in making fulfilling and strategic career choices. Helping you achieve employment success is the primary mission of the Graham Office of Career Management. 

Individual Appointments

Students may schedule a one-on-one appointment with a career counselor to work on their career plans by requesting an appointment in Handshake, our career services platform.  All current students automatically have Handshake accounts.  Just use your link blue credentials to gain access from the link above.  

  • Select “Career Center” on navigation menu at the top of the page
  • Choose “Appointments” from the drop-down menu.
  • Next click “Schedule A New Appointment” at the top left corner of the page
  • Choose the category:  BUSINESS MAJORS: Graham Office of Career Management
  • Choose an “Appointment Type” that best corresponds with your current needs
  • Choose the appointment slot that works best with your schedule.  You may toggle between weeks, days, appointment types, staff member, etc. at the top of the page.

Be sure to click “Request” at the bottom of the page after you complete a very brief survey to help your career counselor prepare.  Your appointment will be confirmed and you will also get a reminder via email prior to your appointment.

If you need assistance or have further questions, please contact our office at or 859-257-2001.

Drop-in Appointments

Drop-in availability is between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Drop-ins are a chance to ask quick questions and get connected to resources.  These visits typically last around 10 minutes.  

4 Phases of Career Planning

All student services for career development are from the platform of the four phases of career planning. Following the phases results in career readiness and satisfaction. Which phase are you in?

ASSESS who you are

DETERMINE what characteristics must be present for you to be fulfilled in a career

CONSIDER what factors in a job and employer are most important to you

IDENTIFY the interests that you most want to integrate into your work life

UNDERSTAND how your personality characteristics impact your level of career satisfaction

IDENTIFY your current skill set and anticipate your future abilities

EXPLORE career paths

GATHER information about occupations suggested by your assessment process

RESEARCH industries that you are interested in

TRACK things you like and dislike about occupations you research

CONDUCT informational interviews with professionals

SHADOW a professional to get an even deeper understanding of a profession / industry

CONSIDER an internship to further explore and gain experience in fields of interest

CHOOSE your path

COMPARE assessment results with details from occupational exploration and find areas of highest overlap

NARROW in on a couple occupations

WEIGH the pros and cons of the occupations

CHOOSE an occupation and industry to pursue as your next step

DEVELOP/UPDATE your resume

CONSIDER an internship to gain experience in your chosen field

IMPLEMENT your goal

CUSTOMIZE your resume and cover letter for each opportunity

DEVELOP and implement effective job search strategies

DESIGNATE a geographic scope to your job search

NETWORK with acquaintances, contacts, employers, etc.

RESEARCH potential employers

SHARPEN your interviewing skills

BUILD job searching into your schedule on a regular and continual basis

BE persistent!


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Candid Career video biographies

Your network of contacts

Faculty & alumni connections

Shadowing & informational interviews

#GattonGetHired series

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Your network of contacts

Gatton alumni connections

#GattonGetHired series

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Handshake job search tool

Career Shift job search tool

Interview resource and practice

Going Global for international careers

#GattonGetHired series

UK career fairs

On-campus interviews