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.
Students may schedule a one-on-one appointment with a career counselor to work on their career plans by requesting an appointment in Handshake: https://uky.joinhandshake.com/.
Handshake is our new career services platform (replacing Wildcat CareerLink). All current students have Handshake accounts already. Just utilize 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 859-257-2001.
Drop-in availability is between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. 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
CandidCareer video biographies
Your network of contacts
Faculty & alumni connections
Shadowing & informational interviews
Your network of contacts
Gatton alumni connections