Welcome Families

The Career Center is your partner in assisting students as they explore, research, experience a variety of career options through our many resources. We encourage students to engage with our center well before their last semester at USC as career development is a process rather than a one-time destination. Your support and encouragement will enhance your student's commitment to career exploration and engagement with us.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

  • Encourage your student to explore career options. Refrain from discouraging any idea until they had the opportunity to explore it for themselves.
  • Offer networking contacts or ideas. You may know someone who can help them clarify their career path.
  • Tell them about the USC Career Center and suggest they visit. Our advisement sessions with your student are confidential, but we encourage you to partner with us in promoting informed decision-making.

Students use the USC Career Center for a variety of purposes, including:

  • Working with a Career Counselor to explore career interests within and beyond a major
  • Securing a part-time job, internship or full-time job
  • Obtaining industry specific information
  • Access to the connectSC Career Network, an online directory of ~1000 alumni
  • Attending career workshops, alumni panels, and recruiting events
  • Writing a resume and a cover letter
  • Learning about our internship programs

CAREER EVENTS AND RESOURCES

Listed below are some of our career events and resources for students to assist them in the career development process.

Exploring Options

The academic curriculum offered through a student's major may point to common career paths but students are not limited to those options. Engage in discussions with your student that encourage a variety of career possibilities within and beyond one's major.

  • Career options organized by major: Visit What Can I Do With This Major to see a list of popular careers as it relates to majors.
  • Alumni Career Paths: Using the Alumni Tool in LinkedIn, students can identify career paths of alumni by major and other fields.

Obtaining Industry Knowledge

There are several online research tools that students can access to gather more information about career pathways, industries, and employers, including:

  • O*Net Online: Provides detailed career information including required training and education, job duties, related careers, salary, and more.
  • Vault Career Guides: Read and download Career Guides for in-depth information on various careers, graduate programs, employers, and industries. Access via connectSC Resources.

Gaining Experience through Internships

Another great way to learn about careers is through an internship. An internship provides a short-term opportunity (typically one semester in duration) to obtain training, exposure, and hands-on experience in a real work environment. Visit our Internship section for details on securing an internship.

  • Internship Week: Moderated information panels of employers provides students with an understanding of what they seek in candidates and students can apply for positions on the spot.
  • connectSC: A database of jobs and internships for USC students and alumni

Networking with Alumni

Students can tap into the Trojan Family to gather career advice on the careers of interest. Alumni can offer valuable insight on how to transition from USC into the workplace. To get started, students can utilize the following resources:

  • Candid Career: Watch video clips of USC alumni being interviewed about their career paths. Many of these alumni have volunteered to be a resource and can be contacted through this site. Accessible via connectSC Resources.
  • connectSC Career Network: Contact alumni through this online directory of ~1000 USC alumni who volunteered to assist with career advice and informational interviews. Accessible via connectSC.

We appreciate your partnership in supporting your student as they experience the career development process. For more information about our services, please visit our website.