Career Development Process

Steps in the Career Development Process

  1. Assess
    • Skills & abilities
    • Motivations
    • Interests
    • Values
    • Temperament
    • Experience
    • Accomplishments
  2. Explore
    • Career and/or Graduate School Information
    • Objectives
    • Targets (alumni, mentors, professional associations)
    • Alternatives/Career clusters
    • Internships/Research
  3. Develop Skills
    • Conduct research
    • Resumes & cover letters, personal statements
    • Explore prospects
    • Conduct informational interviews
    • Mock interviews
    • Research salaries and/or graduate school funding
  4. Implement Job Search/Grad School
    • Research
    • Prospects
    • Networking
    • Informational interviews
    • Formal interviews
    • Grad/Professional School applications
    • Fellowships
    • Salary negotiations

Career Planning & Resources Certificate Program

Student affairs professionals, career counselors, as well as other members of the Trojan community are invited to participate in a series of professional development workshops highlighting the most current technologies, resources, and information related to career development. Participants who complete all 4 workshops within an academic year are eligible to receive a Career Planning & Resources Certificate to award this level of expertise. Empower yourself with the tools to help your students launch their careers!

Career Exploration/Assessment and connectSC

Learn about assessments that can help students with career exploration and view resources offered through connectSC, including industry-specific subscriptions and more.

Internships and Diversity Programs

Improve your knowledge of internship programs offered through the USC Career Center and learn about programs that promote diversity and inclusion.

Engaging and Serving Alumni

Find out how the USC Career Center serves alumni and connects current students with fellow USC graduates.

On-Campus Recruiting and Signature Events

Learn about the many ways students can explore, network, and engage with employers on campus!