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Whether you are choosing a major, seeking a job or internship, exploring career paths, or want to talk with alumni who were once in your shoes, we have resources to help!

Career Development Process

As a university community, we support students engaging in diverse career development-related activities to help them discover potential career paths that capitalize on their unique passions, talents, and interests. Career development should be an exciting journey for each student. We view your student’s career development journey as a progression composed of experiences both inside and outside of the classroom, which enable them to decide who they are, who they want to be, and what careers might best suits their personal needs.

While each student is unique, here is a general process we encourage students to engage in to help them discover potential career paths that might be viable for them once they graduate. Depending on the needs students present, career advisors in both the school-based career centers and the USC Career Center are prepared to share student-friendly resources to support them every step of the way.

  • Step 1: Self-Assessment
    Self-assessment is the first step in the process. This involves students identifying their values, interests, skills, and personality.
  • Step 2: Exploration
    Exploration is the second step and involves conducting research, such as using career library resources, to discover potential careers of interest. Informational interviews are a great way to start building a network of people in jobs and industries they are considering.
  • Step 3: Reality Testing
    Reality testing is the third step and provides an opportunity for students to job shadow, find an internship, or volunteer to “test the waters.” It is also an opportunity to conduct more informational interviews with professionals at work. During this very important stage, students should start understanding how their preferences adn skills relate to certain career paths, work environments, etc, and begin making realistic decisions on next potential steps in their career journeys.
  • Step 4: Implementation

    Implementation is the last step in the process. This can include preparation for a job interview or completing applications to graduate school. This process involves practicing interviewing, networking, revising resumes, and writing cover letters.

    It is not uncommon to feel uncertain about any or all of the steps described above. Please be assured we are here to support students every step of the way.

    The Career Center is open for both virtual and in-person advising Monday through Friday from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm. Students may schedule a one-on-one appointment with their school-based career centers or connect with an advisor from the USC Career Center by using the scheduling tool in connectSC by clicking “Counseling” on the upper-right corner of the toolbar.

    In addition to pre-scheduled appointments, drop-in advising services are available both virtually and in-person between 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. NOTE: Drop-in hours will be 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday starting January 3, 2022. Virtual drop-in advising services are provided through our Brazen platform. Our in-person drop-in advising is conducted in the Student Union, Suite 110 (University Park Campus).

    Note: All virtual drop-ins will be conducted privately on-line through our Brazen platform, and all in-person drop-ins will be conducted in the Career Center Lobby in accordance with social distancing guidelines.

Explore Career Development Timelines

  • First Year

    Students need time to transition from high school to college. Because first semester grades will affect their overall GPA, students should take the first semester to focus on academics and campus life. Students should register on connectSC and connect with their school-based career center to get familiar with services, resources, and events. We encourage students to explore career resources during their second semester to investigate what we do and how we can help.

    Goals for the spring of the first year:

  • Second Year

    During their second year, students should explore their interests and test their perceptions of career fields. By sophomore year, students should start to should feel more comfortable with their program of study. Students should begin mastering the skill of research while completing class projects and should use these research skills to manage “project me.”

    Goals for the second year:

  • Third Year

    During their third year, students should start exploring options for life after college. Understandably, many students struggle with finding “what they want to do.” We understand that making such a big decision can be overwhelming. Career advisors in the school-based career centers and the Career Center specialize in facilitating these discussions with students and providing resources to help students explore potential career options.

    Goals for the third year:

  • Fourth Year

    Senior year is a time for students to start making tangible connections between their academics, extra-curricular and work experiences. Some students may be undecided. Other students will return from the summer with full-time job offers from internships. Some students may feel they are out of the loop and falling behind. We are here to help!

    Goals for the fourth year:

    Note:  Employer and industry hiring cycles vary.  Some employers (large and in industries like investment banking, consulting, big tech, and accounting) secure full-time hires through summer internship programs, and they use the fall semester to recruit seniors for remaining full-time openings and juniors for summer internships.  Other  employers (small to medium-sized and in industries like non-profits, communication, entertainment, and real estate) hire throughout the year, often in the spring when they have a better sense of summer and full-time employment needs.

    After graduation, students may utilize the Career Center as recent graduates and alumni. The Career Center offers USC Alumni a lifelong and worldwide USC Alumni Career Program.

    Please encourage your students to visit the Career Center YouTube channel to view our latest videos!

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Online Resources

The USC Career Center offers multiple resources to help individuals explore their career opportunities. We have curated several of our favorite resources to help discover career paths, learn about internship positions, and find full-time jobs.

Find professional associations, which can be very helpful in learning more about an industry or profession.

 

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Whether you are a student, alum, or employer, connectSC is your one-stop shop for finding and posting jobs and internships!

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AVAILABLE MENTORS

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Student Organizations

Getting involved on campus is a great way to have fun while exploring diverse areas of interest, meet people with similar interests, and gain leadership skills. Explore involvement opportunities by searching this list of relevant student organizations.
 

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