The USC Career Center is open – in person and online – as always, all of our services and resources are available to you, including advising, job and internship opportunities, programs, workshops, career fairs, and more

Take advantage of our full range of services.

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!

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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Let’s say you’re conducting a job search and aiming for an annual salary of $100,000, but a company you’ve interviewed with offers you $87,000. You could grudgingly accept it, walk away, or try to negotiate.

You decide to negotiate and …

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Preparing for Graduate Schools Fair

What is the Graduate Schools Fair, and why should I attend?

Once a year in the fall semester, the Career Center, in partnership with the USC Dornsife Pre-Graduate Advising Office, sponsors the Graduate Schools Fair.

Fall Date: Thursday, October 20, …

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How to Rise Above Your Fear of Being Rejected For a Job

Your dream company posts an opening for the job you’ve always wanted. Not only does the position itself seem ideal, but also, you’re well-qualified.

But instead of calling up your network of contacts and revising your resume, you break out …

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Ivy Exec is your dedicated career development resource.
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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.

Case Questions Interactive provides skill exercises needed to perform well and master case interviews in consulting and business management. Students …

 

connectSC

 

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

Tap into the USC Trojan Family to get career advice. Alumni may offer valuable insight on how to transition from USC to the workplace. Many alumni are excited to give back to current students.

Tips on Networking »

  • John W. Weldon CPA
  • Toptal
  • RAPP
  • Freelance
  • Amazon
  • Thub
  • USN
  • 22Squared
  • Deloitte Consulting
  • Nisum

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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