Career Planning Checklist

The Career Planning Checklist is a list of the opportunities students can take advantage of during their time at UCSC .

If you would like to discuss and plan a path suited specifically to you, meet with a Career Coach and have a discussion regarding your interests and path. Start by reviewing possible majors

Click on the boxes below to expand them and read answers.

First Year

  • Visit the Career Center (located on the 3rd floor above the Bay Tree Bookstore) and discover what services are available
  • Research majors by using the General Catalog and explore the “What Can I Do With This Major” tool
  • Identify your personal and professional values, interests, and skills by taking one of our assessments
  • Get involved with a student organization and search for volunteer opportunities in your fields of interest
  • If you’re looking for part-time employment, search the Employee Request System for on-campus jobs and SlugQuest for off-campus employment
  • View our events calendar to attend workshops and career fairs

Second Year

Third Year

Fourth Year

  • Use Informational Interviews to have in-depth insight about your field of interest
  • Start your job search early (ideally during fall quarter); meet with a Career Adviser to create a targeted job search
  • Finalize all required job application materials (resume, cover letter, and references) and have them reviewed by a Career Adviser
  • Decide on your best option after graduation, and create backup plans (just in case!)
  • Take the appropriate graduate school entrance exam (e.g., GRE, LSAT, MCAT) early in the year
  • Solidify your relationships with faculty and talk to them about letters of recommendation and set up an Interfolio account to store your letters
  • Research market trends and salary expectations for your industry and career of interest
  • Network with employers by attending a Career Fair with your reveiwed resume
  • Make sure to network effectively, create a LinkedIn profile, and conduct Informational Interviews to gain career information and expand your network
  • Prepare for interviews by identifying your relevant skills and interests from past experience; meet with a Career Adviser
  • Extensively use both the Career Center’s job search tools (SlugQuest, Going Global, and Career Beam) and external job search resources (LinkedIn, Glassdoor, Indeed)
  • Receive feedback on your LinkedIn profile from a Career Adviser and use it to connect with the UCSC Alumni Group on LinkedIn
  • View our events calendar to attend workshops and career fairs

Transfer Students

  • Visit the Career Center (located on the 3rd floor above the Bay Tree Bookstore) and find out what services are available
  • Identify your personal and professional values, interests, and skills by taking one of our assessments
  • Get involved with a student organization and search for volunteer opportunities in your fields of interest
  • If you’re looking for part-time employment, search the Employee Request System for on-campus jobs and SlugQuest for off-campus employment
  • Develop and solidify your relationships with faculty and talk with them about letters of recommendation and set up an Interfolio account to store your letters
  • Apply for an internship in your field of interest; meet with our Internship Adviser to consider both your on- and off-campus options
  • Learn how to network effectively, create a LinkedIn profile, and conduct Informational Interviewsto gain career information and expand your network
  • Begin to research companies and industries through Informational Interviewing and CareerBeam (link to new exploration page, Career Beam)
  • Visit the International Education Office (IEO) to consider study abroad programs
  • Research graduate or professional school and admissions requirements and meet with a Career Adviser who specializes in your field of your interest
  • Take a practice graduate school entrance exam (e.g., GRE, LSAT, MCAT)
  • Obtain a meaningful summer job or internship related to your major or career interests
  • Prepare for interviews by identifying your relevant skills and interests from past and current experience and set up a mock interview with a Career Adviser
  • Extensively use both the Career Center’s job search tools and external job search resources
  • Receive feedback on your LinkedIn profile from a Career Adviser and connect with the UCSC Alumni Group on LinkedIn