Career advising is available to current USC Dornsife students and alumni. During advising appointments we counsel individuals on career interests, advise on next steps, resources, and opportunities, or coach individuals on actions to maximize efforts and desired outcomes. Moreover, we teach and support individuals to manage and advocate for their own career. Advising appointments are available Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm, in-person or remote.
Advising supports three primary career interests:
- Career (Jobs, Internships, Volunteer service, Research)
- Law School
- Graduate School
Individuals learn about:
- Career services, programs, resources & connecting major to career
- Graduate career destinations, career exploration & self-assessment tools
- How to gain experience & skills employers want
- Internship, job & career search tools
- Career planning, resume, CV & cover letter writing
- Networking, the Trojan Network & LinkedIn
- Interview skills & business communication
- Graduate & Professional school application
- Salary & Job Offer negotiation
- Career transitions
ACT: 3 Steps to Career Development
Assessment, or self-assessment, is characterized by a state of self-awareness and introspection to help identify career goals. Self-assessment is foundational to career exploration. Through self-assessment, you can identify personality traits, abilities, interests, values, and experiences that can inform your career choices. Below are select Self-Assessment tools to help you identify key attributes such as personality, abilities, interests, values, and experiences. These attributes shed light on careers that may align with students to facilitate career exploration. Your Next Step is available in the Compass Resources Content Library.
Exploration is characterized by actions to research careers, industries, and professions. Students can explore and research careers by connecting and talking to alumni and professionals across professions to learn more about individual careers and career paths. Students can participate in career exploration events and programs like career panels, career fairs, and recruitment events. One of the best ways to explore a career is through direct experience like an internship, work, volunteer-work, research, and co-curricular activities. Several resources are found in the Compass Resources Content Library.
Once you self-assessed and explored career interests, engage in actions that continue to support your career development. Key actions are outlined below for your consideration. Several resources are found in the Compass Resources Content Library.