Career Services are for all UACCB students whether they have just begun their degree plan or they have only one class left to complete before graduation. Our program provides services and resources to assist students in all phases of the career planning process. If you are undecided about your college major or career goals, seeking information about an occupation, need help writing a resume or preparing for a job interview, or looking for a part-time or full-time job, then we are here to help! Students may receive career services from the Director of Workforce and Career Services in the Annex building, room 401D.
Career Services assist students through all phases of their career development. Specifically, Career Services works diligently to assist students in the:
- Development of self-knowledge related to career choice and work performance by identifying, assessing, and understanding their competencies, interests, values, and personal characteristics
- Acquisition of educational and occupational information to aid career and educational planning and to develop an understanding of the world of work
- Selection of suitable academic programs and experiential opportunities that enhance future educational and employment options
- Development of job-search competencies, future educational and employment plans, and career decisions
- Preparation for finding suitable employment by developing job-search skills and an understanding of the fit between their competencies and both occupational and job requirements
- Search for desired employment opportunities or appropriate educational programs
Career Advising is offered focusing on such things as choosing a major, labor market information, job search, resume or cover letter writing, and interview preparation. The UACCB career planning program offers students the opportunity to research and explore career opportunities. The Career and Disability Services Coordinator assists students to better understand their interests, skills and values through a variety of career assessments which serves as the foundation of the career advising process. The program includes additional services such as career development workshops, an etiquette dinner, and an annual career fair.
- Eligible candidates for career development services include prospective and current UACCB students as well as graduates.
- Only Equal Opportunity Employers will be permitted to post job announcements and actively recruit UACCB students.
- Employers requiring an initial financial investment prior to hire will not be permitted to post job announcements, participate in recruitment events, or schedule on-campus recruitment activities.
- Employers must schedule on-campus recruitment activities at least two weeks in advance to ensure necessary space and appropriate advertisement.
- Assistance with job shadow opportunities may be provided through this office; however, scheduling is the responsibility of the students
Career Planning & Development
Choosing a Major
Choosing a major is not always an easy task. There are so many career fields to choose from and many of us have multiple interests and skills to support a variety of choices. Rather than guess at what might work well, a career assessment provides a good indication of the career fields that a student is best suited to based on responses to assessment questions. Career Services provides a variety of career assessments for students.
These include the:
- ACT Profile
- Self-Directed Search
- Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
- Take a career assessment and check out information on careers you can pursue with specific degrees here.
Another useful website when exploring majors is:
ACT Profile is the solution to help you discover college possibilities, envision occupations and put it all together in one place. The ACT Profile Planning Summary helps you answer important questions like:
- Have I identified a major that would allow me to succeed in an occupation I'm considering?
- Do the occupations I'm considering match my interests, abilities, and values?
The Self-Directed Search, developed by John Holland, Ph.D., is a paper/pencil career assessment that takes approximately forty minutes to complete. Students will complete the assessment booklet and obtain a three-letter occupational code, or Summary Code. This code is then used to locate suitable occupations in the occupational classification booklet. The assessment was developed based on the theory that most people can be categorized as one of six personality types. These include Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional.
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) assessment has helped millions of people worldwide gain insights about themselves and how they interact with others—and improve how they communicate, learn, and work. It provides a powerful framework for building better relationships, driving positive change, harnessing innovation, and achieving excellence. The MBTI assessment makes Carl Jung's theory of psychological type both understandable and highly practical by helping individuals identify their preferences in four areas.
FOCUS 2 guides users through a reliable, intuitive career and education decision making model to help them choose a college, select a major, explore occupations, make informed career decisions and take action in their career development.
Researching Labor Market Information
Career Services is available to assist students with the acquisition of labor market information for the area in which they plan to seek employment. This would include such information as salary, job outlook, job availability, lists of employers, and much more.
- O*Net Online-“The O*NET program is the nation's primary source of occupational information. Central to the project is the O*NET database, containing information on hundreds of standardized and occupation-specific descriptors. The database, which is available to the public at no cost, is continually updated by surveying a broad range of workers from each occupation. Information from this database forms the heart of O*NET OnLine, an interactive application for exploring and searching occupations. The database also provides the basis for our Career Exploration Tools, a set of valuable assessment instruments for workers and students looking to find or change careers.”
- Occupational Outlook Handbook-“The Occupational Outlook Handbook is a nationally recognized source of career information, designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about their future work lives. Revised every two years, the Handbook describes what workers do on the job, working conditions, the training and education needed, earnings, and expected job prospects in a wide range of occupations.”
- Discover Arkansas-The Department of Workforce Services and Arkansas Workforce Centers offer this site as a source for Arkansas Labor Market information.
Conducting a Job Search
Career Services office sends emails of all open positions advertised on the UACCB campus for students and graduates including part-time, full-time, and work study positions. There are a variety of ways to job search including, but not limited to, newspapers, job fairs, networking, and the internet. Below you will find some information on conducting a job search, however, for more information and assistance please come by Main Classroom Building 233B.
- Rights & Responsibilities of a Job Seeker
- Arkansas Job Link
- Arkansas State Jobs
- Federal Jobs
- Monster College
- Career Builder
Compiling Application Materials
Career Services can assist in preparing application materials including assisting with resume writing, compiling a cover letter, and completing an application for a position. Whether this is the first resume a student has ever written or simply an update to reflect current education and experience the Career and Disability Services office can assist you.
Preparing for Interviews
Career Services office is available, by appointment, to provide practice interviews with debriefing and interview tips. Whether interviewing for a job, scholarship, or organization the Career and Disability Services Coordinator can give you tips on preparing and completing the interview process.
Annual Career Fairs
Career Services at UACCB hosts an annual Career Fair open to all students, graduates and community members in the spring semester. This is a great opportunity to begin networking with area employers to find out what they look for in an ideal employee. Many of the participating employers have immediate openings that they will be hiring for as well. Don't miss this opportunity to get your name out there and make a great first impression!
Career Services provides a variety of career development workshops designed to meet the needs of students. These include such topics as:
- How to Conduct an Effective Job Search
- How to Write a Resume That Gets Noticed
- How to Ensure a Successful Interview
These workshops are offered free of charge each semester to all students, graduates and community members. Please contact the Career and Disability Services Coordinator for specific dates and times each semester.
Faculty and staff may refer students to the Career Services office for assistance in finding the right occupations for the majors they have chosen. Throughout their academic careers, we encourage students to visit our Career Services office to develop essential job-search skills. Information such as job outlook, salary and employment trends are available for review.
At the Career Services office, we work directly with employers who are often interested in forming relationships with faculty in order to recruit students in particular degree programs. We can facilitate this connection.
The Career and Disability Services office specializes in conducting presentations to the classes at UACCB about a host of career development topics. Presentations can be given instead of canceling a class. If you need to miss a class and do not want to cancel contact Career and Disability Services to see about offering one of these presentations to your class.
- From College to Career: Gaining Experience in College
- Interviewing Skills
- The Job Search
- Kuder Journey
- Resume Skills
- Resume & Cover Letter Skills
- Job Fair Preparation
The Career Services Coordinator can also work with you to make other presentations that might be more fitting for your class.
To learn more about the federal work-study program visit the UACCB Financial Aid's work study webpage at http://www.uaccb.edu/admissions/financial-aid/work-study