Center for Engineering Career Development Blog

We prepare our students to make smart, strategic career decisions throughout their professional lives. Through professional advising and counseling, students can build their understanding of job search and career self-management processes, identify their strengths and interests, and connect with prospective employers so they gain confidence and competence as they plan for their future.



    Accept or Keep Looking?

    September 10, 2020

    Congratulations! You received a return offer from your summer internship. That’s fantastic news! Except that they want you to decide in just a couple of weeks if you’re going to take the offer or not and you are really interested in exploring other options.  What to do?


    Virtual Career Fair on Sept. 8: Complete guide to event prep

    September 02, 2020

    The annual Engineering, Science & Technology Career Fair is just a week away – and it’s virtual this year! We’ve created this guide to help you prep for and navigate the event.

    First, complete these 5 key steps BEFORE the fair:

    1. Complete this survey. You’ll learn about important policies for participating in events with employers.
    2. Update your Handshake profile. This will allow you to register for 1:1 chats with employers. PLUS, employers will have an opportunity to search student profiles and reach out to YOU first.
    3. Register for the Career Fair before the event on September 8th.
    4. Once registered, review the list of employers participating in the fair. Build a schedule in advance of the fair by signing up for 1:1 and group sessions of interest.
    5. Make a plan for how you want to spend the 10 minutes you’d have to chat with a company rep during scheduled 1:1 conversations.

    Thank you to the Engineering, Science & Technology Career Fair sponsors 2nd Order Solutions and Strategic Systems Programs.


    Job searching with a so-so GPA

    August 20, 2020

    Job searching with a so-so GPA

    There are several ways to stand out to an employer even if your GPA isn’t what you’d like it to be. I know it may seem like everyone at UVA has an awesome GPA, but I promise you, they don't. Lots of students go on to find fantastic jobs even when their GPA has taken a few knocks.




    Virtual Interviewing: Tips and resources to help you navigate video interviews

    July 09, 2020

    Interviewing can seem like an overwhelming process, especially when you're preparing for your first interview (or if it’s been a while since your last interview). In addition, the pandemic has led to an increase in video interviewing – according to this article, in March alone more than half of professionals in the U.S. changed their in-person meetings to either phone or video for health and safety reasons.

    As we look ahead to the second half of 2020, we want to start preparing you for virtual interviewing, whether that be on platforms you’re familiar with like Google Hangouts or Zoom, or methods you might be less familiar with, like on-demand, pre-recorded interviews. We’re here to help you understand the process, develop your skills, and gain confidence.


    Working Remotely: Tips and resources to help you navigate the summer

    June 16, 2020

    This summer or fall, you may find yourself starting a new job remotely, working remotely on personal or summer projects, or other virtual activities.

    I’ve been working remotely since March 16th, and I’ve picked up helpful tips and habits along the way that have made the transition from my office in Thornton A-wing to a makeshift desk in my living room a bit smoother. 

    If you find yourself working remotely, and especially if it’s the first time, review these essential tips on making it work from experts.


    UVA graduate school programs to consider for Fall

    May 19, 2020

    UVA Graduate Programs To Consider for Fall 2020

    COVID-19 completely changed the post-graduation view for a lot of students. If the new economic realities have you considering graduate school as an option, you’ll need to know what your options are at this time. We’ve put together information for you from UVA graduate programs that are still accepting applications.


    Making the most of your summer during COVID-19

    April 21, 2020

    Dear Students,

    As we enter the home stretch of the spring semester, we know that many of you may be looking ahead to the summer and seeking ideas of how to spend your time in the midst of COVID-19. Some of you may have had your summer plans cancelled or otherwise impacted, and our team is here to support you as you explore alternate plans.

    Our team has gathered a variety of resources and ideas that can help you gain knowledge relevant to your field, develop skills, and grow your network – from anywhere!

    We’re also closely collaborating with employers and faculty to create additional virtual opportunities you can participate in this summer.

    Read on to learn about a variety of options! Pick and choose the ones that seem most interesting to you, and design your own summer experience. And, as always, reach out to our career advisors to discuss your personal situation.

    Warmly,

    Julia Lapan, Director of Engineering Career Development