Career planning is more than just finding a job; it is a multi-phased process that involves steps to be taken during your entire time at UAB. The following plan lays out these steps by class year, but please realize the steps could also be laid out in progressive phases, regardless of your classification. Begin these phases as early as possible to ensure your career/job goals are met.

Phase I or Freshman: Assess & Explore

Register with Career & Professional Development Services (CPDS) on DragonTrail Jobs
Take career inventories (will be required during your FYE class)
  ° Explore majors (includes all UAB majors)
  ° Explore suggested career areas that match your Inventory results
Learn UAB academic requirements behind each major you've chosen
Schedule a follow up meeting with your academic advisor to discuss findings on majors and related occupations
Begin exploring various occupations aligned with your interests, skills, and values
Other resources for exploration include the following:
  ° Occupational Outlook Handbook
  ° What Can I Do With A Major In...
  ° UAB's Sterne Library online resources
Talk with faculty, alumni, advisors and professionals in the field for further occupational information
Explore and join student and professional organizations
Start a journal or portfolio (clubs, activities, events, etc.) reflecting on experiences
Attend UAB career fairs, seminars, and events
Attend CPD part-time job fair
Make an appointment with a career counselor to discuss next steps

Phase II or Sophomore: Research & Prepare

Revisit all steps for freshmen as they apply to sophomores
Reflect on and adjust previous career/academic plan based on experiences & knowledge
Discuss with your academic advisor how your academic plan integrates with your career goal
Register for ECG 300, "Strategies for Effective Career Development"
Make an appointment with your career counselor to discuss career goals and appropriate experiential learning opportunities
Continue involvement in student organizations, community, civic and/or service leqarning opportunities
Develop your resume and upload it into DragonTrail Jobs
Begin a search for summer jobs/internships/co-ops (experiential learning opportunities)
Schedule a mock interview with CPD
Research requirements for graduate/professional school and begin studying for admission
Attend UAB's fall and/or spring career fairs

Phase III or Junior: Validate & Experience

Revisit all steps above as they apply to juniors
Update your resume in DragonTrail Jobs
Reflect on and adjust previous career/academic plan
Consult with your academic advisor to confirm degree requirements
Assume leadership roles in student organizations
Continue developing skills and relationships to increase your employability
Research careers thoroughly to target job options and career areas within the major that fit your career goals
Use community business forums and professional organizations for networking and information gathering
Attend all career seminars and events, some of which include the following:
  ° Resume Writing
  ° Interview Skills/Preparation
  ° Job Search Strategies
  ° Skills Employers Value
  ° Business Major Options
  ° Special programs-panels, etc.
Attend UAB's fall and spring career fairs
Begin application process fro graduate/professional school and take exams
Develop your target list of employers and begin outreach
Talk with supervisors, faculty, and key leaders about serving as references, providing them with a copy of your resume

Phase IV or Senior: Implement & Succeed

Revisit all steps above as they apply to seniors
Update your resume in DragonTrail Jobs
Reflect on career/academic plan
Meet with a career counselor to have all job search materials reviewed: positioning statement, cover letters, resumes, target lists, job search plan
Identify on- and off-campus interview opportunities
Schedule mock interview(s) to improve interview skills
Sign up for on-campus interviews through DragonTrail Jobs
Apply for jobs or entrance into graduate/professional schools
Gather information on salaries and relocating
Attend career fairs if needed
Cultivate job and graduate school offers and negotiate for the optimal fit
Continue to build and keep in touch with your network & references
Update or complete journal/portfolio entries
Contact UAB CPD to advise of employment

UAB News

  • Loder-Jackson named associate editor of urban education research journal
    School of Education professor to serve as one of two associate editors for Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research.

    Tondra Loder-Jackson, Ph.D., associate professor in the UAB School of Education’s Department of Human Studies, has been named associate editor for the 2016 issue of the Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research.

    The journal is a publication of the American Educational Research Association’s Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research Special Interest Group. The AERA is a national research society that works to advance knowledge about education, encourage scholarly inquiry related to education, and promote the use of research to improve education and serve the public good. Special-interest groups like Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research provide a forum within the AERA for the involvement of individuals drawn together by a common interest in a field of study, teaching or research.

    Loder-Jackson will serve as one of two associate editors for the journal. Her program of research is focused on topics related to urban education, Birmingham’s civil rights and education history, activism of educators from a historical perspective, life course perspectives on African-American education, and home, school and community relations.

  • School of Public Health to host open house for graduate programs Oct. 9
    Learn more about the SOPH graduate programs at its open house Oct. 9.

    Learn more about master’s and doctoral programs during the UAB School of Public Health Open House Information Session on Friday, Oct. 9.

    Departmental open houses in biostatistics, environmental health, epidemiology, health behavior and health care organization will provide attendees more information about possible career areas with a graduate degree from SOPH and opportunities to tour the campus.

    School administrators and students will also be available to answer questions about the program, and the admissions coordinator can provide information about the application process.

    To register, please visit the official open house website.

  • Platform1 visual arts event at UAB’s 2300 Studios on Oct. 17 to benefit scholarships
    Discover artists in their studios, participate in workshops and demonstrations, and purchase artwork to support UAB Department of Art and Art History student scholarships.

    Visit artists in their studios and buy original artwork at Platform1, a visual arts event benefiting student scholarships, Saturday, Oct. 17, at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s 2300 Studios.

    Art Studio faculty from the College of Arts and SciencesDepartment of Art and Art History will open their studios for exhibitions featuring student and alumni artists, hands-on demonstrations, and a silent auction. The event will take place from 5-8 p.m. at 2300 Seventh Ave. South. The event is free and open to the public. Artwork sales are cash or check and carry; 100 percent of sales will fund student scholarships. For more information, contact Outreach Coordinator Jared Ragland at

    Featured at Platform1:

    • Book and paper arts exhibition with works by alumni and current students
    • Bookbinding demonstrations by members of Medium: The Art Club at UAB
    • Make sustainably fashioned backpacks from “upcycled” plastic grocery bags
    • Projections by New Media and Animation students 
    • Screen printing demonstrations
    • The March Quilts 2016 kick-off event, with visiting artist Amanda Browder

    Support for Platform1 comes from the Friends of the Department of Art and Art History, says Chair Lauren Lake, MFA.

    “With the help of the Friends of the Department of Art and Art History, UAB students have benefited from a dynamic visiting artists and scholars program, increased scholarships, and a variety of service and community engagement initiatives,” Lake said. “Platform1 was designed as an open house to highlight our student, faculty and alumni work, engage our community, and build support for our Friends campaign.”

    To become a member of the Friends of the Department of Art and Art History, visit

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