Career Center Spotlight: University of Texas Vick Center for Strategic Advising & Career Counseling

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Focus

Career counseling services for all students at the University of Texas, working in tandem with career services in each academic college. In their freshman year, students work to identify values, interests, personality traits, and skills. Students then work with the Vick Center staff on topics including majors, careers, internship planning, graduate school planning, personal statements, resumes, and mock interviews. Career counselors also work with seniors who are not clear on values and interests.

Each student in the UT Undergraduate Studies program is assigned a career counselor and an academic counselor. For job search assistance, students work with their college’s career services office. One of the most important things students are taught is how to use LinkedIn as the research tool for career exploration.

Team

Center Director: Molly Gully

Size of Career Center Team: 7 academic counselors, 5 career counselors

Services Provided

  • Career Assessment: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator & Strong Interest Inventory
  • Career Research: Career research library, online tools, informational interview training
  • Graduate School: explore options for graduate or professional school

Unique Programs

  • Certificates, combined with non-impacted major
  • Guidance on choosing minors that are keyed to specific technical skills

Common Tools

Wayfinder, the online advising tool that offers customized resources, activities, and practical tools to students looking for guidance and information on majors

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