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Career Development Services

We want you to ring the bell!

We will work with you one-on-one to ensure that you are getting the experience you need to have a successful engineering career. Below are some of the services we provide to help you make good decisions and find the most effective resources. 

One of our favorite moments is when you land your first engineering, which we celebrate when you ring the bell.

Your first step is to make an appointment with us through our career management system, Handshake. Log in with your UK linkblue user name, (select “career center” – appointments – schedule new appointment). If you are an alumnus/alumna and not yet on Handshake, you can also call us at 859-257-4178 or email EngrCareer@uky.edu to schedule an appointment.

Cover letter and resume critiques

Do you want to put your best foot forward on paper? Your cover letter and resume are the documents you use to market yourself to employers — so you can’t afford to have mistakes. We will assist you in polishing these documents to highlight the skills employers are seeking. Bring a paper copy of your cover letter and/or resume to the meeting. The Stuckert Career Center has tips and sample letters here.

Practice interviews

Do you want to improve your interviewing skills? Practice interviews are an excellent way to get better. Schedule a practice interview with us today. Plan to dress professionally, bring a copy of your resume and the position for which you are interviewing if you would like the interview tailored for a specific position. Want to practice from the privacy of your own computer? Access InterviewStream directly from your computer through your Handshake Career Management System. Example questions and etiquette information can be found here.

Interview Rooms

The James and Gay Hardymon Center for Student Success on the third floor of F. Paul Anderson Tower has an interview room available that can be reserved for phone or web/video interviews. To reserve the room, please log in to our system, Handshake, and create a new "appointment" with EGR Interview Room for the appointment type use “EGR Interview Room Reservation,” which will automatically give you a 2-hour window of time. If you need more time, email EngrCareer@uky.edu so we can change the appointment to a longer time block for you.

Finding a co-op position

Seventy-two percent of our graduating seniors in engineering gained industry experience through co-ops in their field before graduation – internships are also available. This helped them make a decision on their career path after graduation and gave them the skills to compete for the best engineering jobs. Do you want to gain experience before graduation? Make an appointment with us by using our career management system Handshake. Bring a copy of your resume to your appointment and learn how to market your skills to potential co-op employers.

Search strategies

Do you know how to make the most of your job search? Learn strategies for finding opportunities in the “hidden” job market, for targeting a specific location for a job search or for making connections in a particular industry.

Try our Handshake Career Management System, UK’s online career management tool that allows you to apply for jobs and internships and sign up for on-campus interviews online 24 hours a day, seven days a week, anywhere in the world. Many local, state, national and even international employers conduct interviews on UK’s campus during the fall and spring. Don’t miss out on this chance to land an interview. You can also publish your resume for review by employers, find specific contacts at an organization, view company information sessions through Handshake and conduct an online practice interview from your own computer with InterviewStream.

Did you know:

  • 80% of today’s jobs are landed through networking (which includes career fairs)
  • Job seekers spend 24.11% of their hunt networking
  • 46% of successful job seekers applied directly to the employer
  • 54% of job seekers use social media to network