Rethinking Career Development
We at the College of Business have begun on a journey to rethink Career Development.
Usually an office tucked away servicing senior year students, we have a vision to
create an alliance with every student on Day One to help individuals explore career
options, connect with the business community, engage through experiential learning
opportunities, and transition into careers that are successful and satisfying. We
also work closely with Academic Advising and esteemed faculty to ensure Career Development
is an essential part of the college experience. After all, "what's next?" is one of
the most critical questions for a college student.
We believe higher education is an investment and we hope to help the members of the
College of Business community
become "business-world ready" and yield tangible returns. Through authentic engagement,
we empower individuals to progress confidently toward graduation, take strides in
professional development, and launch meaningful business careers.
As a Freshman, you can learn about resources you have here at the COB Center for Career Development
(and at the Career & Student Employment Center and Counseling & Career Planning Center in the University Center), get assessed to determine careers that fit you, receive
advice on how to network strategically in your field, and begin discovering opportunities
in your industry of study. Career exploration at an early stage involves exploring
your unique interests, values, and working styles. UTC uses a variety of assessments
to assist in your exploration. Want a sneak peek? Take a quick personality test here.
As a Sophomore, we can assist you in conducting company research, formulating a career plan, taking
strides in professional development, and arranging informational interviews with targeted
employers toward internships or job shadowing programs.
As a Junior, our partnership becomes deeper as we help develop your professional resume, teach
you how to write tailored cover letters and perform mock interviews until you feel
sufficiently prepared to impress. (By the mid point of you junior year, we highly
suggest you seek internships in your field, as successful internship have a strong
possibility of converting to employment upon graduation!)
If you have followed this career success plan throughout your college career at UTC's
College of Business, as a Senior, your main responsibility will be exploring opportunities, acing interviews, and
negotiating your way into an ideal position.
At the COB Center for Career Development, we'll be with you every step of the way!
"The Career Development Center at the College of Business has been extremely helpful...I
am so thankful they were able to provide me with the tools to help me find a job.
I was able to get my job just by using them as a resource." - Leah Ruggiero, Marketing, Class of 2014
"The UTC College of Business has made great connections with businesses, organizations,
and groups in Chattanooga. These connections allow improvement throughout the university
and the community via constant communication and cooperation. This involvement makes
finding jobs after graduation much easier while also continuing excellent preparation
at the university level... I'm now working full time as an intern and will be put
on payroll as a full time employee upon graduation." - Joel Barnett, Accounting, Class of 2013
"I just wanted to thank you for all the help. I got the job and today was my first
day. I can't wait to see what the future holds! I couldn't have done it without the
alumni assistance offered by the faculty and career development team at UTC's College
of Business." - Jake Rouse, Marketing, Class of 2013
"In 2013, Unum partnered with UTC to begin the Unum Scholar program where high-performing
students are selected to partake in a multi-semester experience that provides them
the opportunity to connect with strong mentors and develop professional skill sets
through a Fortune 500 company. We believe this has been a win/win/win for the students,
UTC, and Unum. This partnership would not have been possible without the initiative
of the career development team at the College of Business whose primary objective
is to support students in becoming business-world ready. They clearly take this mission
to heart and have brought a can-do attitude to the Unum Scholars program which, frankly,
is contagious!" - Kayvon Sadrabadi, Client Service Center Manager at Unum & UTC Alum