Career Development, Reimagined 

 

Night of Networking 2018 
The staff at the Rollins College of Business career development office have a vision to create an alliance with every business student from Day One at UTC 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 integrated part of the college experience. After all, "what's next?" is one of the most critical questions for a degree-seeking student.
 
We believe higher education is an investment and we help members of the Rollins College of Business community become "business-world ready" to yield tangible returns. Through authentic engagement, we empower individuals to progress confidently toward graduation, take strides in professional development, and launch meaningful business careers. 
 
CLICK TO SET A CAREER ADVISING APPOINTMENT WITH IRENE J HILLMAN
 
CLICK TO SET AN INTERNSHIP OR CAREER ADVISING APPOINTMENT WITH JACLYN YORK 
 
CLICK TO SET A CAREER OR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT APPOINTMENT WITH SUE CULPEPPER
 
 

As a Freshman, you can learn about resources you have here at the career development office of the Decosimo Success Center, as well as 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 related to your studies. 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 or dig in deeper to explore your major and career fit using Focus 2 assessments (access code is mocs).

As a Sophomore, we can assist you in conducting company research, formulating a career plan, building confidence through professional development, and arranging informational interviews with targeted employers toward internships or job shadowing programs.

As a Junior, our partnership deepens 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 hope 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 Rollins College of Business, as a Senior, your main responsibility will be exploring opportunities, acing interviews, and negotiating your way into an ideal position. Your Handshake account will help you gain access to many job opportunities at companies seeking to hire a Moc!

We also gladly serve our MBA, MAcc, and Professional Certificate students and encourage this professional population to use our services to further advance their careers.

At the career development office of the Decosimo Success Center, we're with our business majors every step of the journey!


 career questions

Career Development Resources

Visit the Decosimo Success Center (Second Floor of Fletcher Hall) or reach out to Irene J Hillman for access!

Career & Self Exploration

  • Tips for Choosing a Major
  • Focus 2 Major & Career Exploration Assessments (access code is mocs)
  • What Can I Do With This Major Info Sheets
  • FInd Your Mark: Conducting Company and Company Research
  • Building Professional Competencies
  • Exploring Business Majors Webinar
  • College-to-Career Timeline Webinar

Networking:

  • Quick Pitches
  • Networking 101
  • Informational Interviews Guide
  • Potential Netwoking Questions

Resumes:

  • 100 Great Resume Action Words
  • Targeted Resumes
  • Sample Resume Builder
  • Resume Tips for Applicant Tracking Systems
  • Marketing Campus Experiences on a Resume
  • Guide to References
  • Writing a Winning Resume Webinar

Letters:

  • Tailored Cover Letters / Seed Letters
  • Thank you Letters

Interviewing:

  • Interview Checklist
  • 20 Common Interviews and Smart Answers
  • Common Interview Questions for Accounting
  • Tips for the PhoneVideo Interview
  • Preparing an Interview Portfolio

Job Hunt:

  • Handshake Registration & Best Practices 
  • Job Fit Worksheet
  • Job Hunt Organizer
  • Finding Employers Committed to Inclusion
  • Leveraging Social Media & LinkedIn for Your Career
  • Understanding HR Benefits
  • Offer Negotiation Webinar

The Bridge Breakfasts & Luncheons hosted by the career development office at the College of Business have given me an opportunity to connect with local businesses and to build relationships with their owners and employees before joining the workforce. I am very thankful that UTC has provided me with the opportunity to participate in these luncheons because they have helped ease my apprehension interacting with potential employers and colleagues." - Jennifer Johnson, Accounting, Class of 2015, Senior Accountant at US Xpress

"By attending events held by the career development office, I received remarkable feedback on my resume and interviewing technique, which helped me make adjustments to my approach. It helped me get more engaged in networking effectively.  It was a great opportunity for me to make connections with business professionals from around Chattanooga. Furthermore, I believe these events helped me land my first internship and my next internship as well, and those positions gave me the experience I needed in HR to feel confident about finding a great job after graduation. So now I have a strong resume and solid experience!” - Abdul Hanan Sheikh, Human Resources and Management, Class of 2015, Talent Aquisition Consultant at Blue Cross Blue Shield Tennessee

"I have been at a major employer in the region since graduation, starting in their management training program and am very happy with my career.  I wouldn't be here if it were not for the guidance provided by the career development staff at UTC.  They pushed me to revamp my resume, sharpen my interview skills, go to the career fair on campus where I met the recruiter from my company, and have an amazing mentor who walked me through the entire hiring process.  I know there are students who think career services are a waste of time.  Please let them know that all of those advising sessions are the difference between being unemployed and having an amazing job right out of college. Thanks again!" - Jeffery Ray, Management, Class of 2014, Production Manager at Mohawk Industries

 
 "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 300 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 Rollins 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, Employer-side Client