What to Expect From a Career Counselor

Preparing for Your Career Counseling Appointment

Pitt Public Health career counselors meet individually with students and alumni to provide career exploration support. They are available 3-4 days a week and offer morning and afternoon appointments.

To make an appointment with a career counselor, log into Handshake using your Pitt username and password. Appointments in July 2020 should be made directly with Joan Anson or Kim Abraham.


Counselors Can Help in the Following Ways: 

With career exploration and planning

  • Asking important career planning questions to help clarify your goals
  • Helping you learn how to make career decisions in a meaningful rather than haphazard way
  • Pointing you to career-related inventories to help you understand yourself better and relate this self-knowledge to career choices

With the job search process

  • Strategizing with you about how to approach a job search
  • Directing you to resources to learn more about careers and job search tools
  • Conducting mock interviews for internships, fellowships, or jobs
  • Reviewing and improving your resume or CV to increase your chances of receiving interview requests

With considering careers outside the lab

  • Identifying transferable skills to help you transition to academia, industry, non-profit, government, and more
  • Brainstorming ways to market your unique background and skills
  • Coaching you about conducting informational interviews to become better informed about any career

With developing the skills necessary for career success

  • Assisting you with developing negotiation skills and preparation for the workplace

With continuing your efforts in the face of adversity

  • Offering encouragement and support to assist you in achieving your goals as a student or graduate

Our Career Counselors Will Not: 

  • Make decisions for you
  • Get you a job
  • Tell you exactly what you can expect to earn in a given career field
  • Expect you to hold the same values as they do

Adapted from the NIH Office of Intramural Training and Education