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.

Appointment requests should be made through Pitt Bridges. For more information about Pitt Bridges, click here.

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