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Career Development

FAQs - Career Development

Who is eligible for Career Development Program services?

Regular full-time, non-academic staff members who have completed at least 3 months of employment at the University of Kentucky are eligible for Career Development services and may schedule up to six individual appointments per year. Eligibility is determined through non-salary information available in SAP.

What is the cost?

Services are free to eligible participants.

How do I make an appointment?

Call (859) 257-9416 or e-mail CareerDevelopment@uky.edu to schedule an appointment. Prior to your meeting, please complete this Intake Form online. The form can also be sent to you as an e-mail attachment, or mailed to you at home. If you are unable to submit the form prior to your first session, please arrive fifteen minutes early to complete it in the Career Development office.

Where are you located?

Our office is located at 123 Scovell Hall which is located on the corner of Washington Avenue and Limestone.

How can I find out what jobs are available at the University of Kentucky?

You can search for available jobs through the UK Jobs online system.

Will you help me find a job?

Individual career and job search coaching along with web-based resources will provide you with the job search tools you need to pursue positions within the University. Once you have drafted a resume or CV, an individual appointment will help you tailor your resume and CV, improve your job search correspondence, apply for jobs, and prepare for interviews. The Career Development program does not, however, provide job placement services. It is up to you to utilize the services to improve your job search strategies and obtain a new position.

Is career coaching appropriate for me?

If you are reflecting on any aspect of your career, career coaching may be right for you. The career decision making process includes, but is not limited to: identifying your current decision-making style, assessing your interests, personality, skills and values, exploring career options, implementing your decision through effective job search strategies and preparing for career enrichment, advancement, or change. Working with a career counselor may help you stay focused, motivated and accountable.

How much time does the coaching process take?

Your individual needs and commitment to completing tasks between coaching appointments will determine how long the process will take. If you meet eligibility requirements, you are entitled to six sessions per year. Some clients only need a one time ‘touch base’ session, some come in for two or three sessions; others return for all six. It’s up to you.

What appointment times are available?

Career consultations are typically scheduled on week-days between 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Earlier or later appointments may be arranged for extenuating circumstances by special request, depending on staff availability.

Do I need to take time off from work for career coaching?

Most appointments are scheduled during regular working hours. Each client is responsible for managing his or her time and making appropriate arrangements with his/her supervisor/manager/unit director. Many clients use vacation to cover scheduled appointments.

I just want help with my resume. Can I just get feedback from a counselor?

When requesting your appointment, explain that you are simply seeking resume assistance. Bring a resume draft with you to your first session. Usually, further corrections and feedback can be handled by telephone, fax, or email.