What is CTR?
CTR is a nationally-recognized program that helps students develop and refine professional skills in critical thinking & problem solving, professionalism, leadership, oral/written communication, information technology application, teamwork, and career management. These competencies, valued and sought after by employers, are achieved through self-paced modules including a career action plan, mock interviews, resume & cover letter reviews, informational interviews, networking, etc. This program is FREE to all University of Arkansas students. We are committed to enhancing students' professionalism and equipping them with the tools it takes to be competitive in today's job market.
How to Use CTR
Each student that joins CTR is assigned a career coach to guide them through the process. CTR can be done face-to-face and/or virtually via Blackboard. Check out each module to find detailed instructions. We look forward to working with you!
Upon completion of CTR, there are still many things a student can do to develop professionally and make themselves more competitive as they pursue their career goals.Post CTR Steps
Benefits of CTR
1. Free CTR Graduate T-Shirt
2. Graduation Cord
3. Certificate of Completion
4. LinkedIn Recommendation
5. Recognition at Career Fairs
6. Add CTR to your Resume
To graduate from CTR in Spring or Summer 2018, please have all assignments submitted by Friday, April 20, 2018.
Career Track Razorbacks involves completing 7 learning modules, each with 1-4 assignments. These assignments can be submitted through Blackboard or through face-to-face appointments with your assigned CTR Coach. Below is a brief description of each module, including the assignments required.
Understanding and articulating your unique strengths, skills, interests, personality, and values will help you make better career decisions. In this module, you'll take the StrengthsQuest assessment to discover your strengths and create your career action plan.
Career Exploration is necessary in order to learn about careers. You can gain knowledge of what the day-to-day tasks and roles are as well as information regarding the bigger picture for that type of position or industry. Here is your opportunity to conduct an informational interview with a professional to learn more about a career of interest.
Gaining valuable leadership and work-related experience is a crucial component in landing jobs quickly after graduation. This module challenges you to reflect on one work and one leadership experience related to your major or career goal.
The average job search can take 6 months, so it’s important to learn how to efficiently search for jobs, internships, and graduate programs. You will have identified 3 jobs, internships, or graduate programs related to your career goal once you complete this module.
A resume is a brief account of a person’s education, qualifications, and previous experience, typically sent with a job application. Cover letters are one page documents that you send with your resume when applying for a job. It is meant to: Introduce yourself to the hiring manager, Argue why you'd be a good fit for the job, and fill in places your resume cannot describe. Since recruiters read resumes at an average time of 5-7 seconds; improve your chances of holding a recruiter’s attention by having a career counselor review your resume and cover letter.
Learn how to prepare for your interview so that you will stand out as the best fit for a position or program. In this module, you will complete a mock interview and receive feedback.
Learn to make a positive first impression with an employer or graduate school program. In this module, you will create your personal branding statement, create a full LinkedIn profile, and attend an on-campus networking event.
Select 3 electives of your choice to complete.
Elective #1: Take A Career Assessment
Unsure about your major or career goal? Want to see other career options based on your interests? Career assessments are tools that are designed to help individuals understand how a variety of personal attributes (i.e., interests, values, preferences, motivations, aptitudes and skills) impact their potential success and satisfaction with different career options and work environments. Take the Focus2 or Strong Interest Inventory.
Elective #2: Create a Wandering Map Exercise
Mapping is a creative method for visual thinkers that helps students organize their thoughts and make sense of their experiences. This approach has helped students with their professional school personal statement and help students select fields of study. Complete exercises to discover your interests and talents.
Elective #3: Conduct An Informational Interview
An Informational Interview (also known as an Informational conversation) is a meeting in which a potential job seeker seeks advice on their career, the industry, and the corporate culture of a potential future workplace. Conduct an additional informational interview in your field to learn what employers are looking for when reviewing job applications.
Elective #4: Job Shadow
An activity that enables a person to spend some time observing a professional on the job is referred to as Job Shadowing. Shadowing will help you see how your textbook learning can be applied in the real world.
Elective #5: Global Awareness
Diversity is usually included in every company's mission statement or core values. This elective gives you the opportunity to learn about other cultures and languages in addition to sharing your own talents and skills with those from other countries.
Elective #6: Professionalism & Work Ethic Elective
Demonstrating professionalism and ethical behavior is an important part of the workplace. How you communicate with others and represent yourself and the company could have lasting impacts, both positively and negatively. This section will cover a video and short will that will increase your knowledge of workplace professionalism.
Elective #7: Ask A Professional To Review Your Resume, Cover Letter, or Personal Statement
Get a second opinion by asking a professional in your career field of interest to review your resume, cover letter, or personal statement.
Elective #8: Conduct A Cost Of Living Comparison
What is Cost of Living you ask? The definition of the cost of living is the average cost of all basic necessities including food, housing, utilities, transportation, clothing and health care expenses. Considering a job outside of Arkansas? Use a Cost of Living tool and Glassdoor.com to research and compare salaries among various locations.
Elective #9: Negotiating A Job Offer
It is important to understand your worth as well as average salaries in your industry before accepting a job offer. Salary negotiations is the process whereby the employer and the potential employee reach an agreement on the terms and conditions of employment. After completing this elective you will know the basics of negotiating a job offer or salary.
Elective #10: Attend An Additional Networking Event
Networking is the #1 way to find a job. The more networking events attended means more potential job opportunities. Networking is the act of developing a supportive system for sharing information and services among individuals and groups that have a common interest.
Elective #11: Take a Technical Course or Training
Employers seek candidates with work-related technology skills. Enhance your skills even more by taking a course or online training program.