Make an Appointment
There are 3 ways to schedule an appointment with a career counselor.
- Online: Log in to Handshake. Click "Career Center" then "Appointments."
- Phone: All students can call 479-575-2805. Walton College students call 479-575-6100.
- In-Person: All students can stop by our main office in ARKU 607. Walton College students stop by WJWH 226
Need assistance today? Stop by our walk-in Career Studio Monday-Thursday during the fall and spring semesters from 10am-5pm on the first floor of CORD. No appointment necessary!
For online learners and off-campus students, we offer video, phone, or email appointments for your convenience. Simply select the proper appointment medium when scheduling your appointment in Handshake or call and let our front desk staff know of your desired appointment medium when scheduling.
To help teach professionalism to students and best use the OCC's resources, we have developed an Appointment No-Show Policy. By scheduling an appointment, you are agreeing to abide by this policy.
Types of Appointments
When making your appointment please specify which type of appointment you would like to schedule. If you aren't sure or if you want to address multiple topics, choose “General Career Counseling”.
This appointment is for College of Engineering students who already have secured an internship or coop and are seeking information about receiving academic credit for their experience. Depending on major, students may be eligible to receive technical elective credit for their experience.
This appointment is for students who have a draft of a cover letter and would like to have it reviewed. Please bring a paper copy or email your cover letter to the career counselor in your appointment. If you are applying for a specific job, internship, or graduate program please bring the job/internship posting or graduate school information with you as well. Before your appointment, please review our online information about cover letters.
This appointment is for students who have a draft of their CV and would like to have it reviewed. A CV is similar to a resume, but is a longer document with more academic and professional details. It is often used for applying to graduate school, academic or university faculty positions, or in some international job searches. Please bring a paper copy or email your CV to the career counselor in your appointment. If you are applying for a specific job or graduate program, please bring the job posting or graduate school information with you as well. Before your appointment, please review our online information about CVs.
Life design is not just about designing your career, but designing all elements of your life - work, play, love, and health. In this appointment, we'll use Life Design strategies to brainstorm life/career ideas and narrow those down into three possible lives.
Undecided on your major? Thinking of switching majors, but are unsure about your decision? Start here with one of our career counselors. We can discuss options, introduce you to tools and career assessments that can help, and walk you through decision-making strategies. To get the most out of your appointment, take some time prior to your appointment to visit "What Can I Do With This Major?" to see career options for all the majors at the U of A. Another option is to take the The MyMajors! Assessment which will give you a list of 10 U of A majors that are most consistent with your interests, preferences, and achievements. Please Note: This appointment is for students who would like help DECIDING on a major, NOT to declare or change your major. See your Academic Advisor to change or declare your major.
Choose this appointment if no other appointment types fit your needs or you have more than one appointment type you'd like to discuss in your appointment. (Example: You want to discuss job search options and have your resume reviewed during the appointment.)
Get help searching and applying for graduate or professional school programs, including personal statement and CV reviews. Please note that if you want help with writing your personal statement from the beginning instead of a review of an already written personal statement, you should contact The Writing Studio or view their Personal Statement Tips page.
This appointment is for students who are preparing for an interview and are seeking advice or have questions, but do not want to conduct a mock/practice interview.
Discuss strategies and learn resources for finding jobs, internships, or co-ops such as networking, Handshake, Career Fairs, and more.
Schedule a free professional photo session and look your best on your LinkedIn and Handshake profiles or professional school application. Photos are taken in the Career Studio during the fall and spring semesters on the first floor of the CORD and emailed within 2 days of the session.
Choose this appointment if you'd like to practice for an upcoming job or internship interview. While dressing professionally is important for your interview, do not let this requirement prevent you from making an appointment for a mock interview.
At least 24 hours before your appointment, email a copy of your resume and a link to the job or internship description to your interviewer. Your mock interview will be evaluated using this Mock Interview Rating Form.
Applying for a graduate school program or professional school such as Medical, Dental, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, Veterinarian, or other? Practice before your real interview!
At least 24 hours before your appointment, email a copy of your personal statement and a link of the graduate or medical school program/department to your interviewer. Your interview will be evaluated using the medical mock interview rating form or the graduate school mock interview rating form.
In this appointment, you'll have your resume carefully reviewed by a career counselor. You'll receive feedback and suggestions on how to enhance and tailor your resume to a specific job, internship, scholarship, or graduate school. Please bring a paper copy or email your resume to the career counselor in your appointment. If the resume is for a specific job, internship, graduate program, or scholarship opportunity, please bring or email the description and/or application information. If you are looking for resume templates to start your resume, please visit our resume tips and example templates page. Have a draft ready to be reviewed prior to your appointment.
The Career Studio is an open-concept environment where UA students and alumni can drop in for general career-related services without an appointment. The Career Studio is staffed by Career Peer Mentors, highly-trained undergraduate and graduate students representing multiple academic programs on campus. These mentors provide basic one-on-one and group advising/coaching with some of the OCC's most popular services.
The Career Studio is closed during university holidays and breaks, including the summer. Students needing career services during these times can schedule an appointment with a OCC Career Counselor.
Hours: 10:00am - 5:00pm, Monday - Thursday
Location: CORD, 1st floor
- Resume and CV reviews
- Cover letter reviews
- Interviewing tips and mock interviews
- Graduate school assistance
- LinkedIn profile reviews
- Job/internship resources
- Career fair etiquette
Another option for assistance is to meet with a peer mentor in our Career Studio virtually. Instructions for Career Studio appointments:
- Log in to https://uark.joinhandshake.com/.
- Navigate to the "Career Center" at the top right, then "Appointments."
- Click on the blue "Schedule a New Appointment" button.
- Select "All Majors Students," then "Virtual Career Studio."
- Choose the appointment time that works best for you. Please remember to include your phone number, email, and reason for visit when requesting the appointment. You can find an explanation of appointment types here.