Career Track Razorbacks

What is CTR?

CTR is a nationally-recognized program that helps students

  • identify and articulate the eight NACE employer-valued career competencies acquired in academic, co-curricular, and employment settings
  • develop in-depth career competencies of career management, professionalism/work ethic, oral/written communication, and digital technology.

Results are achieved through the completion of self-paced modules including developing an odyssey plan, mock interviews, receiving resume & cover letter reviews, conducting informational interviews in areas of interest, and establishing a professional online presence. 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!

Benefits of CTR

1. Free CTR Graduate T-Shirt (Limited supplies available)

2. Graduation Cord

3. Certificate of Completion

4. LinkedIn Recommendation

5. Recognition at Career Fairs (Limited supplies available)

6. Add CTR to your Resume

CTR Deadlines

Graduation Deadline
To graduate from CTR, please have all assignments submitted by the following dates.
December Graduation: Friday, December 9, 2022
Spring or Summer Graduation: Friday, May 5, 2023
Graduation beyond the 2023-2024 academic year: TBD

Professor/Instructor/Staff Partnerships
For class and CTR partnerships, please contact the Director of Career Education (
Spring 2021 deadline: this deadline has passed
Fall 2021 deadline: this deadline has passed
Spring 2022 deadline: this deadline has passed

Post-CTR Steps

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

Career Track Razorbacks involves completing 7 learning modules, each with 1 or 3 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

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.

Equity & Inclusion

Diversity is usually included in every company's mission statement or core values. This elective gives you the opportunity to learn and demonstrate your awareness, attitude, knowledge, and skills required to equitably engage and include people from different cultures.


Employers seek candidates with work-related technology skills. Enhance your skills even more by completing a LinkedIn Learning course.

Resume & Cover Letter Writing

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.

Interview Skills

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.

Network with Professionals

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.

CTR Electives

Select 1 elective of your choice to complete.

Elective #1: Salary Negotiation

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 bonus module you will know the basics of negotiating a job offer or salary.

Elective #2: Networking

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.

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 #3: Your Future – Design Thinking

We are often led to believe that we only have one life ahead of us. What if we told you, you actually have the potential for multiple lives? Within this module you will explore multiple lives which can help you clarify possible future plans.

The future is just a perception of what is to come, but reality has not occurred yet. This is what allows you to explore different paths. There are many possibilities!

Elective #4: Professional Branding

Developing a brand that shows your work competencies is a way to compete in the job market. Personal and professional branding goes beyond your resume, cover letter, and interview to include your online profiles. Your online profiles can leave a lasting impression. Creating a LinkedIn Profile is a perfect way to build and enhance your online professional presence and help you networking online effectively.

Career Track Razorbacks is available through several of our academic and campus partners. To join CTR, you may sign up for one of the following Fall 2021 courses and groups:

  • UNIV 1401 Classroom to Career
  • AMPD 3071 (Apparel Merchandising Pre-internship)
  • ARSC 3013 (Fulbright College Career Connections)
  • Center for Multicultural & Diversity Education Academic Enrichment Program (AEP)
  • EXSC 4903 (Internship in Exercise Science)
  • HDFS 3481 (Pre-internship in Human Development & Family Sciences)
  • Honors College PATH program
  • HOSP 3301 (Hospitality Pre-internship)
  • PBHL 4043 (Internship in Public Health)

Can't find what you're looking for, you're in the right place! Take a look at the CTR resources listed below to help you navigate each of the CTR modules.

CTR Informational Interview Form 2022

CTR LinkedIn Instructions and Rubric

CTR Mock Interview Rating Form 2022

NACE nace-career-readiness-competencies-revised-apr-2021

Odyssey Plan and Dashboard

Steps after CTR Graduation Flyer

Career Development Center

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Nola Holt Royster Suite 607



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