A degree from the College of Arts and Sciences opens up countless career options. Employers are looking for both strong academic preparation and real-world experience. Connect with academic advisors and career coaches to make your plan for success!
Get settled and identify your resources
Complete CASC 050: Start Smart in Arts and Sciences before your first day of classes at UNL. You’ll find this quick, on-line course in CANVAS about a month before classes begin. This is a required course that carries a grade of Pass or No Pass.
Check-in with your academic advisor early in your first and second semester (September for Fall and February for Spring.) New students in CAS are required to meet with their assigned academic advisor prior to enrolling in next semester’s classes.
Learn how to use online tools like MyRED, MyPLAN, Degree Planner, Degree Audit and the Undergraduate Catalog.
Use academic resources like the Writing Center, Math Resource Center, Language Lab and more.
Attend workshops by the Center for Academic Success & Transition on study skills, time management, note- and test-taking strategies and more.
Activate your Handshake account, the university’s online job-search system. Part-time jobs on and off campus are listed here, as well as internships and full-time jobs for later.
Meet with a career coach to explore your interests, abilities, and values. Have a conversation about where you want to go, who you want to become, and how you can get there. Learn about ways to gain hands-on experience while at the university.
If you are Pre-Health or Pre-Law, visit with an Explore Center advisor to make a plan for pre-requisite courses, involvement and experience, admissions tests, applications and more, 127 Love Library South.
Explore career interests and prepare to gain experience
Explore available options for minors or even a second major. Flexibility is one of the best things about being a CAS student!
Use Handshake to connect with employers for internships and jobs.
Participate in an Education Abroad “Huskers Abroad 101 Session” to learn about programs, processes, planning and the Early Abroad Scholarship.
Identify opportunities to engage in research within your academic program including the Undergraduate Creative and Research Experience (UCARE) program.
Stay involved with student organizations and seek opportunities to hold a leadership position.
Meet with a career coach to discuss your career interests and goals and identify ways to gain experience that will best prepare you (internships, research, education abroad, leadership and service) to meet your goals.
Draft or update your resume and have it reviewed by a CAS career coach. Continue to develop and customize it for each use and seek feedback from a variety of sources including faculty and employers.
Consider taking CASC 200: Career Development for Arts and Sciences Students to guide your next steps toward gaining experience and planning for after graduation.
Gain experience and build your network
Set up a LinkedIn account and start building your network with classmates, co-workers, friends, family and alumni.
If you are currently working, ask yourself if the position is related to your career goals and if not, challenge yourself to seek new opportunities.
Use Handshake to search and apply for internships.
Plan and document your internship. If you are not earning academic credit, enroll in CASC 095: Internship in Arts and Sciences, a free, zero-credit course to include the internship on your transcript.
Attend career fairs and programs to gather career information and connect with employers.
Investigate graduate/professional school programs and develop a timeline for admission tests and applications.
Meet with a career coach to discuss your long-term goals, update your resume, and plan your next steps.
Confirm your graduation requirements with your advisor before registering for classes in your last two semesters.
Make a plan for after graduation
Apply for graduation as soon as you are eligible, and complete the graduation survey about your plans.
Identify references for jobs or graduate/professional school among faculty, advisors and employers. Seek their permission and share your plans.
Begin a professional job search early. If you are graduating in May, start in the fall. Meet with a career coach to discuss strategies and resources.
Connect with employers by attending career fairs and programs and using Handshake to find jobs.
Apply for graduate or professional programs well in advance of established deadlines.
Participate in a mock interview for employment or graduate school admission with a career coach.