Employers look for graduates who know how to apply their strengths, interests, and abilities. Students can develop career readiness competencies to help them prepare for internships, jobs, and even advanced education.  Students may use these free resources to jump start their career readiness journey.

Technology at a Glance

  • .CareerSpots Career Advice Videos Video Library

    Quick, informative videos on a variety of topics:

    • Be Career Ready - includes topics like career management, digital technology, and leadership
    • Internships - includes topics like preparation, internship search, the interview and your experience
    • Career Advice - includes topics like job search tips, resumes and cover letters, networking, and interviews

    Learn more about CareerSpots

  • .Big Interview Website

    Big Interview is an online system that combines training and practice to help students improve their interview technique and build confidence through:

    • Mock Interviews
    • Interview Questions
    • Interview Feedback
    • Video Training
    • Step-by-Step Interview Answer Builder

    Learn more about Big Interview

  • .Internship Pathways Modules Career Pathways Tools

    Start your internship journey with these tools and action items

    • Before Applying - includes internship basics, exploring industries, and identifying career skills
    • Application & Selection - includes resumes and cover letters, promoting your online image, how to ace the interview, and evaluating your offers
    • During & After - includes how to standout and make connections during and after an internship

    Learn more about Internship Pathways Modules

  • .Discover • Connect • Succeed Career Pathways Tools

    These three pathways present recommended action items and tools to accomplish them:

    • Discover - develop a focus by exploring majors and career options while connecting with employers through panels and informational interviews
    • Connect - develop networking skills with alumni and future employers while building experience through internships and on-/off-campus jobs
    • Succeed - conduct company and industry research to find meaningful opportunities through fairs, employer info sessions, and on-campus interviews

    Learn more about Discover • Connect • Succeed 

  • .Handshake for Students Website

    STUDENTS can use Handshake to:

    • Find Internships and Jobs - full- and part-time, on- and off-campus
    • Connect with Employers - learn about jobs and employers through info sessions and from students who previously worked there
    • Prepare - register for workshops and advising and see which employers are coming to career fairs

    Sign on to Handshake 

  • .Handshake for Employers Website

    EMPLOYERS can use Handshake to:

    • Post Internships and Jobs - plus browse student profiles and resumes to find potential candidates
    • Connect with Students - at career fairs, info sessions, and other recruitment opportunities
    • Sign Up for On-Campus Interviewing - attract qualified candidates for internships and jobs

    Sign on to Handshake 

  • .Launch your Learning Career Pathways Tools

    Students can develop highliy-demanded skills for the workplace - either for a part-time job, internship, or future career on topics including:

    • Problem Solving
    • Oral/Written Communication Skills
    • Professionalism/Work Ethic
    • Leadership

    Learn how to Launch Your Learning

  • .My Next Move Website

    My Next Move is an interactive tool for job seekers and students to learn more about their career options. This site has tasks, skills, salary information, and more for over 900 different careers. Users can find careers through keyword search; by browsing industries that employ different types of wokers; or through the O*NET Interest Profiler, a tool that offers personalized career suggestions based on a person’s interests and level of work experience.
    Learn more about My Next Move

  • .VMock Website

    Students can upload a PDF copy of their resume and receive instant feedback.

    • Provides personalized recommendations based on presentation, impact and competencies
    • Improves resumes with line-by-line feedback

    Learn more about VMock

Take part in an interactive training session designed for faculty and staff to help their students with career related questions. Click below to learn more.

Ethical & Legal Standards

Are employers asking to be put in contact with your “top students”? Read this important guide first!

Job Classification & Hours

Students are hired under the Student Assistant series. We recommend you review the Student Assistant Job Evaluation Matrix to ensure appropriate classification. UCI students hired in the class of Assistant I, II, III, IV are casual employees expected to work no more than 50% time on a week by week basis during academic quarters.  Students may work more during academic breaks.


Question: A student is employed by two different departments on campus. Who is responsible for managing the total number of hours worked?

Answer: The student and payroll managers at both departments.

Question: A student who is working more than 50% time calls in sick. Is the department required to pay them for the time off?

Answer: YES, up to the total number of sick hours accumulated in accordance to UC sick leave policies.