Transfer Student Checklist

First-Year, First semester

  • Visit the Career Services Center, located in UC 5th floor, and find out what services are available.
  • Activate your Handshake account & update your profile with past experiences.
  • Check out Career Services events.

First-Year, Second semester

  • Read about and research different careers of interest to you.
  • Explore current occupational information in our online resources.
  • Go on an informational interview or job shadow someone in careers of interest.
  • Identify internships in Handshake and other Internship partner websites.
  • Take a leadership role in a student club or organization to build new skills and gain valuable experience.
  • Research study abroad options to see if this fits within your academic track.
  • Attend our career fairs and search for summer internship opportunities
  • Meet with a career counselor and plan a strategy to maximize your senior year.
  • Apply to participate in a trek, where you will visit a Bay Area employer and learn about a specific industry.

Second-year, first semester

  • Meet with a Career Counselor to review job search strategies
  • Create a LinkedIn Profile, the online professional networking community. 
  • Connect with alumni using the LinkedIn Alumni Tool and NetworkUSF 
  • Gather relevant job application materials (Resume, Cover Letter, References, Examples of Work).
  • Attend our career fairs to network and discuss opportunities with Bay Area Employers.

Second-year, second semester

  • Use Handshake to identify job opportunities.
  • Learn market trends and salary expectations for your industry and career of interest.
  • Attend our career fairs to discuss full-time positions with employers.
  • Decide on a plan after graduation, and come up with one or two backup plans just in case.
  • Apply to participate in a trek, where you will visit a Bay Area employer and learn about a specific industry.
  • Identify top skills/interests from past work experience to prepare for interviews.
  • Schedule a mock interview appointment via Handshake, to practice your skills.
  • Meet with a Career Counselor to discuss salary and benefit negotiation strategies, and learn how to manage offers.