Virtual Career Connections: How to Build Skills and Grow Your Career in a Remote Environment

#WhatStartsHere Changes the World. Employers are interested in hiring talented UT students and graduates for internships, cooperative learning opportunities and full-time jobs. Given this unique time we’re living in, job and internship seekers and employers are learning how to connect in new and innovative ways.

Looking for resources to develop your skills and excel in a remote environment? Check out our tips for success:

Career Counseling and Career Coaching

Work with a coach or career counselor to develop a personalized job or internship search strategy that maximizes virtual resources and connections. Online appointments are available across campus for help with everything from career exploration to the internship search to career strategies.

Visit our appointments page for help with:

  • deciding on a major, taking career and interest assessments and exploring potential career options.
  • developing a personalized search plan, tailoring your resume and cover letter, creating your online brand and developing a professional network.

Pre-Professional Programs

Work with an advisor to help you: decide if an advanced degree is right for you, prepare your application materials, write a compelling personal statement or statement of purpose and select the best programs for your goals. Connect with a coach and learn about:

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General Resources

UT Austin students and alumni have access to a number of virtual job and internship preparation resources and tools. One of the most important resources is career coaching, available at your college/school career center. Texas Career Engagement (TCE) has curated a number of resources from across campus for help with career planning, resumes, cover letters, networking, online presence, interviewing, salary negotiations and more.

Career Exploration Tools

For students exploring different career paths, explore online career exploration tools designed to help you discover options and connect your academic interests to professional possibilities.

  • What Can I Do With This Major?: Explore majors or search for information about your chosen field. Learn about various career areas, industries and types of employers that hire in these fields.
  • Career Ready Guide: Move through this interactive, self-guided course at your own pace to empower yourself to be career ready and to confidently articulate your skills to employers.
  • Career Spots Videos: Choose from hundreds of videos to watch and hear from recruiters and career experts on a range of topics.

Career Preparation Tools

For students embarking on their job search, use online career exploration tools designed to help you practice and prepare for the application process.

  • LinkedIn Master Class: Learn how to make the most of LinkedIn—from exploring careers to mastering the job search. This tool includes LinkedIn Strategies for International Students to help uncover the best paths to sponsorship by following the data trails of alumni.
  • Big Interview: Prep for virtual interviews using this tool. Watch step-by-step video lessons and practice virtual interviewing.
  • Interstride: Access this one-stop shop that provides support for international students in their career searches, including visa and immigration information and companies that sponsor employment visas. The tool can also be used by domestic students interested in careers abroad.
  • Career Spots Videos: Take a look at the “Internship Bytes” and the “Job Search” channels to find helpful videos on effective job and internship search strategies, interview preparation and much more.

Interstride

Interstride provides a one-stop shop for international students, including visa and immigration information; companies that sponsor employment visas; guidance on intercultural networking; job listings, real-time hiring trends, and employer information; and tailored assessment tests. The tool can also be used by domestic students interested in careers abroad.

Texas Global – International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS)

Learn about potential ways you can gain professional experience and participate in employment opportunities at the ISSS Employment page.

Virtual Job & Internship Searching

UT Austin students and alumni have access to a number of job and internship boards on and off campus.

  • Virtual Events Many employers have changed their recruiting events to a virtual format, and you should take advantage of these opportunities. From info sessions to workshops and coffee chats, you can find opportunities listed in the HireUTexas events calendar.
  • Online Job Postings: Employers continue to recruit new internship and full-time hires by posting opportunities via online platforms.
    • HireUTexas: Campus-wide professional job and internship board that offers thousands of opportunities at any given time. From internships to senior-level positions, HireUTexas serves all students and alumni.
    • Hire-a-Longhorn: Campus-wide job board for work study, on-campus and off-campus part-time and seasonal employment.
    • College/School Job Boards: Many of the colleges and schools utilize HireUTexas for their job board; however, some manage distinct job boards accessible to their majors.
    • Keep an eye on other job boards, including Indeed, Idealist, Glassdoor and LinkedIn.
  • Social Media: Follow your targeted companies and organization, as well as professionals, on social media platforms – particularly Twitter and LinkedIn – for real-time job opportunities.

Potential Internship Formats

Many employers will continue to offer internships this summer through virtual internships and micro-internships.

  • Virtual internships: are 4-8+ week experiences where you connect with your supervisor virtually through email, phone calls, and/or video platforms.
  • Micro-internships: are shorter-term, paid professional opportunities that usually revolve around one project. Micro-internships typically range from 5-40 hours total, can be paid, and provide an opportunity for you to exercise skills.

Beware that many organizations provide virtual internship placements for a cost. Texas Career Engagement strongly believes that internships should be accessible for everyone; and thus, we do not recommend paying a third-party organization for a virtual internship.

Make an appointment with your college/school career coach to learn how to connect with internship options.

Networking

Use your spare time to connect with alumni and professionals working in industries, companies, organizations and/or positions of interest to you. Learn how to make the most out of LinkedIn for networking by taking this free MasterClass. Once your profile is ready and you have a plan, join the UT Austin group and start connecting with alumni.

A great way to network is to conduct an informational interview. Learn how to plan for and conduct informational interviews with professionals you’d like to learn from Online Resources – Shared by Campus Career Centers (Click on the “Networking & Online Presence” tab).

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Professional Development

All UT Austin students have access to LinkedIn Learning, which offers a variety of professional development online programming. Professional development courses include:

  • Learning to Be Promotable
  • Overcoming Imposter Syndrome
  • Leadership Stories: 5 Minute Lessons in Leading People
  • Inclusive Leadership
  • Using Questions to Foster Critical Thinking and Curiosity
  • Building Professional Relationships
  • Leadership Strategies for Women
  • Professional Networking
  • Being Your Own Fierce Advocate

Workplace Success

In addition to professional development, LinkedIn Learning offers a variety of programming aimed at helping you succeed in the workplace, including the virtual workspace. Topics include:

  • What to Do in the First 90 Days of Your New Job
  • Succeeding in a New Job
  • Learning to Be Promotable
  • Overcoming Imposter Syndrome
  • Managing Your Career as an Introvert
  • Having an Honest Conversation with Your Boss
  • Building Professional Relationships
  • How to Manage Your Manager
  • Managing Your Career: Early Career
  • Turning an Internship into a Job

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