Appointments

There are two types of one-on-one meetings offered at the Career Center: Career Advising Appointments and Career Counseling Appointments.

Student worker greeting guest at the Career Center
Appointments are a great way to get individualized career advice and feedback from one of our career services professionals.

Career advisors can assist you with writing resumes or cover letters, finding internships, developing job search strategies, and practicing interview skills. Career counselors can help you with establishing career goals, interpreting career-related assessments, making career decisions, coping with career transitions, and overcoming obstacles to career development. Counselors hold master’s degrees and certification or licensure in counseling. Remember, career advisors and counselors will not make a decision for you.

To schedule an appointment, log in to your Handshake account and follow the instructions on the Student FAQs page.

Please note: To accommodate the needs of TU's large student population, appointments can only be requested three days in advance of the appointment day, and individual appointments are limited to three per semester. If you need to cancel an appointment, log in to Handshake, go to your appointment, and click “Cancel Appointment” at least 24 hours before your scheduled appointment. A “no-show” will be declared when 10 minutes have elapsed past the original start time of the scheduled appointment and you have yet to arrive (see No Show Policy below).

Career Counseling Appointments

  • Appointments are approximately 50 minutes long.
  • Be ready to discuss your current major/career status and your thoughts/feelings about that status.
  • Come prepared to discuss your interests and goals for the future.
  • The counselor may use books and/or distribute handouts for supplemental guidance.
  • Career counseling offers a chance for you to find out about yourself, so come ready to talk with your counselor and be open to questions and suggestions.
  • It may be decided that a career assessment will be helpful for you. If a career assessment is involved, the counselor will explain the process.
  • A separate, follow-up appointment will be made to go over assessment results.
  • Remember, the counselor will NOT tell you what job/major is best for you, but will give you more information to help you decide on your own.
  • Due to limitations on staffing and resources, the Career Center may limit the number of sessions available to individuals.

Career Advising Appointments

Resume and/or Cover Letter

  • To schedule a Resume and/or Cover Letter appointment, you must first have your resume and/or cover letter reviewed during Express Hours (see Express Hours below).
  • Appointments are approximately 30 minutes long.
  • Bring a copy of your resume. Our resource library is available for you to print it for free.
  • If possible, know the specific position you are applying for and what skills that position requires.
  • If you have not targeted a specific job, be prepared to indicate the type of job or internship you will be seeking.
  • If possible, bring a copy of the job or internship advertisement.
  • Be ready to talk about your various experiences and achievements.
  • Notify the reviewer if the appointment is a class assignment.
  • The reviewer will write comments directly on your resume and go over them with you.
  • You may receive handouts and/or worksheets to supplement critiques.

Job Search Strategies

  • Appointments are approximately 30 minutes long.
  • Come prepared to discuss your interests and goals for the future. (If you are not sure about your career goals, consider scheduling a career counseling appointment.)
  • Bring a printed copy of your resume and/or cover letter. Our resource library is available for you to print for free. If you would like a comprehensive resume and/or cover letter review, please consider scheduling a resume review or cover letter appointment.
  • Be ready to discuss your current employment status and any steps you have already taken to achieve your career goals.
  • The counselor/advisor will go over key components to a successful job search and assist you in developing a strategy to cover all areas of the job search process.
  • The counselor/advisor will share specific tools, tips and resources to help you complete the next steps in your search

Internship Search Strategies

  • Appointments are approximately 30 minutes long.
  • Bring a copy of your resume. Our resource library is available for you to print it for free.
  • If you do not have a specific internship in mind, be prepared to talk about your interests or goals so that the advisor can help you identify internship resources.
  • Be ready to talk about your various experiences and achievements, and how they may relate to your internship.
  • You will be asked about what steps you have already taken, as well as receive guidance regarding what steps to take next.
  • Our goal is to help you identify resources and possible internships that may help you meet your learning goals. You then can apply these strategies to a successful search.

Graduate School Application Process

  • Appointments are approximately 30 minutes long.
  • Come prepared to discuss your interests and goals for the future; if you’ve identified/applied to specific programs, it would be helpful to bring information on the programs and their admission requirements.
  • Be ready to discuss any steps you have already taken to research or apply to graduate school. The counselor/advisor will provide guidance regarding what steps to take next in the application process, and how to take those steps successfully.
  • Don’t worry if you are just beginning the process; the counselor/advisor is there to help you, regardless of how far you are in the process.
  • The counselor/advisor may provide you with resources and advice regarding the following:
  • Deciding when to pursue graduate education and how to identify programs
  • Application timelines
  • Obtaining letters of recommendation
  • Entrance exams
  • Personal statements (if possible, bring a copy of the essay question and guidelines and be ready to talk about your various experiences and achievements)
  • Graduate school interviews (see the Mock Interview description if you’d like to schedule this type of appointment)

LinkedIn/Networking

  • Appointments are approximately 30 minutes long.
  • If possible, bring a copy of your resume and/or cover letter. Our resource library is available for you to print them for free.
  • If possible, create a free LinkedIn account before your appointment.
  • Be prepared to show the counselor/advisor your Linkedin, Facebook, Twitter, or other social media or blog sites.
  • Come prepared to discuss your interests and goals for the future and how social media might impact them.
  • Be ready to discuss your current employment status and any steps you have already taken to achieve your career goals.
  • The counselor/advisor will provide guidance regarding what steps to take next in developing a professional presence online.
  • The counselor/advisor will provide you with strategies to assist you in using social media tools to enhance your career development and/or job search.
  • Don’t worry if you are just beginning to create social media; the counselor/advisor is there to help you, regardless of how far you are in the process.
  • Come prepared to discuss your level of comfort with and questions about networking.
  • The counselor/advisor will help you brainstorm key players in your existing network and talk about the effective use of social media.
  • The counselor/advisor will discuss strategies that will help you expand your network, including the Career Mentor Database.
  • The counselor/advisor will answer questions regarding professional etiquette in various networking settings.
  • The counselor/advisor will role play networking conversations with you if desired.

Express Hours

  • Consultations are approximately 15 minutes long.
  • Express hours are conducted on a first-come, first-serve basis during fall and spring semesters, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Tuesday until 6 p.m.); a sign-up sheet is available at the Career Center front desk.
  • Career Peer Advisors (CPAs) are available during these hours for one-on-one assistance with: resumes and cover letters, job search guidance and directions to useful Web and print resources.

New Grad Appointment

  • Appointments are approximately 50 minutes long.
  • Come prepared to discuss your interests and goals for the future as well as what you expect to gain from your meeting at the Career Center. (If you are not sure about your career goals, consider scheduling a career counseling appointment.)
  • Bring printed copies of all career documents you have completed for review (i.e., resume, cover letter).
  • Be ready to discuss your current employment status and any steps you have taken to achieve your career goals.
  • The counselor/advisor may recommend follow-up appointments to meet your specific needs.
  • **It’s important to remember that alumni only receive three appointments within the first two years after graduation, so make sure you come prepared to get the most out of those appointments.

My First Appointment

(Recommended for freshmen, transfer students and first-time visitors)

  • Appointments are approximately 30 minutes long.
  • This is a time to become acquainted with our resources
  • Career assessments (learn about your interests, personality, strengths)
  • Career Mentor Database
  • Major-related resources
  • Self-marketing and job/internship services
  • Come prepared with any questions you have regarding preparation for your future career.
  • The counselor/advisor will get to know you and help you get connected at Towson University.
  • Even if you are not sure what you need yet, we can help you clarify those things in this meeting.

Mock Interview plus StrengthsQuest

  • Appointments are approximately 50 minutes long.
  • If possible, know what job you will be interviewing for and what skills the position requires.
  • If you do not have a particular job in mind, be prepared to indicate the type of job or internship you are seeking.
  • If possible, bring a copy of the job advertisement and your resume.
  • The counselor/advisor will discuss your top five talent themes from StrengthsQuest and how to articulate your strengths during the interview process. (Students will receive login instructions for StrengthsQuest in confirmation email.)
  • If you do not feel ready to answer interview questions, the counselor/advisor will go over basic interview strategies with you.
  • The counselor/advisor will play the role of the interviewer and ask you a series of typical interview questions.
  • When the mock interview is over, the counselor/advisor will go over each answer with you and provide feedback.
  • The counselor/advisor may use books and/or distribute handouts for supplemental guidance.

Salary Negotiation Strategies

  • Appointments are approximately 30 minutes long.
  • Come prepared to discuss your career outlook / occupation options.
  • You will be asked about your current job search timeline, about any previous offers you have received, and about conversations you’ve had so far with potential employers.
  • The advisor will help set a time frame for when is appropriate to discuss salary during the job search process.
  • The advisor will share specific tools and resources for researching realistic salary expectations for your occupation and geographic area, and for setting realistic budget expectations for your future.
  • The advisor will share tips and guidance to help you navigate conversations with potential employers regarding salary and benefits.

Confidentiality

All records kept by our office are STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL. Records may include: counseling session notes, assessment results, academic records, resumes, and job-search information. Exceptions to this policy may be made only under the following circumstances: 1) with expressed written permission from the client to release records to appropriate agencies and 2) if there is a clear, imminent threat to the health and/or safety of a client or others, to notify responsible authorities.

In accordance with state, federal and local laws, staff in the Career Center are required to address and report allegations relating to sexual harassment (including sexual assault) and child abuse/neglect. The University is required to respond appropriately if made aware of these types of allegations. Students who would like to speak with someone regarding these types of concerns and desire that the information shared be kept confidential are encouraged to speak with staff in the university Counseling Center at 410-704-2512.

No Show Policy

Students who accumulate three (3) no-shows within a single semester may have their appointment privileges suspended for the remainder of the semester. All other services will still be made available during the suspension, such as walk-in advising, workshops, and online resources. If you arrive more than 10 minutes late for your appointment, you may be advised to reschedule for the next available time. We thank you for your cooperation and for your consideration of your fellow Towson students.

Services for Alumni

Recent alumni (up to two years post-graduation) may take advantage of Express Hours and meet with a Career Center staff member for up to three in-person career counseling or career advising appointments. If you graduated more than two years ago, please visit the alumni page for more information about the services available to you through the Career Center.

Additional Counseling Resources on Campus

Towson University’s Counseling Center is the primary source of personal counseling and psychological help on campus for students, faculty and staff. The Counseling Center seeks to help students make the most of their college experiences. They work with students to resolve emotional difficulties; improve personal skills; overcome the effects of trauma, disadvantage or substance abuse; and achieve personal goals.