WGU Career & Professional Development
|WGU is here to support you wherever you are in your career journey. We have highlighted specific resources below that learners have found valuable related to their career stage and job search. Whether you are a career starter, changer, or advancer, Career & Professional Development is here to support you with your next steps!|
A career starter is just what it sounds like – someone who is looking to get started in their target career. Perhaps you’ve held jobs before, but they have been unrelated to your career goals or you’ve been out of the workforce for many years. Or perhaps you’re looking for your first professional experience. These resources are a great place to start.
Career Exploration Guide - Defining a clear career goal will help you plan more effectively and reach your goal more quickly and easily. Download this guide for clearly defined steps in how to explore career options and set a clear career goal.
WGU Handshake - Use WGU Handshake to research employers and connect with fellow WGU students and alumni.
Networking Resources - Networking is simply establishing and leveraging relationships through conversations with people who are and will become your friends and community of colleagues as you go through your career. Developing your network is easy because you know more people than you think you know. Start developing your network today by exploring our networking resources.
Career Planning Resources - Having a clear career plan is an essential part of carrying out your career goal. Check out these practical tips about how to develop your career plan, including a step-by-step guide to help you find gaps between your goal and where you are now, and take action to achieve that goal.
If you have recent experience but are looking to make a major change to your job title or industry, you’re a career changer. For example, maybe you’re an experienced Software Engineer who’s ready to start a new chapter by becoming a Registered Nurse. Take a look at these resources for help in navigating this transition.
Career Action Plan - Synthesize information gathered and the goals you have set to put a comprehensive career plan in place.
Gaining Experience Resources - Learn 5 ways to gain experience as you progress through your degree to ensure a smooth transition to a new career.
Professional Development Resources - Taking time to engage in professional development opportunities not only keeps you cutting-edge within your field, it also allows you to network with other professionals and develop your professional brand - all of which can advance your career!
Graduate School Resources – Are you considering graduate school upon completion of your WGU degree? You will want to start planning so that you have a strong application and meet all deadlines.
Career advancers are in their target career path and industry and are looking for opportunities to grow professionally and move up. Perhaps you’ve been a Marketing Coordinator for a few years and are looking to advance to a Marketing Manager role. Utilize these resources to plan the next steps towards attaining your professional goals.
Job Search Resources – Prepare for that next step in your career. Check out these resources to develop strong marketing materials, implement strategic job search strategies, leverage your network, and ace that upcoming interview.
Networking Resources – Your network can make a significant impact on helping you take those next steps in your career. Check out these resources to continue to expand and leverage your network.
Professional Development Resources - Whether you are currently employed in the position you desire or are searching for a new position, it never hurts to keep yourself informed, educated, and up-to-date in your professional realm.